Review: ErgoBaby Coffee Run Convertible Diaper Bag

Photo:  ergobaby

Photo: ergobaby

By Brittany Van Den Brink

When I was pregnant, I didn't give diaper bags much thought. In fact, while creating our baby registry, I chose a black and white striped tote-style diaper bag on the basis of looks alone. I'd heard other moms recommend the backpack-style diaper bags, but I foolishly dismissed their advice because I thought the pretty tote better suited my style. I don't want you to make the same mistake!

Fast-forward several months. As I'm sure you can guess, I've now switched over to the backpack-style diaper bag. Sure, the striped tote still looks nice and we made it work for a few months, but where it shines in aesthetics, it lacks in practicality. First, it's quite large, which I originally saw as a plus. Yes, you need to carry a substantial amount of stuff with you when you leave home with a baby so a sizeable diaper bag is necessary, but one too big can be a nuisance too. In short, the bigger the bag, the more I seemed to fill it with stuff. It quickly turned into a black hole of disorganization, and I'd curse each time I had to dig for the wipes. 

Second, as it turns out, toting around all the things did a number on my back and shoulders, and as my baby grew (which happened quickly as he was 9 pounds to begin with!), I began to realize something had to give.

The real kicker, however, came this winter on the day after an epic snowstorm. We were running late for an appointment (as usual) and as I hurriedly assembled our stroller, I realized that whoever had plowed the sidewalks must have been new to the job. There was no way I would have been able to push the stroller through that amount of snow that remained, despite the fact that we were outside a paediatrician's office where I assumed moms with strollers were regulars. 

So, there I was with a baby in one hand, coffee in the other (because no new mom in her right mind leaves her coffee behind), and a ready-to-burst diaper bag slung over my shoulder, huffing and puffing my way up two flights of stairs. When we reached the office, I was a hot mess, despite the fact that the temperature was below freezing. In that moment, I vowed to go home and order a backpack-style bag, after having learned the hard way that the stroller could not accompany me everywhere. 

Enter the ErgoBaby Coffee Run Convertible Diaper Bag in Black and Camel, which is both stylish and practical. It's large enough to carry the essentials (diapers, wipes, change of clothes, snacks, a toy or two, wallet - you name it), without being overwhelming - and the main pocket zips for added security. The backpack straps allow me to have a free hand, even when I'm also carrying the car seat, which, as moms, we know is a small luxury. The extra pockets are well-placed and it comes equipped with a good-sized change pads for diaper changes on the go. 

The best part is that it's convertible. In addition to wearing it as a backpack, the same diaper bag can also be worn as a messenger bag. Typically, I personally do prefer the backpack (hello free hands and no shoulder pain), but the shoulder strap is easily accessible and handy in instances where you need to quickly sling it over your should to head into the house or elsewhere. 

I'm now convinced practicality matters most as a mom, but the appealing neutral colours that ErgoBaby chooses are certainly a plus. I have the Black and Camel but it also comes in grey

If you're also on the hunt for a backpack-style diaper bag I can assure this is a clear frontrunner, and I've linked a few other similar backpack diaper bag options that I also considered in my search at the end of this post too! Happy shopping. 

Brittany Van Den Brink is a PhD Candidate and freelance writer living in small-town Ontario with her husband, baby son, and their Golden Retriever, Chevy. She founded Motherhood Her Way to collaborate with other moms as they go through the ups and downs of motherhood. Say hi on Instagram @brittanyvandenbrink.