Having a baby after a five year hiatus is a little like being Rip Van Winkle, waking up in a strange land filled with amazing new baby products. The aisles of Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us are filled with new devices, and some are actually useful. I recently received a genius new diaper bag made by Go-Go Baby Z called the Sidekick diaper bag that doubles as a baby carrier. With four kids to keep track of on very little sleep, I’m grateful to anyone who reduces the number of baby gear items I need to lug. I gave the bag a thorough test during a weekend trip to San Francisco with the whole family.
Judged simply as a diaper bag, the Sidekick gets high marks. It is roomy without being bulky. Has two convenient side pockets to hold bottles and plenty of compartments inside to organize diapers, wipes, a few toys and a change of clothes: all I needed for a four hour flight in one bag. The bag came with a matching changing pad and an insulated pouch for breast milk or formula. Fully loaded for the flight, I liked that the pouch was easily clipped to the outside of my filled to the gills diaper bag.
Now what about looks? Baby gear has definitely gotten a lot more stylish in the last five years and this bag is no exception. It comes in a rainbow of fun colors. Mine is hot pink with trendy gray accents and I get a lot of compliments on it, before I’ve even mentioned the awesome baby carrier feature.
The baby carrier is tucked into the front flap of the bag. I found it easy to set up on the go; certainly easier than trying to tie a Moby Wrap around me, and maybe even a little easier than strapping a Baby Bjorn without tangling the straps. You unzip the top of the flap, turn the flap inside out to reveal a softer fabric, snap on the belt strap, and lengthen the shoulder strap to fit around your neck. All of this can be done quickly before deplaning, giving you a free hand to maneuver.
The baby carrier is definitely not comfortable enough to have your baby walk around in all day, but for quick transitions, it’s a wonderful solution. I love knowing that I have that option in my diaper bag.
Like so many of these new baby items, the price tag of this genius diaper bag and baby carrier combo is a little steep. Depending on the color, it retails around $120 at Amazon.