Thursday, March 30th, 2006
DadGear Diaper Carriers for Men Fearful of Being Effeminate
I spent some time looking for a product similar to The Manary Glandâ€”the rubber breast vest Robert DeNiro wore in Meet the Fockers to breastfeed his grandson. I didn’t find one, but I did stumble across a completely unrelated diaper vest.
DadGear LLC makes clandestine diaper bags. The manufacturer says you can “entertain your child with ease and no one will be able to tell you are wearing your diaper bag.” Here is the underlying message: diaper bags are girly, so buy our cool covert caveman couture.
DadGear Diaper Vest has a chest pocket for diaper wipes, another for keys or a cell phone, two exterior bottle pockets and two large internal pockets for diapers or a change of clothes. The feature which differentiates the vest from being just a jacket with lots of storage is the large pocket on the garment’s lower backâ€”artfully concealing a changing pad. My favorite part of owning this thing would be when I get to instamagically whip out the changing pad.
DadGear Cargo Jacket appears to merely be a long sleeve version of the Diaper Vest (pictured in the photo at right).
DadGear Backpack has two standout features making it better than a regular backpack. One, diaper wipes are stored in their own exterior pouch for easy access. Two, there is a pocket at the top of the pack explicitly for diapers. A key problem with regular backpacks is that your most-used items get mixed in with all the other stuff you’re toting around at the bottom of the main pocket.
DadGear Messenger Bag is what it sounds like. It looks like a messenger bag, but has lots of baby-friendly pockets. This is the bag which attracts me, mainly because of what it is not.
The Messenger Bag is not a garment. The clothing-as-diaper-bag idea doesn’t fit me. We live in a rural area and travel everywhere by car. Our diaper carrier sits in our car trunk and we change diapers in the back seat. If my diaper bag was a jacket, I’d be wearing the same jacket all the time, even in uncomfortably warm weather. I could have a separate shoulder bag for warm weather, but who wants to keep two separate diaper bags stocked?
The Messenger Bag is also not a backpack. Remember high school? There is a reason kids wear backpacks hanging off one shoulderâ€”the sweat caused by lack of air flow. I’d never wear a diaper backpack over both shoulders.
So, the Messenger Bag is most certainly a shoulder bag, but it lacks the stigma men perceive to be attached to feminine diaper bags.