By: Nicole Pelletiere
When exploring the challenges of parenthood, we typically focus on the roles of Mommies. However, this day in age Dads are more involved than ever.
With that in mind, we’re sure that carrying around a floral, not-so-manly diaper bag is no walk in the park. Many of today’s Dads have been there before and that’s where ‘The Diaper Dude’ comes in.
Chris Pegula, more commonly known as ‘The Diaper Dude’, is a lifestyle expert in all things family and parenting. He is dedicated to being the ideal husband and father, and all the while making other men’s transitions easier for when they too become dads. After the birth of his three children, Pegula began creating ‘The Diaper Dude’ brand, which takes a traditional diaper bag and gives it a hip, masculine style.
Pegula’s ‘dude-friendly’ bags are worn by some of the world’s most recognizable Dads including: Brad Pitt, Matthew Broderick, Ben Stiller, Patrick Dempsey, and David Arquette. His Diaper Dude brand has also been featured on various media outlets such as Oprah, E! News, Access Hollywood, and much more. With such brilliant brand and so much success, New Parent just had to find out who the dude behind the Diaper Dude really was…
New Parent: Diaper Dude diaper bags are very cool, how did you come up with the idea?
Chris: My wife is responsible for me starting Diaper Dude. When she was pregnant with our first child, over 12 years ago, she came home one day with a dozen, flowery diaper bags. I kid you not. I took one look and asked “Where was mine?” She said “Take your pick.” I said “No Way!” The rest is history.
New Parent: Who was in mind when you designed them?
Chris: Actually I envisioned my brother-in-law. He is very athletic, also a hunter, a woodsy type of guy. I figured if he liked it then it was sure to be a hit!
New Parent: The Diaper Dude looks as if it will be the perfect birthday or Father’s Day gift, what makes it so functional and why will Dads love it?
Chris: Diaper dude is designed to be hands-free. You can access everything you need without ever having to take the bag off. It’s compartmentalization also helps dad to be stress free since you can access whatever you need at a moments notice. The fact that it does not look like a diaper bag is another plus. Overall functionality, comfort and design are what make Diaper Dude unique and why dads will love it.
New Parent: What are your thoughts about “Daddy Blogging” and the Daddy market?
Chris: When I started my company over 10 years ago, I saw the dad market potential. It’s exciting to see how many more dads today are as involved in parenting as ever. Daddy blogging is a great way to provide knowledge and seek advice from other dads. The internet is so powerful. It’s really remarkable how you can be a part of a community that can provide you with that sense that you are not alone in this journey as a new dad. I think that’s important and helpful as a parent.
New Parent: What’s the best thing (for you) about being a Dad?
Chris: I love that moment at night when I check in on them while they are sleeping. It’s then that I am often amazed at how fortunate and blessed I am to be a dad. So often as parents we get caught up in the daily activities of our lives that we forget how precious our children are. That moment to me means the world.
To discover more about the Diaper Dude brand, or to purchase a bag for your favorite Dad, visit The Diaper Dude Store.