Thursday, April 12, 2012

i love my diaper bag

this post was written ahead of time for the BlogHer/Huggies series. i am HOPING that by now i've had a baby [maybe???] and am putting this bag to good use! this week's theme centers around the diaper bag, so i figured i would take this opportunity to share one of my favorite baby items + the thought behind my choice.

here she is . . .
so, for anyone who knows me in real life [or reads this blog regularly], i realize this is a . . . predictable choice. but i promise, i did at least consider branching out! there are a lot of cute and functional options out there, after all. but this tote won me over with its features and functionality. here are what i considered ESSENTIALS for my bag o' diaps:

looks
admittedly, this was high on my list! after all, this bag is going to be getting a LOT of use, and i wanted something that would make me happy [even just a little] when i had to go digging around for supplies to deal with a spit-up emergency or, uhh, diaper explosion. everyone has different style preferences, of course, but i chose a bag that i would totally carry around even if it were NOT a diaper bag. what can i say? i'm a sucker for colors, patterns, and stem print.

pretty!!!

i also like how this bag is feminine [hey, i'm the one who will be carrying it*!] while not screaming "GIRL BABY" -- because who knows what the next one might be?

* josh has his own manly diaper bag! we weren't planning on a separate one for him, but received it as a gift.

washability
this bag is made out of cotton coated with polyurethane for maximum wipe-ability. the inside is nylon, which i think would also take well to a wet washcloth for cleaning. there are some cute leather diaper bags out there, but i definitely think that would be harder to deal with if fluids of any kind happen to get on them. and i'm guessing that, knowing me, they will!

pockets/organization
there are so many little things that people tend to recommend carrying around [i can't speak from experience yet!] that pockets seemed essential. that way i won't be digging around in one vast cavern when time is of the essence, as i'm sure it will be.


this bag is FULL of storage options, with multiple zippered compartments, pouches [built for bottles], and a nifty bottom section:


well maybe not SO secret . . .

durability
i'm a person who tends to use things HARD. i was lucky enough to receive this as a generous baby gift [thank you again, siobhan!], but i definitely think that spending a little extra on an item like this one [or looking around for good/reliable brands in secondhand shops!] is worth it in the long run if it means i don't ever have to worry about damaging or replacing it.

extra features
i was wondering about a changing surface for travel and was totally impressed that this little wallet-sized trinket:


magically folds out into this!



this importantly appears to be very wipeable and easy to clean

so there you have it
coming up next week: the baby edition of what's in your bag? ahh, eventually it will be interesting to see what it's like to drag work bag / breast pump / diaper bag / baby out to the car. all part of the adventure!
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