When the time came to ditch the diaper bag, I jumped for joy. I never liked toting around a huge bag, but was still surprised that even though I now have a five-year-old, we still cart around a lot of stuff! Now that we are involved in school and sports, it turns out I still need a decent bag that’s both functional and stylish. Just as we signed up for the upcoming summer swim team (that requires tons of swim accessories!), one of my favorite companies released a baby line- Baby by Thirty One! https://i.pinimg.com/originals/27/52/b3/2752b3d67abb1dc028a5d6c27beea171.jpg
One is a laptop bag that I liked and decided to turn into a diaper bag. It's about the same width and height, but it's only about 4" deep. It could use a few more pockets since it only has the one... the laptop compartment - I use it for diapers, wipes and changing pad. Everything else is in a jumbled heap in the main compartment. Eh, it works. Slightly annoying, but it works. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/53/b6/fc/53b6fc7f4ce1f45fbeaa266d3c580a54--brian-atwood-mary-kay.jpg
Then, you have two ways of carrying the bag. You have the padded shoulder straps, which are quite comfortable to wear when it's loaded down might I add. Then you also have the adjustable crossbody strap which clips on and off. I love this because I keep it in my bag for when I may need to give my shoulder a break and you don't have to leave it attached. Nothing worse than an attached long strap just hanging from the bag! So that is certainly not an issue. The clips the strap attaches to can also adjust as a clip ring - as in attaching keys using the Thirty-One Hang-It-Up Key Fob. This is a great way to prevent losing your keys! https://i.pinimg.com/236x/3f/fb/b5/3ffbb5e2b854b4c7dfbb839602f65ef7--thirty-one-.jpg
Staying organized when you are a parent is no easy feat. This diaper backpack from Graco will make the task just a bit easier with multiple pockets that are made for bottles, burp cloths, and even a wipes dispenser. It also has smaller pockets on the inside to house keys, medical supplies, cell phones, and more. Along with all of the pockets, this diaper backpack also comes with a changing pad which makes changing diapers on-the-go easy.
Over the last 4.5 years, we have tried more diaper bags than I can count. Many were purchased online and immediately returned. Others were given to us as gifts, to review on the blog, or as hand-me-downs from friends. They were either used for a while, sold on Craigslist, or returned to the store — depending on the situation. Some were too big, many were too small, some looked too much like a purse for Dave, others didn’t have enough pockets for me, etc. etc. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/35/56/70/35567050b5cc8d6a5a3c3ceae0e3be20.jpg
Over time, though, something started to shift. I realized I felt trapped by my daughter's feeding schedule. I felt isolated in the fact that she needed me―only me―and that I couldn't ask for help with this monumental task even if I truly needed it. While I was still so grateful that I was able to breastfeed without much difficulty, a growing part of me began fantasizing about the freedom and shared burden that would come if we bottle fed, even just on occasion. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/f5/7a/d8/f57ad8a24655fadfc35c66f2a072b680---ideas--bags-ideas.jpg
It has plenty of interior and exterior pockets to organize all our stuff (even for all 3 kids). It has shoulder straps and a removable cross-body strap, it has clips to attach it so a stroller, it zips closed (and has a couple zippered outside pockets), it’s big enough but not TOO big, and it’s super cute! In fact, most people don’t even realize it’s a diaper bag until they see the sippy cups popping out! https://i.pinimg.com/originals/6b/ba/99/6bba99157d08f1def0841f035a43c709.jpg
I have to start out this post with a confession…I am addicted to bags. I really am–I love bags and I love getting new bags. My addiction has paid off because I think I have found you all the ultimate diaper bag! I have been a fan of the company since I first heard of them because they sell my favorite thing—bags! They offer all different styles and sizes of bags, and I was lucky enough to work with them to review one of their hostess exclusive items the Suite Success Tote in Big Dot. (A hostess exclusive item is an item that only a hostess of a Thirty-One party can purchase. This item is not available to for regular purchase.) https://i.pinimg.com/345x/e0/e4/d5/e0e4d576db8801ae6114f851d7877571.jpg
The Skip Hop Duo Signature showed no wear and tear as a toddler did his best to get it dirty, including dragging it across the beach and dumping sand inside it. You can flip the bag over to dump out dirt and crumbs, and we were able to successfully scrub off dried milk and crushed Cheerios from the bag’s wipeable polyester interior. The Skip Hop Duo’s deep, narrow main compartment is a bit challenging to reach into to clean compared with those of other diaper bags, but the material is slippery enough that we could still clean it easily enough. Only one other bag, our upgrade pick, was easier to clean. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/1c/26/f3/1c26f3ad69e7bebe6e422d9469c0380b--thirty-one-coloring-party--birthday.jpg
Thirty-One is one of the fastest growing direct-selling companies in the country and is the #1 direct-selling brand of exclusive, on-trend, stylish and practical handbags, fashion accessories, totes, and organizing solutions. Through the direct-sales Party Plan model, Thirty-One offers exclusive products for the home and a woman’s busy lifestyle – all of which are available through a Thirty-One Independent Consultant in your area. Thirty-One corporate headquarters is located in Columbus, OH. For more information, visit www.ThirtyOneGifts.com https://i.pinimg.com/originals/90/65/cd/9065cda4388546f506cb67470b0711d9.jpg
Personally, I’m the mom of three; my youngest is 18 months old (as of publication) and still in diapers. I’ve changed my three kids’ diapers on the dirty floor of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, on airplanes, at Target, and in too many other public places. My journalism background includes stints at the San Francisco Chronicle and other major newspapers, and I have reported on family and parenting for publications such as Family Circle, Working Mother, and Salon. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5e/57/47/5e57473a93b84c2b2dfc3b81c6db02e1.jpg
Working at 31 gifts I really was focused on my customers and the relationships with them. I did not work for 31 to promote or make a lot of money. I wanted to connect with people and help them in the way of customer service I hadn't previously experienced. I learned more about communication and the most rewarding part of the job was when a customer was completely satisfied and referred me as a consultant to a friend.
For the busy mommy on the go, diaper bags can be a life saver. Packed with great features and storage options, as well as, stylish designer looks, today's bags make sure any parent or guardian is fully prepared for anything at any time. Why sacrifice style when taking out the little boy or girl in your family? Choose from hundreds of diaper, stroller and messenger bags and more that are available in playful, colorful themes to modern day chic.
"As a single parent of two children going to school full time, I wouldn't be able to come to school and afford for childcare," says Michelle Trinidad, a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and parent to a 4 and 5-year-old. "Thank goodness for BMCC Early Childhood Center that is very much affordable. It gives me the opportunity to advance my career and be confident that my son is in good hands. School is hard enough on its own, having reliable child care means a lot to me and my children."
In addition to the basic commission structure, dedicated consultants can recruit team members to increase their own commission rate as well as earn bonus checks and rewards. With monthly specials designed to foster bigger sales and an ever-growing catalog of order-ready items, these entrepreneurs are given all the tools they need to ensure success. The party medium brings them together with friends to examine and consider beautiful Thirty One Gifts products, all in the comfort and low-pressure environment of a host’s home. Their products are a step above the typical purse party offerings, offering shoppers the chance to personalize everything from the embroidered message to selecting a personalized font. This thoughtful array of choices keeps party-goers coming back for more bags and accessories - much to the delight of their busy consultants! https://i.pinimg.com/236x/09/31/b8/0931b86d4c8918d6fa34123e8f5f4717.jpg
For the busy mommy on the go, diaper bags can be a life saver. Packed with great features and storage options, as well as, stylish designer looks, today's bags make sure any parent or guardian is fully prepared for anything at any time. Why sacrifice style when taking out the little boy or girl in your family? Choose from hundreds of diaper, stroller and messenger bags and more that are available in playful, colorful themes to modern day chic. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cf/6b/b8/cf6bb803f68827a85584f2f3711cf0d5--candy-cane-wreath-candy-canes.jpg
2. To redeem this offer, Hostesses with a qualifying party of $600 or more may choose the Close To Home™ Caddy for $14.40, Close To Home™ Tray for $17.40, Close To Home™ Table Gallery for $17.40, Close To Home™ Décor Box for $20.40 or Close To Home™ Round Tray for $20.40. Includes personalization. Limit one per Hostess. Qualifying party sales exclude tax, shipping and all Hostess Rewards. Valid for qualifying party orders submitted April 1-30, 2019. Prior to tax and shipping. While supplies last. Customer Specials and Hostess Rewards cannot be combined. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/ac/07/f4/ac07f414d0ef0d9756861d7ed8f78266--travel-makeup-bags-travel-bags.jpg
I have a regular diaper bag (eddie bauer one) and I also have a utility tote from 31, that I got personalized for the baby, I got it thinking I may not use it as a bag for when he is real little as they seem to need more stuff, but to pack stuff up when we travel, like going to the beach as an extra bag, or to grandma's, aunts etc.. I love the 31 bags, they are nice and durable. If I wouldn't have gotten my diaper bag for a shower gift, then I probably would have just used the 31 bag as my everyday diaper bag! https://i.pinimg.com/236x/de/39/fb/de39fb3c59a85c87c89aa8b8733c909d--gift-suggestions-the-sparkle.jpg
Sold at Nordstrom and other upscale retailers, the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags (and backpack diaper bags) are among the most popular, super-stylish, and high quality diaper bags available on the market. The styles are awesome and range from quilted black with gold trim, to flowers and abstract watercolors. The designs are subtle and give the bags a high-end look. And the price tends to reflect that, with this Boxy Backpack model coming in at just over $150, making it the most expensive diaper bag option on our list! Its price is almost justified by its high quality and functionality. The bag we tried, the Indigo model pictured to the right, was made right here in the USA of cotton canvas that has a durable glazed coating on it for stain and water resistance. For functionality, this bag is really large, coming in at about 0.90 cubic feet of capacity. For pockets, there are several inside (8 of them), including two with zippers, and 3 outside (two for baby bottles on the side, and one larger one on the front that holds the included diaper changing station and pad). So, there's tons of space inside, and plenty of pockets for organizing baby care products, and the top opens up nice and wide for easy access. In terms of versatility, it also has several carrying options. You can carry it like a tote using the top grab handle, or use it as an over the shoulder diaper bag, backpack diaper bag, or attach to the stroller using the included stroller straps. It looks best as a shoulder diaper bag, but when you get sore it's great to have the option to wear it as a backpack. In our testing, we found the bag to be generally high quality, stylish, versatile, functional, and really large. It stands on end on its own, which is really nice - in other words, it doesn't tend to topple over like some other diaper bags. Maybe that's why it's called the Boxy model since the bottom is pretty boxy and stable. We also liked that it came with a sleek plastic baby wipe holder or diaper tote that made trips to the changing table much easier. There's really a lot to love about this diaper bag - but is the price worth it? Well, there were some limitations to the bag we purchased for testing. First, we were surprised that there was no insulated pocket for bottles or foods, not even the bottle pockets on the sides have any insulation. Second, the fabric is available in cotton canvas, embossed stitching, and a plush chenille. We actually only tested the cotton canvas, but we made the mistake of putting it in the washing machine after a milk spill, and the bag fell apart a bit - some of the stitching came loose, and it seemed like the bag lost some of its water resistance. So that was a bummer. Finally, the backpack straps aren't padded so they're not the most comfortable straps in the world - same with the shoulder strap. So definitely some limitations that might make you reconsider whether the style and Petunia Pickle Bottom name recognition are worth the price? We'll let you decide! Interested? You can check out the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack diaper bag here. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ab/d2/05/abd205cfb6c93d778b17d3adc95d170c.png
Expecting twins? Skip Hop’s signature Duo diaper bag comes in a bigger model that’s perfect for parents of multiples or those with two under two. The Duo Double’s generous size—it’s 18 inches long and 13.25 inches high—and 16 pockets (including two insulated bottle pockets) make it an ideal diaper bag for parents who need to tote around two of everything. Plus, the Duo Double boasts that it’s the only diaper bag designed for specifically for side-by-side double strollers. (In fact, it’s not for use with single strollers). It also has tote straps and a removable messenger strap, as well as an included changing pad. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/a3/47/bf/a347bf2ced6eda05a0f3ddecb8982a4e--thirty-one-organization-ideas.jpg
After applying our criteria, we ended up with a list of a dozen bags to test. As soon as the bags arrived, we examined the overall design, features, and pocket structure carefully. Then my husband and I spent six weeks carrying the bags daily in everyday life, using each bag for at least two days and the best ones for far longer than that (I’m a 5-foot-3 woman; my husband is 5-foot-10). We were consistent in how we packed each one. We kept it to the basics: a few diapers, a travel pack of wipes, a change of clothing for our 18-month old son, an insulated lunch bag with snacks (usually crackers, Cheerios, granola bars, and oranges), a 16.9-ounce disposable water bottle, sunscreen, toys (usually a toy car or two), tissue, hand sanitizer, a smartphone, wallet, and keys.
The Jeep Diaper Backpack was roomy, and had plenty of pockets for organization, including a zippered, insulated pocket for a bottle on the side of the bag. But it did not have an open pocket for a bottle, which meant that anytime we needed a drink, we had to remove the backpack from our shoulders and unzip one of the pockets. We ran into the same problem with the Bag Nation Diaper Backpack. Almost identical in design to the Jeep Diaper Bag, the Bag Nation Diaper Backpack also did not have any open pockets, though it did have an insulated pocket for a bottle on the side.
There are elastic holders on one of the sides for two water bottles or baby bottles, plus lots of pockets to organize everything. I really like that there is a thermal lined pocket on the inside of the tote for a sandwich or some cheese sticks. It is big enough to hold lunch for one or snacks for 4. It really makes this bag an all-in-one option so you do not need to take a lunch bag or cooler unless you need more than a snack or single lunch. The middle compartment has a zipper closure that I keep my personal items in like my wallet. I like that I can zip it up and know it is secure but then the compartments on either side are open for easy access to wipes, or toys that I may need to grab quickly. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bd/07/1b/bd071bd5b47187ece22b804f78fb6009.jpg
Packing for your baby’s first overnight trip to Grandma’s is easier when you’ve got a jumbo-sized diaper bag to tote all that extra gear in, and the Arrows Weekender is the biggest diaper bag we’ve found, measuring 19" x 15" x 6". (The dimensions make it a great choice for cloth-diapering parents, too!) There are two deep exterior pockets and four interior pockets. https://i.pinimg.com/280x280_RS/96/4a/5a/964a5a49960970b912d14853596d41b4.jpg