We are in the middle of a blog blitz day where I am reviewing products from my baby registry now that I’m CLEARLY a seasoned mother after 10 months of parenting.
(Did ya get the sarcasm there?)
Up next is my diaper bag combo. That’s right, I have two diaper bags. I have one giant diaper bag that can hold everything a mother could ever need – including a babysitter. This is the diaper bag that I used to take to daycare everyday and the one I use when we will be away from the house all day or for any significant period of time.
Choosing a diaper bag was so darn hard! First because Chris would give absolutely no input. He just asked that it not be too girly since we were having a boy and since Chris would be carrying it sometimes, too. I was okay with that. I’m not crazy about frilly diaper bags myself and I knew it couldn’t be dainty because even my purse is a tank so I knew a diaper bag for me would have to be as cute as an enormous trash bag could be.
This is the one that I found and I love it. It is a Baby Einstein Large Diaper Tote Bag (Walmart, $24.98). Last year when I bought this, it was available at Babies R Us and Target, but when I looked today, neither site had the bag available and I could only find it online at Walmart. Now, as a personal advocate and lover of all things Target, it pains me to list Walmart on this site, but there you have it. Walmart carries my wonderful diaper bag.
I love this diaper bag because all of the compartments are on the OUTSIDE of the bag and not the inside. I knew I wanted a bag who was open on the inside because that’s my preference for purses, too. I like lots of room to throw my stuff in and I like not having to put things in a certain place. But, on the outside of this bag, there are six ENORMOUS compartments. And by enormous, I mean large enough to fit 2 10 oz. bottles in each of the four corner pockets and one 10 oz. bottle in the two center pockets. These are so handy for me to store things that I need to get to frequently when we’re out and about. I have one pocket that hold thousands of binkies at all times. And I have one pocket that holds sunscreen all the time. I have one that holds medications like diaper rash cream, Tylenol, and Hylands Teething Tablets. The rest of my pockets are usually filled with dirty binkies that have fallen on the floor while we’re out and I have just chucked into the pocket, or little juice bottles and sippy cups, etc.
I love that I can use these outside pockets for common things that I would hate to dig through a diaper bag for every time I need them. It frees up the inside of the bag to hold bigger things that I may not need all the time, but that I don’t want to leave at home. I usually have a receiving blanket, an extra change of clothes, a couple burp cloths (for easy clean up of messes while we’re out), disposable place mats for eating out, a few bibs, a couple favorite toys, and a little wrap that holds 3-5 diapers and a small pack of diaper wipes.
Now, in the beginning of my pregnancy, my mom suggested that I register for two diaper bags. One larger, fairly traditional diaper bag like the one I’ve shown you, but she thought I should also register for a second, smaller diaper bag to use for shorter little trips when I don’t want to lug a huge diaper bag. I took her advice and I registered for this bag that compliments my larger bag:
This one is the matching Baby Einstein ABC diaper bag (Target, $19.99). I found mine at Target when I was pregnant, but no one is carrying the bag this year – even Walmart. I found it online this morning at NetKidsWear.com through a Google search. But the thing is that I didn’t actually end up carrying this bag. I ended up carrying the free gift that Similac Formula gave me in the hospital! Really, it was the perfect size and style for an everyday bag. I can’t find it online to show you a picture and mine is in Chris’ car right now with Bean Man, so I can’t even take a picture of it for you. But it is about the same size as the one above and its a hobo style bag. It only has one deep pocket in the center and then a large pocket on the outside, along with two separate bottle-holding pockets on each end.
I use this diaper bag for short trips to the grocery store, out to restaurants, if I’m taking Bean with me shopping for a little while, etc. Short little trips where I don’t need EVERYTHING. I just take what I need out of my large diaper bag and put it in this one and I’m ready to go. I usually pack my diaper case, a few small hand toys, a pack of Cheerios, a juice bottle or sippy cup, a lot of binkies, a bib, and a burp cloth. The great thing about this diaper bag is that it is solid black and being the hobo style, it sort of looks like a giant purse. So, I usually just throw my wallet, keys, and cell in there and my diaper bag becomes all I have to take.
Looking back, I would totally still register for the two diaper bags. I love my large tote and would recommend it to anyone who likes a wide-open style purse or diaper bag. But I don’t know that I would even register for a smaller bag the second time around. After using the free tote, I think probably just a bigger cute purse would be better for short trips than paying for a separate diaper bag.
Anybody else have any thoughts on the one vs. two diaper bag thing? And what do you do about your purse?
Be sure to check back later today as I continue reviewing products from my baby registry. Next up: Our pack ‘n play!