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post #21 of 39
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As for first aid kits, nope, don't carry one (and I'm a paramedic!).  I do carry arnica cream, for owies, though. 


Oh man, DD did a faceplant on some cement at the playground last summer and I was so thankful for that little kit - I had always felt a little "over prepared girl guide", carrying it, until that day!

 

post #22 of 39

I had this one in a rust corduroy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60075889/the-market-bag-in-provincial-blue-w-an

 

Love the bag, but as a diaper bag, it was just ok (the opening is smaller than it seems and the little pockets weren't the right size. However, as a bag for me it's pretty cute. I believe that if I even use one this time, I'll make it.

post #23 of 39

Oooooh, Rosemary, I love the bag!  And the others in their shop!  You may just have led me to the maker of my dream bag!  Thanks!

post #24 of 39
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Oooooh, Rosemary, I love the bag!  And the others in their shop!  You may just have led me to the maker of my dream bag!  Thanks!



I agree!  Those Moop bags are really nice.  I like the messenger and letter bags especially.  I'm not sure I can justify a purchase like that, but maybe someday.  

post #25 of 39
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Oooooh, Rosemary, I love the bag!  And the others in their shop!  You may just have led me to the maker of my dream bag!  Thanks!



A friend of mine has a moop bag and says it is the most durable, well made bag she owns!  

post #26 of 39

It is a nicely made bag...that someone else bought for me from my "dream" registry. The price has gone up, too, but a worker is worth their wage. Anyway, S&D, so glad to be of service!

post #27 of 39

I'm kind of a bag addict. We're away from home a lot, so I often carry a diaper bag for my regular purse, which is why I have so many of them. I like my bag to hold my big DSLR, my laptop if necessary, plus the usual kid items and my wallet/keys.

 

Right now I'm using a Reese Li Lexington Tote in raspberry croc. I looooooove this bag. The only thing I don't like about it is the open top. There's a flap but it doesn't cover the whole top, so it's possible to dump it over. Beyond that, though, it stands up on its own due to the shape and structure, so there's no digging for stuff, it has loads of pockets (big and small), and you can change the straps around to hook them on a stroller or just use one, or whatever. I also have a Reese Li changing clutch and it's really convenient *if* you're using disposables. I could cram one cloth diaper in it, maybe.

 

I have a couple of Timi & Leslie bags, which are gorgeous, but I don't like the way the pockets are in those as much. There are a lot of pockets, but almost all of them are so deep that you don't have good spaces to stash small stuff. It's annoying to have to reach way down into a deep pocket with an elasticized top and feel around for small things. One of my Timi & Leslie bags has held up really nicely and holds its shape well. The other one hasn't held up as well as it should, IMO, for its price. It also flops over when you set it down, so it's a pain to search inside for things sometimes.

 

The other one I really like is Kalencom Pippen messenger bag. Mine is silver, but only because I didn't know they made it in plum when I bought it. It has the right mix of big and small interior pockets for me. It's big but not outrageously so. The strap is comfy as long as it isn't overloaded with heavy stuff. The magnet pocket clasps actually catch on their own, which is nice. I hate when they put magnet closures on but you have to fiddle with it to get it to actually work.

post #28 of 39

We have our 4th on the way, and I'm still looking for the perfect bag ... but I've definitely found that for me at least, it's really key to be able to go hands free, so something that's cross body or can at least be used cross body is ideal. Any thoughts anyone?

post #29 of 39

I'm still looking, and I think we're going to end up getting 2 bags. One will be a backpack style bag for dh. For the other, I will likely get a large purse. I don't want to carry a diaper bag and a purse so a large purse that fits everything will probably be the route I go. I want it to be able to cross my body (that's how my current purse is). Other than that, I don't know. Haven't quite found anything I like yet!

 

Things I carry in my purse now-

  • Wallet
  • Little credit card holder thingy (that actually holds gift cards)
  • Ds's inhaler, spacer with mask, epi-pen
  • bottle of water (if I know I'll be gone for more than a few minutes)
  • snack for ds (again, if I know we'll be gone for more than a few minutes) and sometimes one for me
  • chapstick
  • gum
  • random papers and receipts
  • cell phone

 

When the baby comes I'll add

 

  • 2 diapers
  • Wipes
  • outfit for baby
  • plastic grocery bag (nothing worse than having poop explosion everywhere and having NOWHERE to put the nasty clothes until you get home! LOL!)
  • a couple breastpads
  • burp cloth
  • sling (?)

 

As baby gets older it will expand to snacks and entertainment (books, toys, etc) I'm sure.

post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by HeatherCPST View Post

I'm kind of a bag addict. We're away from home a lot, so I often carry a diaper bag for my regular purse, which is why I have so many of them. I like my bag to hold my big DSLR, my laptop if necessary, plus the usual kid items and my wallet/keys.

 

Right now I'm using a Reese Li Lexington Tote in raspberry croc. I looooooove this bag. The only thing I don't like about it is the open top. There's a flap but it doesn't cover the whole top, so it's possible to dump it over. Beyond that, though, it stands up on its own due to the shape and structure, so there's no digging for stuff, it has loads of pockets (big and small), and you can change the straps around to hook them on a stroller or just use one, or whatever. I also have a Reese Li changing clutch and it's really convenient *if* you're using disposables. I could cram one cloth diaper in it, maybe.

 

I have a couple of Timi & Leslie bags, which are gorgeous, but I don't like the way the pockets are in those as much. There are a lot of pockets, but almost all of them are so deep that you don't have good spaces to stash small stuff. It's annoying to have to reach way down into a deep pocket with an elasticized top and feel around for small things. One of my Timi & Leslie bags has held up really nicely and holds its shape well. The other one hasn't held up as well as it should, IMO, for its price. It also flops over when you set it down, so it's a pain to search inside for things sometimes.

 

The other one I really like is Kalencom Pippen messenger bag. Mine is silver, but only because I didn't know they made it in plum when I bought it. It has the right mix of big and small interior pockets for me. It's big but not outrageously so. The strap is comfy as long as it isn't overloaded with heavy stuff. The magnet pocket clasps actually catch on their own, which is nice. I hate when they put magnet closures on but you have to fiddle with it to get it to actually work.


Ok, consider me jealous of your collection!

 

Which T&L bags do you have?

 

I love the Reese Li bag!  The colour is yummy yummy.gif  And I love bags with stroller straps!  

 

Does your DSLR go into it's own bag inside your diaper bag?  A neoprene wrap?  Or just wrapped up in a cloth diaper like mine is? lol.gif  I have a Jo tote which is great for the camera but not big enough to also carry baby stuff.  I am still trying to decide what to get for it so I can throw it into my diaper bag/purse.  I have a Nikon D90.

post #31 of 39
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My Timi and Leslie Charlie just arrived and I am SO thrilled with it.  This bag makes me feel like a grownup!!!  It is just beautiful, and all the accessories are so swanky.  Love.  So glad I finally splurged on the bag I REALLY wanted instead of buying yet another bag I didn't really like and would fall apart anyway

 

Can't wait to stuff it with baby gear!

post #32 of 39

I love my diaper bag!  I bought it a few years ago on super sale at potterybarnkids and love it so much.  I use a basic black shoulder diaper bag for DSs DC but use this one (in red) as mine :).

 

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post #33 of 39

I don't bother with a diaper bag. I had one with #1 (gift) but I found it just got too full all the time. I just use bags or backpacks that I already have. I find that I don't really need all that much stuff-- change of clothes, a couple of dipes, a blanket. Water, snacks for me and the olders, my wallet. I live in a very urban area with no car and do almost everything by foot so I like to keep it light, and I just basically pack as needed when I am leaving the house. I don't mind changing my baby on the ground or in my lap. For me, I like to have a nice little stroller pouch that hangs from the handles (I do use a stroller, right now for my 2yo, I will probably exclusively babywear the infant until springtime, but my kids are BIG, like in the 95th percentile, and I expect this one will be too, the older two were 20lbs by 6m, and since we do so much on foot, I find I have to start using a stroller at some point to save my back!)

 

Anyway. We live very frugally (by necessity) and in a very small space. I just see this as something I don't truly need... my advice I guess is see what you get gifted and then go from there. IF I were to have a big giant has-everything bag, I would definitely also want a mini on-the-go option, something that you can carry on your body and stay hands-free, for when you are just dashing in and out of places, etc.

post #34 of 39

I got a Petunia Picklebottom bag off eBay - the boxy backpack, which can obviously, be worn back pack style, or the strap is long enough for either messenger or shoulder. I love it; it is very roomy and I love the fold out changing pad, because when we are out, I can just set the bag at the head of the changing table, fold out the pad (as it is attached, but can velcro off for cleaning) and voila!

 

In it, I can easily carry a days worth of cloth diapers (for me, 5-6) if needed, a change or 2 of clothes for DS, wipes, cream, snacks, and a drink or two. Not that I do all the time carry this much, but I like that I can! Now, I'll admit that this is a large bag and can get heavy; for the most part it stays in the car, unless we will be out of the car for a long period of time. (like the zoo, or the mall, etc) but that would be true regardless of the diaperbag.  I could fit what I need purse wise in it also, but since it does usually stay in the car, and I do go places without DS (like work) I carry a separate purse. Unless it is the park or zoo, and then I toss keys and wallet in the bag.

 

Now with #2 on the way, I will likely use this big bag for her, and have DS a separate one for things like church nursery, where they will be in separate rooms. (or if DS goes somewhere with one of the grandparents by himself) I am just debating what to get for him. something smaller I think!

post #35 of 39


I'm the same way :).  Got the black diaper bag free from a friend and got the sling backpack for ease and it was only $20 with free ship at the time.  It gets heavy baby wearing AND carrying a little one so for me the backpack style works great (while LO is in the front carry position) and leaves everything else secure and easily accessible.

 

GL!

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I don't bother with a diaper bag. I had one with #1 (gift) but I found it just got too full all the time. I just use bags or backpacks that I already have. I find that I don't really need all that much stuff-- change of clothes, a couple of dipes, a blanket. Water, snacks for me and the olders, my wallet. I live in a very urban area with no car and do almost everything by foot so I like to keep it light, and I just basically pack as needed when I am leaving the house. I don't mind changing my baby on the ground or in my lap. For me, I like to have a nice little stroller pouch that hangs from the handles (I do use a stroller, right now for my 2yo, I will probably exclusively babywear the infant until springtime, but my kids are BIG, like in the 95th percentile, and I expect this one will be too, the older two were 20lbs by 6m, and since we do so much on foot, I find I have to start using a stroller at some point to save my back!)

 

Anyway. We live very frugally (by necessity) and in a very small space. I just see this as something I don't truly need... my advice I guess is see what you get gifted and then go from there. IF I were to have a big giant has-everything bag, I would definitely also want a mini on-the-go option, something that you can carry on your body and stay hands-free, for when you are just dashing in and out of places, etc.



 

post #36 of 39
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I'm thinking of getting a cute little backpack for DD so she can carry at least part of her things herself.  This would thrill her and save me some weight in my bag.  

 

I don't carry a lot either, really - at least not compared to the other moms I see out and about.  But I do like to have the big bag because I have the option to add lots more for a specific outing without having to switch to a whole new bag and move other the things I ALWAYS carry.  

 

So, I consolidated all of my 4 (!) usual bags into my new one and now it holds my 'always with me' stuff:

 

-small bag of snack things - a juice box, some raisins etc, a cloth napkin that can be a bib for DD, a small fork and some dried fruit

-bus schedule, watch(never wear it but like to have it for riding the bus), 

-change pad, wipes, room for several cloth diapers (to me, a change pad is essential, even if it's only a recieving blanket- I have been faced with some GRODY bathrooms to change diapers in)

-wet bag and plastic bag

-extra shirt for DD, sunscreen, bandaids

-clutch with my migraine meds, emergency money, spare key, credit cards, pen, etc

-crayons, stickers, colouring pages, a couple of tiny books

-my knitting redface.gif

 

Then I have a small tote bag hanging in the closet with stuff to add  as needed, mostly for the playground:

-umbrella, slightly bigger first aid kit, sidewalk chalk, bubbles,  etc

 

When the baby comes there will be plenty of room to add those necessities as well  - diapers, change of clothes, bottles, etc

 

*ahem* I now feel a little obsessive about diaper bags...

 

post #37 of 39

I've bought most of mine at trade shows, as samples, so it's a little easier to have a collection that way. The tricky part is getting them home if I buy more than one. :)

 

My Timi & Leslie bags are older ones and I don't remember the names. One is a messenger styled red leather bag, and the other is plum colored and is more rounded.

 

I don't always wrap my camera when it's in my bag. If I have something super soft in there, I wrap it up, but otherwise I just carefully arrange stuff around it.

post #38 of 39

By baby 3 I had stopped using diaper bags at all. I don't use a purse, I use a bag that goes on your shoulders, like a school-bag did. It's used as my purse and then when I have a baby I stick some diapers, travel-wipes and change of clothes in it(and burping rags if I have that kind of baby). Also I keep some baby things in the car (toys and more diapers! and clothes) I can carry the baby in a snugli and have my bag on my back and have my hands free. Now I have two teenagers so I doubt I'll be so weighed-down with this baby! One of them really wants me to get one of those huge bulky diaper bags from the store but I really don't want one, to have to carry a bag and my own bag is just too much. I don't need so much with a baby like I did with #1 when I leave the house! Maybe I'll get one for the kids' peace-of-mind :)

post #39 of 39

I think I found what I'm going to use as a diaper bag! Yippee!

 

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On the inside there are 2 big pockets plus a smaller zippered pocket between the two sides. Here are my "essentials" on one side. It's my wallet, dh's wallet (he throws his in my purse whenever we're out together), my gift card holder and ds's emergency kit (epi-pen, inhaler, spacer and mask). There is still a ton of room on that side.

 

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This will be the baby's side. There's plenty of room for a couple diapers, wipes, a changing pad I plan on making, an outfit and (later) some snacks/food.

 

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And now for the best part..... it was originally $60, on clearance for $11.97. I had a $10 off any $10 purchase so I got this purse for $1.97!!!

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