Tag: diaper bags

Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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Mary Poppins, eat your heart out

I remember when I was a kid watching Mary Poppins, and I couldn’t figure out how she could fit so much stuff in her purse. And then, when I had my first baby, I got all wistful over the thought of a cute, bottomless carpet bag that would fit all the necessities I needed to keep my little snookums happy and dry. But I’m wistful no more, because I have tried the Wistful Weekender from the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Organics collection. And not to go too Chim-Chimney on you, but when you’re with this bag, you’re in good...

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The perfect back to school bag–for mom

I love the back-to-school rush–the shopping and planning and anticipation. But because I both have boys and send my kids to a school with uniforms, I always wind up feeling a little short changed in the back-to-school shopping arena. For me, fall meant new shoes and a new bag, always. In fact, I still typically treat myself to a new bag when school starts, just because. This year, I’m totally coveting the Eva Satchel from Ellington, in Italian leather. I have professed my love before for Ellington’s bags; they are beautifully made and well designed and will withstand even...

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Couture diaper bags without the couture prices

I’ve owned my fair share of diaper bags, and I’ve definitely got a sweet spot in my heart for the huge, honkin’, very pricey bags that might just fit all your personal belongings and your baby. But by the same token, it’s just not feasible for me to lug something like that around, especially with three kids and another on the way.   [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Thus, my infatuation with the Diaper Satchel from the Everyday collection at Momma Couture. This is a bright, sporty nylon bag that could easily pass as your everyday purse,...

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Target scores two new celebrity baby clothes collections.

It used to be that celebrities went and made their own line of exercise tapes (yes, tapes), or salad dressings or bad handbags. I’m so glad to see that now some of them are getting into the children’s apparel business, with some decent results. In fact, two new lines just launched at Target today at such great prices, parents are going to be thrilled. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] First off, Baby Buggy, Jessica Seinfeld’s excellent NY based charity supporting families in need, has teamed up with Target to create a small Baby Buggy for Target line...

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Children’s backpacks aren’t just for back to school

We’re huge fans of the Dante Beatrix backpacks for almost too many reasons to mention–the eco-friendly materials, the perfect toddler sizing, the adorable designs. How’s that for a start? Now the company is simply named Beatrix NY. And to celebrate their name change, they’ve added two new creatures to their already cute backpack family which both start shipping tomorrow. Meet Lucas the whale and Baxter the dinosaur (shown), the kid-friendly, mom-approved little-kit sized children’s backpacks. They’re here just in time for summer day camp, day trips to the beach (or maybe Grandma’s house–whoo!), or even long car or plane...

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Timi & Leslie – taking the diaper out of diaper bags

The season has definitely changed around here, which means I’m putting away the sweaters and long pants, and switching handbags. Of course this leads to much hand wringing considering I’m completely attached to my super great, but very wintry, brown leather bag. But I have to say that I’m digging the new line of diaper bags from Timi & Leslie, which, unless you dig through the bag itself and discover diapers, just looks like a fantastic spring/summer handbag. My personal fave, the Hannah Diaper Bag (pictured), is awesome. I love the super trendy and versatile metallic tones (which by...

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The nursing bag that’s like little magic elves are carrying your sippy cups

I have a very valuable piece of information that I will share with you. It’s the Number One Thing that you should consider when buying a diaper bag, and it comes from a mother that has had at least quadruple the number of diaper bags as I have had kids.  Your number one consideration should be: How much does the bag weigh before I load it up with wipes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, toy cars and princess cell phones? Because I promise you, no matter how much you like the look of a bag, if you feel like you...

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Just because it’s a diaper bag doesn’t mean it can’t be grown up

Here’s why I hate most diaper bags: So many of them are made with the baby in mind, not the mama. They have ducks or sailboats on them, and they don’t have any place for your own gear. But Ellington’s Hannah tote, that’s different. It isn’t necessarily a diaper bag; it’s a tote, designed to carry files or a small laptop — or all the diaper gear and snacks and stuff that it takes to get out the door with a baby or toddler or kid of any age, really. The inside is divided by a zippered center pocket,...

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Spring bags, ahoy!

When I’m window shopping the web, it’s always dangerous to stop on the Etsy homepage, where their editors are carefully curating millions of items down into just the very ones that I have to have. (How do they do that?) A recent find: The bags from Bayan Hippo. The styles are modern, the cotton canvas fabrics are durable and the prices can’t be beat – most are in the $35-$47 range. There’s a lot here to covet, but really caught my eye is the roomy sailor tote bag which has that classic nautical look, only with narrow stripes for...

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The hot new baby gifts of 2010, courtesy of Hoppop

We saw a whole lot of baby gear (a lot) at the ginormous ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas last summer, but very little stays with us all these months later. One exception however, is the cheerful European Hoppop Baby gear, which Kristen, Julie and I all made a beeline for, and ever since, we’ve been waiting–impatiently–for its US release. Well hallelujah–it’s here!–and we get to be the first to tell you about it. This collection of registry-ready baby and kids gear is just beautifully designed, but equally as practical. The anchor product is a very innovative diaper bag...

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Getting your diaper bag or handbag organized for the new year

This is the second in a series of sponsored posts about organization for MomAgenda, makers of fabulous looking, smartly designed organizers including the ultra swanky Personal Portfolio, which has been called the Cadillac of MomAgendas. Cadillac should be honored. One of the things we like to do as the new year rolls around is get our handbags and diaper bags better organized. Time to toss the wayward pennies and dump out all those Cheerios crumbs that are littering the bottom and end up under your nails every time you dig around for a spare binkie. (We know, it’s hard...

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The best travel friendly diaper bag? – Reader Q&A

Do you have a recommendation for a favorite diaper bag for plane travel with two young kids? -PII used to travel alone with both my kids quite often, and even do it now that I have three (eep!). Personally, I’m all for bags that are easy to clean, lightweight (so no leather), and have lots of compartments when I travel, which is not usually the case for the bags I carry every day.  I love Skip-hop diaper bags for travel, both the Duo and the Dash which is a bit wider. The canvas is easy to clean and they’ve got lots of pockets for easy access to extra...

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Wear your seatbelt

During my days as a funky bottle-cap belt and Chuck wearing singleton, Harveys seatbelt bags made from actual seatbelts were it. And apparently, they still are, but now for the hip baby mamas. While their exclusive Camo bag (my fave) is pretty sizable, I love how it’s not ridiculously deep. Which means it’s roomy but not to the point where you’ll feel like Mary Poppins reaching into her carpet bag when you need to find a binky. And you’ll find plenty of pockets, plus a coordinating changing pad, just in case you want to feel like you’re carrying an...

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I can bring home the bacon, I can wipe your butt with one hand

My childless co-workers are intrigued by my ability to open almost anything with one hand. I did not possess these mad skillz when I was a new mom. So while the diaper clutches from Kristi G Diaper Bags touted the “EZ-Wipe System,” I was apprehensive. (And not just because it sounded like something more suited to a car wax than a chic accessory.) As it turns out, I admire the bag’s modern look, stylish cloth and fancy-schmancy G hardware, and seriously, one-handed wipe removal. Zippering it all back together does take two hands, but by that time, the poop...

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The diaper bag for fall (with emphasis on THE)

All this back to school shopping for my daughter has gotten in the mood for fall. And for me, that means pulling out my favorite boots and looking for a brand new diaper bag. We’re already huge fans of the Baby Kaed bags from mom Lavinia Lobo, and now her new Noimoy diaper bag, with the fashionable quilted faux leather, is the perfect fall bag for moms like me who like the roominess and pockets of a diaper bag, but don’t need to haul their entire nursery with them. In fact, it’s a great for moms of toddlers who...

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Diaper bags that look like nothing of the sort. Which seems to be the point these days.

It’s hard to believe a few short years ago, a diaper bag looked like (gasp) a diaper bag. Today, diaper bags are allowed to look like clutches, like hobo bags, like totes – pretty much anything besides something actually designed to help you manage the intestinal functions of your infant. Well Timi and Leslie claim to have started that trend, and whether it’s true or not, their convertible designer diaper bags certainly do fit the bill. The Mod and Parisien (shown) styles are probably my favorites, with sleek modern (and thankfully lightweight) designs that skip the fussiness of decorative...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Psychobaby!

If we just so happened to win the lottery, one of the first places we’d hit on a spending spree would probably be Psychobaby, a Chicago-based boutique that sports some of the hippest clothes, shoes, and gifts for the alternative set. We found them way back when we first started CMP, and now we’re really¬†excited to announce a whole new partnership with them. Right now, the online shop will have an entire section featuring Cool Mom Picks’ favorite Psychobaby picks. It’s like being the Rachel Zoe of rockin’ kids stuff. How fun! We had a tough time narrowing it...

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The Cool Mom Picks bag of the year turns diaper bag

Both Liz and I espoused the greatness of Crystalyn Kae’s Soiree bag – so much so that it was our pick for Cool Mom Picks Bag of the Year in 2008. So when we found out that she made a few changes to her original design to turn it into a diaper bag, well we just had to share. It’s still the same slouchy, stylish and versatile bag we love, with soft vegan leather and vintage fabric kick pleats. But at the request of a loyal fan and mom-to-be, the designer has added a slew of handy pockets and...

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Go from diaper bag to diaper bag without another diaper bag

Considering my bag addiction, now infamous with my husband and our credit card company if not all of you, I can’t believe I’m about to tell you how to avoid buying another diaper bag. Thanks to the Pishposh Mommy quick zip bag, you can turn any decent-sized handbag you own into a diaper bag in about two seconds flat. Even this season’s hobos, which are rarely stellar in the lots of pockets department. Just pop in the attractive quick zip bag which has a a water-resistant lining and pockets inside and out. You’re done.  Best of all, when you...

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