Last Wednesday, I announced that I would be starting a countdown to Baby #2 series every Wednesday until I give birth. In last week’s post, I talked about “making it happen”- not letting the little every day things that get pushed off your to do list bog you down. I really kicked butt last week and got a TON done on my to do list. I actually went to visit family last week so I could have a hand with my toddler and I could just sit down and work. I deleted hundreds of photos off my camera, transferred everything to Shutterfly that I would want to print, and wiped my iPhone clean of all the pictures after transferring those over to Shutterfly as well. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but my phone wasn’t even working because the storage was so full. I also took a ton of pictures and got a lot of posts started that I was really behind on. It took me several hours/days to get everything done but I am so proud of myself for making it happen!
If you asked me before giving birth to my one and a half year old if I thought a diaper bag should be a high ticket item, I would have said no way. We do things on a budget most of the time and we live off of my husband’s income since I stay at home. However, my tune has changed. Most of the places you register have diaper bags in the $40-50 range and the quality is only ok. In fact, we are on our second diaper bag at that price point. They just don’t last because they are not that nice. This bag is sturdy and especially considering that we will be hauling around things for two children now, I love that it’s so roomy and nice.
As you can see, the front of the diaper bag has lots of detailing on it. It has silver hardware and zippers, silver stud feed, and two side pockets. It’s made from a smooth, durable, wipeable synthetic material. It’s not a cheap and thin material either. It feels sturdy and well made. The strap you see across the front is adjustable and detachable with a 12-24″ drop.
The insert is removable, which is AWESOME. It’s also purple, which is my favorite color- double awesome. It very easily removes with the use of the magnetic snap ins that you see at the top. This is washable, has many pockets, and has a changing pad tucked into the side that you can roll out. So convenient! Each Lily Jade bag comes with one of these 16 pocket removable baby bags that doubles as a stand alone organizer when you are not using it inside your purse/diaper bag. Cool!
In the picture above, I tossed in my bare essentials for my little one. Sunscreen, diaper cream, diapers, a change of outfit, and some shoes. Yes, shoes. She doesn’t keep her shoes on in the car, so I don’t bother putting them on her at all until we’ve reached our destination. She throws them off when she takes them off and with my big ‘ol belly lately it’s hard to shove myself in the nooks and crannies of our vehicle to retrieve stuff. So in the bag they go!
What I love specifically about the Anna bag in Gunmetal is that it’s a metallic so it matches everything. I like to carry around gold, silver, and bronze purses because they match every outfit. I am totally not the type of person to switch my purse out to match my outfit. I usually use the same purse until it falls apart, then I buy a new one. This shade is perfection, and I love the removable strap! I love that if I run one of those rare errands where there is no kid with me, I can just take out the insert and put in my own stuff instead.
Since having a kid, I have also come to appreciate the ability to wipe something down. My daughter has had a cold all week and has discovered that wiping her snot on my shirt is way more exciting than tracking down a kleenex. Last week, I picked her up before a massive diaper change and a half hour later after thinking “what’s that smell that keeps following me?” discovered some bodily fluids on my shirt. I am always covered in some kind of grime and only half the time can I even identify what on earth the crust or stain that I am covered in originated from. For that reason, I am so glad that you can easily wipe down or wash any part of this bag!
If you are interested in looking at a designer diaper bag, check out all of their styles here. They are currently on sale too, which is a great bonus! They could easily double as a camera bag, laptop bag, purse, etc. These are definitely not limited to people with kids! If I knew what I know now before having kids, I would’ve had a few pieces of advice for myself. I was so obsessed with being a money saving mom that I didn’t think towards the future all the time. I bought junky maternity tops, and the second time they lasted me until I was about 6 months along, then they needed to be replaced. During my first pregnancy, I invested in a pair of GAP maternity pants, but only one. I wore the living daylights out of them and they fell apart a few weeks post-partum. In general, I bought a bunch of mediocre stuff, and have had to replace a lot of it. If you are planning on having more than one child, it does pay to invest a little more in some key items so they last longer. Replacing things is more expensive than going with something a little higher end from the get go that will last longer.
Now what do I tote around in the darn thing? Below, take a peek at what’s in my diaper bag at all times in the summer months!