shopping guide: back to school backpack bedding diaper bags feeding strollers
In case you want your stroller to look like your great-grandmother’s favorite armchair, Maclaren’s Cath Kidston Spray Flower Quest Buggy is back. $335
Nothing against Cath Kidston, I just prefer her modern vintage English style in smaller doses…
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And now please excuse me as I redecorate my son’s bedroom to suit that penguin bedding!
Skip Hop has recently announced a new addition to their collection of gorgeous, yet functional diaper bags — the Chelsea Diaper Satchel. The Chelsea is downtown chic, and just in time for New York Fashion Week, taking you from the runway to running in style.
The sleek, black appearance is stylish and sporty. Two insulated bottle pockets are located on the sides, and the front features a flip-down compartment to complete a second look. A cushioned changing pad is included, and the lightweight, durable fabric makes this bag a breeze to carry.
I absolutely love the fact that there are 12 pockets, making this bag perfect for baby and yet also stylish enough to be used as an office, career, or travel bag. Functionality and versatility put this bag at the top of my list for fall must-have diaper bags.
With an adjustable shoulder strap, the Chelsea can be worn over your arm or shoulder. Gold hardware accents the faux-leather details, clip-on stroller straps, and metal feet to keep the bag raised from the ground.
Exterior zip pockets are a requirement for me in any handbag, making essentials easy to access without having to dig through the main compartment. Skip Hop always make this convenient, and like their other bags, the Chelsea does NOT disappoint. I can’t wait to check this out in person!
You can purchase your Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel ($99) online here.
We’re in the middle of Back-to-School season and in case you haven’t found the perfect backpack / lunchbox combo, you’re in luck, because I have! I love this partnership between DwellStudio and Thermos. Not only do you get a cute DwellStudio pattern backpack and matching insulated lunch box, but the Thermos straw bottles, food jars and sippy cups round out the set perfectly. One of my little one’s favorite lunch options at preschool is macaroni and cheese in his food jar, but ours isn’t nearly as cute as these.
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Many fashion designers carry diaper bags and changing bags for parents, and I wanted to start featuring several that I know our readers will love. I have had my eye on one line for quite some time now — the Orla Kiely Baby Changing Bag. Their bold, signature prints stand out over many other printed changing bags.
The Nautical Multi Stem Print Baby Changing Bag from the SS13 Collection. $244.
The bag has a matte laminate exterior, allowing it to be wiped clean, and a cotton twill lining. The inside has a zip pocket, key fob, and six pockets. A foldaway changing mat is included with a vertical striped signature print.
Exterior details include two from outer slit pockets, a large zip pocket, and a zippered compartment at the bottom of the bag. The strap is adjustable and can be worn as a shoulder bag or messenger style.
You can find all of the Orla Kiely Baby Changing Bags on OrlaKiely.com, along with all of the additional gorgeous items they carry.
March has been a fun month on the blog with giveaways running back to back– and this week is no exception! We’ve scored a wonderful giveaway: a Jonathan Adler ♥ Skip Hop new Light & Luxe diaper bag. But wait– it gets better. Not only will the winner receive a Light & Luxe bag in the pattern of their choice, but they will ALSO receive a Jonathan Adler ♥ Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station in their favorite pattern.
I wish I could enter this one myself since I’ve been dying to try out this new bag. I love a good tote.
Skip Hop diaper bags are immensely popular for many reasons, but the main two are that they’re functional and fabulous. The fabulous-ness just gets ratcheted up when Skip Hop pairs with Jonathan Adler, who we just talked about last week!
The new Light & Luxe diaper bag is a chic lightweight tote, featuring two large front insulated bottle pockets, and a custom silhouette. The corners of the tote can be tucked in towards the bag and zipped up, creating a more trim and handbag-like appearance. The bag also features cotton shoulder straps, stroller straps, eight pockets, a zip-top closure, and a cushioned changing pad. Laminated, BPA-free and Phthalate-free fabric ensures that the bag can be easily wiped clean. The Light & Luxe is available in the signature Jonathan Adler prints of Abacus (yellow and gray), Nixon (black and white), and Syrie (blues).
Can I just say that these would also make awesome summer bags for the beach, pool, and children’s sporting events? They certainly would.
The Pronto Changing Station is available in four mod patterns by Adler: Chevron Blue, Flame Yellow, Nixon (the Light & Luxe matches this black and white print), and Wave Multi.
These portable changers can fit in large diaper bags, can be carried on your wrist, or clipped to your stroller. The changing pad is extra-wide, includes a built in pillow for baby’s head, and can be zipped off of the main compartment if needed for use separately. The Pronto can fit four large (disposable) diapers, accessories, and the enclosed wipes case.
The Light & Luxe retails for $70 and the Pronto retails for $34. Whether you’re going out for the day or just running out on a quick errand, you’ll be ready to go in Jonathan Adler style. You can find both bags online through Skip Hop, AND, you can enter to win your very own pair this week in our giveaway!
You must leave a comment letting us know what you’d choose it you won. There are a few additional entry methods you can take advantage of to increase your odds of winning.
This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18. It starts right now and ends April 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am EDT.
Thanks to our friends at Skip Hop for this fun and generous giveaway and good luck to you!
Over the past two years, I have been on the quest to find the perfect diaper bag, and there are two bags that keep standing out to me above all of the others, and they are both Storksak bags: the Sofia bag in Taupe, and the Tania Bee in Grey Multi. This bag is gorgeous, roomy, and classic enough to be more than just a bag for baby essentials. It could easily double as a stand-alone bag for a career woman, a spacious bag for weekend excursions, or a bag for a trip to the ballpark with your family. I have it on good authority that a Storksak insider regularly uses this bag as her carry-on when traveling. She is typically able to fit her regular handbag items, iPod, iPad, overnight essentials, snacks, a lightweight sweater or scarf, and more all inside of the gorgeous Sofia bag. What I find most beautiful about this particular bag is the color, so I thought I would put together a few of the classic neutral diaper bags that Storksak has to offer. Their collection is amazing and impressive—there is truly something for everyone.
Now, if you’re a typically neutral/black/gray outfit-wearing person like me, this year may bring some risk in to your life. This spring and summer will be filled with bright color, and if you’re not ready to take that trend leap with a vivid shirt, than try taking it with a statement diaper bag!
Well, now that I think of it, I will be needing the fushia orange tote, too. That would be a perfect bag for a summer splash of color! Which of the Storksak bags do you find yourself drawn to? Their selection is incredible. You can shop their entire collection here.
Last summer Holly Aiken sent me one of her signature diaper bags for a review and I feel that the quality is so fantastic that I have to mention it here, too. Holly Aiken is a Raleigh, North Carolina artist who has been designing, making, and selling her product line at her shop, Stitch – Holly Aiken for almost ten years. Her products are created with durable vinyl drawing design inspiration from retro styles and colors found in dime store aisles and vintage racing jackets. Her signature style is the “bold black webbing trim, accented by stripes or crisp geometric shapes.” Since the material of the bag is vinyl, you can use soap and water to clean them, or even just throw them in the dishwasher.
Bomber (Atomic) $178
Bomber (Bird) $178
Airship (Star) $186
Airship (Daytona) $186
Here is an example of all of the items able to fit inside of the Bomber (Atomic) Diaper Tote.
A sturdy tote is incredibly useful as a diaper bag because it not only stands upright unsupported, but it is open with easy access for tossing items in and out on-the-go. Holly Aiken also offers a line of customizable bags, where you can pick your style, pattern, and colors.
Emerald green is going to be a hot color for 2013, so find another shade of green you love and make it bold and unique.
It is way too much fun to spend time mixing and matching colors and bags. You could have one for every outfit. I would love having this bright pink and red tote for February.
You can find the entire collection online at Holly Aiken.
It is not a secret that I am a huge fan of diaper bags. I believe that there is a style for everyone, a bag for every purpose, and a size for every child’s age and associated gear needs. That being said, I was excited to see some new items that stood out for quick picks at the ABC Kids Expo.
The highly pumped release of Ju-Ju-Be‘s partnership with the brand tokidoki was showcased at their Vegas-themed booth this year in two prints, Iconic (top) and TD Dreams (bottom). The fun prints are vivid, bright, and are available now on all of their products.
Some more exciting finds include:
1- 2 Red Hens Studio Limited Edition Messenger Bag, $225, available now.
2- 2 Red Hens Studio Limited Edition Tote Bag, $225, available now.
3- 2 Red Hens Studio “Bowling” Style Diaper Bag, $90
4- JP Lizzy Satchel, $78, available now.
5- JP Lizzy Classic Tote, $86, available now.
1- Skip Hop Grand Central, worthy of a second mention, $90, available soon.
2- Skip Hop Jonathan Adler prints, also worthy of a second mention, available soon.
3- 7 A.M. Enfant Polochon bag, $78, available now.
4- House of Botori Kaira Diaper Tote, about $60, available now.
5- 7 A.M. Enfant Barcelona bag, $84, available now.
Any new favorites jumping out to you?
Skip Hop is constantly coming up with new and exciting additions to their product lines. This year was no exception and they had lots to see at the 2012 ABC Kids Expo.
They are going to be rounding out their bath line with the non slip bath lining mat and a bathtub elbow saver you can lean on at the edge of the tub. So now between the kneeling mat and the elbow saver to lean on, there’s no reason that bathtime should be a pain.
The Treetop Friends collection is expanding to include a bunch of new wooden toys. Any and all of these will make great gifts!
There are tons of cute zoo friends feeding products including these bibs, utensils and straw bottles.
Of course that’s not all. There are a few great new diaper bags coming up as well. I love the look of these Grand Central diaper bags. I could see myself with one of these for sure. There’s also a new Jonathan Adler Bag that will come in three patterns as well as a fancier version of the Bento bag.
It’s turning into one-stop shopping for all your baby needs over there at Skip Hop. Gotta love it.
It’s hard to find more charming and iconic diaper bags than the line of changing bags from Pink Lining. Famous for their Yummy Mummy bag, Pink Lining has been known in the UK for years and has recently spread their reach to the US. The company was founded by a wife and husband team, Charlotte and Rufus Pearl. Here is the story behind the Pink Lining bag collection:
Pink Lining offers seven different styles of changing bags, ensuring you will find the right fit for you and your growing family. Each bag is detailed on the website with a full video review– a must-have for me when deciding which pocket configuration is most useful to your lifestyle. I love being able to have a sneak peek at the bottle holders, pockets, enclosed wet bag, and more, all highlighted by the beautiful pink lining.
1- The Yummy Mummy Bag is their classic design with a sweet cupcake applique on the front pocket and patterned with bows, apple trees, or blue bouquets.
2- The Mama et Bebe Bag features double exterior pockets with a vintage pram design, also patterned with bows, apple trees, or blue bouquets.
3-The Blooming Gorgeous Tote is one of the most popular styles, modeled after the shape of a vintage bowling ball bag, also in the bows, apple trees, or blue bouquet patterns.
4- The Mini Yummy Mummy Bag is perfect for older babies, on-the-go activities, or just as an extra bag for additional essentials.
5- The Poppins Bag is also offered in more patterns (my favorite is the Thistle and Dragonfly print) and is a bit deeper than the other bags.
6- The Queensdale Tote is a more spacious bag and is offered with seven color options. The sides clip together, allowing to cinch the bag, or widen it when you’re packing more. This looks to be a great bag for traveling to the beach, taking along on road trips, or using as a daycare or school bag.
7- The Twins Bag is offered in the three signature patterns, and is perfect for moms of multiples or for several children, offering four interior bottle pockets. Impressive!
You can find Pink Lining changing bags in store at several shops in California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. They are also available for order online through a number of US retailers.