**Update: Karen at PillowSewCute has extended her $1 off discount for your choice of Ouch Pouch through February and March!! Just use the code "Finding My Feet" in the checkout comments and the $1 will be refunded to you through PayPal after purchase is complete. Thanks, Karen!**
I have been hunting far and wide for a good diaper bag to use this time around. The other night while I was scouring Etsy I came across some lovely bags that make fantastic options! As I was tweeting about them, several of you expressed interest in a little list of my picks.
So glad to oblige!
A few notes before I get started:
:: These are all Etsy finds. There are lots of other great places to find diaper bags (and tons of great diaper bags out there!), but I've decided for this list to be exclusively handmade finds.
:: Many of these bags are actually just handbags. My advice: the advantage to buying handmade is that you can actually talk with the seller/maker of the product. Always feel free to ask sellers if you have specific needs/desires. In this case, if they're made to order, go ahead and ask for larger inside pockets or dividers, or for a snap closure instead of a zipper closure. Generally folks are eager to please and will be glad to meet your requests for little or no additional charge (depending on what you're asking for!)
:: I lean toward diaper bags that don't look like diaper bags. I understand that some things are functionally critical or at least desirable (lots of pockets, easy access, wipe-able/stain resistant surfaces), but I also want to like what I'm carrying. I don't go gender specific so you won't see any pinks or blues on my list. Lots of folks love a laminated bag, but it's just not my cup of tea. And, since it's my list of picks...
Made in Paris, this beautifully detailed bag is available with green, blue, orange or purple detailing. And, according to the item description, the inside CAN be customized! You can also choose different colors for the linen.
It's roomy, pretty and dignified and something you'd be totally happy carrying as a purse later on!
It's actually reversible (which does limit pocket options) and the side shown here is actually hand printed on SKAL organic cotton (as in, the seller designed this fabric herself!). It may not be at the top of the functional list, but it's beautiful!
This bag comes from Thailand and might be my favorite pick. I actually contacted the seller last night hoping to work with her on the interior space. All of the bags in this shop are BEAUTIFUL and look like they're really well made. I had been looking specifically for a grey bag for myself, so I was really happy to come across this one!
As you can see, this one is pretty big.
It's also available a bit smaller with an outside pocket for a little less ($46).
This bag has a great shape and is made from waterproof material (a diaper bag plus!). It's a little pricey but they do offer free shipping. I think I'd ask to have the zipper closure replaced with a magnetic closure, particularly since the seller has noted that they're open to customization. :)
It's also available in red canvas if you're looking for some color!
This is actually a BYOF (buy your own fabric) listing which may make this one the most expensive on my list. But, also perhaps the best bag. It's actually made to be a diaper bag and you get to choose exactly what fabrics you like and work with the seller on interior spacing and so on. The design has FOURTEEN pockets of various sizes, integrated stroller straps, interior elastics, snap closures that allow you to adjust the opening size and on and on. (They actually have one of these in their shop on clearance for $35 right now!)
My advice: pick a laminated cotton (oilcloth) for the interior fabric if wipe-ability is important to you. There are some lovely oilcloth fabrics here, here and here. (Yes, one is by Anna Maria Horner!)
**BONUS - Andrea at WatermelonWishes is offering Finding My Feet readers a FREE coordinating changing pad with the purchase of any diaper bag. (If you select the BYOF option, you'll need to provide an additional 1/2 yard of fabric and she'll provide the chenille and labor free of charge). To take advantage of this offer, contact Andrea via firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this offer. She'll set up a reserved listing in your name.**
This is a GREAT idea! It's a 4"x5" pouch with pretty fabric on one side, and a clear plastic window on the other so you can SEE what's inside. Oh, the marvels of modern thinking!
So, you can store pacifiers, bandaids, wet wipes, whatever!
Here it is filled with useful things (you can actually buy them empty or stocked!):
**DISCOUNT - Karen at PillowSewCute is offering $1 off any Ouch Pouch today through Sunday (2/21). That makes them under $5! Use the discount code "Finding My Feet" at checkout and your $1 will be refunded through PayPal after purchase is complete.**
These are especially great if you're cloth diapering and need a small wet bag for your nappies. They're "wet proof" and zippered and you can stuff anything in them wet or dry - think swimsuits at the pool, soiled clothes from leaks/blowouts, etc. You can wash and dry it, so just toss it in the wash along with whatever "icky" thing it contains.
The QuickTrip is great because it's a changing mat and diaper/wipes holder all in one! It folds up to a nice clutch size so you can carry it alone or stick it in your purse (or diaper bag, of course). It's lightly padded for baby's comfort but not too bulky to be able to tuck into your bag. A really clever diapering accessory!
**DISCOUNT - Heather at Bundled is offering y'all a 20% discount off your entire order. PLUS, any orders that contain the QuickTrip organizer will ship for FREE! Just mention "Finding My Feet" at checkout and the discounts will be refunded to you through PayPal after checkout is complete.**
First, these are just plain pretty. I want one for my own. Second, it seems like a great idea to have as something that stays in the car at all times or that you can throw into your purse if you don't want to carry a big diaper bag. Really, the conveniences are endless - it'd be great to throw into a picnic basket if you were headed out for a picnic lunch. I love the option of a small, attractive bag that can either be stored in a handy place or just pulled out of your existing bag for a quick trip.
There's also a handy back pocket for storing your stuff so you don't even need your purse!
I give the Hali Diaper clutch two thumbs up!
**GIVEAWAY!! - Erin & Haley, the makers of the Hali clutch are giving away one Hali clutch to a lucky (providentially fortunate...) reader! Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered to win! Comments will close 5pm CST on Friday, February 19, 2010. Winner will be chosen by a random integer generator. Best wishes, this is a great prize!!**
And, there you have it: the results of me poking around on Etsy while Ryan watches the Olympics! I hope this was helpful!
Which one of these is your favorite?
Are there others that you would recommend (handmade or otherwise)? I'd love to hear!
Okay, don't forget about the Hali Clutch giveaway! Just leave a comment (one entry per person, please - honor system!) and I'll announce a winner Friday evening!