Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March's Product Recommendation and DIY Alternative

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When my daughter was first born I carried everything but the kitchen sink in my diaper bag. I even had a back-up diaper bag in the car. We were fortunate enough to have a friend recommend a diaper bag to us, the BFF by Ju-Ju-Be. Four years and two kids later this awesome bag is still going strong. Even though this diaper bag has some great organizational pockets on the inside, the main compartment would become a cluttered mess once anything was pulled out. And instead of reorganizing everything, stuff would just get crammed back into the bag. After which point nothing could be easily found again. My solution to the main compartment black hole was to organize it into sections, diaper changes for infant, toddler miscellaneous, and feeding.

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In the infant bag I have a change of clothes, a few diapers, and some poop bags. In the toddler bag I have a change of clothes and pull-up. The feeding bag has bibs and snacks. It is nice to be able to pull out which section is needed without making a mess of the main compartment. And it is super easy to put it back together, just throw the bag back in.

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To organize the diaper bag I use the Pack-It System bags by Eagle Creek and love them. These bags have been with us for three and half years and are still in great shape. They open almost completely so I can see inside the entire bag, they are made of a rip-stop material that makes them durable and the bags have a handle at the top for easy carrying.

If the Eagle Creek bags are out of your budget there are some DIY solutions out there too. One of my favorite bag pattern makers is Noodlehead. She has several free patterns on her website, along with well put together tutorials.  My favorite bag is the Open Wide Zipper Pouch, you can see the bag I made using her tutorial here. Another one is the Diaper Pouch. You can find all of Noodlehead’s tutorials here.

In your day to day battle that involves the diaper bag, I hope this brings some peace to your life!

Written by: Shawna

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