I am a total bag lady. I have always loved having a variety handbags to wear and accessorize my outfits with. So I was pretty excited to start shopping for diaper bags when the time came, but there were so many options I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. So naturally I didn't choose just one, but three... ok, four. I decided to review them all and share my thoughts here for anyone in the market for a new diaper bag.
L O U I S V U I T T O N - T O T A L L Y M M
When I was a teenager, I fell in love with Louis Vuitton bags. I saved up for so long in college to buy my first Speedy bag that I still have today (I was a long time nanny to a family that is near and dear to my heart to this day). They are my favorite bags and I wanted to find a way to make one work as a diaper bag so I could stay true to my style. I found the "Totally MM" style, that had pockets on the sides like a diaper bag and decided to invest in buying it. The great thing about these bags are that the quality of them is amazing - I spill on them, throw my tennis racquet in them, etc and they still look and hold up great. I actually like them when they are a big more weathered.
When I am running a quick errand with Parker where we'll be out for just a little bit, I like to use my Totally MM bag. An LV bag can honestly go with any outfit and is so classic. But, this style of bag isn't big enough to fit all of the things that I need if we are going out for several hours. It doesn't come with a changing pad, and the pockets on the side are definitely not as functional as I thought they would be. The Como Tomo bottles don't fit into them all that well. If I had to do it over again, I probably would've stuck with the oversized Neverfull (which I had originally but returned for this style).
Final Thoughts: A beautiful handbag, but not the most functional as a diaper bag. I'd do the Neverfull if you want to carry an LV bag.
P O T T E R Y B A R N K I D S
Then, when I was registering for my baby shower I came across this cute monogrammed diaper bag with a grey herringbone print (that is SO me!). It was like love at first sight, I am such a sucker for monogrammed things and this was the perfect diaper bag for a little boy. I got it as a present for my shower and couldn't wait to use it, too.
The PBK bag is super cute and comes with all the bells and whistles, lots of pockets, a changing pad, a cross body strap, etc. However it is really big and bulky. It didn't fit underneath my Bugaboo stroller, which was a bummer too. I used it as my hospital bag and it worked out perfectly. We also go to the lake on the weekends in the summer and it's THE perfect weekender bag for Parker. It fits all of his things in it with room to spare. I got a ton of use out of it this summer.
Final Thoughts: Get it for short trips, or long outings where you need to pack a lot of things. I'd pass on it as an everyday diaper bag though.
H A P P
Right before Parker arrived, I came across another bag that I loved (shocker!) which was the Happ Vivienne Satchel. It was so cute and looked exactly like a bag I would normally carry, and was designed as a diaper bag so it had all of the pockets and accessories I was looking for. I was lucky enough to team up with them for my blog, and they sent me one to try out.
I carried the Happ Vivienne Satchel on a regular basis after Parker was born because I love how lightweight it is, how much space there is and the flexibility to wear it cross body or hang it over my shoulder or the stroller. It has a changing pad and the navy color goes well with almost all of my outfits. The material is a quilted material (although it looks leather) which makes it extra lightweight too, which is important since I am lugging around so much stuff all the time. I'd definitely recommend this bag! I would maybe check out the backpack style next time around though, which brings you to my next recommendation below. If you are interested in this bag you can use the code LINDSAY15 to save 15% on yours on their website!
Final Thoughts: a great everyday diaper bag.
M I S S F O N G B A C K P A C K
I didn't realize how much I truly needed a backpack design until I saw one of my other mama friends carrying a Fawn Design bag. I had already spent a good chunk of change on diaper bags, so I couldn't justify buying one, but always kept my eyes out for sales. Then one day, a blogger I follow shared this Miss Fong Backback diaper bag that is almost an exact duplicate of the Fawn bag, and it's only like $60. So, I decided to go for it and try it out to see how I liked it.
This is the bag I now carry every day and would 100% recommend to new mamas - but I would urge you to go for the Fawn if it's within your budget, ONLY because of the way the bottom straps connect to the bag. On the Fawn they connect to the sides, but on the Miss Fong they connect at the bottom of the back panel and dig into my back at times. That is the only downfall about this bag, otherwise I absolutely love everything about it! Carrying everything on your back frees up both of your hands and then the bag doesn't swing down and get in the way. This bag came with a changing pad, pockets that keep your bottle warm (if you need that), several interior and exterior pockets, and a strap that let's you wear it cross-body or over the shoulder, or as a backpack. Plus is comes in my favorite color, grey!
Final thoughts: My number 1 pick!
If you stuck around to read all of this, thank you! :) Sorry it was a long post!
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too. Mostly, I love to share my faith, my personal style for interiors, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Oh, and I love Target and love to share my finds! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO