Right now I have the JJ Cole Collections System Diaper Bag. I can't tell you how excited I was to get this diaper bag when I was pregnant. What's not to love about a diaper bag? It's basically a giant purse with all its wonderful pockets and endless possibilities for organizing cute baby stuff. I remember filling it up with onesies, diapers, creams and toys. It made me feel like a Mom. I envisioned myself toting around my perfectly-organized diaper bag on trips out with baby to story time at the library or playdates at the park. (Who the hell was I kidding?)
Now that I've been using it for 6 months, I'm over it. It has pockets, but I find that I rarely use them because they're inconvenient to get to, like the outer flap that lifts up - never use that! Give me easy access, or don't bother with a pocket at all.
|Under the flap that I never use|
Or they just don't hold things well, like inside the main part; they're too floppy and it's a struggle to fit things in there, let alone getting them to stay there.
|Flimsy inner pockets|
The result is a very unorganized bag of stuff all jumped together, meaning the one thing I want will be at the bottom of the diaper bag and I have to take out 14 things to get to it. This is far from ideal for a busy mom of a wiggly 6 month old. And I imagine I'll have even more trouble once he starts crawling and I have to pull out a diaper while chasing him across the room.
|A jumbled mess|
Oh, and the cute messenger style I loved? Totally stupid and not practical. It puts too much weight on my shoulder, especially since it hangs down so far. I hate carrying it. I also have stuff falling out all the time since most things get jammed into the main compartment and it overflows. Stupid stupid stupid.
This seems to be a common theme with other Moms I talk to, and many of them have given up on diaper bags all together and just get backpacks instead.
How do you feel about your diaper bag? What are your reasons for loving/hating it?