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Obviously when you think about a diaper bag you think about something that needs to be practical. It needs to be easy to carry, has enough room to fit what you need, preferably wipeable on the inside and organized. Well at least that’s what I was looking for anyways. Style wasn’t even on my list! Well these days, you don’t have to settle for something that makes it look like you’re going away for a weekend getaway. You can actually find diaper bags that are super stylish, trendy AND functional. I’m talking about diaper bags that seriously don’t even look like diaper bags! The best part about that is the fact that you’ll be able to use them and want to use them after your baby has grown out of the baby stage.
WHAT STYLE ARE YOU?
Who would have thought that diaper bags would become a fashion accessory!? It’s time to start thinking about your style when you’re making your decision because you’ll be using this bag every single day (unless you decide to buy a few… why not?). I decided to have a little fun with this post and compare some bags to a girl group that I grew up listening to. Would love to know which ‘member’ you relate best with in the end. Leave me a comment down below.
Are you looking to have a bag that is sporty and functional? Try out the LUG line. Great for a diaper bag or a quick trip to the gym. When I worked at The Shopping Channel I remember meeting the creators of LUG. Did you know they’re Canadian? Their bags are known to have AMAZING organization so if you’re someone who likes to be very very very tidy and organized…. bingo!
One of the lines that I’ve been drooling over since day one was the Oemi line. Talk about high fashion, functionality and practicality. I seriously love these bags. They look like purses and I’m not even kidding… I’d buy these bags to use them for just that. They do come with a bit of a higher price point but they’re genuine leather. They feel amazing, will wear extremely well and they are so insanely comfortable. Other diaper bags that you would never know are diaper bag is the Rotunda Bag and Brookside Tote from Little Unicorn. I highly recommend trying these on in store.
Maybe you’re a trend setter. If you want something super stylish for mom and baby I’d recommend the Ju-Ju-Be line. What I noticed about this line was that it had some really fun patterns inside and out. Trendy on the outside and very practical on the inside. They’ve got great compartments with an adorable lining that’s super wipeable too. Whoop Whoop! They have several fun and flirty designs to choose from and definitely a bag for every baby’s need.
Ginger Spice (fresh from the garden)
If you’re someone that likes to focus on sustainability and live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, than the Green Label Neckline Bag by Lassig is the one for you. It’s pretty amazing that they make these bags from recycled PET bottles so that natural resources are consciously spared. They’ve got an amazing design and TONS of storage compartments. I tried this bag on at Snuggle Bugz and found it to be super comfortable as well. Definitely worth checking out.
Let’s talk backpacks, they’re very “in” right now for diaper bags plus depending on which you get Dad can wear it too! On trend or not, I decided awhile back that I was going to invest in a backpack as my diaper bag. I know I’m going to be carrying my baby in one arm, a car seat in the other and I just figured… a backpack seemed so reasonable. If you’re like me and you’re looking for some great backpack options Skip Hop has a few including a sleek vegan leather Greenwich backpack that comes in a beautiful dusty rose colour. I also had a hard time picking between the TWELVElittle bags. They have a 3-in-1 Foldover Tote that you can carry as a tote or wear as a backpack or messenger bag. They also have a Companion Backpack that is super cute and uber comfortable.
One of the main reasons that I love backpacks so much is because they are extremely unisex for Dad’s. My husband would definitely be carrying this around on several occasions and no one would even know it was a diaper bag. This is a major factor for me when choosing ‘our’ diaper bag cause it’s not really just for mom right?
So… which Spice Girl I mean Diaper Bag, did YOU end up with? Let me know down below 😉
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
The best things come in tiny little packages with 10 fingers and 10 toes! It just so happens that with your tiny bundle of joy comes the need for a few (okay, maybe more than a few) essential items to help make life a little easier. While the prospect of registering and picking out all the items that are going to suit your growing family can be very exciting, we know that it can also be a little daunting at times.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We teamed up with our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Love It or List It Vancouver’s Jillian Harris to create a registry that will leave you excited and confident that your registry is full of favourite baby essentials, guaranteed to making parenting a little bit easier to save you more time for baby love.
Infant Car seat: Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 4-35
This infant car seat flaunts safety. With a minimum weight requirement starting at just 4lbs and going up to 35lbs or 32”, you’re guaranteed to get a lot of use out of this seat. Packed with safety features from base installation to seat design, Peg Perego has outdone themselves in their goal of keeping your precious cargo safe while on the move.
Stroller: Bugaboo Buffalo
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam…Go where no stroller has ever gone before with this all-terrain performance stroller. Bigger wheels, bigger basket, bigger seat; from infancy to toddler, the Buffalo offers multiple options to keep your babe riding comfortably. Designed for every bump, be-it in life’s concrete jungles or the rugged outback, the Bugaboo Buffalo will glide over any terrain.
Baby Chair: 4Moms MamaRoo
We all know of the typical “bounce & sway” motion, used commonly to keep baby happy (or asleep). 4Mom’s MamaRoo has you covered and gives you a break! This sleek, moving chair keeps baby comfortable and content with its five calming motions and sounds. The best part? When baby gets fussy, simply change the speed and motion conveniently from your phone or tablet with the 4Moms mobile app!
Nasal Aspirator: Fridababy Nosefrida
The common cold is a friend to no one, and is especially heart wrenching to watching little noses battle colds and congestion. Fridababy “nose” what they were doing when they brought us the NoseFrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator. Electric aspirators can be scary for little noses but the NoseFrida lets you do the sucking, controlling the amount of suction applied without having to put anything inside their nose. We know is sounds gross, but trust us when we say it is 100% hygienic with its included filters and that it works!
Carrier: Lillebaby – All Seasons
The adventure does not need to stop when baby comes along, so go ahead, take the road less traveled – and don’t worry about having to bring a stroller along. Lillebaby’s All Seasons carrier gives you a reason to keep on with your adventure, hands-free! This carrier is full of functionality, designed to keep you and baby comfortable in any position. Try it out, you’ll love it.
Swaddles: Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin
Mamas everywhere know the importance of having versatile and multi-purpose pieces on hand. These beautiful Little Unicorn swaddles are great to use for swaddling babe, nursing covers, burp cloths and much more! They are super breathable, extra soft and they come in adorable, must-have trendy patterns too!
Lactation Assistance: Booby Boons
Let’s face it – breastfeeding is not always a walk in the park, especially when you feel like you’re not making milk enough to support little ones needs. If you’re looking to boost your milk production, what better way than delicious cookies!? Stork & Dove’s Booby Boons use the combination of nutritional yeast, oats & flax to help mama naturally boost milk production. These yummy cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, contain non-GMO ingredients, and come in two delicious flavors!
Change Pad: Nook Pebble
Changing time isn’t always the …. cleanest part of your day, but what if we told you that Nook’s Pebble change pad can help to control the mess with its all-natural eucalyptus cover that is stain-resistant, waterproof, removable AND washable! Did we mention it is made out of non-toxic, hypoallergenic, organic materials?
Travel Playard: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
Travelling with a little one can get overwhelming sometimes. How does a person so small require so many (bulky and heavy) things! Thankfully, Baby Bjorn makes getting around with little one much easier and WAY lighter. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is a lightweight, ultra-breathable, travel crib with a soft and comfy mattress. It that takes seconds to set up and take down, which means you can spend less energy fussing, and more time enjoying your time away! And best of all, the fabric is removable and washable! Make sure to take the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib on your next adventure!
Breastpump: Medela Freestyle
Calling all busy moms! (Who are we kidding, all mommas are busy!) If you’re a woman on the move with a breastfed babe, the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump may be just what you’re looking for. This double-electric pump features a rechargeable battery and lightweight motor which makes pumping on the go a breeze. The Freestyle allows you to customize your experience with a memory feature, adjustable suction and strength for your comfort. This pump can also be used hands-free! Medela has so many different accessories to add to your pumping and feeding routine that take some of the stress and discomfort out of breastfeeding. Keep scrolling to find out how you can win a Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit valued at over $125!
We love these tried and tested, mom-approved products and hope you will to! While there are endless options for products to suit each family, be confident in knowing that you will find the right combination for your growing family.
Looking for more items to add to your registry? Check out Jillian’s full registry here.
Want to win a prize pack from one of Jillian’s favourite brands? Login to the rafflecopter below, answer the question “What has been your biggest challenge or fear around breastfeeding?” Leave a comment that you answered and you will be entered to win a Breastfeeding Initiation Kit from Medela! This contest will run from Friday, August 5th to Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
**Update: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Flora C, you are the winner of the Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit. Thank you to all who entered!
While summer pastels are light and refreshing, there is something about timeless black and white that looks crisp, clean and modern. If you are shopping for a gender neutral gift, or just love the monochromatic look, here are some of our favourite black and white products to inspire your next purchase.
- Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat in Devoted Black and White
- Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair in Black
- Ju Ju Be Be Neat Legacy Bib – The Marquess
- Colibri Reusable Snack Bag – Large Paisley
- Baby Paper in Black and White Stripe
- OVer Company Alto Stripe OVer Cover
- Minimoc Infinity Shoe in Silver Dot
- Skip Hop Footie & Hat in Cloud
- Farm Hoppers Cow
- Little Unicorn Petite Manifest Bag in Obsidian
- Lulujo Bamboo Blanket in Hugs and Kisses
- Kid O Wobble Racoon
This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day and we wanted to send our heartfelt wishes to all the Mamas and Mamas-to-Be for the Happiest Mother Day, filled with love, family, and maybe some extra sleep! (every mom’s dream, right??) For anyone looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift (hint, hint gentlemen!) we have rounded up a few great items for both the busy mom on the go and also for the nesting Mama, waiting on baby to arrive.
Let’s face it, once baby arrives, they come with a lot of stuff, and the majority of that stuff needs to travel with them (and you) when you leave the house. Trading your purse in for a diaper bag is a serious transition so the bag you carry should definitely be one that you love! Enter the Charlie Bag from Timi and Leslie. The perfect gift this mother’s day, this vegan faux leather bag comes with extra accessories to keep you totally organized and stylish. Insulated bottle holders, stroller clips, a change pad, and a separate mini clutch that you can hold your personal essentials and travel with you whenever you are solo and not wanting to take a whole bag with you. This bag has it all and will last well beyond the baby years.
The Tula Carrier is a popular mom favourite and is a great gift for the mama who is looking for a little bit of freedom and mobility, while still keeping baby close. Available in so many great patterns and styles, this carrier is easy to use, versatile and can be used up until four years old with many babies!
A great gift this year would be to relieve the burden of mom guilt! We all worry so much that we aren’t doing enough, spending enough time, teaching enough, feeding them the right things, or documenting all of the amazing milestones they do manage to achieve despite their underachieving mothers. These Milestone Cards are a great way to easily snap a quick picture to document those special moments in pregnancy and throughout baby’s early years and are also a great reminder of things that are actually noteworthy. No crafting or exceptional DIY required, these cards do all the talking so you can worry about documenting them in that baby book you’ve been meaning to start whenever you have time (like just in time for a High school graduation present?)
This next “mom essential” is another great bag that can be used as a diaper bag and also as a purse. Little Unicorn is a well loved brand for moms (those swaddles, though!) and we think this Rotunda Bag is the perfect piece to accompany you to both Baby Picasso and then take you back to work as your briefcase. This bag is stylish and functional and zips completely closed to avoid losing your entire mom life contents within.
For those Mamas-to-Be, baby might not be here yet, but he is already wreaking havoc on your body. Before babe arrives and every moment is dedicated to taking care of him, take a minute to pamper yourself. This Mama’s Morning Tea is the perfect pause for your day. Blended with stomach settling Ginger Root and Spearmint, a safe hint of Peppermint, Chamomile and Lemon Balm, this tea is a great way to keep nausea at bay and wake up feeling somewhat like a human.
Another great way to treat the pregnant mama-to-be this weekend is with this Mom Pack. Complete with belly jelly and leg & back cream, it is the perfect combination to sooth the skin during pregnancy. The pregnant body goes through lots of changes and anything you can do to treat yourself is well deserved!
And the last treat is quite possibly one of the coziest gifts you could give or receive for Mother’s Day (and we won’t judge you if you buy this gift for yourself!) We have partnered up with our favourite new Mom-to-Be, Jillian Harris to help her navigate this overwhelming world of preparing for life with a baby. Jillian already knows a thing or two about how to treat herself to comfort and has gone so far as creating her own line of AH-Mazing pyjamas and clothing to make sure her comfies are the coziest. These Pyjamas by Jillian Harris for Privilege always sell out, so if you can get your hands on a pair, consider it a total mom score.
As a mom you will find your life turned upside down, will discover that you had more courage than you knew you could possess, your heart will grow so big that you think it might explode, and you will have truly earned the best title- Mom.
We’d like to treat one lucky Mom to a pampering prize pack for Mother’s Day. Our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Jillian Harris has teamed up with us to give away a set of her amazing pyjamas (the most comfortable things you will ever wear) and we are throwing in our favourite Earth Angel Mama Baby Tea for Mamas and a Mom Pack. To enter, log into the rafflecopter below, answering the question and then leave us a comment! This contest will run from Friday, May 6th to Monday, May 9th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
*Update, congratulations to Katherine K who is the winner of the Pampered Mama Prize Pack! Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for more exciting partnership and contest announcements!
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