Dude, I feel like I found a unicorn. Over two years of being a mother and do you know, I have never actually used a diaper bag? Well. I bought a few, like the Bugaboo messenger bag to match my single stroller (mistake - it's still in my closet with the tags in case I ever get around to reBaying it) and a few that made their way back to the store. Diaper bags are just . . . how to say this . . . bad. And so I went about ruining "real" bags with leaky bottles and half-chewed crackers. It got a little expensive. And gross.
But today, ladies, I FOUND IT! I found a diaper bag I actually love! It's by Mia Bossi, a company based right herrr in hometown Chicago, and it's called the Caryn bag in Tangerine. Swoon! Here is the criteria I've been looking for in a bag, diaper or otherwise:
1. Not leather. The bag I have been using that I bought in Italy is luxe indeed, but it's freaking heavy. Leather weighs too much for all the crap I have to lug, so I'm looking for a canvas option. Mia Bossi? Done.
2. Big, but shorter and wide. I was never a big math whiz, but my small grasp of physics tells me that narrow, tall bags suck my keys to the bottom while stuffed animals drift to the top. I need a wide, shallow bag for easy fishin'. Mia Bossi? Boom.
3. Stroller friendly. I bought a stroller with a big ole storage compartment, but I'd rather use that space for groceries and just tack my bag to the handles. However most "stroller" diaper bags have annoying stroller straps that either come separately or don't flow with ease from stroller to shoulder. I need easy. Mia Bossi? Pow. (The same straps used on the shoulder unclip to hang from the stroller bars - simple, yet genius.)
4. Water resistant liner. Mia Bossi? CHECK. It has a zip-up removable liner, so you just yank out all your ickiness, wash, dry and replace. No more crumbs from 2008 surprising us in the crevices.
5. Looks fun, but not diaper-baggy. Now let's have a look:
With this bag, yeah, me bossy alright.
Stella's bossy too!
We're going to need this now that we're home.