2.) not "babyish" meaning no cartoon animals or cheesy sayings
3.) big enough to hold everything that i'm gonna need (not that i know what i'm gonna need yet) but small enough that i don't feel like i'm overwhelmed by bag
4.) easy to clean
5.) stroller straps
6.) durable (i don't wanna have to buy a new one in 6 months cuz the first one was crappy)
8.) and a bag that i'm gonna be excited about carrying EVERY SINGLE DAY
i read through customer reviews, watched video clips about these bags on youtube (yes you can find anything on youtube), looked at pictures, debated over colors, compared prices, asked anyone i knew that had a baby.....yes i went overboard, and i'm glad that i did! i came across this little gem in my searching. this bag is from DwellStudio.
when i first stumbled across it i thought it was super cute but it had two downfalls....there were no pictures of the interior and it was priced at $164.00!!!! that was so not gonna happen. so i quickly forgot about it and moved on. it seemed that all the bags i found that i really loved and had great reviews were the ones that cost 100 bucks or more and i was having a hard time thinking about spending that kind of money on a bag that i wasn't sure if i would like. so, to make a long story short...i saw this bag again in my searching and it was being discontinued and it was on sale for $64.00. so i looked it up other places online and read the reviews and they were all great....so i decided that even though that was still a little pricy for a bag (i justified it by telling myself that i would be using it every single day for the next...oh....6 or 7 years AND it was on sale) that i would take the plunge and just go for it. and when i got the bag yesterday i was so glad that i did!!! it's cuter and better than i expected. now, i know that i haven't gotten a chance to use it yet and to REALLY test it out but so far it seems to be exactly what i wanted.
it looks like cloth but it's a coated canvas that will wipe clean of any spills or messes (i didn't want that cheap plastic looking stuff), the handles are actaual leather, there are tons of pockets and places to put everything, the zippers are durable, there are built in stroller straps that are easy to use, the inside is all waterproof and easy to wipe clean, comes with a matching changeing pad and a nice little wipes case, it has pockets for bottles or sippy cups (yes they are big enough to fit the sippys) and it's cute and isn't gonna make me feel like i'm carrying a cheesy daiper bag around.
i know that i'm kinda rambling...and i can think of a few people who read my blog that will totally roll their eyes at this post (you know who you are), but i'm so thrilled that i found a bag that i'm happy with. so to all you soon to be mommys take the time to stress about the bag and to really make sure you are gonna like it, because it's gonna be your purse for the next...who knows how long, and who wants to go out a buy a new cheap bag every few months???