Anna’s review of the Baby Mule diaper bag got me thinking about two things: one, my own transport of kid essentials; and two, how incredibly unsavvy I am in the field of kid products. Consider this a second-rate low-budget low-tech bag review aka “Carrying Kid Stuff for Mummies”.
I’ve tried several strategies to keep myself organized. I kept a sturdy grocery bag in the car stocked with kid stuff – toys, diapers, an extra pair of clothes – but I effectively filtered its presence out of my consciousness entirely. I found it while cleaning the car and it had diapers and clothes three sizes too small. My second attempt was to buy a stroller-specific bag – an older version of the Skip-Hop messenger bag. The weighty bag tipped the stroller over backwards every time I took my child out of the stroller, and like Anna I wasn’t partial to the feel of a messenger bag. Then I was given a Reisenthel Mother-Child tote. It is a sweet little idea to encourage your little one to hold the handle at his/her height, but somehow I just never got to the “OMG! Where has this bag been all my life?” moment. First, I don’t know if my first child ever grabbed the handles. I just gave it a test drive with my three-year-old and the handles were too high for his average-sized self.
The Reisenthel bag, however, was strong, spacious, and sturdy. So I grabbed up a handle-less version at a local thrift store for less than a dollar – perfect! It fits everything I need for a day out, my diaper stash on road trips, or all of my kids’ rain gear when I’m not using it day-to-day.
I’ve also realized that kids are awesome porters! My son and daughter both love the animal backpacks, so we switch off snack-packing and toy-toting duties between them. I often stuff the kitty bag with the pared-down needs (diaper, wipes, and a snack) to keep things simple. The owl pack gets stuffed with doo-dads they don’t play with often when we go on road trips – makes car trips that much easier. And we’re that much closer to getting out the front door and onto the next adventure…