The Top Diaper Bags for Stylish and Savvy Moms
Forget bears and bunnies. Today's diaper bags are all aboutmom and her needs: The need to be organized. The need tofeel stylish. The need to have daddy lug the thing aroundonce in awhile.
First, some general guidelines from veteran moms:
1. Always, always, always try it on first.
And if possible, stuff it with as much junk as you plan tocarry on a regular basis. This is the only way to tell ifit's everything fits, if it's too heavy, and if it will beeasy for you to carry.
2. When in doubt, make it black.
Yes, the new Kalencom Retro Tall Diaper Tote in pink poodlesis awfully cute ($39.90 at Oh BabyGift.com), but choosethis, and you don't have a prayer of getting your hubby tocarry it for you. Ever.
3. First functional, then fashionable.
It is wonderful that there are so many new designer diaperbags out there. But cool doesn't cut it when you're in themall with a screaming baby, and you can't find the pacifierbecause your diaper bag has no pockets or compartments.
What's New, What's Cool, What's Right For You
For the super-organized, highly-functional mom, check out:
1. The Lands End Do-It-All Diaper Bag ($29.50)
This bag is practical, well-designed and won't break thebank. It has an extra long changing pad, an adjustablestrap and a "parent pocket" to hold your sunglasses, cellphone and other grown-up stuff. (http://www.landsend.com)
2. The L.L. Bean Diaper bag ($36)
Roomy enough to carry everything you'll need, but not so bigthat you'll feel like you're carrying a suitcase, the L.L.Bean diaper bag is designed with function in mind. Forexample, it has a large zippered front section with the keyclip, so you can easily find your keys. Even more neat: Thelining is in a contrasting fabric color to make it easy tospot whatever you're looking for inside.(http://www.llbean.com).
3.The Functionally Arranged Diaper Bag ($119.99)
This has to be one of the most innovative diaper bags I'veever seen. It has a removable lightweight organizer insertwith compartments designed to carry diapers, bottles, etc.It also has a place for keys, cell phone, wallet, etc., anda strap that converts the bag from a shoulder bag to abackpack. Plus, you can buy slipcovers in differentfabrics, so you can change the look of the bag withouthaving to buy a new one. (http://www.babyuniverse.com).
For the Cool Daddy
4. The Skip*Hop Duo Diaper Bag ($50)
What makes this messenger-style diaper bag cool is that itcan attach to the handlebars of a stroller, leaving youprecious storage space in the stroller basket. It has twointerior organizer pockets, a cell phone holder, pen holdersand two zippered pockets. It's a great diaper bag for dads,because the style doesn't scream, "I'm a pocketbook!"(http://www.babyuniverse.com).
5. The Diaper Dude Bag ($49.95)
Another sporty, messenger-style bag, the Diaper Dude bagcomes in several manly colors, including black, gray andcamouflage. It's designed to wear across your chest, so itdoesn't look like a purse. It has handy clips for keys, apadded changing pad, three exterior pockets, and a removablecell phone pouch. (http://www.babystyle.com).
For the Ultra Hip and Super Stylish
6. Carter's Diaper Bag tote ($9.98)
Stylish and affordable, the Carter's Diaper Bag tote hasplenty of room, but no special compartments. What's niceabout it is the sleek, microfiber styling, which makes itlook like a stylish tote, rather than a diaper bag.Currently on sale for 50% off at Babycenter(http://www.babycenter.com).
7. Amy Michelle diaper bags ($195-$225)
Amy Michelle makes two diaper bags: The Camellia and theJasmine. You'd never know these were diaper bags. Theyjust look like elegant black purses, yet they have many nicefeatures for moms, including internal and external bottlepockets, a quick-release pacifier holder, an easy-to-findkey ring, cell phone holder, compartments for diapers,wipes, etc., a removable wet bag and a large side pocket.(http://www.amymichellebags.com)
8. The Pursonality Messenger Bag ($120)
Fun and sporty, the Pursonality Diaper Bag in Sugar andSpice comes in a cotton candy color that will make you feellike a star. And it's practical too. The fabric is stain-resistant and easily wipes clean. You can convert it from ashoulder bag to a backpack, and it's designed so you canaccess all the pockets with one hand.(http://www.diaperbags.com).
Stephanie Gallagher is Author of "The Gallagher Guide to theBaby Years" (http://www.gallagherguide.com). Get a freecookbook when you subscribe to her ezine, The Shopping Mom'sWeekly Tip. Send a blank email to email@example.com.
Potty Training Doll - How Do You Use A Potty Training Doll To Potty Train You Child?
Your heard about using a potty training doll that drinks and wets to assist in the process of potty training. Okay - that sounds good. So how do you use a potty training doll?
Are You Spending Too Much Money on Baby Gear?
Did you waste $57 today? I hope not. Unfortunately, so many new parents pay much more than they have to for baby products, because they don't know the secrets the insiders know.
The Personality Traits of a Pisces Baby
Your Pisces Baby..
Baby Shower Gift for Dads
Gift for Dads:The mom is always on the limelight when she is pregnant. Poor Dad! He is also excited as mom. It is his proudest moment too. After all it is his son or daughter too.. It would be nice to invite dad to the shower. If it is a ladies only shower, you could still get the proud Dad-to-be a gift. In this piece you will see some of the suggestions which could go as gifts for Dad.
The Reflux / Asthma Connection
Most babies and kids with reflux will have typical symptoms of reflux (spitting up or vomiting, excessive crying and irritability, etc) but some do not express any outward symptoms. They are referred to as having silent reflux. Their only symptom may then become asthma and many doctors may not realize the link between reflux and asthma so the reflux never gets diagnosed or treated. The child's asthma can then be difficult to control with the normal medications.
Types of Baby Showers
There are different types of baby showers to cover just about any ocassion. Baby Showers have been traditionally for Ladies only. But in this day and age, you can plan a baby shower for just about any kind of group.
When Should Your Baby Wear Shoes?
There is actually a bit of controversy about this question. Some pediatricians recommend that your baby not wear shoes until at least 15 months of age. Others feel that a child should start to wear shoes as soon as they're walking. However, you have to consider where your baby is walking. If they are cruising around your own home, then there is usually no need for shoes. But what about outdoors? Obviously you wouldn't want your child running around barefoot on cement or in the dirt. Babies should be wearing a firm shoe in this case to prevent injuries (and dirty socks).
Childrens Gift Ideas: Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond
When your time comes to shower a new mom or family with baby gifts, keep in mind that not all gifts are created equally.
To Invite or not to Invite the Dad to the Shower?
Do you invite dad to the baby shower? As per the old tradition, the baby showers are "ladies only" celebrations and generally the dad did not attend them. However, he would arrive at the end of the baby shower to greet and thank all the baby shower guests and the hostess.
Etiquette for Baby Shower
Etiquette for baby shower used to be quite rigid, but rules have relaxed in the past several years. Etiquette is a word that strikes fear in the heart of many party planners. You don't want anyone to get upset or think that you are being rude. There are several rules of that you should be aware of. Whether or not you follow them is up to you.
Perfect Baby Shower Idea List for Necessity Type Baby Gifts
Perfect Baby shower idea lists for necessity type baby gifts. By necessity type baby gifts, I mean items which every expecting mother needs. These items are usually reasonably priced, and easy to find.
Keeping Your New Baby Safe
After all the baby furniture is purchased, you'll have to start thinking of baby safety supplies. Once your baby becomes mobile (and that's in a few short months), battening down the hatches is extremely important.
How to Choose a Diaper Pail for Disposable Diapers
When you have already made the decision not to use cloth diapers, your next decision will be how to choose a diaper pail for disposable diapers.
Baby Safety Checklist - Protecting Your Baby
When bringing home your new baby, there are so many things to do in order to get ready. Making your home a safe haven for your new little one is one of the most important things you will do to get ready. Each room contains its own set of dangers. Below is a baby safety checklist to ensure that every room in your house is baby friendly.
Beyond Flash Card : How To Do The Infant Visual Stimulation In Fun And Creative Ways
Babies learn about the environment surrounding them through five senses: vision, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. Of those five senses, vision is the least developed sense a baby has at birth.
Baby Dangers New Parents Need to Know About
This Spring many new parents will welcome new additions into their family. Prior to taking on this important task, most parents hear and become knowledgeable about common safety precautions like preventing poisoning or selecting the right toys but there are big, hidden dangers that parents need to be aware of. These hidden dangers, by causes not often thought of or addressed, include the potential of suffocation, strangulation, germs and re-breathing which is a proven problem associated with SIDS.
3 Simple Steps In Searching For A Baby Name
Five Ready Signs to Start Potty Training
Starting new things for your child sometime difficult, but you still have to do it. Potty training is one phase that your child has to go through. So, find out when is your child ready for potty training. Here are those five ready signs:
Gift Giving For Baby
Since they are you friends or relatives, chances are you know their lifestyle. Do they like to travel or like taking day trips to the amusement parks or zoos? If yes, backpack diaper bag is a good idea. A backpack diaper bag frees up both hands and it looks good on both man and woman. Baby carrier is another good choice for gift for active parents. Think about other travel accessories like shopping cart strap, stroller cup holder and other small but useful traveling gadgets. Portable booster is a good idea too. It is always cleaner than the ones you find in most restaurants.
Strange Facts About Babies And Parenting
Did You Know: