Babywearing | Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid

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The newest addition to our wrap collection is the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid in the beautiful color/pattern Aphrodite. As you all know babywearing is a big part of our lives and I have quite the diverse collection of carriers. I actually just had to de-stash some of my carriers because I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and many of the ones we bought when we were first pregnant with Edith just aren’t ones that we use at all anymore. Anyways since becoming a babywearing educator I have really gotten more interested in wrapping and while I prefer woven wraps I know that there are those out there who love their stretch wraps so I have been on the lookout for the best stretchy wrap options.

This stretch-hybrid wrap is super soft, light weight and supportive. I recently wore it on a hike and Alder and I faired well with carrier. I did find that when he moved around, well basically tried to fling himself backwards out of it at one point because we wanted to nurse and we hadn’t arrived to a spot for me to easily stop and nurse, that it did start to loosen a bit but otherwise it worked well.

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One of the major things that is different about this carrier versus a stretchy carrier is that you can safely wear your baby on your back. The wrap has a bit of stretch but is secure enough for you to get baby in a proper and secure seated position on your back. The only major con for me for back carries is that the wrap is a bit too long for my preferred back carries. Despite  the length of the wrap being a bit long for me I do find that I am able to get both Edith and Alder in secure carries that last for a long time without losing positioning.

Overall I really like this wrap and it is one that I have come to use on a regular basis. There are a few cons that I have listed below but nothing that would deter me from recommending this wrap. Check out my pros and cons to see what I thought of this wrap.

Pros:

  • Stretch-Hyrid giving you the softness of a stretchy wrap with more of the secureness of a woven.
  • Supports children up to 35lbs – you can use it with your newborn or your toddler!
  • Folds up small into a zip carrying case for easy transport
  • Easy to nurse in!
  • Comes in a variety of colors – I love the Aprhrodite and the Hammy.
  • Under $100.
  • Fairly Traded.
  • Machine Washable.
  • Great tutorial videos – although I do have one con about these (see below).

Cons:

  • Length. This is my number one con because I just find it to be a bit too long for me. I wish like the Wrapsody Breeze that this one came in sizes.
  • The tutorial videos are great and really show you a variety of ways to wear your babies but I find that they are a bit rushed.
  • While there are a variety of colors in the wraps I’d love to see some solid colors.

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Currently 1.24.15

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Doing: Oh just getting really excited as I realize that tonight is only Saturday night and that I still have another weekend day to get ohh a million things done tomorrow. Who am I kidding? Let’s focus on just getting one or two things done. Right now Neil and I are catching up on Top Chef and Alder is being a wild man who was up ALL last night (seriously I slept from like 12a-1a and then maybe 15-20 minutes more until getting up at 2:30am with a crying Alder – seriously felt so bad for baby boy and at the same time being frustrated that I couldn’t just sleep. I ended up with him until about 5:45am before hearing Edith over the monitor and heading back upstairs. I finally got a few hours of sleep around 6:15a-8:45a. I don’t know what his deal is tonight but he is wild.

Thinking about: Oh the 30 different blog posts and YouTube videos that I am working on and how nice it would be to have a maid.

Watching: Top Chef! Trying to catch up so no spoliers but we are just loving this season because Gregory Gourdet from our favorite restaurant Departure is on it. Side note his restaurant is a client of a PR company that I sometimes go to events at and last November he was at an event at their offices and I totally geeked out.

Looking forward to: Getting out for a hike tomorrow.

Reading: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte — I’ll be posting a review soon! 

Loving: Red Wine. Babywearing (we got a new Tula Toddler — whoop whoop). Cooking. Skincare. Makeup. Running. My family (duh). 

 

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Quick Update!

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Hi Friends!

Sorry for such a long time between posts. Things have been kind of crazy here after the holidays and both kids and Neil have been since the past week. I’ve got a bunch of new fun blog projects in the works and can’t wait to get regular posting. That being said you can expect a new post tomorrow!

 

XO.

Lindsay

Currently 01.08.15

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Doing: Currently I am writing this post while trying to figure out what is going on our meal plan for the next two weeks. In other news around here we have been going through some nap strikes and a strange bout of eating strikes from the child who up until a few days ago would eat most anything – please tell me this is just a phase. Alder has been happily waking us up at 4am this week, another thing I hope is just a result of a developmental leap. Besides all that Edith started swim lessons this week, Alder laughs all the time, I’ve managed to clean up most of the first and second floors this week and Neil has been bringing home the (tempeh) bacon.

Thinking about: what we are going to eat the next two weeks and how I wish we had food right now because I want a snack (and a glass of wine).

Watching: Neil and I have been watching or should I say up until today binge watching The Good Wife. Back when it started we watched the first few episodes but dropped it not because we didn’t like it but because shows we were already dedicated to watching took over our screentime. When we saw that the first five seasons of the The Good Wife were on Amazon prime instant streaming we started it and became obsessed.

Looking forward to: Our playdate tomorrow aka mom chat time. Also the weekend because while this hasn’t been a bad week it has been a tiring and long week and I am so ready to have Neil home with us.

Reading: I am currently reading Gone Girl (and no I never finished The Book Thief); this book is seriously good and I only have 13% left to read so I am hoping to finish it before Friday night (at home) date night so that Neil and I can watch the movie.

Loving: Neil and how despite working all day that he gives me a break in the evening and he gets up to bounce Alder at 4am when he is fully awake and ready to party. 

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Family Travel // Long Beach, WA // December 2014

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Neil’s birthday is coming up in just a few days and since it is so close to Christmas we usually forgo giving gifts and instead we do something fun. When it was just the two of us we traveled to snowy, beautiful Quebec City with a side trip to one of our favorite destinations Montreal. Another year we took the train to NYC for a long weekend where we found ourselves running around the city, quite literally (after eating a huge Indian feast) when I forgot our passes to Top of the Rock. We also spent Christmas at Disney another year and then this year we headed to the coast. We actually had decided not to a trip this year when at the last minute I decide that I just wasn’t ready to leave Alder for a date night (our original plans) and I ended up finding a deal for two nights at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, WA (just over the bridge from Astoria).

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We decided that while we could really use a date night (still on the must happen in the next month list) that we also really needed a little bit of a getaway as a family. So we made the reservations and packed ourselves up and headed to the coast. Unfortunately heading to the beach doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny and warm, although I really think that should always be the case and Edith agreed as she insisted she needed to bring her bathing suit with us. (Side note her tankini bottoms did end up making their way to the beach with us).  Anyways it ended up being super cold which meant that the time at the beach was limited but that didn’t matter because we had a beautiful view of the ocean from our room and we were able to explore Astoria aka our favorite travel destination.

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The first evening of our trip was spent freezing at the beach, eating the most amazing pizza (currently deemed the best pizza we have eaten on the West Coast) and fries and veggies at [pickled fish], we watched a Baby Einstein movie from the DVD selection at the hotel and then once the babes were in bed we shared a beer, chocolate and watched …I have no idea something on TV. Then we spent the remainder of the night attempting to sleep with little help from Alder.

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Monday morning we headed into Astoria for coffee and breakfast at Street 14 Coffee one of our favorite destinations. The drip coffee is decent, the pumpkin and apple bites are amazing and the other breakfast options are good. After properly caffeinating we headed to the Columbia River Maritime Museum one of our favorite spots to visit. We ended up getting a membership because it really is the best deal if you plan to visit a few times in the year. We are able to go to the 3-D movies as part of the membership so we watched Sea Rex, or rather we all watched the first 23 minutes of it before Edith and I made our grand exit and Neil stayed with a sleeping Alder to watch the remainder of the movie. We looked around for a bit after the movie before heading to Buoy Brewing for lunch and birthday beers. Then it was back to the hotel for naptime which ended up happening in the car so instead we had a little relax on the couch with tea and watch shows time because it’s too freaking cold to play at the beach. Once we had too much screentime we made the poor decision to head to Fort George for dinner because we had a gift card but dinner was kind of a bust so it was a less than fun experience.

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We ended our trip with more coffee from Street 14 Coffee and a little more playtime at the maritime museum before making the trek back to our freezing home. While this wasn’t anything like our exciting city birthday adventures of the past we did enjoy spending time as a family in a place that we love. I have to say next year I hope we can maybe make the destination to a beach that is a little bit warmer *sigh*  at least a girl can wish.

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How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Any big plans this year? 

 

12 Moments // 2014 in Review

I know I said I wouldn’t be back until tomorrow but here friends of ours kindly took over New Year’s Eve hosting duties which freed up some time to sit on the couch and snuggle Alder while working on this post. We have had quite the year so lets take a look back at 12 moments, one from each month of this past year.
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January: We started the year off with a bang and announced that we were once again expecting!
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February: We got hit with a massive snow storm (massive for Portland) and we spent a few days as a family snowed in and enjoyed playing in the snow.

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March: We went on our very first hike of year and first hike at the Gorge. It was a beautiful hike and we can’t wait to head out again this year.

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April: We took a vacation back to where our lives started as a family of three – Vermont. We spent 10 days visiting family and friends and showing Edith where she was born.

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May: May was all about getting outside and visiting lots of Portland playgrounds.

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June: We took a trip to our favorite vintage trailers at the Washington Coast. Seriously one of our favorite things of the year and we are already planning our trip for 2015.

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July: Edith turned two!! I didn’t get any good pictures from our little party but here is one of her covered in dirt, chocolate and whipped coconut cream.

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August: Alder Grey joined the world August 1st and started our month off on a great note.

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September: We headed to the Oregon Coast with my parents for our first mini vacation as a family of four.

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October: We celebrate Halloween with great friends and these cuties.

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November: November was all about family time and making memories. This is from our first family of four hike in Forest Park.

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December: December was a busy month with lots of fun moments but this is just one of my favorites. We like to spend one weekend morning each week at a coffee shop and above is a photo of my two little photographers at our favorite Sellwood Coffee Shop Either/Or.

Well that wraps up 2014! We are off to get ourselves ready to enjoy some dinner, drinks and an early bedtime. Cheers!

Holiday Gift Guide | 4 People + 5 Gifts Each+ Stockings for $250

Only a few more weeks until Christmas! I thought I would share what a $250 budget for gifts looks like. As I wrote in this post we do five categories per person plus a stocking. The goal was to do it all for $250 and 70% locally and so far we are on task. Here are some ideas I had and the grand total adds up to $249.95.

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To Wear: Zara Printed Shirt - $7.90 – I have a seriously love for Zara and their kids clothes are incredibly cute and while some are a little out of my budget they have some incredibly cute and inexpensive kids items. This shirt is one of my favorites but there are a number of other cute shirts for $10 or less. Also the quality is really great.

To Read: Potty – $3.97 – This is a book that Edith already has and she loves it. Today she was sitting in her room reading it too herself and while she isn’t regularly using the potty yet she likes to read about it and I think it helps to inspire her to want to try.

From Baby to Tot: Melissa & Doug Color Blast Artwork- $4.99 – I know your baby won’t be officially picking out a gift for their older sibling so this year you get to pick something small but fun. Edith loves these Melissa & Doug Color Blast Artwork so I thought it was the perfect gift “from Alder”.  Alternatively this works as a great “create” gift as well!

A Want: SugarBooger Zippee Robot BackPack – $15.00 – now Edith isn’t quite at the point where she is asking for things so this is based off of something I already know she likes. She has the SugarBooger Robot apron and loves it and she has been talking about getting a backpack so I thought that this would be the perfect thing.

To Create: Melissa & Doug Design-Your-Own Bracelets – $4.99 – I bought these for Edith and as gifts for two of her friends and everyone loved them! They are so much fun and Edith still plays with the bracelets today. The kit comes with stickers to decorate the bracelets so your tot can design their own bracelet and then they have a fun bracelet to wear after!

For Stocking: Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb ($3.95), Sjaak’s Chocolate Nog Bites x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Winter Wonderfuls x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Organic Mini Chocolate Cups x2 ($0.80), Snackimals Animal Cookies ($0.99), Mini Dinosaur Tattoos ($1.99), stickers x2 ($2.00), travel coloring book ($1.00) and Seitenbacher Strawberry Alligators ($1.50).

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To Wear: Zara Lightning Detail T-Shirt – $6.90 – I bought this shirt for Alder and it is one of my favorites. It’s super soft and so cute on him. I think I need to go back and buy all the other colors.

To Read: Daddy Kisses- $5.13 – This book is so cute and this is the actual book that we bought Alder for his “to read” gift. We found it at a local shop and had a coupon so it was about the same price as on Amazon. There is also Mommy Hugs, Daddy Cuddles and Mommy Loves.

From Tot to Baby: Nuby Wacky Teething Ring- $2.99- If your tot is like mine they have a strong opinion about what they like and don’t like so chances are they are ready to pick out a gift for their sibling. In Edith’s case she gets to pick the gift with a little guidance aka I give her a handful of options that I think are suitable for Alder and are within budget. For this I chose the teething ring because we are reaching teething time around here so it’s the perfect gift and it’s inexpensive.

A Want: Sassy Fascination Station – $5.99 – Alder is not at the point where he wants anything besides a boob, snuggles, a nap and a clean diaper so this is the year that instead of a want we choose more of a need. Soon Alder will be joining us at the table but until he starts solids he is going to need something to entertain him. For Edith we had this Fisher-Price Booster Seat with the toy attachment tray but we left it at my parents house and we now just have the basic one without the toy tray so I thought why not get a suction toy to put on the tray to entertain Alder? Bonus we can take it with us when we go out to a restaurant as well!.

To Create: Green Tones Llama Shaker – $9.98 – You can interpret “to create” as you would like, for us this includes creating music and this little llama shaker is a fun baby friendly toy. It is made from chemical free wood so no worries when baby puts it in his/her mouth and is the perfect size for babies hand.

For Stocking: Zara Pack of Two Panda Socks ($7.90), Bright Starts Theeter – Teethe-a-saurus ($2.99), Nurtria Silicone Teether – Penguin ($2.99), Happy Baby Packet ($1.39) and Weleda Calendula Baby Starter Kit ($9.79).

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To Wear: Zara V-Neck T-Shirt – $9.90 – Again another item that I love for Zara and this time for mom. Everyone needs some basic tees but this one has as few little details like the rolled sleeve that make it a little more interesting. It’s nice, classic and great quality.

To Read: Gone Girl – $2.99 (Kindle) –  I don’t know much about this book just that it is super popular and it supposed to be really good. For only a few dollars for the Kindle version I would definitely put this on my “to read” list. Tip: If you partner has a Kindle go for the Kindle version for them because it can stretch your budget! 

For Mom From Kids: Framed Hand Print Photo – $1.99 – Again another inexpensive frame from IKEA however this time instead of photos of the kids try something a little more creative such as cut out hand prints (idea), paint hand or foot prints or just some basic art work that your kids worked on together. Use what you have around the house for this project and just have fun!

A Want: $25 BirchBox Gift Certificate – Okay I know I said that I’m not big into gift cards but there are about a million things I want off the BirchBox website so a gift certificate is just what I would love to have. Side Note: a BirchBox subscription is a great gift as well at only $30 for a 3 month women’s subscription or $60 for a 3 months men’s <— Neil loves his BirchBox as well! Also not sponsored we just love our BirchBox.

To Create: VELA Notebook - $8.50 – I LOVE notebooks. If you ever find yourself wanting to buy me a gift a notebook is the perfect route to go. I love them all sizes and types. They are perfect for blog brainstorming, recipe ideas and just to jot down anything that I am thinking about. They are a creative outlet for me and therefore my favorite type of gift.

For Stocking: Luxury LUSH Pud bath bomb ($6.95), Sjaak’s Chocolate Nog Bites x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Winter Wonderfuls x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Organic Mini Chocolate Cups x2 ($0.80), Newman’s Own Organics Licorice Twists ($0.79), Enjoy Life Crunch Cookies ($0.89), Alba Botanica™ Mineral Terra Tints SPF ($2.69), and Chocolove Mini Dark Chocolate Bar ($1.19).

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To Wear: Zara Fingerless Gloves – $9.90 – These ones are little different and something your husband might not think to buy himself. These gloves are perfect for the hubby who likes to use his phone as it will keep his hands warm but his fingers will be free to text, Google and share photos.

To Read: Barista Magazine – $7.00 – Neil is a coffee lover and even roasts his own coffee. This is just the type of magazine that he would love to receive for his “to read” gift. Of course you can sub a different magazine that your love would enjoy.

For Dad From Kids: Framed Family Photos – $2.36 – These IKEA frames are only $0.99 each and have a little stand making them perfect for any dad’s desk. Prints can be done locally at places like Costco, Target or Walgreens for only around $0.19 each making this a cute, inexpensive but thoughtful gift from the kids.

A Want: $25 Clive Coffee Gift Certificate – Now I’m not big into giving gift certificates or cash for the holidays but in the case I make an exception. Neil really want to buy an espresso machine and since that is way far out of our holiday budget I thought I’d do the next best thing and get him a gift certificate to the store that he will be buying it at. This can help jump start the savings process and I know it’s going to be put to good use and that it’s something he would love. Side note this is NOT what I got Neil for his want gift but now I’m thinking maybe I should have because it’s such a good idea. 

To Create: Fermentation for Beginners – $9.79 – Neil has recently really gotten into the idea of homesteading and doing lots of canning. I thought that this would be the perfect book to help foster some creativity when it comes to canning.

For His Stocking: Zara Mercerized Sock ($7.90), Dirty Tooth Tabs (4.95), Sjaak’s Chocolate Nog Bites x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Winter Wonderfuls x2 ($1.30), Sjaak’s Organic Mini Chocolate Cups x2 ($0.80), Primal Strips Jerky ($1.50), Home Free Gluten Free Mini Cookies ($1.09), Giovanni Shampoo & Conditioner ($2.98), and Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bag ($0.69).

Side Note: I included so many things from Zara so that it would be how I would really shop if these were the items that I actually bought for Christmas. I would have purchased $50 worth of items so as not to spend the additional shipping cost.

Breastfeeding | Pumping Sucks

Tonight I am heading out with one of my girlfriends for a little wine and painting date. I am thrilled to get out of the house and have some adult only time but getting out the door is such a hassle. I tell you I love breastfeeding but pumping is the pits. I give major props to those working moms who spend half their day pumping because if it were me I tell you I would have given up on breastfeeding within a week of starting back to work.

I unfortunately am not one of the lucky women who can pump with no issue. It takes me multiple times, I’m talking 5-6 sessions, to pump a 5oz bottle. I just don’t let down to the pump easily at all. Pumping involves me turning the pump up all the way and then I have to keep adjusting to get the flow to come and 10 minutes in there is no more coming out and I have hardly filled a bottle. Needless to say my desire to get out for more than an hour at a time is squashed the thought of having to pump. I sucked it up for tonight but ugh I just finished session number 2 and I still only have 1.5oz.

You might be thinking why not start sooner than the night before? Well I know I could have started yesterday morning or even Monday night and still have had a fine bottle for tonight but I honestly just didn’t even think about it. I mean I knew I had to do it but since it’s just not in my ordinary routine to pump I just didn’t even think of it with everything else I have had going on at home. I also am weary about pumping and freezing because back when Edith was a baby I did this and I had a freezer stocked (with 1-2oz bags) of milk but due to an excess of lipase my milk would go sour making it in edible. The problem is I didn’t know that until after I had already pumped (what felt like) a million times. Apparently you can scald the milk immediately after expressing before you freeze and this can help with the excess lipase but since I didn’t know that until it was too late I have never done that and at this point I can’t be bothered.

Anyways the point of this post is to tell you that yes pumping sucks. Yes 90% of the time I would rather stay home than pump but it is also IMPORTANT to suck it up pump as many times as necessary to get a bottle and get out of the house for 4-5 hours ALONE. I can do it and so can you; seriously stop thinking of all reasons you can’t because trust me I have used them all but the truth is you NEED to make time for yourself. To be honest I am writing this post to convince myself of all this as well. Also when all else fails make plans to do something that you have to pay for in advanced because you are less likely to back out aka why I am going out tonight (and because I need GF time).

How is pumping going for you? What are you pumping highs and lows? Why do you pump? or why don’t you? 

I think I need to get a new pump because one side seems to have more suction than the other. I have always wondered if my pumping issues are also in part due to my pump. Do you have a pump you love? Share with me. Also wondering if I can still qualify for a pump via my insurance – anyone have insight on this?

Baby Gear | Diaper Bag for Two

Here it is! I am finally doing an update to my Diaper Bag Dilemma post from back in July. I don’t know why it has taken me so many months to write this because literally hours after posting I found a diaper bag and took the photos a few days later. I am not updating the photos because nothing has really changed when it comes to the contents except for updating extra clothes. So here it is my Diaper Bag for Two update.

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I ended up find the Petunia Pickle Bottom Women’s Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag on Craigslist a few hours after posting about my search. It was kind of a fluke thing actually. We spent the morning running around trying to find a bag at a few different second hand stores and baby stores in Portland to come home empty handed. While Edith was napping Neil was perusing Craigslist just for fun and mentioned that I should look there for diaper bags and I agreed. I saw the listing for this bag pop up and contacted them immediately. I heard back within minutes and a few hours later was heading out to pick the bag up.

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So I ended up going with this bag because not only is it a shoulder bag but it is also a backpack which was one of my top requirements for having two children. I needed my hands free and nothing to be slipping off my shoulder. I also couldn’t really go with a a cross body bag due to babywearing. The second must have for me was that it had to be big enough to fit things for two children plus my phone, wallet, keys and DLSR camera. My third requirement was that the bag not be too sporty since it is my everyday bag aka my purse.

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Well as you can see this bag has everything I needed! While it could be a bit bigger and the straps are not super supportive for long durations of time it fits my needs and I or rather we (Neil wears it too) are loving it.

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As you can see I can fit everything I need in the bag. I have books, small toys, change of clothes, wet bag, wallet, wipes, a reusable bag, a bib, both cloth and disposable diapers, dog poop bags (for dirty diapers) and more wipes. Oh and my DSLR, keys and phone and snacks!

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I also love that the diaper storage and diaper bad are on the front of the bag in a separate compartment.

If you are looking for a great backpack bag or a bag for a toddler and a babe this is a great bag. I know it runs for around $145-80 new but at least around here you can find them in consignment shops and on resale boards (Craigslist and Facebook boards) for a lot less. I bought ours for $65 and it’s in excellent condition.