1996, the year I became a Mom.
My cell phone looked like this.
I couldn't pay at the pump, and the average price of gas was $1.27.
My daughter's stroller was this very bulky thing, and
I couldn't even find a picture of her car seat that would buckle without a base! Gasp!
What I really wanted to find was a picture of my old diaper bag, but alas, I could not... I am afraid I was never very good at taking pictures. What I did notice however, is that there is now a much better selection of diaper bags to choose from.
The back pack
The stylish, yet enormous, carry-all style
Perfectly sized by Petunia Pickle Bottom, this is a great, but pricey option.
Not just a diaper bag, but a diaper bag system by JJ Cole
The purse style from Timi and Leslie
I have come to the conclusion that, like everything else in my life, my diaper bag must be a multi-tasker! If it only fulfills one task, I probably don't need it. I probably have something else that can do the same job just as well. Now, I know there are flaws in my logic. For instance, my toothbrush. It only, and ever only, will brush my teeth. (ok, occasionally it has brushed my kids teeth on accident.) A toothbrush is an acceptable uni-tasker. A diaper bag should not be... other wise I will end up with 87 bags everywhere I go.
I decided I just wanted a purse!
1. I am smarter in my old age! I have carried large
diaper bags with everything but the kitchen
sink in them. "Just in case!" Its silly. I will
be fine; the kid will be fine. Stash a few extra
things in the car if I need to...
2. I will only carry 1 bag. My purse, with all the kid stuff
3. I am not spending money on a bag that I will use for one
specific season. I want a good quality bag that will last and
work for all seasons. I think that is possible.
3. I got a better quality purse/bag with lots of great storage
that will do all that a diaper bag will; it just didn't come
with designer diaper bag price tag.
I found my bag at TJ Maxx.
It is a beautiful B. Makowski with pockets everywhere. Not to big and not to small! super soft leather and a very fun leopard print inside!
When I found it, I walked away from it! I decided to wait a little longer. I did, however, take a picture of it and I showed my niece to see what she thought. (She is my fashion consultant!) She loved it and gave me her approval. She is currently driving a very stylish yellow B. Makowski bag.
I just had to hope the bag would still be there for a couple of weeks.
Well, the very next night, my niece walked in the door, bag in hand, and gave us a baby gift!
Thank you Anna!
I did find that the bag is also available at amazon.com in gray, black or red!