I have been browsing around Tumblr looking up what’s in your bag tagged photos. It’s a voyeuristic activity, yes, but I kept on for days just (cybernetically) looking through other people’s bags. Pixiv and deviantArt also have these posts – some are photos, some drawn.
What’s so addicting about it is that you get to see what people bring with them everyday. I was surprised to find a handful of college girls actually bring with them a bottle of nail lacquer everyday. As to the reason why, I can never tell. Mostly women do these posts, so I was able to count quite a number of those who love Nars lipsticks.
Anyway, seeing as I was greatly amused with the posts I decided to try one using a nappy bag for moms who have children in tow. Here are some essentials that I think (and believe) a nappy bag must always contain.
a Il Tutto Nico Tote Limited Edition- Bronze $589.00 $450.00 Whether you only have one kid or you are herding a little crowd this baby bag is spacious enough to accommodate the essentials. The chic metallic bronze color can fit in with any kind of outfit you may wear and it’s made of nappa leather so it won’t get dirty easily.
b Vanchi Urban Wallet $44.95 $40.45 One cannot leave the house without his cash. Organize your bills and cards in a chic lilac wallet by Vanchi.
c Ella & Otto Organic Travel Blanket $44.95 Always keep one in your nappy bag in case of a sudden downpour of rain or when the air gets too cold – your child will need a coverup. You’ll need this especially if your child is still an infant or if you’re still breastfeeding. This organic cotton blanket will keep your baby snug and warm.
d Purell Hand Sanitizer 59ml – Aloe (price varies in stores) You need this because you’ll be holding a hugely delicate and sensitive-skinned human being. Children, especially infants, are susceptible to allergens and germs, keep your hand clean and sanitized with a handy sanitizer such as this. Some, such as I, use 40% isopropyl alcohol.
e Brother Max Milk Powder Dispenser $12.95 There are lots of types or forms of milk dispensers. My favorite is the 4-piece stacked containers with the spout at the top cover. I also have a 4-piece stacked milk dispenser with each cup having its own spout, but I prefer the first one. It all depends with your preference and experience so don’t be afraid to research and try.
f Bibska Bib Star Dazer $12.00 Children are natural sloppy eaters. They just enjoy food too much to bother with proper feeding etiquette. This stylish bandana-ish bib will keep your kid looking chic despite his ravenous antics.
g Baobab Blue Fleecy Hoodie $48.95 For chilly days a good jacket will keep the chills away. If you are going to a mall or an airconditioned space you have to bring a jacket in case your little rascal gets too cold.
h Teeny Towels Antibacterial Wipes $11.95 For wiping off food, dirt, dust, and poo, make sure the tissue you’ll use won’t harm your child. Antibacterial wipes will keep germs at bay and will help maintain your kid’s skin sanitized and squeaky clean.
i Burt’s Bees Natural Baby Bee Dusting Powder 212g $17.70 This talc-free powder will refresh your bub’s body after hours of running around holes and slides and jumping around. Its hypoallergenic qualities will not trigger irritants and allergens to stop your kid from enjoying your day out.
j Philips Avent Feeding Bottles 3 Pack 330ml $49.95 $32.95 Every kid needs milk for energy and protein, for his muscles and bones to be toned and strong. Philips Avent is one of the known names in baby bottles, but you can bring whatever brand you prefer as long as it is BPA-free and clean.
k Yoomi Feeding Bottle with Warmer 240ml $54.95 Unfinished milk will inevitably get cold, a handy warmer will be great help to a fussy drinker. Yoomi will heat the milk to a temperature similar to that of breastmilk to aid in baby’s digestion. A baby well-fed is a day well-enjoyed
l Olli & Pop Spill Cloth – Red $29.95 Little messy eaters are sometimes a pain, but keep the spills to the minimal with a ready cloth at hand. Always bring a cloth with you to clean up your kiddo after eating or after changing clothes. For those with infants, hang this on your shoulder before carrying your baby – this will then be your drool cloth.
A baby bottle bag or nappy bag is an essential item which should be in every pregnant woman’s must-have list. You need to keep your baby’s things in order and within reach when you go out. This bag is very useful until your baby grows up. Things won’t be cluttered and you won’t have a hard time preparing his milk or drink even when you are at the park or the mall. Having a baby bag also helps you keep track of things which your kid needs when going out of the house; You can rest assure that you haven’t forgotten anything necessary if you have thoroughly prepared the bag beforehand.
What are the things that must go into the baby bag?
- diapers (for those long trips)
- baby bottles with measured water (prepare these so all you have to do is dump the milk in)
- milk dispenser (estimate how much he needs)
- wet wipes (for emergency trips to the restroom or after eating)
- baby’s extra clothes (you can’t let sweat dry on his back)
- wiping cloth (for spilled milk, barf, sweat or food)
- alcohol or hand sanitizer (this is for you MOM, your hands must always be clean before holding your baby)
- baby blanket (if your kid is still an infant you’ll need something to swaddle him in)
- baby’s jacket (I always bring my toddler’s jacket just in case it gets too cold)
- your wallet (of course MOM)
- house keys
- baby’s food (if there’s any)
….and the list goes on. But remember to bring just the necessary stuff or else you’d end up carrying a heavy bag along with your baby. The list also depends on where and how long you’ll be out of the house.
It’s inevitable that a handful have to be packed, but a baby is very sensitive, demanding, and delicate. Everything must therefore be prepared thoroughly and packed conveniently.
How do you choose a baby bag?
- It is important that this bag be roomy. Considering the number of essential things your baby needs, the bag should have a lot of room to accommodate a handful of baby stuff. There are bags which are collapsible or can be pinched/buttoned at the side to adjust size.
- The bag must be sturdy. You won’t want your bag ripping apart in the midst of a family outing, don’t you? Check the material, make sure it doesn’t look like it will rip with too much weight or after it will be washed. There are bags made of plastic, and some made of sturdy cloth and cotton. Put to mind the things that will be placed in the bag, and the manner in which you’ll be washing the bag.
- Vertical or horizontal? Just like a paper layout, portrait or landscape? This is totally your call, being the one who will carry it. Which orientation are you most comfortable with? Which do you think can accommodate more items? I prefer bags which are in a horizontal rectangle shape, because the things which will be placed inside won’t be stacked over each other in considerable depth. Horizontal bags are better because you won’t have to dig too deep to find a diaper, and it doesn’t topple over easily.
- Compartments! I think this is a must. A baby bag must have a lot of compartments for little things, especially the bottles. Look for a bottle pocket at the sides or inside. Look for pockets and dividers which can keep items in place and organized. This way, you’ll be able to easily locate something you need.
- Straps. These straps must be adjustable and comfortable to the shoulders (or back ir you’re opting for a backpack type). Make sure that the straps won’t snap off easily.
- Design. There are a lot of available chic baby bags out now, from plain block colors to printed. Some look obviously kiddie, and some look like a lady’s purse. Choose one that suits your taste without sacrificing efficiency, convenience, and material strength.
- Look for bonus stuff, such as changing mat and accessories, purse, etc. Some nappy bags have diaper purses with them, others have changing mats tucked inside. Whatever it may be, it’s always great to get additional items in the package.
Here are some beautiful baby bags that you can choose from. You can find more at Babyroo store.
A OiOi Pompeian Red Leather Pocketed Hobo Bag AU$297.00
B Storksak Olivia Nappy Bag AU$225.00
C Skip Hop Dash Deluxe Baby Bag – Black AU$118.95
D Isoki Hobo Reversible Nappy Bag AU$148.00
E OiOi Dark Chocolate Jacquard Messenger Nappy Bag AU$134.00
F Annabel Trends Shoulder Bag AU$39.95
G Il Tutto Layla Nappy Bag AU$449.00
H Mia Bossi Caryn Nappy Bag AU$480.00
I Mia Bossi Maria Designer Nappy Bag AU$450.00
J Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Baby Bag Ocean Stripe AU$106.20
K Storksak Elizabeth Leather Nappy Bag AU$62.00
L Storksak Emily Shoulder Sak Nappy Bag AU$189.95
Knowing that you’ll become a mom is the most exciting feeling in the world. The privilege of bearing another human seems like an unspoken final stage of the right of passage to womanhood…other than menopause and mid-life crisis. Decorating a nursery and buying baby stuff is like floating with the the clouds even when in a tight budget. New life just brings with it a different sense of joy to women.
If you have a friend which has a baby on the way, why not join on in with her present state of happiness? Show her your support by giving her fun, unique, and most of all functional gifts for her baby shower just like these:
c Lilly & Lolly Ned Bookcase $750.00
e Il Tutto Nappy Bag Sophia – Chocolate $399.00
f Compendium Making Memories $25.45
i Willow and Finch Heat Pillow $29.95
j Willow and Finch Shower Cap $24.95
l Willow and Finch Sleep Mask $18.00
m Mum To Be Gift Set $199.95
The heart shape is the universally-loved form. Wherever you go, whatever hour it is, the shape of the heart is loved by many.
When it comes to toy animals, the bear is the heart’s counterpart – specifically the teddy bear. Soft, cuddly, and huggable, the stuffed teddy bear is one of the symbols of love and endearment during Valentine’s Day and is a gift well-loved by children, although a real bear is completely opposite huggable.
Get the tradition going in new form with these bear-y cute and bear-y colorful bear stuff for kids.
Ooops! Watch out for the bear hug once you give one of these to a child.
1 Rock Your Baby Bear Hug Tee $27.00
2 Flirty Bird Bear in the Wood $7.60
4 Woodours Baby Bear Melamine Plate $12.95
6 Minti Bling Bear Tee $44.95
8 Flatout Rosie Bear $49.95
11 Minti Bubble Bear Singlet $29.95
16 Bruno Cotton Blanket & Bear Gift Set $125.00
May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day! Mothers have put their lives on the line when they carried their unborn child in the womb – pregnancy is the most sensitive time in a woman’s life. They again placed their lives in danger when they went through labor to bring new life in this otherwise cruel world if they weren’t there to make it beautiful.
If you are looking for the greatest hero, look no further. Your mother is the best hero. To thank your mom for making life perfect and a little less unfair than it really is, get one of these wonderful gifts and give her the greatest present of all – love.
This handful of Mother’s Day gift ideas are fit for every mummy personality, to help her and make her happy, so there is no excuse to skip the gift wrapper this Mother’s Day.
b Lovestamp Balance Necklace $94.95
e Philips Avent Dect Baby Monitor $249.00
f Amy Butler’s In Stitches book $45.00
g Il Tutto Olivia Leather Wristlet Bag $129.00 each
h Family Travel Pack – Pink $35.00
i Black + Brum Fruit Loop $89.95
j Il Tutto Sienna Leather Bag – Red $189.00
l Chocolate Rose Bloom $81.00
n Strawberry Bloom $111.00
o Smart Ass G-String Yummy Mummy $24.95
r Yummy Mummy Apron $24.95
s Compendium “She” Affirmation Book $27.00
Having a baby is no excuse for new mommas to ditch fashion and dress down. A woman is prettiest during pregnancy and motherhood. Accentuate your new accessory, your little doppelganger, with these fabulous nappy bags. In fact, they’re too momma-licious you can still use these even when your baby’s already wearing skinny jeans. She might even borrow one.
Prepare to take these totes and look terrific with your tiny trotter.
2 Il Tutto Bella Mini Bag – Red AU$149.00
3 Mia Bossy Caryn Designer Nappy Bag – Fudge AU$560.00
5 Storksak Emily Shoulder Sak – Taupe AU$189.95
6 Storksak Emily Shoulder Sak – Pewter AU$189.95
7 Storksak Gigi – Chocolate AU$255.00
8 Dwell Studio Luggage Tag Orange Rhino AU$14.95
9 Il Tutto Lucia Leather Nappy Bag – Red AU$399.00
11 Il Tutto New Layla Nappy Bag – Cream/Tan AU$449.00
12 Il Tutto Limited Edition Chiara Nappy Bag – Red Choc AU$469.00
14 Isoki Hobo Reversible Nappy Bag – Zanzibar AU$185.00
15 Il Tutto Mia Leather Nappy Bag – Red AU$449.00
16 Il Tutto Nico Nappy Bag – Navy AU$249.00
17 Mia Bossi Tobey Nappy Bag – Tangerine AU$180.00
18 Il Tutto Stella Leather Nappy Bag – Black AU$429.00
19 Isoki Petit Traveller Nappy Wallet – Wild Orchid AU$39.00
20 Il Tutto Sienna Leather Bag – Black AU$189.00
21 Skip Hop Studio Tote Pewter Dot AU$199.95
Blue is the crowd favorite color. It symbolizes serenity, calmness, tranquility, and silence, and it is used in rooms for its soothing effect due to its resemblance to water. I have noticed that blue is the only color which has a lot of shades down the list – aqua, light, powder, turquoise, cyan….the list goes on. It seems like every little difference in blue’s hue has a name.
One very common and timelessly fashionable shade of blue is navy, the sailors’ color. Get those dusty dancing shoes out and put on the record of Village People while dressing your kids in these navy-licious treasures.
1 Bebe Baby & Jr.: SAM Preppy Friendly Vest – Navy AU$42.95 AU$29.95
2 Ouch Big Wave Cargo Shorts – Navy AU$44.95
3 Oobi Baby Starry Tights – Navy $16.95
4 Drybib Bandana Bib Navy AU$16.95
5 Pure Baby Navy Terry Zip Jacket AU$39.95
7 White & White Chillout Sofa Navy Stripe AU$189.00
8 Oobi Baby Knit Overalls – Red & Navy AU$44.95
10 Ouch Navy Blue Velour Hoody AU$36.95
12 Il Tutto Nico Nappy Bag – Navy AU$249.00
13 Cocoon Couture Sleepy Blue Owl on Navy Beanbag $99.00 $84.95
14 Oobi Baby Minky Cordoroy Whale Toy AU$29.95
15 Bebe Navy Cuffed Drill Short AU$36.95
17 Pure Baby Essential Leggings Navy AU$18.95
18 Oobi Baby Navy Cord Coat with Whale Lining AU$69.95
19 Peace Street Joy Tutu – Navy Ink AU$39.95
20 Oobi Baby Baby Bear Hoody – Red & Navy AU$45.95