I. Heart. Petunia Pickle Bottom.
If you’ve ever thought chic and stylish diaper bags don’t exist, think again. Petunia Pickle Bottom, a company started by three individuals in California, began their journey “out of a desire to bring style and sophistication to the world of modern parenting.” Mission accomplished. If you are yet to see one of their creations (these vary from diaper bags and slings to blankets) then please visit www.petuniapicklebottom.com where you will see so many gorgeous and functional diaper bags, that your head will start spinning and you credit card will scream “Use me!”
I was recently extremely lucky and purchased a PPB Boxy Backpack in Bergamot Roll at 50% off from www.babysteals.com. The Boxy Backpack comes in a range of patterns, and is able to switch from being a shoulderbag to a backpack by simply removing the straps you choose not to use. It measures 13″ x 13.5″ x 5.5″, so it’s not too wide, but it’s very deep. It’s lightweight, and you can use the PPB stroller clips with it to attach it to your stroller, but they are sold separately here. Most importantly, this bag has a built-in changing station. But I will get to that in a moment.
Let me begin by saying everyone agrees that the PPB prints are so much better in real life than what you see on their website. The photos in no way do them justice. The embroidery on this bag and the way the material shines, just screams the fact that time and effort have gone into the making of it. And that is something us moms appreciate. It is water-resistant so should anything spill on it, you can just wiped it off. After I stopped wow-ing at the outside, I took a peak in the inside and was not disappointed.
As you can see from the photo above, by simply pulling down two short zippers on the front of the bag, you open up the built-in changing station. There is a soft, cushy changing pad that folds out, and next to it you have two large pockets which fit the PPB monogrammed wipes case and diapers (I can fit one cloth diaper in the space) and there is a small pacifier pocket which I use for diaper ointment. So on a recent outing when I needed to change my baby, I just opened this part up and everything was there. Perfect. The changing pad is removable via the velcro tab and machine washable. I’m grateful for this given it’s so pretty, I’m just waiting for a poop stain. You know, because that’s just what I’d expect when I put my baby on my gorgeous and expensive bag.
Inside the main bag area I can roughly fit three changes of clothes, a wet bag (for cloth diapers), a nursing cover, snacks and my essentials- keys, wallet etc. There are four bottle pockets- two inside the bag and two outside. I use the two inside for my daughter’s snacks, and the two outside for mine and my daughter’s water bottles. There are two large organizational pockets inside which I use for toys or paperwork I need to carry. There is a detachable zippered “dirty diaper pouch” inside that is also machine washable, but as I use a wet bag for diapers, I use this pouch for my wallet and phone. There is so much you can fit in this bag, you will be pleasantly surprised!
I am usually a shoulder bag kind of girl, but decided, for the sake of research, that I would try it as a backpack. I absolutely loved having both hands free to carry/run after my daughter, and I have decided to stick with it as a backpack for now.
In fact, as I stood in line at Babies R Us today, a lady said to me “Excuse me, where did you get your bag from? It’s so beautiful.” I’m sure I was grinning from ear-to-ear as I started. “Well, it’s interesting you ask….”