When approached about reviewing one of their bags, I was admittedly a little hesitant. I’m more of an understated gal who buys everything black or gender-neutral, and my diapers bags have generally been purchased with my husband in mind. “Cutesy” is not a word I would use to describe my preferences for any baby item. Functional, however, most definitely is.
While perusing the Pink Lining website (www.pinklining.com), I liked their selection of bag sizes . Bear in mind, with 4.99 children (soon to be 5 ANY DAY NOW) ages seven and under, I have some packing to do – even as a minimalist. My three year old still has the occasional potty-training accident, so there’s a change of clothes for her. I pack a sippy cup for my 21 month old, along with snacks, wipes, diapers, and a couple of toys or activities (depending on where we’re going and how long we’ll be gone). Then, of course, I have the small items that tend to get lost in the bottom of the pit like hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and the occasional Transformer toy my son snuck into Walmart from the car. Now add the newborn items: nursing cover, more diapers (which are bulky because I use cloth), more wipes, up to two changes of clothes, changing pad, some kind of wet bag for soiled clothes, a cloth diaper wet bag, and eventually a second sippy cup and baby food. As much as I hate lugging a lot of stuff around, I also equally loathe being unprepared. So, I need a rather sizable diaper bag.
Before my 4th baby was born, my mom bought me an amazing diaper bag. I love everything about that bag except how big and bulky it is. Enter the QueensdaleTote.
It’s incredibly spacious (13.8 x 12.8 x 11.8 in), but it’s not bulky and doesn’t look like a traditional diaper bag. One really nice feature is the inner clasp that holds the sides together. This really sold me on this bag because it’s the number one feature that prevents the world from knowing just how much it will hold! It’s deceptive! Truly prevents it from looking so bulky without compromising on space. BUT, if you really need to pack it full for a day trip, just leave the inner clasp undone, and you’re good to go. There’s a large snap in the center of the top of the bag so the waiter at the restaurant doesn’t have to see the gross burp cloth you just tossed in there, too.
More on functionality … pockets inside and out! There are two large exterior pockets on the front, complete with magnetic snaps.
On one side of the interior of the bag, you’ll find a roomy zippered pocket, a fabric loop to hold a pen, and 2 roomy pockets for holding diapers and wipes. It easily accommodates several newborn diapers, a couple 3T diapers, a 4T pull-up, wipes case, and a tube of diaper rash cream. On the other side of the bag are 2 insulated pockets for your hot or cold items and one smaller non-insulated pocket.
Is that all, you say? Why, no. No, it’s not!
Pink Lining also provides you with a see-through, zippered wet bag complete with tether which snaps inside the bag, a changing pad, and a small mirror also with attached tether for the oh-so-brief makeup check before you venture into the grocery store.
|Close up of changing pad|
I really didn’t think I would like the pattern because “whimsical” generally just isn’t up my alley. BUT, after seeing it in person, exploring the features, and falling in love with the functionality without the bulk, I actually moved all my stuff into it right away. What’s even more amazing is my husband is still willing to carry it for me! For more information, visit the Pink Lining website and order away! Also, don’t expect it to take weeks for delivery just because it’s coming from the UK. My bag arrived in less than a week. Try to tap into your whimsical, carefree side while you look at the variety of patterns, sizes, and styles of bag this growing company has to offer.
Until next time,