One of My Favorite Toddler Things

I have an addiction… to diaper bags… mainly, to Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags.

It started with a gorgeous brocade Lemongrass Roll Shoulder Bag that I got on super sale from RegentsSecrets.com (which I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist anymore) months before Kendall was born. I knew not the Pandora’s Box of wonder I just opened.

I have 7 (?) diaper bags in total now,three of those are Petunia Pickle Bottoms, and yet, I feel my collection isn’t complete. My heart longs for a Boxy Backpack and my life would be COMPLETE with a Cake Cosmopolitan Carryall. That said, I won’t pay even close to full price for one, never have. I’ve bought every single PPB from hugely discounted sales like Regents Secrets or Gilt.com, where I bought the current bag of choice, a Cross Town Clutch, for less than $50 (maybe far less, can’t remember).

This is actually one of my favorite toddler must-haves. Around the time Kendall turned 2, I didn’t need to haul the giant diaper bag with me everywhere, but I still needed things like wipes and a changing pad for the occaisional accident, and I needed to fit an extra pair of undies, pants and a plastic bag (plus a few lollipops for bribes and some antibacterial wipes for nasty toilet seats). The Cross Town Clutch holds everything I need, plus my basics just perfectly.

From the back- Changing pad and plastic bag, the pockets hold my credit card holder, cell phone and crocheted coffee cozy, the main pocket holds fruit leathers, lollipops, lip gloss, various other bits, with a pair of undies and shorts on top, in front of that is the pocket that holds the wipes container

Before we began potty training, this bag still functioned nicely for us, even with cloth diapers. I could fit a wet bag and one Bum Genius 3.0 pocket diaper in it with no problems (could have maybe stuffed 2, but never needed more than one).

I clip my keys to the outside removable strap and throw it on my wrist. Then I have two free hands and ache-free shoulders to chase my wild and crazy 2 year old.

It helps that it’s gorgeous. That’s always been my favorite part about Petunia Pickle Bottoms. People ask me, “Why carry such a nice diaper bag? It’s *just* a diaper bag.” The way I see it, it’s not *just* for diapers. It’s my 3rd arm, it’s like an appendage. It goes everywhere I go, it holds everything I need for my baby AND me, and it took the place of all the fun, trendy, stylish or just plain pretty handbags I used to carry. Not that I was ever much of a purse whore, I really wasn’t. I had a few nice Coach bags I got from the Coach outlet and some cheapies for fun, but I was never as attached to a a purse as I have been my diaper bags.

A big part of it, I think, is that there are days as a mother where you will feel, and most likely look, like absolute hell. You will be exhausted, smell like sour milk, your hair will be in disarray and you’ll be trying to pull off some ill-fitting outfit because your body is in that horrible limbo stage where you can’t wear maternity clothes any more but you don’t fit in your pre-pregnancy clothes yet, and so help you, you are NOT buying jeans in a bigger size. On those days, it is so nice to have something with you that is pretty, that makes you feel a little more put together, that doesn’t scream BABY! (I mean, I know it’s a diaper bag, and you wouldn’t be carrying it if you didn’t have a baby, but there are no cartoon characters on it, you know?) At least, that’s the way I always looked at it. That’s why I firmly believe in treating yourself to a pretty diaper bag.

This bag has been through a lot this summer, and I need to freshen up the embroidery with a few swipes of my Tide pen.

I actually love this bag so much, that even when I’m traveling without Kendall I still take it with me as my purse (sans extra undies and shorts… but I keep the lollipops and fruit leathers).

What about you? Do you have pretty diaper bags? If not, what is something you believe in splurging on as a mom?

Gilt.com is having a big sale on diaper bags, including Petunia Pickle Bottom, OiOi, and a few more, starting tonight at 8 p.m. CDT. If you aren’t already a member of Gilt.com (they have some amazing children’s sales), you can sign up using my invitation link here. The sale will be listed under the Children’s tab. I don’t know if they will have any clutches, but last time they had quite a few of them for a really great price. I’ve also purchased a shoulder bag from them for $80, which is well below the full retail price. I’ll be checking in as soon as it goes live, keeping my fingers crossed for a Boxy or a Cake!

Full disclosure- I get a $25 credit each time someone I invite makes their first purchase. Once you sign up, you can invite your friends and earn credits, too! PPB didn’t ask me to review this bag, and I didn’t get it for free. I just love it that much.

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