Hi. My name is Chrissie, and I have a problem with diaper bags. I love them, but I’m also very picky. I used to have an entire collection that I’d rotate through based on where I was going, what we would be doing, or how I wanted to wear the bag. It was definitely not very efficient. I would forget basic things- like diapers. What parent forgets diapers?!
Me, I did that.
Until I found a bag that allowed me to give up all the others; one bag to rule them all. My Lily Jade Elizabeth bag.
I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to diaper bags. I dislike bags that scream ‘HEY LOOK AT ME! I HOLD DIAPERS!’. Another must is that the diaper bag needs to have plenty of organizational features. I prefer bags that can be used and worn in more than one way, and Elizabeth exceeds all of my criteria! I love how it looks and how organized the interior can be and that it can be worn several different ways! The only thing I’d change about the bag is to make it washable, but I admit, if the bag was washable it might change the overall look. They’re pricey, so definitely keep an eye on Lily Jade’s instagram and Facebook pages, they have outlet sales semi-regularly. That’s how I was able to snag one.
The Elizabeth has a ton of pockets which is one of the features I love most about it. I’m able to pack it for an infant and still have room for the iPad mini for my 4 year old. All of the external pockets are an over-packer’s dream! Take a look at everything Elizabeth is able to hold:
The interior features a removable insert, so it’s easy to pack full of baby things and snap into place, and it also makes everything incredibly easy to find. When the baby vomits all over me, I know exactly where to reach and grab a burp cloth without having to look.
We cloth diaper and finding a bag that can hold everything plus 3-4 cloth diapers is a pain, but this bag is the perfect size for both cloth diapers or disposables!
Here’s the insert packed with 4 disposable diapers.
And a look at the insert when it’s full of stuff inside the bag.
I really like that I can quickly remove all the kid stuff by just taking out the insert and have a regular purse. It’s the perfect size to sneak snacks into the movies; not that I’ve ever done that before. Here’s a look at the interior of the bag when the insert is removed.
The exterior pockets are one of my favorite features about this bag! There are so many easy-to-grab from pockets. In the front pockets I keep a small wallet, boogie wipes, hand sanitizer, and chapstick. I find that I grab for these items a lot and need to access them quickly.
The ‘hidden’ front and back pockets are where I stash the i-Pad and the other big kid distractors.
Look at this back pocket! You’d never know there was an i-Pad Mini in there!
The side pockets can fit a water bottle for me and my big kid without making the bag feel too heavy. Pro tip! The D rings pictured are the attachment for the messenger strap, but they can also use them with stroller clips to hook the bag to a stroller.
I can also wear it several different ways. Elizabeth can be a handbag, shoulder bag, messenger bag, and a backpack! It’s perfect for baby wearing or tossing on the back of my stroller. I wear a size XL top and can comfortably wear the bag on my back, whereas the majority of other convertible styles I’ve tried were not as comfortable.
One downfall of the bag is that the handles are not long enough to toss on my shoulder, so I have to keep the messenger strap sized for ‘shoulder tossing’. This may seem nit picky, but it could be an inconvenience for some. Especially if you’d like to use the bag regularly as a messenger or backpack. You’d have to adjust the messenger strap for each wearing position, and that could get tedious. I tend to toss the bag on my shoulder most frequently, so it hasn’t been a deal breaker for me thus far.
Here’s a shot with the backpack straps configured:
My bag is a little dirty now, and a little worn and faded in some spots, but after 3.5 years of hard use, that’s to be expected. I guess in some ways my bag is a reflection of me: tired, worn in, soft, and comfortable. What more could I ask for?
Want to know my 10 Diaper Bag Must Have? Check out that post here!
I always enjoy investigating new diaper bags!
What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!