The Best Diaper Bag (And How You Can Get It For FREE!)

With one kid (especially a toddler), it’s pretty easy to get by with just a larger purse with a spare diaper and wipes inside for daily outings.  But now, adding a newborn to the mix, I realized there is a TON of stuff you need on hand to be prepared.

A popular diaper bag for cloth diapering moms in the past has been the Casual Cargo Purse by Thirty One.  I was able to get one before it was discontinued a couple years ago, and I’ve found it to be an excellent purse/diaper bag for day outings.  However, it is pretty casual, and I was wanting something a little more classy to carry around.  Thirty One’s new Diamond District purse is the perfect upgrade.  It’s pretty much the same size as the Casual Cargo, but offers even more organizational options.

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 3.53.38 PMFor a more traditional look, you can choose the Diamond District in City Charcoal Snake, or to add a pop of bold color,  you can get it in Gatsby’s Green Pebble.

IMG_4115 On the outside, the Diamond District has a large front pocket with magnetic closures for quick and easy access.  It’s perfect for all the “mommy” stuff like wallet, keys, chapstick, etc.  I love the Thirty One All About the Benjamins Wallet (pictured in green), and although it’s pretty big, it still easily fits inside the Diamond District pocket.  On the back, there is a hidden outer pocket for a cell phone.

IMG_4112Inside the Diamond District is are two flat pockets, a side pocket, and snaps to add on two additional pockets (either a flat zipper or tri-pocket), so you can get exactly the organizational options you need.  This fits a TON of stuff, but isn’t too large to carry around.  It makes the perfect purse/diaper bag.

Here’s what I was able to easily fit in mine with room to spare:IMG_4109IMG_4113

I love the Thirty One Zipper Pouch (pictured in Teal Mod Dot) or Medium Thermal Zipper pouch to keep even more of my baby essentials organized inside!

IMG_4117And to keep it all contained, it has a sturdy zipper across the top that can also fold down if you don’t want to use it.

As you can see, the space, organization, and overall look of the Diamond District easily makes it a top contender for the “Best Diaper Bag.”  But, it gets even better!  When I was looking at popular diaper bags, the price tag can be huge!  While the Diamond District retails for $148, you can get it for half price or free when you host a Thirty One party!  Where else can you get that kind of a deal?

I am loving my Diamond District, and I think a lot of my mommy friends would love it too!  What do you think?  What features are most important to you in a purse/diaper bag?

*Want to see another diaper bag option that dad would be proud to carry around?  Check out the Thirty One Hostess Exclusive Backpack.

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Baby Registry: Newborn Clothing Essentials

I haven’t share a list in a while, so here’s one for all my new mom friends out there.  🙂

When you share the news that you’re expecting, the first thing people love to buy you is baby clothes.  And who can blame them?  They are so adorable!

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Our baby BOY is giving us a thumbs up!

One of my favorite memories is from the day we found out we were expecting a boy.  I texted my co-workers this sonogram picture and shared the exciting news.  The next day one of my friends gave me a box of cute little boy clothes from Gymboree…she worked there and just couldn’t wait to pick some out for him!

So, you probably don’t need to put many clothes on your baby registry at all, but here are a few recommendations I have for what you will need for those first few months:

Essentials:

IMG_3668.CR2-2Newborn Mittens (Two 3 packs) – These are great to have because babies are really bad about scratching their faces when they cry.  And their nails are so sharp!  It’s nice to have quite a few because they do get sucked on and dirty, so you want clean ones to change out.

Newborn Onesies (4-6) – The most basic of all newborn clothing.  Here’s a neat thing I recently learned about their design:  The large head opening is also able to pull down over their body in case the baby has a blow out diaper and there is poo all over the bottom of it.  That way you don’t have to pull a poopy outfit over your baby’s face.  Genius!

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

Newborn Sleepers (4-6) – Both Jeremiah and Evelyn pretty much lived in these.  Except Evelyn was so long when she was born, she didn’t fit in any of her newborn sizes and ended up wearing her 0-3 month sleepers right away.

Newborn Socks (8 pack)

0-3 Month Onesies (4-8)
0-3 Month Outfits (4-8)
0-3 Month Sleepers (4-6)

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

Gerber White Onesies (1 package/size) – These are great for layering under clothes…especially during the winter!  Both long and short sleeved onesies are great to have on hand.

Newborn Caps (5 pack) or headbands – I used these a bit for Jeremiah, but since he was a summer baby, I didn’t need them very long.  Not to mention he already had a full head of hair!  I loved having cute headbands in every color to go with Evie’s outfits.  She doesn’t wear them around home much, but they are great for making her look extra cute and girly when we are out in public.

Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:

I think it’s a good idea to register for a few of these in various sizes.  I ended up with a TON of 0-3 month outfits, then nothing larger than that for Jeremiah.  He barely wore each outfit more than once or twice before he outgrew it.  You can’t know exactly what size of clothes your baby will need in each season, but you can give a pretty good guess*.  And if you live in Kansas, the weather changes so much, you could use pretty much any outfit (summer or winter) regardless of the season!

*Just FYI: the Carter’s brand clothing seems to be a lot more true to size than other brands.

3-6 Month Outfits

6-9 Month Outfits

12 Month Outfits

Well, there you go!  That should give you an idea of where to start with your clothing registry.  Want to know what else I recommend for your registry?  Click Baby Registry Listto download my FREE Baby Registry List with a bonus Hospital packing list & Postpartum supplies list!

And whatever you don’t get as a baby gift, there are always Craigslist deals, garage sales, and consignments sales where you can get some like-new clothes for just a fraction of the price.  If you want to see where I found my best deals, you should check out my post about getting Baby Gear Bargains here.

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