With two kids I got the most gorgeous Vera Bradley bag for Christmas. I used it for a whole year but alas, I didn't realize when I asked for it, that it would be falling off my shoulders all the time (which is quite difficult to fix when you are in the street with a baby in your arms and a toddler holding your hand). It was also, HUGE! Which you would think would be great, except for I tended to load it up (since, hey, the stuff fit, so why not take it "just in case") and it only had one huge pocket where all my baby necessities and my things seemed to converge into one gigantic mess that I was constantly rummaging through. I also threw my back out on more than one occasion carrying it and my kids.
Recently, I have been using a cute red backpack that a friend got for me in Korea. It even has our name embroidered on it. It's only issue is that it is too small for day trips and has a fully unzipping side that when searching for baby treasure in the bag, everything tends to fall right out.
The task before me was for me for the "perfect" bag (which I truly do not believe it exists!). I was dumbfounded at the cost of diaper bags. I needed one that either had an over the shoulder strap or was a backpack and could hold all the essentials without being huge. I needed something durable, cause lets face it, I (and my kids) put our bags through the ringer. It travels with us everywhere and holds various items that can leak, spill, stick...you get the picture. Something easy to clean that can keep up with me with out looking grimy. I also did not want an obvious diaper bag (you know the ones with Pooh or Mickey on them). I wanted a bag that fit me.
So I landed (at the keen recommendation of a good friend) on the Timbuk2 website. They have all sorts of bags for everyone, not just moms, and you can even design your own. I choose to buy one that was on sale (because that is just how I am), and it just came in the mail today! I felt like it was my birthday! I reorganized all my stuff and loaded it up. So far I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am so excited about this bag that I decided to write a post about it-instead of nap with my littles! That should tell you a lot.