With two children still in diapers (OK, one is in pull-ups), I can't escape the house without a diaper bag. For short trips, one of my small diaper bags works fine - a couple of diapers for each of them, some wipes, and maybe a change of clothing.
But for an entire day out or an overnight, when I need full changes of clothing, snacks, sometimes meals, sippy cups, sunscreen, lots of diapers, and any accessories for the day, one diaper bag rarely holds it all. We often must resort to two diaper bags - one to hold diapers, clothing and supplies for changes, and the other to hold food, drink and eating accessories. It's a pain to lug two bags around, and the second bag is often our backup bag - the ugly diaper bag given out by the hospital.
Enter Ju-Ju-Be. I was asked to review their new diaper bag, the WannaBe, a bag designed to hold everything you could need for a day out. I was skeptical that it could really hold enough to take my two kids out for a day at the pool or for an overnight stay with a friend.
When it arrived, my first thought on opening the box was that the pattern is beautiful. I received the citrus/green, and the colors are so vibrant and bright they make me smile just looking at the bag. As I lifted it out, I was then surprised at just how large this bag is!
I'm happy to say, this diaper bag holds everything. It has several generous sized pockets to keep things organized, including a large insulated pocket for drinks and snacks. It even has a pocket for your iPod. A pocket on the exterior is useful for keeping items for yourself, while two removable, see-thru wet bags are great for keeping wet or soiled items away from everything else. (Or for keeping more delicate items away from wet items!)
If you're going to the beach, the WannaBe has an amazing feature. After loading up everything at the end of the day, unzip the bottom of the bag to reveal the Sand Trap mesh bottom. Give a good shake to get all of the sand out of the bag while keeping everything else in place. Genius! There's also a towel holder on the outside of the bag to hold a rolled up beach towel.
You can carry the WannaBe in two different ways. First, the tote shoulder straps can be adjusted for the most comfortable single shoulder or arm carry. But if you are hefting a full bag across a beach to get back to the car, use the backpack straps to distribute the weight and free up your hands.
The Ju-Ju-Be WannaBe is an amazing diaper bag, and I'm in love with just how useful it is. Even after the girls have left diapers behind, this will still be a go-to bag for trips to the beach. It's stylish design doesn't scream "diaper bag" like so many do. The bag is also waterproof, machine washable, and the lining has an anti-microbial treatment.
Want to win a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag? I'm giving away one of the BeLight diaper bags (it's a small diaper bag, great for short trips) in the color of your choice! To enter, visit the Ju-Ju-Be site, then leave a comment here telling me which bag color you like the best. Contest ends August 29 at 11:59pm eastern. One winner will be chosen at random after that date. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
And if you aren't the winner, check out the Pink Room at the Ju-Ju-Be website for the Real Mom Giveaway. Each week Ju-Ju-Be gives away one diaper bag of the winner's choice (ANY bag!) - enter by answering the question of the week.
**This contest is now closed.