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I am a wife to an amazing man, and a mother to my two beautiful children. I love to photograph and write about my experiences through motherhood, and I am a DIY/decor lover. To read more from me, visit my site Sense & Serendipity.
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Having a baby, especially your first, is an exciting time usually filled with making a lot of purchases you had never previously put a lot of thought into. One of those purchases is your diaper bag and it can be a difficult decision. There are so, SO many bag options out there and they range from pretty cheap to really pricey.
One of the first questions you’ll likely ask yourself when picking out a bag is: do I save or splurge? Well, I’m here to give you five reasons why you should splurge on a bag . . . and not just any bag. I want to introduce you to my favorite splurge-worthy diaper bag: the Lily Jade.
5 Reasons to Splurge on a Diaper Bag
1. This is actually a gift for you, not baby.
Okay, I know that you wouldn’t go out and buy a diaper bag if you weren’t having a baby, but with the Lily Jade you actually might want to. All of the styles offered by Lily Jade are simply beautiful. They are classic and stylish and as gorgeous as any designer bag on the market. And since you all be carrying this bag as your purse for longer than you think (more on that below), why shouldn’t it be something you’d want to carry even if you didn’t have a kid? Honestly, I think Lily Jade bags are better looking (and better made) than many of the popular designer bags on the market, and while Lily Jade prices aren’t cheap, they are certainly cheaper than many other designer purses and diaper bags. For me, the Lily Jade is worth the splurge because I won’t be buying any new purses for a while anyway, so why not gift myself with something nice?
2. You will be carrying it for a long time and it needs to hold up.
One thing I didn’t realized is how long I would be carrying a diaper bag. With my first baby, I thought I’d be back to carrying a “normal” purse after she was walking. I was SO WRONG. And then you add baby number two and you need to carry EVEN MORE STUFF. It has been four-and-a-half years since my first child was born and I still have to carry a bag roomy enough and tough enough to handle my day-to-day shenanigans. The Lily Jade is made with high quality, real leather and exceptional craftsmanship that holds up beautifully to everyday wear and tear. If you’re going to be carrying a diaper bag for a year or more (you will), you want it to be a bag that holds up to mom life, and this one certainly does!
3. You will need lots of room for lots of crap.
Babies require a lot of crap. A LOT. Even just running to Target to get more diapers can be a huge undertaking when you have a baby (or two, or three). I love that the Lily Jade is super roomy and can fit everything baby needs for trips as short as 15 minutes to several hours. Diapers, wipes, snacks, bottles, extra formula, change of clothes (blowouts always happen at the worst time), nursing cover, changing pad (comes with the bag!), bottle of wine–oh, wait. You get the idea, right? You will be carrying a lot of stuff all the time, and all that stuff can get heavy. One of my favorite features about Lily Jade bags is that you can carry them on your shoulder or on your back like a backpack! Every style of Lily Jade converts to a backpack carry, leaving you free to use both hands and distribute the weight of ALL THAT CRAP evenly across your shoulders. Brilliant!
4. Nice bags can be used beyond baby years.
One of the most surprising things I discovered about carrying a diaper bag is that I would actually need one beyond the baby years. Do you know how much stuff a toddler needs AT ALL TIMES? Seriously, my four-year-old daughter can’t leave the house without her water bottle, a snack cup full of goldfish, and (when she was potty training) an extra pair of clothes. I tried to switch to a large, “normal” bag after she was out of diapers but I found that normal purses just don’t allow me to carry all that I need for me and my toddler. And don’t get me started about what I have to carry with a baby and a toddler. Thankfully, Lily Jade bags are roomy enough that you are able to fit what you need for day to day errands as well as what you may need for your kids even if they’re not babies anymore (sniffle).
5. Perfect for working moms.
Lily Jade bags are perfect for working moms who need to carry all kinds of stuff to and from work. No mom wants to walk into the office with a bag that screams, “I HAVE A BABY AND MY BOOBS ARE PROBABLY LEAKING ALREADY!” As much as you love your new bundle of joy, when you go back to work (or even if you work from home but need to go to a meeting), the last thing you want is a bag that pretty much screams “mom.” Lily Jade bags do no such thing. Also, I love that the insert of this bag can come completely out so when you drop your kids with the sitter or at daycare, you can easily take the insert out without giving up your bag. I also love that when you take the insert out, you have room to carry your portable breast pump, or all your nursing pads, or your stash of snacks. And on those rare days that you don’t need any “mom” stuff with you, the Lily Jade doubles brilliantly as a work bag. Personally, I can easily fit my laptop, my day planner, my camera, a bottle of water and all my “purse things” like my wallet and keys.
Splurging on the perfect diaper bag shouldn’t be something to feel guilty about. You will be hauling an ungodly amount of baby/mom/work stuff simultaneously for a good deal of time, so you need to invest in a bag that will hold up to this crazy, wonderful, hectic time in your life. I’m such a huge fan of Lily Jade for this very reason; this bag is so versatile and beautiful that no one knows it’s actually a diaper bag and I often get asked by non-moms where they can get one (you can find Lily Jade’s current selections on their website here)!
So, go on, treat yourself to something nice, mama! You deserve it!