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The search is finally over! for real this time.
on August 25, 2014
****This is an updated review of the new Skip Hop Signature diaper bag****9/29/2014
Hi guys, its been a month since I reviewed this bag and I wanted to provide an update and upload some photos since there are really no customer photos or YouTube "whats in my diaper bag" videos of this bag.
One month later and I still really really love this bag. I use it as a purse, even on the weekend when I'm working and not with my son all day...it goes everywhere with me. One month of constant daily use and I've had no problems, still looks like it just came out of the box. I had some milk spill in one of the front insulated pockets, but it wiped clean easily with just a baby wipe. Speaking of those front insulated pockets...they keep milk cold for about 2.5 hours (no ice pack added) in my experience. A reviewer commented that they cannot fit Avent bottles in the insulated pockets but I fit a Tommee Tippie bottle, an ice pack, and a pouch of yogurt in 1 pocket with no problem so, not sure about that claim. One thing about Skip Hop's canvas bags...the pockets are tight when you first get them...you do need to break them in a little bit. Its worth the sturdy look and durability of the canvas bags.
I did change the way I organized the bag, and since I find reviews that list bag content useful I'm going to do that here:
Front pockets(insulated) - 1 pocket is kept empty so I can use it for cold items my son needs - sippy of milk, water, juice or any cold snacks: cheese stick, apple slices, etc. The other front pocket holds a small notebook with a pen, a bottle of kid friendly hand sanitizer (BabyGanics foam), chap stick (Palmer's cocoa butter swivel stick...which is awesome btw), and my son's toy V-tech cell phone. Even babies can't leave the house without their cells. You might also see Thomas the train hanging out in there.
Front zip pocket - I keep a full pack (not travel) of boogie wipes, paci wipes, and my son's meal time kit.
Back pocket - Change mat and thin pack of Honest wipes (best wipes ever, but $$). I will also throw my Samsung tablet back here at times.
Side mesh pockets - I keep one open - either for a coffee travel mug or water bottle for me...or a water bottle for my son. It fits a camel back bottle great. The other mesh pocket holds 2 pacifiers in a sanitizing case (Mam) and tube of m&ms for when a little bribery is needed.
Inside pockets - one holds just diapers and will fit about 4 (maybe 5) size 5s which is plenty for a day at my son's age. The other is kind of a mommy/ miscellaneous pocket...It holds: disposable poopie diaper bags, a pair of extra toddler socks, and a medium size tube of Aveeno baby lotion, travel size deodorant, facial cleansing wipes, face moisturizer, a hair brush, and a pad.
The rest of the "things" are in the main compartment - extra set of clothes, a thin blanket, a first aid kit (which serves us both), some of my sons toy cars contained in a paci holder, a few thin books, and a burp cloth...which at the toddler stage is great for messy hands and other misc. messes. I hang a bottle of hand sanitizer off of the cute little built in toy loop.
I have no plans on moving on to another bag and I'd recommend it to anyone. The Chevron pattern is available at BRU for 60 bucks and you can use a 20% off coupon. If you are willing to pay $60.00 you can order this bag directly from Skip Hop in any color/pattern you like, they offer free shipping if you spend over 40 bucks and they have phenomenal customer service, so does Amazon and BRU. When ordering from Amazon, just be aware these bags are regularly counterfeited, skip hop has a statement on their web site about this. I will upload some pics.
****End updated review****original review below****
My son is two years old now and since he was born I've tried so many diaper bags, proclaiming one bag after another as "the one". After months of use with these previous bags I'd eventually realize that while the bags were good they were not the bag I've been searching for. Well, after about a dozen bags I think I finally found my bag.
There is nothing bad to say - no negatives!
I got the Duo signature in red (directly from Skip Hop). The red is a really great color you don't see offered in many bags, the dark gray trim is nice too. The thing that got me about this bag is that it actually keeps me very organized. There is a pocket for everything you need and the pockets are just smartly placed and exactly the right size. The inside is not huge but it's not as narrow as the original Duo bag. I'm also very impressed at how light weight this bag is even when packed full. Given the sturdy canvas material and all the things I stuff in here it actually almost doesn't make sense that it could be so light - it defies gravity.
More about the pockets: I love the mesh pockets on the ends. I keep one for my son's sippy cup and one for a water bottle for me or sometimes I'll toss my phone in. In the front zip pocket I keep a tablet, a small digital camera, and my iphone. I keep my wallet in the hidden "tech pocket". I remember with the original Duo if you had those top zipper pockets stuffed you couldn't get into the bag - the space inside the bag was invaded - not true here. In the deep lower front pockets I have a summer hat and a burp cloth (for messes) in one and the other holds hand n face wipes, booger wipes, paci wipes, chap stick. I will sometimes also use those pockets for snacks or toys. I keep a change mat and some thin paperback books in the back pocket. The inside has 2 pockets. I keep diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a first aid kit, a meal time kit, a book, a roll of little bags for poopie diapers, butt cream...all that stuff.
I also love the tote handles, I didn't realize how useful they would be, yet they are out of the way. The bag seems very sturdy in construction...canvas material. Just a great bag! cute, smart design, durable, lightweight, and compact. I get a lot of compliments and a lot of "Where did you get that red bag".
Thank you, Skip Hop!
oh the shoulder strap does slip off my shoulder...so ok...there is one negative. I hope it doesn't become a problem because I really do love this bag.