|Baby vs. Longchamp|
When it comes to D.I.Y., I’m more D.I.Why? (ie. Why do it yourself when you can buy it?). However, if the project is simple enough (No drills or hammers for me!), and I'm motivated either by necessity, boredom, or cheapness, I may attempt to do it myself.
This particular project was motivated by necessity- the need to not carry a diaper bag that looks like it was designed for kids. Just because I have a kid doesn’t mean I want to accessorize like one. I tried to use a regular tote bag as a diaper bag, but it really wasn’t practical.
That’s when I realized that with a little bit of creativity and very little effort, I could turn a tote bag into a practical and cute diaper bag.
This is so easy, that even a D.I.Y failure like me can do it:
1. Choose a purse. Whether you buy one or use one you already have, I recommend a bag that is large, lightweight and wipeable/washable. Oh, and cute, obviously. I used a Longchamp bag.
2. Subdivide- This is what brings your bag from purse to diaper bag. You’ll want compartments for the items you need to access quickly. Here is how I subdivided my bag:
a) Diapers and bottle holder- This is probably the best part of my diaper bag- this little mesh compartment was originally part of a changing pad (I think by Sunshine Kids). I cut it off of the changing pad, and used it to line my bag for easy access to essential items.
b) Grown up items- I took this pouch compartment out of my old diaper bag. I placed it in the centre of my purse, it’s where I keep my wallet, and whatever else I need for myself. I also keep the instruction manual to the car seat in there, in case I need to reference it at any time (some may say that's weird. I say I'm just being prepared).
c) Various small pouches. I keep “emergency” ready-to-feed cans of formula in a little pouch that I got from my old diaper bag. Use little pouches for anything from pacifiers to snacks. You can use pencil cases, reusable snack bags, or even freezer bags- whatever you have!
3. Use what you’ve got-If your tote bag already has built-in pockets, bonus! Mine just has a tiny pocket at the top, but I find it great for things like tissues or keys or phone that I often need to access quickly.
4. Enjoy your cute and practical “new” diaper bag!
|My daughter approves of the new diaper bag.|