Remember when I told you about Bob awhile back? Well, our friend Becky (who first posted about Bob) also posted about her diaper bag. Again, knowing that Becky is very thorough in her research, I was immediately drawn to her diaper bag pick.
Things I liked about it initially: It didn’t look very diaper bag-ish and after reading about it, I was in LOVE with the strap on this bag. I hate messenger bags and anything with one strap because it always dig into my shoulder and makes my back sore. I was also trying to avoid backpack diaper bags because I wanted to be able to access the contents easily without a lot of hassle. I have a backpack I love, but it’s impossible to get anything out of it while it’s on my back.
The strap is an interesting, almost spandex/jersey-esque fabric and spreads out across your shoulder to evenly distribute the weight of the bag. Between Becky’s review and what I found online, I was 100% sold. The bag is pricey, coming in at $118 (I’ve definitely never spent close to that on any type of bag before), but I knew that having a diaper bag I wasn’t going to fight with constantly would be worth it.
Plus, look at it. I could easily use it post baby as a gym bag (it’s complete with insulated bottle holders, a convertible organizer in side that can be reconfigured to fit a laptop, and it has stroller straps that can double as a yoga mat carrier). All in all, a fantastic fit for me.
Then I went to order it……on the website, it said they stopped selling them in October. Hm, no big deal I thought, they give a list of their retailers, I’ll just check their websites. Approximately 30 websites later, no one has ANY left. Still not discouraged, I started calling the various stores listed to see if anyone had them in stock. I didn’t just limit my search to the one store in Nebraska that carried them, oh no, if I know you and you live in a different state from me, you can bet I called the baby stores in your area and would have been sending you on a mission had I been successful in finding one.
Alas, it was quite illusive. Again, not one to give up once I make up my mind, I went back to the internet. I mean, in all the craigslists, and ebays, and amazons, someone has to be selling this bag, right?
Wrong. Nada. I just found lots of posts of people wanting to buy them, no sellers though.
I sadly started to accept that maybe my dream strap was just not meant to be (ha, but let’s be serious, I talked about it incessantly nearly everyday). As luck would have it, finally, 4 months (!) after I first started looking for it, one popped up on ebay. I was a little bummed because it was red and I was hoping for one that would coordinate with Bob and it is also missing the changing pad. I thought about it for a bit, Steve told me if I didn’t buy it I could never mention it again, so I decided to hit buy. The seller had it set up to take best offers, so I offered her $50.00 and she took me up on it. Score!
A few days later (thank you ebay seller lady for being the faster shipper ever) and it was on my door step. I was a little worried after all this time that I might be let down, but nope. Put it on and I’m pretty sure music started playing. Baby is not even here yet and this is my go to bag. My back has been bothering me lately and I’ve actually carried this to work on occasion because it’s more comfortable than my purse. My new concern is what I’ll do when I wear this one out! :-)
Excuse the mirror photos, my photographer is still at work. Here I’m demonstrating the strap fully extended. There is a cellphone pocket which you can actually move up the strap if you don’t want to full “wrap” effect.
And the other side with the actual bag. I love it so much I don’t even care that it clashes with Bob. Gaga, Bob, and I are going to be quite happy together I have a feeling.
I also officially apologize for getting you very excited about an awesome bag that is impossible to find. I wish you luck in your quest, should you choose to embark upon one of your own.
Anybody else sold themselves on something only to find out it was not available? Jealous of my awesome photography skills? Glad Wednesday is over? Me too.