Thanks to Timi & Leslie for sponsoring this post and providing me with a complimentary Abby bag.
UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Congrats to Amy O. on winning a new Abby bag! And thanks to all who entered.
When I was eight months pregnant, I went to a baby store with my husband in search of a diaper bag to carry all of our new arrival’s essentials. I ended up picking a boxy, bulky, neutral bag with the mindset that “this will be perfect for either one of us to carry.” Two years later, this still makes me laugh. Don’t get me wrong — my husband is very helpful and is a great dad, but he’s not exactly hauling a diaper bag around on any sort of regular occasion. And what I should have realized then is that when he does, he doesn’t mind if the bag is feminine or floral — he’s pretty laid back.
My original bag was too bulky and more often than not I found myself leaving it in the car and just stuffing what I needed in my carrier or stroller. A few months later I got a different small, canvas cross-body bag that I used for almost a year. It was functional and very practical, but it wasn’t very nice looking and got dirty really easily. My hunt continued.
My two-year search for the perfect diaper bag ultimately led me to Timi & Leslie. These “designer” diaper bags are functional yet stylish, made of quality materials and unlike anything else I’ve seen on the market. Despite the plethora of pockets and accessories hidden within, you would never know these are diaper bags just by looking at them. In fact, I don’t even carry a regular purse very often anymore. Even if I’m out without my toddler, I just take my “diaper” bag with me anyway because it functions so well for so many purposes, and I get compliments on it wherever I go.
Timi & Leslie has an extensive line of satchels, totes, messenger backs, backpacks, and more. I ended up choosing one of their convertible satchels — the Abby bag. Here is a bit more info on the Abby bag from the company website:
The hip and happening Abby Bag makes any outfit look great while keeping you super organized. It’s made from easy-to-clean faux leather (PVC free) and features our custom hardware in an antique brass finish. Abby comes with many functional and fashionable accessories and features.
Click through to see a few of my (personal) favorite features (and continue on to find out how you can enter for a chance to win an Abby bag of your own!)…
In desperate need of a new diaper bag? 1 of 10
Enter now for a chance to win an Abby bag of your own!
Stroller clips 2 of 10
If your stroller cargo area is already full of groceries or beach toys and your shoulder needs a break, these stroller clips are super convenient for providing an additional place for your bag to be stored. Each Timi & Leslie bag comes with strong, durable clips that match the bag and easily strap onto most strollers. Having your bag hanging right from the handlebars also makes accessing things quicker and easier!
Animal-friendly materials 3 of 10
Even though these bags look like they are made from high quality natural leather, they are actually made from a PVC-free faux leather material. Be still my vegetarian heart. It also has a water resistant, light colored lining so you can easily see everything in your bag.
Endless accessories 4 of 10
Each Timi & Leslie bag comes with an assortment of accessories. My personal favorites are the wet bag for storing dirty diapers or wet clothes, the changing pad for changes on the go, and the insulated bottle holder — something we'll need soon after our new arrival gets here in October. There is also a cute, matching clutch that is perfect for quick errands or even nights out without kids. And bonus: The Abby comes with a cross body, adjustable, detachable strap so you can wear it hands-free whenever you need to!
Pockets, pockets, and more pockets 5 of 10
My husband claims he won't go into my diaper bag anymore because there are "too many pockets to look through." But any diaper bag-toting mom knows, there is no such thing as too many when it comes to pockets and storage options — and this bag has seven exterior and six interior pockets in total! The inside of the Abby has four roomy elastic pockets perfect for things like diapers, wipes, snacks, and toys. There is also a larger snap-closured pocket that can fit wider items such as a changing pad or iPad. And the big roomy center has plenty of space left for large items like cameras, extra clothes, blankets, and more.
Overall stylish design 6 of 10
Despite my less-than-stylish maternity wardrobe, I try to pull myself together each day and wear more than the basic "mom uniform" of yoga pants and a sweatshirt. In two years of staying home with my son, I've found that putting a bit of effort into how I look boosts my confidence and mood all day long and makes me a happier mom. This bag makes me feel stylish and sophisticated, even if I know that the inside is filled with peanut butter crackers and Sesame Street figurines.
Roomy interior 7 of 10
My favorite feature of this bag is that it somehow manages to hold a TON of stuff without looking enormous. On any given day, I am carrying diapers, wipes, a plethora of snacks, wet bag, changing pad, bibs and place mats, a sweater for each of us, and Cullen's baseball cap. And that list doesn't even include the basic essentials like wallet, keys, cell phone, and sunglasses. This bag can hold it all and still feel light and comfortable. The bag measures: 13.5"H x 15.5" W x 5.25" D and has a 10" handle drop.
Easy-access front flap pocket 8 of 10
When we're out and about, I usually have my bag on one shoulder, and Cullen on the opposite hip. I love having this external flap pocket to store my wallet and keys, so I don't have to put everything down and go digging around each time I need one of these quickly. It's easily accessible, but also hidden well for security.
Deep side pockets 9 of 10
When I was searching for diaper bags, this feature was an absolute must. Now that Cullen is a toddler, I make sure I always have a water bottle or straw cup available for him since he's running around all day getting thirsty and dehydrated. And despite all of the water bottle manufacturer's claims, I have yet to find one that is entirely leak or spill-proof. That being said, it's critical that I have this outside pocket for cups and liquids in order to keep everything dry and safe within the bag. I usually drop my cell phone into the other side pocket for easy access!
Color choices 10 of 10
There is something for every mom here — the Abby comes in Graphite Grey, Ocean Blue, and Espresso. And bonus: if you don't win this one or prefer a different bag, make sure to take advantage of the limited-time 20% discount for Babble readers!
Adorable, right? You are in luck! My generous friends at Timi & Leslie have offered to giveaway one Abby bag to Babble readers!
What you can win:
One Timi & Leslie Abby bag in the color of your choice (approximate retail value of $180).
Rules of the diaper bag giveaway are listed below:
- To enter, leave a comment on the post below telling us your number one diaper bag essential! Also, please note: BABBLE COMMENTS ONLY. FACEBOOK COMMENTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
- The approximate retail value (APR) of the prize is $180.
- Only 1 entry per person is allowed. Must include valid email address. Open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 and up.
- This Giveaway entry period starts on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:00:01 PM EST and ends on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST.
- We will choose one potential winner in a random drawing on or about Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and send notice to that person via email. If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 48 hours of us sending you notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
- We will announce the winner here on or about Wednesday, September 4th at 5:00 PM EST.
- No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries. See the complete general rules and eligibility requirements that apply to all Giveaways here.
In exchange for this product review and giveaway promotion, I was given a complimentary Abby bag. As always, all opinions are my own.
BONUS: If that isn’t enough, they are also offering a discount exclusive to Babble readers — 20% off any bag! Click here to activate the discount code, or enter “babble20″ during checkout — code will be active from 8/27 until 9/3/13.