Sunday, March 20, 2016

Whats in My Diaper Bag? JJ Cole Freeman Bag

I would liken my pre-baby handbag to a sack of magic tricks. You never knew what would come out of that thing next.. lipstick, hair ties, tums, a rubber chicken.
Ok, the chicken might be a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously I carried a ton of stuff! ;)
After having our son Colton, I took my magic trickery one step further. I started carrying TWO bags; a small diaper bag for him, and my regular handbag. Needless to say, this method didn't last longer than four months. Carrying two heavy bags and a baby was not only nearly impossible, but completely impractical. 

This momma needed to downsize and organize ASAP.
It was then that I discovered the JJ Cole Freeman in Black & Cream. A diaper bag that didnt just scream "Hey I'm a mom!" It was stylish enough to work as my everyday handbag and roomy enough to house all of baby and I's necessities.

 I love that the exterior style and color is versatile enough to go with almost any outfit. 
It has 10 total pockets inside & out, including insulated easy-access side bottle pockets. The front compartment is made to hold all of mommy's essentials; ID, cards, cell phone etc.
The bag has over the shoulder straps, and a removable cross-body strap. It also includes a coordinating wipeable changing pad and Grips stroller attachments (absolutely love these!)

After 4 months of outings with the little guy, I had a much better idea of what I really needed in my diaper bag and have been able to cut down substantially on what I lug around. Hallelujah!
My mom, best friend, Colton and I recently spent a beautiful day on Solomons Island, enjoying a seafood lunch on the dock and walking the boardwalk. So I decided it was the perfect time to show you all "What I Pack in my Diaper Bag" for a typical daily outing! 

First, the exterior pockets.
One one side, I have a matching JJ Cole Pacifier Pod (super convenient for quick access!) that holds Colton's paci and JJ Cole Pacifier Clip. 

The insulated side pocket holds a bottle. I usually fill the bottle with fresh water before leaving so that it's ready to go for a feeding.

The back of the bag has a large pocket with magnetic closure. I carry the coordinating changing pad, and a change of clothes for Colton in here. You never know when he might need an emergency outfit change!

The front pocket is zippered, and I use it to carry a few of my essentials, including, my cellphone, lipstick, gum and sunglasses. It also has convenient pockets for your ID and cards, but I prefer to carry a wallet.

The inside of the JJ Cole Freeman is very roomy, and has 4 pockets. You can see a picture of the interior of this bag empty earlier in this post.
I use the first mesh pocket to hold diapers, wipes, and scented bags. The other mesh pocket holds baby food, a Boon Serve Spoon (Colton LOVES these) and crackers for mommy.
The other two pockets hold burp cloths, teething toys, baby sunglasses, pacifier wipes and tissues.

In the main part of my bag, I typically carry my wallet, a water bottle and Colton's formula in a container.

My Diaper Bag Essentials: 

What do you pack in your diaper bag? I'd love to know how you stay organized with baby! :) 
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& Colty says, "Bye!" too :) 

disclosure: Bag provided by JJ Cole for review consideration. This is not a sponsored review, all opinions are my own. Links are not affiliate links.