June 10, 2018

Review: City Park Diaper Bag from Thirty-One

I’m a sucker for bags. All bags. Handbags, totes, purses, backpacks, you name it. I hold them in the same high regard as boots. They’re both my kryptonite.

So when I found out I was pregnant last year, I got excited at the prospect of buying a new bag. A baby bag, yes, but a new bag nonetheless.

I went straight to the maternity stores and started shopping. My first purchase was a SkipHop bag, simple, black, (like my soul) and very diaper bag-ish. It was “The Chelsea” and was supposed to be for the fashion-forward, fashion-conscious mama.

I used it for a bit, but I never really liked it. It was too bulky, too rigid. Too much like a baby bag. Plus I hated having to carry it on my shoulder while I had the car seat and baby with me.

I bought a couple of other bags as well, including this backpack from SkipHop, but again, they just never fit right. I ended up selling them on.

 

Then in April, a friend of mine who sells Thirty-One let me know that they would launching a baby line soon, and would I be interested in trying something out. ABSOLUTELY! I love Thirty-One, and I love bags, so it goes without saying I was excited.

I had a look at the online catalogue and settled on the City Park Diaper Bag. While it was a bit pricey, it looked very much like the kind of bag I like. Fairly plain, black, and like a regular tote bag. That was a bonus.

If you know Thirty-One, you’ll know you can customize your purchases, but I opted not to simply because I liked the look of the bag, and if it was anything like I had hoped, I planned to be able to use it once the baby had outgrown the need for me to carry everything with us.

When it arrived, I’ll be honest, it was a helluva lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. A LOT bigger. But then I have found that with other Thirty-One totes, they tend to be a lot bigger than you think they’ll be.

I didn’t think I’d be able to fill it, and I was kind of right. I am nursing so don’t often need to carry around bottles and other apparatus, so for me it’s just a couple of diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, and the change mat that come with me all the time. I ended up (before my City Park arrived) getting a Lug backpack that I saw a very smart mama carrying around while I was out and about with my SkipHops. (It’s this one, if you’re interested.) For my day to day use, it was perfect. So that is generally the one I carry around.

However, I did have the opportunity to use the City Park on longer day trips to the park, to the zoo, and will be using it as a carry on / baby bag on two separate trips this year.

It’s GREAT!

It’s very well made, as most Thirty-One products are. The outside is nylon, and the inside is a beautiful polka dot polyester. Both are easy to clean / wipe down as needed.

It has one interior thermal zipper pocket that runs the width of the bag.

There are 6 elastic pockets inside, and 5 flat pockets outside, 1 with a button closure that runs the width of the bag, perfect for a change mat.

There’s also a cell phone pocket on the outside which easily fits my iPhone 8 (in case).

The handles have a great 12″ drop, which makes it very comfortable to carry, and it comes with a removable and adjustable crossbody strap if you want to wear it messenger-style.

It can hold a LOT, which is great. One one trip out, I managed to carry 3 diapers, a blanket, my Baby Bjorn baby carrier, a change of clothes, two toys, a nursing cover, a burp cloth, and a bunch of other little things I carry around like hand sanitizer, plastic diaper baggies, and butt cream.

And the great thing is, it didn’t FEEL heavy or stuffed even though it was pretty full of stuff. It was very comfortable to carry.

And the best thing of all is that it’s not a rigid bag like a lot of other diaper bags. It’s not “structured”. It’s soft and pliable, so it can be folded and shoved under a stroller or into a smaller space if needed. You can store it folded as well, as it’s just like a regular tote bag.

I can definitely see myself using this bag regularly when my little Lug is too small. I’ll definitely be using it as my carry on when we travel, too.

Check out my video review below! Let me know what you think!

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