4/23/12

Double Strollers! Diaper Bags! Dilemmas!

This past weekend Geoff and I set out to the nearest baby 'super-store' simply to explore all of our double stroller options. I quickly remembered why I haven't stepped foot inside one of those places since I was last pregnant; the size, the prices, the millions of brands, the millions of options within each brand, the abundance of cheesy butterflies and giraffes! THE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS!!! Okay, I'll stop there before I break into hives.

I am fully aware that there are much more pressing matters in life than what your kids (unwillingly) sit in from time to time, but once we started looking and comparing strollers, the room felt as if it was going to start spinning at any minute. (That may have had a little something to do with Ivy wanting to be pushed around in a circle by way of display stroller though...) Anyway, I decided that picking out a double stroller just wasn't in the cards that day, and left even more lost then when we had started out on our quest. Which leaves me here, asking for any advice on the best, cheapest, and most compact double stroller in your opinion. (Or if double strollers are even necessary for that matter..?)

Anyway, before leaving the store empty handed, I realized I should at least try to cross something off my shopping list. That's when I trekked over to the diaper bag aisle, where I was again- sorely disappointed. When I was pregnant with Ivy everything I looked at in regards to diaper bags just wasn't me. (Think more like Mary Poppins meets Arrested Developments, "Rita", aka Mr. F) So many flowers, so much velvet! Add that to the fact that they all seemed to be super pricey, and I decided an oversized purse would work just fine. (And it totally did/does, I just want something more durable that's designed for my specific needs now I guess. Boy did I get high maintenance or what?!) So again, if any of you have any recommendations on diaper bags that you love, feel free to help a girl out. As you can probably guess by looking at some of my favorites I've compiled below, the less it looks like a diaper bag- the better. Some of these are a pretty penny, especially when you consider all the disgusting stuff you will most likely be shoving inside of them on most days, but I'm willing to splurge if that's what it takes! (By the way, splurge is not only a gross word, but a relative one. I'm kind of a cheapskate, so nothing too crazy.) Here is a premature thank you for any helpful advice or links you veteran mama's may give out.            

THANK YOU!
1. Ty Lucas // 2. Perry Mackin // 3. Petunia Scout // 4. Marc Jacobs  // 5. Kate Spade
  // 6. Oilily // 7. Timi & Leslie // 8. Storksak // 9. Marc Jacobs Stripe 

35 comments:

Alicia said...

We like the Joovy tandem stroller. It's smaller than the average double stroller, easy to maneuver, and lets the older child sit or stand in the back. The front has space for a car seat to strap in, and there's a seat for when the kiddo is a little older. We bought ours on Amazon for about $125, so it was pretty economical, too.

krista said...

I love my Phil and Teds stroller. Mostly because I can use it is a single or a double stroller. But it's pricey, that's the downside.

Lynsi said...

I just wish we were closer so I could just give you ours! I would say if you can, just borrow one from someone who has one sitting around in their garage. really you only use it until the baby outgrows sitting in the infant carseat, which may be 4-5 months... at that point I always move onto a cheap double umbrella stroller that takes up little space and money.

Daniel & Kelli McDowell Family said...

Search petunia pickle bottom for diaper bags. Everyone in my ward LOVES theirs, and I have to admit I'm a little bit jealous. But as I will hopefully shortly be leaving the diaper faze can't justify one. :)
I love my joovy, come push it around though, it can be difficult to push, especially when I get all three kids on it - but I can get all three kids on it!! Baby trend has a version that's a little bigger, but if I remember right turns easier. Definitely worth the investment. Even though all three kids can walk, I love being able to stick 'em all on the stroller. :) good luck.

Mrs.Sargent said...

I have decided on the two marc jacobs you have there...I really like the fabric of them and my friends that have them love them. THey are big and fit a lot....so i say one of those...twinners!!!

Home-style Hodepodge said...

#9 is on my list too! I also love the Marc by Marc Jacobs backpacks!

Home-style Hodepodge said...

also, let me know if you want the Kate Spade bag, I get 40% off!

Mallory said...

welp, I wasn't going to be buying a new diaper bag this time around but you just changed my mind. The Marc Jacobs bag is my favorite.

Drea said...

Im a mom of 3 boys - about to have my 4th too! well not about too, but in Oct :) - any how, we have a double stroller and love it.

Its the Bob Revolution Duallie. It is THE BRAD PITT of strollers. Its awesome. Oh and Brad Pitt owns one too, so that just works :)

It holds up great to abuse too. We've had ours for 3 years or more and it still looks and works awesome.

Diaper bags. Well that marc jacobs one is beautiful but im poor hehe, so I could never afford that... but I have a diaper bag that ive used for a long time now and ADORE IT. It holds every thing you could possible need and more. I use it as my normal "purse" even when I don thave the kids, because its that awesome.
Its this one: http://www.skiphop.com/product/21500.html

Also I found mine at TJMAxx for 35 bucks! brand new :) so keep an eye open when you are at stores like that.

It even has a pocket in the back that zips up that holds my ipad :)

Drea
www.dreawood.com

Megan Lamb said...

One thing that I used for a diaper bag was an over-the shoulder laptop bag I got from T.J. Maxx. It's not too big, and the narrow side is where the straps go. I love it because I was reusing a bag that I already had, it was between $10-$20 when I did buy it, and it did not look like a diaper bag. This bag was more for the light errands trip to the store, and just with one kid. Not sure if it would be best with a newborn, but, you might keep your eye out. Hope that helps!

Daniel & Kelli McDowell Family said...

Okay - I googled petunia pickle bottom and now i really want one. Comes with a matching wipes case. And most of them have a built-in changing pad that folds and zips up. And it's cheaper than the beautiful storksak. Good luck!

Tay said...

I have had a few friends find great ones at the Kate Spade Outlet if you have one of those nearby. I am always a fan of Kate Spade. She is my favorite. I don't know why but I found the Marc jacobs ones too big... but maybe I will need something that big with 2 kids to pack stuff for? Who knows. I loved my Olivia bag by Storksak. It was pricey but it worked well and I liked that it wasn't cheesy or diaper bag looking. And I love the Ty Lucas bag but I still haven't seen it in person... which I would love to be able to do. Okay I love all of them. I just like the one that will be easiest to keep everything organized. I hate digging through tons of baby junk to find the one thing I need.
As for strollers... ugh. I feel like the City mini double is the favorite here in the city. I LOVE my city mini single. It collapses SO easy. And they have a new GT version that has all terrain wheels that would make it better for park outings and family walks. I also know a few people that love their sit and stand but I don't think that would work for me because we are out and walking around so much that Eloise still falls asleep in her stroller at desperate times.
Anyway, good luck. I haven't made any decisions yet and am hoping this will all seem a little more real next week when i find out the gender...

Alex Merk said...

I like number 8 diaper bag. Can be both casual and dressy.

Amanda said...

I don't have kids yet but I can't wait to have them so I can buy one of these bags!!

http://www.seatbeltbags.com/diaperbagred.html

The Stephenson Family said...

I have a Maclaren Twin Turbo stroller and LOVE it. I got it at a Just Between Friends consignment sale in perfect shape. They normally run $400, but I got it for $80. They are really nice and fold up really small. Check them out.

I have a Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack. I LOVE it. IT has a zip out changing pad and I love that I can make it be a backpack because your hands will be mighty full with two little ones. Just get a glazed pattern so you can wipe it off!

Sarah: Everyday Clementine said...
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Sarah: Everyday Clementine said...

I'm not a mom, but I am a nanny of two little ones! I second the vote for the Joovy tandem, even though the stroller I roll with isn't a Joovy-

The family I nanny for has a Bumbleride Double stroller (side by side), and that thing makes me want to tear my hair out sometimes! It's far too wide to squeeze through most single doors, so it's tricky to do a solo run to the mall or somewhere like that, unless I rely on the goodness of strangers to hold open two doors for me. The storage basket on the bottom is pretty minimal too, barely fitting a packed diaper bag. :/ On the flip side, it's pretty easy to steer for being the Mack truck of strollers, and looks pretty darn comfy from the kids' view!

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

I got a city mini double after seeing a picture of Matthew Mcconaughay pushing it in a people magazine and am not a fan. Turns out celebrities with tons of money don't always choose the best stroller. (I'll take full responsibility here) I have a very long list of double strollers that suck and an empty list of double strollers that rock. If I were to do it all over again I might go with the Phill and teds. Double wides are just no fun.

Joanie said...

We have two girls 19 months apart and LOVE our Bob revolution duallie. I hear fantastic things about the Baby Jogger City Mini, though, and that might be more up your alley unless you really want to run or jog with it. The revolution double is easy to collapse and does fit through standard doors but the city mini is more compact for sure. Second time around I'm using an oversized purse for a diaper bag (Fossil key-something bag) and I love it. The first kid has her own backpack now. She's got to start pulling her weight : ).

Aubrey Wishbone said...

Here in the UK we used something called a Buggy Board. I am not sure if your little girl is old enough, if she is still napping in the day then maybe not but for short journeys it was excellent a bit heavy. But it worked well for us until the youngest was two and a half and now they all use scooters.

Jessica said...

I love my recycled seatbelt 'diaper bag'. It's actually a courier bag, but it works phenomenally well as a diaper bag. My husband can also carry it around without feeling weird.

http://recycledseatbelts.ca/

They have a diaper bag option called the universal...but I hated the style of it, lol.

Jessamyn said...

Boo I tried to leave a comment before and it didn't go through - here was the gist of it:

I have the Scout Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag and it is not as big inside as it looks. I can fit a rolled up blankie, 4 diapers and 1 pair of jammies and that's about it. Because it is thick sturdy felt it is not compactable (read: stuff under a stroller or backseat)

I also have the JuJuBe Legacy and like it for it's ease of cleaning and toteability.

I have to say I never use either. Almost 500$ between the 2 of them. I have a 6 month old and I seriously love the canvas messenger bag I got from H&M for 21$.

Although the Mark Jacobs one looks really cute.

Cristine Garrison said...

I have #4 Marc Jacobs and love it. Very durable, stylish, tons of pockets. Very happy. Plus it's just nice not to have the same petunia picklebottom bag like everyone else! And as for double strollers, a friend of mine RAVES about the baby jogger city select. Good luck!

Cristine Garrison said...

I have #4 Marc Jacobs and love it. Very durable, stylish, tons of pockets. Very happy. Plus it's just nice not to have the same petunia picklebottom bag like everyone else! And as for double strollers, a friend of mine RAVES about the baby jogger city select. Good luck!

debsfreckles said...

As far as a stroller goes, I say that if you use one a lot of Ivy you will probably need a double stroller but if you don't use it very often, I wouldn't even bother.

Caitlin said...

We have the baby jogger city select double. I suggest looking on craigslist. We found ours with all the attachments for less than the single! Good luck searching

Brian & Carina Schimpf said...

i have that timi & leslie diaper bag in taupe and i LOOOVE it. i ordered it cause they don't carry it in stores here in san diego but when it came in the mail i loved it even more than the pictures. lots of room/pockets and comes with everything you need! and i always get compliments on it! definitely know what you mean when you want something that doesn't look like an ugly diaper bag... this is the bag!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

My husband and I are BIG Arrested Development fans... so I was dying over here laughing at your references :) haha

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

P.S. Don't have a baby... but am DYING over the Marc Jacobs, had no idea they made diaper bags! LOVE IT.

GoodsonFL@aol.com said...

I'm voting against the double stroller idea entirely. I had three kids in three years and our single stroller still looked brand new. I just wasn't a stroller mom....or maybe my kids just weren't stroller kids. By the time I got it out of the SUV and snapped into place and got the bag loaded, etc it just wasn't worth the effort. Add to that, 30 feet after I stared pushing it the kid inside wanted to walk. And 90% of the time we were going o the beach. Not stroller friendly. I say get a Baby Bjorn, or something similar, off eBay or CraigsList, or borrow one. Let the bigger kid walk and hold your hand. I think of strollers as rolling couch (potatoes).

Krystal and Bruce said...

PHIL AND TED! Do it! You will not regret it!

Kailey said...

Don't buy that timi and leslie bag!! I have it in black and although it's cute I've only used it for six months, two of the straps that come with it have broken, and some of the plastic is peeling off. For something I forked out a bunch of money for it sucks! Super dissapointing.

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I have a mountain buggy duet and its fantastic. I actually don’t think I’d change a thing!
I’m yet to find a doorway I can’t fit through and the manouverability is fantastic – it turns on the spot. I’m hoping this will last 3 years as I love it so much!
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