Oh Baby Baby! I just gave birth to our third child, Baby L. on 11/1 and in honor of her birth, I have teamed up with Buddy Doo's Adventure-Roos & Little Angel on a Mission to feature some of our absolute must-have baby & mama items!
Remember when I introduced you all to the uber-stylish Timi & Leslie and the Abby Espresso back in September during our The BIG One First birthday event? Well, I knew the moment I fell in love when them that they would make the best 'congrats for keeping your sanity this long!' mommy gift in celebration of your anniversary of becoming a mom, and you know I couldn't leave them out of our must-have picks for your baby registry and gift-giving! I mean c'mon, its Timi & Leslie! Every single one of their bags are absolutely showoff worthy, drool-inducing beautiful. Every mom deserves a Timi & Leslie diaper bag.
I'll never get tired of the boxes they come in. It just screams excitement. If there could be a party in a box shirt, this box is wearing it.
The Charlie is absolutely breath-taking. Its constructed of faux leather (PVC-free) and features their custom hardware in an antique brass finish. It smells just as great as it looks and no one would ever guess that this gorgeous and chic bag would ever have the word 'diaper' in its description. The Charlie is only for those who dare to be noticed.
Charlie also comes with its own stroller straps so you won't have to buy those later! I like that it actually coordinates with the specific bag color you choose and it keeps everything up high (away from your feet and wheels) making both the bag contents and your basket easily accessible. The insulated bottle cooler actually comes with the bag as well and fits perfectly in the inner side pockets. We actually carried our breastpump bottle cooler around before, but the insulated bottle cooler keeps his bottles just as cold and takes up sooo much less space.
My favorite included accessory is the cross body, detachable and adjustable strap. I remember seeing these with a lot of bags when I was younger and it wasn't until I started college that I realized how amazing these are. Using them as a mom has just increased my appreciation tenfold! Whether babywearing, shopping, running errands, or just holding little man on my hip, I never have to worry about carrying the diaper bag. I just sling the cross body over my shoulder and hip, tuck dear old Charlie behind me and BAM! Both arms are completely free to do whatever I need them to do. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you're truly missing out!
The Charlie is much bigger than the Abby. We love the Abby and it used to be my primary bag (trust me, it still gets a lot of use -wink-).....until I discovered a great alternative use for the Charlie: diaper bag AND a budgeting/grocery list/couponing bag! Yes, that's an entire binder that fits perfectly in the Charlie without obstructing any of my normal bag necessities. Words can't express my excitement at discovering this. I'm huge with organizational printables from Pinterest, but I almost always forget the grocery shopping ones at home because I've never had space in my diaper bags before.
You can't really make out much, so let's do a packing list: - clutch - snack catcher - insulated bottle holderwith sippy - insulated bottle - one outfit change: Charlie Banana cloth diaper with shirt - second outfit change: Charlie Banana cloth diaper with shirt - two bibs - changing pad with biodegradable trash bags and CJ's BUTTer spritz in the mesh pocket -wipes case (I made that!) -wet bag -Sofie la Girafe -GermX -mascara and hair pins for mom -reusable shopping bag -Swaddle Designs flannel Mickey Mouse swaddle -keys and phone not pictured
Yes, all of that fits comfortably in the Charlie without distorting it or having it lose its shape! Amazing. If you're looking for a toddler bag or a baby diaper bag, I recommend the Abby. If you're looking for a baby and toddler, two babies/two toddlers, a diaper bag that can double as a carry-on while traveling or road-tripping this holiday season, or a diaper bag that carries all of your child's/your essentials and a binder to run your household, treat yourself to the Charlie. It'll blow your mind. Either way, make sure its a Timi & Leslie and you'll never regret your decision!
Timi & Leslie
Buy it: You can purchase the Timi & Leslie Charlie bag in Black, Teal, Pewter, Cocoa Brown, Light Brown, and Mustard for $159.99 PSST! The VERY popular Annette Convertible Diaper Bag, Black can be found on Amazon for $104.42 with FREE shipping. Wouldn't it be great if you could just leave this review up, with this particular part on the screen so your significant other could catch a hint and get it for you this holiday season? -WINK- -WINK-
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