Over at Grandparents.com I moderate the New Grandparents group which is growing all the time. There actually are a lot of grandparents-to-be who come and join to share their joy and concerns and sometimes they ask about what are good gifts for them to give to their daughters and daughters-in-law. Although all of us first time grandmothers can’t wait to buy “cute” stuff we really have a responsibility to help “Keep it Real.” This means helping avoiding waste and poor purchases that have to be duplicated with something better latter. Recently I wrote about my frustration with car seats. But today I have a great product to recommend without reservation.
Another complicated purchase is a diaper bag – yes, grandparents – a diaper bag. I remember always digging in the bottom for something that I absolutely needed and periodically not having it and every so often taking everything out of the bag and starting over. I shopped with my daughter for her diaper bag and much like the car seat not much has changed in the last 30 years - except that now they have some ridiculously expensive "boutique" bags.
We’ll guess what – I have just recently learned about Mrs. Smith’s Diaper Bags and it is indeed a big improvement. This bag has some unique features including a drawer at the bottom of the bag – that’s right a drawer – and it is easily changed from being used as a messenger bag into a backpack. The bag is roomy, yet lightweight. But what I liked most is its organization and ability to find things that are most often lost in the bottom somewhere. There is, of course, the convenient changing pad, but there are also three insulated pockets for bottles, sippy cups or baby food. On the outside there are two pockets good for bottles, pacifiers, toys, etc and a big pocket to slide thin things into.
But the really big deal about this bag has got to be the drawer. At the bottom of the bag is a pull out drawer – that comes all the way out - and is a generous 3 1/2 inches deep. It has three compartments so it can easily be used for three different things.
The other reviewing bloggers and people leaving comments on Mrs. Smith’s website and Amazon.com all talk about the drawer. Mrs. Smith’s website has the story of how the drawer idea emerged. It is the story of Rachel Smith being in an airport with a delayed plane and a toddler and baby. In searching for her son’s toy train she spilled her baby’s bottle and wound up with a wet and messy diaper bag. The insulated pockets and drawer idea came to her later when she was settled in on the plane.
Everyone has their own idea of what the drawer is best used for. Although it looks like the perfect place for baby food and pacifiers to me, one commenter whose baby was in day care said it was the perfect place to put her baby’s clothes. I can see using one compartment for socks and others for tops and bottoms. You could just replenish each day what was used. I didn’t have to deal with bringing a baby to day care but many parents do today. Parents who bring their children to day care will love this bag because they can easily see what they have packed and will never forget something important. Diaper bags get used for longer than you think and I suspect that how the drawers are used will be different for a toddler than for a baby.
Giveaway Information – Important Details –Easy to Enter
Well, now here is the really good news. You are going to get a chance to win a Mrs. Smith’s Diaper bag right here on this blog. This is my very first giveaway and it is a powerhouse one. I hope you will participate. The “mommy bloggers” often have such giveaways but it frequently is an item of much lesser value. This bag retails for $69.99 so this is a really big giveaway. Many mommy bloggers require that you subscribe to their blogs and do various complicated things in order to enter to win. But my readers are less into these technical intricacies so I am making it easy. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this blog. Post your email address or if you prefer, send me your email address and let me know the name you posted as. If you post anonymously I have no way of knowing who you are. My email address is: email@example.com. You will get an additional entry if you are on twitter and you make a tweet about this giveaway and then leave a comment on the blog letting me know your twitter name so I can check the tweet. Mrs. Smith’s Diaper Bag will send the bag directly to the winner and I will contact you via email if you win to get your mailing address. Your address information will not be publicly posted. Random.org will be used to select the winner randomly. Good Luck and please participate. The deadline to enter to win a Mrs Smith diaper bag is March 20th - so enter today! The winner will have a choice of design. You can learn more details and see the designs available at Mrs. Smith's website.
For full disclosure, Mrs. Smith’s Diaper Bags did provide me with a sample bag for review which I am able to keep. Thank you Mrs. Smith very much. I have not received compensation for this review and I do not have a personal relationship with this company. Any product review I do on this blog is an honest evaluation of my personal opinion. I do not review products favorably for compensation.
You can purchase a Mrs. Smith’s diaper bag at K Mart or on Amazon.com. Just click below to purchase via Amazon.
What a great diaper bag! THanks for the chance to win :)
This bag looks awesome! It's just what I'd love to give my daughter as a first time mom. She's an organizational freak so this bag looks like it would fit the bill for her. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!! firstname.lastname@example.org
My Daughter is also a first time Mom, I know she would love this bag.
I have always been fascinated with how to organize and carry the most useful things with the least trouble and in the easiest way. My daughter and I are first-timers (mom & grandmom respectively), so this would be magnificent.
Wow, does this sound perfect for my son and his wife who are both anal about neatness and organization. Thank you for offerring this chance to win one.
The bag looks good and has so many wonderful features for the busy mother. My daughter-in-law is expecting her first baby and I think this would be a wonderful item for her to use. Thanks for the opportunity to be part of your new journey.
We have come a long way for babies, moms and grandmoms.I think this bag is a big step forward especially the drawer. I would put a binkie in one compartment and a blankie in another.The flexability and portability it gives one is a great asset. you
Mary Ellen Lucas
I would love to win one of these bags , they look amazing !! My current bag is never organized because it does not have seperate pockets in it ! Plus , it is only big enough to hold a few diapers since I use cloth diapers so they take up more room !
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Link to my tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/9760698413
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Hi Marion, belated congratulations on being a grandparent. Just found your blog - very nice! Love the pix of you and Frannie and the Grandson!
Dona sent me pix of Frannie and the baby when he was first born. Hope all is well with you and Hugh. I would never have even known you were here in cyberspace if you weren't Facebook friends with a FB friend of mine! ;-)
Mimi Michalski (Dona's old friend and fellow blogger!)
Please count me in! Would love to win the bag. I will send my email address to your email.
What a wonderful bag! My daughter has a great bag for her but this having the backpack is wonderful for me. I was in a serious car accident years ago and have difficulty walking long distance and carrying a heavy bag of any kind makes it sooo hard for me. This having the ability to be a backpack, in addition to the other organization features, will be wonderful for me!
Thanks for sharing this terrific bag! I start watching my 2 month old granddaughter next month so I will have to get one soon...can't wait:-)
Proud new grandma Jean
What a great giveaway! I'd love to give this to my brother and his wife; they're expecting a baby later this year.
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Looks like a great bag! Thanks for the chance to win.. :)
Wow! This bag looks great! My daughter in law is having twins and I think we need this! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I particularly like the backpack feature which allows you to carry extra diapers, clothes and things you don't need to have right "at hand." Also, the black color option adds a 'cool factor' so both dads and moms can feel hip using it. Great item!
I have 2 grandchildren on the way. My daughter-in-law is due with a boy on June 30th and my daughter is due with a girl the next day!
I already take care of my 2 year old granddaughter once a week. My grandson is almost 6. The bag I have now is a simple little pack. It simply can't hold everything inside it anymore. It's falling apart.
This bag looks fantastic. And, I am a "Mrs. Smith" so it's a natural fit.
Wow! what a great first giveaway! Thanks for offering this opportunity to us!
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I have been wanting this bag! What a great item for your first giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
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I tweeted the giveaway
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I would love to win this bag. My daughters bag is cute, but not so functional. This one looks real nice. Thank you for the chance to win it.
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I would love this bag! I have two little girls both in diapers and it seems like I can never find anything when I need it! Or just don't have the room for it!
what a great bag!!!!
I'd love to give the drawer a shot! What an awesome idea!!
What a cool idea! I tweeted about this here: http://twitter.com/momsjournal/status/10692872958
I am an expectant Grandma, and I am sure my daughter would love this neat diaper bag!! I would love to win it for her!!
great post. my sister is expecting and will for sure let her know about this.
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