Bumberry Diapers- Comprehensive Product Review

I vividly remember, while packing my hospital bag, I was browsing through diaper options on FirstCry.com, when I stumbled upon Bumberry Diapers. Back then, unfortunately, I had absolutely no clue of the concept of advanced cloth diapering and was sure that I won’t be able to make heads or tails of it, so I decided to pick the conventional cloth nappies and a pack of disposables instead. Slowly and gradually, I learnt more and before I realized, I was exclusively cloth diapering my little one. Exactly 10 months later, I saw Bumberry make an appearance on a social media platforms too and realized it was the perfect time to try them out. So, after a month of extensive use, I’m here to share my personal experience with you all.

Bumberry sent me two diapers to review: One pocket diaper and one cover diaper along with a wet-free insert. Let’s dive into the review of all three.

Pocket Cloth Diaper with one 3 Layered Microfibre Insert

Bumberry pocket diaper comes in a package along with one insert which is apt for the diaper. It’s designed for 2.5 to 15 kg which means you can start using it right from birth and use until toddler-hood. The pack said it’s best for sleep time and quite honestly, I wasn’t convinced how a pocket diaper would perform at first, so I waited and tried using it during the day only. After one week, I mustered some courage and used it for night-time and boy! I was blown away by its performance. Even when I tried it on her for the first time, it stayed absolutely dry as if it was freshly dried in the sun- and that was after more than 13 long hours of being worn!!

It’s trim, perfectly sized and the snap buttons are placed appropriately to fit all sizes. The outer cover is soft and inner lining is great too. However, the microfibre insert doesn’t seem to be of the same quality like that of the cover diapers. Although, it doesn’t come in contact with the skin and absorbs pee really well, so I have nothing to complain about.

Price: Rs. 780/- for the set

Available on: Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch and their website

Cloth Diaper Cover with 1 Bamboo Insert

This cover diaper is a great day time option, especially in winters. Since it comes along with a bamboo insert- which is known for super absorption and its quick drying properties, it’s the best you can get for the season. I loved how soft the upper part of the insert is which makes it suitable for even kids with highly sensitive skin.

In my use, I noticed that it usually lasts for 5-6 hours easily after which it has to be changed.

Price: Rs. 760/- for the set

Available on: Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch and their website etc.

Wet Free Insert:

If you’re considering to buy a diaper for your small baby who’s extremely sensitive to the feeling of wetness and gets cranky easily, then this insert is for you! It has three layers of microfibre terry cloth with one layer of extra dry suede to serve the purpose. It’s designed to fit along with Bumberry cover diapers and miraculously keeps both the diaper and the baby’s skin absolutely dry. Of all the products, this one took me by surprise the most! I’d highly recommend trying this insert. Priced at Rs. 660/- for 3 inserts, I believe it’s a steal.

Available on: Official website of Bumberry, Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch etc.

I hope you found the review helpful!

Thank you for stopping by and reading.

Happy parenting!

Love, Elina

P.S. This was a sponsored post but my opinions remain unaffected by the association.

How To Choose Perfect Return Gifts for Kids?

For kids, return gifts are the most exciting part of attending parties! Yes, they love cake and balloons too, but going back home with a bag of goodies is a even more fun!

Hence, make sure that amidst all the birthday prep madness, take out some time and hunt for good return gifts for your little attendees.

To help you with this task, I’ve jotted down a few pointers which you can keep in mind while picking up return gifts for your child’s party.

1. Meaningfulness

Even if your budget is tight, make sure to give some meaningful and useful item. I’ve seen people give customised badges and tiny wallets for small kids, which is great but in my opinion, is not a very meaningful option, especially for toddlers and small kids. Choose gifts that add value to their life or have some usefulness.

2. Durability

Considering the fact that kids tend to throw and not handle things very delicately, it’s vital to get gifts that are sturdy and well made. Also, it’s best to give something that they’ll use of a long time.

3. Age specificity

Gifts can be of various types- those bought in bulk or those customised. But nothing beats getting something age specific for each child. A tiny toddler may not benefit from a keychain and a preschooler may not benefit from stacking rings. It’s okay if each gift is different from the other as long as it’s specifically for that child. That way, children will derive more use out of the gifts too.

4. Child-friendliness of the material used

Most plastic toys are made of petroleum and contain BPA, which is neither safe for the baby nor ego-friendly. Made sure to purchase toys that are BPA free or made with natural material like wood or rubber.

5. What will the child learn or derive from the gift?

Essentially, we gift toys to kids so that they can both enjoy and learn, right? Because, everything they do can be tweaked in such a way that it becomes an activity they can learn from!

Before you buy anything for the kids, ask yourself- what will the child learn from the gift you’re giving? Most kids have enough squeaky toys or random pieces which don’t add any value or learning to their lives. Try not to add to the clutter and give something for meaningful instead!

I’ve written an article on return gift ideas where I’ve jotted 10 useful and meaningful return gifts for all age groups and budgets. Make sure to check that article here.

One of the most renowned brands in this segment is Skola Toys. They’re known for their high quality and age appropriate learning toys for kids. Their stuff is made from natural wood with utmost care.

Skola Toys have come up with a line of products especially curated to serve as return gifts. What’s more, they’ve some amazing coupons and discounts on every purchase. Go check their website now!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Love,

Elina

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post

Meaningful Return Gift Ideas Starting from ₹100/-

With my little one’s first birthday just around the corner, I thought I’ll write a series of posts on ‘First Birthday Preparations’ based on my personal experience. I’ll be writing on how to plan in such a way that everything is simple, easy and meaningful. So keep an eye on my blog page!

In fact, I’ve already started the series with this first post- i.e. Meaningful Return gifts!

Kids love gifts. In fact, I still love receiving them :p But let’s face it, hunting for good return gifts can be a painstaking task especially when you’re planning your child’s birthday too.

The fact that most parents settle for water bottles, lunch boxes etc., proves their exhaustion. Hence I’ve complied a list of meaningful gifts for you so that your daunting task becomes easier!

I’m sharing 10 return gift ideas which are so appropriate and useful that the kids will thank you for your choice! 🙂

1. Piggy Bank

Giving a piggy bank will not just help them learn the value of money but also encourage them to save some and buy things of their choice.

Price: You’ll find them in a variety of designs and shapes starting from ₹150/- or even lesser.

Here’s the amazon link of one such piggy bank for your reference.

2. Learning Toys

Toys play a cardinal role in both physical and mental development of children. So why not give them good wooden learning toys and send them back home not just with a huge smile but an opportunity to learn something new?

Fisher Price, Skola, Brainsmith etc. have some great options in this segment.

Price: ₹325/- onwards

3. Play doh

Play doh and clay helps in making their motor skills stronger and their eye-hand coordination better. It’s loved by both young and older kids and hence is a great option if you have a mix of kids of all age groups.

Price: Staring from ₹125/-

Here’s the link of one such kit for your reference.

4. Chalkboard

Using chalkboard not only saves paper and money but also helps a lot in building their fine motor skills. Though they look old school but these days you get a variety of them in different shapes and even personalisations.

Price: ₹100/- or even less

Here’s a link of one such store which makes chalkboards for return gifts and otherwise too.

5. Indoor Plant

Teach kids to grow a plant early on not only gets them fascinated but also makes them love and value the food they eat and plants they see.

Here’s a link for one such indoor plant service in India.

6. Colouring Book

Art captures the imagination of kids and sparks their creativity. You can get simple colouring books with organic colours for little kids and mandala books for older ones.

Price: Starting from ₹149/-

Here’s the link of one such book for your reference.

7. Height Chart Wall Decal

Or any decal, actually.

I’m a sucker for cute things and wall decals are my favorite! They easily spice up any corner of the room and make it lively.

Price: 169/- onwards

Here’s the link of one such cute height chart wall decal for you!

8. Slime Kit

Playing with slime is very beneficial in building their sensory skills! Not only kids love it but adults find it stress relieving too!

Price: ₹130/- onwards

Here’s the link of one such slime set for your reference.

9. Book

There’s no gift like a book. Need I say more? You can give any classical bedtime book to younger kids and engaging activity books to older ones.

Price: ₹100/- and above

10. Skipping Rope/ Frisbee/ Cricket Bat/ Badminton Kit

Basically anything that encourages them to step out and play. Kids these days are glued to gadgets and there’s nothing better than gifting them the joy of outdoor play!

I hope you found this article helpful.

Share with your friends so that they can benefit from it too.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Happy Parenting!

Love,

Elina

How To Choose Toys To Make Your Kid Smarter?

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

A child’s brains goes through a spellbinding period of development in the first three years. It produces a million neural connections every second, which means that the child observes and learns from each and every diminutive thing he comes across!

This learning doesn’t start when the child begins to talk or displays comprehension, but it begins right from Day 1!

Did you know? At birth, children have almost all the neurons they’ll ever have in their life. These neurons double in size by one year and reaches 80% of its adult volume by the time the child turns three!

Keeping in mind the pace at which their mental development takes place and the incredible amount of potential that they possess, it’s crucial for us to make each of their activities a learning experience for them.

According to researches, kids between the age of 1-3 prefer ‘functional play’ i.e. they like to play with the same toy again and again until they master the game and gain confidence to move on to the next toy. This phase is pivotal in encouraging ‘learning skills through play’.

Moreover, consider purchasing toys that grow with the baby. For example, as the baby grows and learns more concepts of one area, their toys should also get more advanced and challenging in that specific area. When practiced in this manner, their skills get sharpened and they master even complex concepts easily.

Skola, one of the most renowned toy brands, has a myriad of Montessori inspired toys for kids between 1-8 years of age. Most of their collection involves multi-sensory approach that has been proved effective in making kids better learners, problem solvers and analysts by improving their memory, fine motor and logical reasoning skills.

Types of incrementally challenging toys you can consider for your babies:

1. Toys that enhance their fine motor skills:

Stackers for young kids and toys involving complex hand manipulations and balancing for older kids– you’ll find a variety of toys that help not only in strengthening of smaller muscles but also improve their eye co-ordination and problem solving ability.

To buy an age-appropriate toy under this category, click here

2. Toys that teach about colours and shapes:

Toys like: Matching the other half of the given object/figure, understanding the intensity of colours, pairing similar objects based on their shapes etc. are some great options in this segment.

This learning will help them in identifying individual colours and geometric shapes and distinguishing them from one another. It’ll also help them understand that both of these are key attributes of all physical objects.

To buy an age-appropriate toy under this category, click here

3. Number games:

This is one of the key areas to work on because understanding of numbers early on sets a solid foundation for all the future arithmetic calculations.

Consider purchasing toys that help in visually associating numbers with physical objects, which thus makes the child understand that each number signifies a specific quantity.

To buy an age-appropriate toy under this category, click here

4. Word games:

Did you know? Babies begin to distinguish speech sounds by 10 months! The first stage of language development is preverbal communication- where they use gestures, cues and noises to get their message conveyed. Once they’re 1.5 years old, they begin to use specific words for specific things. In order to strengthen their vocabulary, frequently using complex words with phonograms helps a lot. Not just that, it sets a firm base for reading and writing and thus making the child confident in communication.

Games that include easy crosswords or word building activities are best for this age.

To buy an age-appropriate toy under this category, click here

5. Toys that focus on pattern formation:

Such toys help them identify similar objects, arrange them through logical reasoning and comprehend distinguished patterns. It expands their problem solving skills and makes them better analysts.

Toys like building blocks or puzzles are great choices for this learning.

To buy an age-appropriate toy under this category, click here

You don’t have to always sit with a book and a pen to teach, make learning fun by including it in all the activities that a child performs!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Happy parenting!

Love,

Elina

P.S. This is a sponsored post.

Image Courtesy: Skola’s Official Website

My Mom Was Right!

There’s no denial to the fact that our mothers are always right. In fact, even if they aren’t sometimes, it’s always ideal to stick with the belief that they are 😀

For me and my brother, funnily enough, we had no choice. I don’t know if it was a creepy yet funny coincidence, mere childhood innocence or just our perspective of looking at things, but whenever my mom told us to do (or not do) something and we didn’t oblige, something strange happened. Not sometimes, but always! For instance, if we were watching TV after school and she wanted us to have lunch, and if we didn’t obey, there used to be a sudden power cut. Or when we played computer games and she wanted us to study, the computer used to stop working suddenly.

Now as I write this, I realise that she was probably very smart! Having a power cut or stopping the computer from working isn’t something a person can’t do 😂

Long story short, we grew up believing that mothers are always right and that we should obey them no matter what. And then, adolescence happened, which changed our mind altogether. Sadly, there were other people, books, modern scientific facts etc. which started to influence us and unlike how we felt in our childhood, our mom wasn’t the most perfect person on the planet anymore!

I then got married and found out about my pregnancy. She stood like a rock behind me and took care of me like no one else throughout. She was there beck and call for me and attended to my tiniest need!

In 9 months (which back then looked like a decade), I delivered my baby, and for her, a whole new project began- ‘Project Customary 40 Days’. Right from arranging a masseuse for me to making different varieties of food, she had everything covered.

Throughout the duration, I kept arguing with her, telling her that I don’t need massages and I don’t want special food, that I’m a normal human and want to be dealt with normally, but she insisted on doing these things because ‘they made her happy’.

After those 40 days were over and I came back home, I realised how right she has been!

Since I had a cesarean section, giving me light massages helped in early recovery and made me feel good from within. It also lowered my postpartum depression significantly, because who doesn’t find massages soothing to the nerves, afterall?

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The food I was given- i.e. hot bajra rotla (thick chapatis made of Bajra flour) topped with a dollop of ghee along with some fresh vegetable sabji, was just the right food I was supposed to eat. Bajra being high in carbohydrates gives sufficient energy and keeps us full while ghee has enough fat which ensures that the pace of digestion is slowed down- together which keeps us satiated for a long duration. The problem with lactation is that we feel hungry very often and this was her master plan to keep overeating and junk intake off the table.

Sometimes I think, no matter how alluring western lifestyle may be, but our basics are always right! And so are our moms!

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This post is a part of a blog train organised by me where I brought 20 Indian moms together to write on how their own mothers were right!

Also, make sure to check this interesting article written on the same topic by a fellow mom blogger, Nayantara (click here to reach her page)

<< t;<<< Thank you for stopping by and reading this article! Take care and happy mothering! Love, Elina

What Happened When I Kept My Phone Away While Nursing My Baby?

Long before I got pregnant, I made a list of things that I’d do when I breast-feed my baby— from talking to her and caressing her hair to reciting holy books and lullabies. And believe me, I did it all, for one complete month. And then, before I realised, I was aimlessly scrolling through my phone every time I nursed her. It slowly became a routine.

Every time she was hungry, I picked her up and began to nurse even without noticing her cues, looking at her face or seeing those pretty eyes.

As she grew, she learnt to play with my top, tried to pull my nose and put her fingers inside my mouth to touch my teeth, while I kept my self busy checking my notifications on Facebook and Instagram, watching random YouTube videos or simply checking deals on Shopping sites.

Honestly, deep down inside me, I hated myself and felt the guilt, but just like many other things we don’t like but still continue to do, this too became the same.

Soon I started to write parenting articles and the best time I could do that was when I nursed her. Albiet, my focus had changed and I was making more constructive use of this time, nonetheless, my actions remained the same.

Just like that, 2018 commenced. I was going through the resolutions made by people on the New Year’s Eve, and saw many people mention ‘Phone Detox’ as one of their goals. It was then it struck me, that I don’t need a complete detox, but there’s one thing that I really need to work on and that was- ‘Quality Nursing Time.’

I didn’t wait to jot it down in a planner or streamline my daily routine to work on it, but I chose to start immediately. That’s the thing about goals- you don’t always need to plan and wait for the right time, you just need to buckle up and start working on them as soon as possible.

After I made up my mind and it was time to nurse her, I held her in my arms and gave her a huge welcoming smile as I unbuttoned. She looked back at me with a twinkle in her eyes- the kind I’d never seen before. I realised how beautiful this little girl of mine was- so innocent and angelic. Throughout the nursing session I kept caressing her hair and read out lullabies and chants, just like I had planned to. I looked at her hands and noticed the cute dimples that she had below her fingers; I saw her face and noticed how it was full of enthusiasm; I saw her feet which constantly wiggled throughout. She continued to look at me and I noticed how the magic of breastmilk slowly worked and how beautifully she drifted off to sleep. Yes, that was my girl- the little squish that came out of me a couple of months ago, who was so delicate and tiny that she couldn’t even turn her head in the direction she wanted and here she is- all grown up and ready to walk independently. How quickly all these months flew by!

We often say kids grow up in the blink of an eye, but the truth is that we are so occupied in ourselves that we forget to notice them grow. Things like notifications, calls, shopping etc. can wait, we can do those when our little ones are asleep, but our children will never be this little again. They’ll never run to us to get a hug, they’ll never find joy in coming to us to get milk, they’ll never play peekaboo with our tshirts when they eat and they’ll probably never love us with the same pure feelings as they do today.

Someday in the future, we would scroll through their photos and miss these days! Why not cuddle and snuggle them as much we can before these lovely moments are gone?

Nursing our little ones is not just another mom-duty. It’s an unparalleled bond that we share which is like nothing else in the world. It’s like giving a part of yourself to your baby- the kind of nourishment and nurturing she will receive from no one ever! It’s therapeutic, not just for them but for us mothers too. Try to live in the moment- to feel the flow of liquid gold from your body to your baby’s and experience the magnificence. Try to make nursing sessions bonding times with your baby. Researchers have found that the strength of mothers emotional bond with the baby may trump all the other cautionary measures we take- like vaccinations, monthly check ups with the paediatrician etc., to help the baby thrive. A close attachment can prevent diseases, boost immunity and even enhance their IQ! Isn’t that amazing?

I’m still working on this and I urge you to try too! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll thank me for this.

Love,

Elina

(Just another mother who errs and learns)

P.S. Please excuse all the typos and errors. Wrote this while my little bundle of joy was sleeping. You know the time crunch we mothers have 🙈

10 Unique Gift Ideas for New Moms

From the overwhelming experience of holding a fragile baby for the first time to the exhaustion of night long cries and cluster feeds, the first couple of months of motherhood are an emotional roller coaster! In my opinion, if there’s one group that deserves all the love and pampering in universe, then that’s the group of new moms!

If you know of someone who has recently delivered a baby and if you’re looking to gift her something special and unique, then look no further. We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a list of unique gift ideas for new moms for you:

1) Nursing Pillow

Though breastfeeding may appear to be a beautiful thing, the initial weeks aren’t very beautiful. Why not make this journey of a new mom super comfortable? You can gift a nursing pillow which has both a soft side and a firm side. This way, the mother has the choice to use whatever side she is in the need of. Get one which also has a adjustable belt to keep the pillow in place. 


Cost: Around ₹750-1000/-

2) Breast Pump:

 If you’re buying a gift for someone who’s planning to resume work after her maternity leave, the best thing to give her is a Breast pump. It comes very handy for moms who have a career to pursue but don’t want to compromise on their child’s health and nutrition.


Cost: Manual Pump: ₹800-3000/-, Electric Pump: ₹3500/- onwards

3) Arrange for a Nanny or a Househelp:

Though this sounds funny and weird, but it’s the best gift you can give to a new mom, especially the one who’s put up alone or has negligible help. Cleaning the house and running routine errands would be the last thing a mother would want to do in her free time. We can reduce her stress by arranging for a househelp or even a nanny. There are several online sites which now provide with services like these in India.

Cost: ₹3000-10,000- Depending on the services and number of days you choose.:  

4) Nursing Cape or Outfits: 

Breastfeeding comes with its own set of highs and lows. A mother has a complicated clothing situation in order to feed. But you can ease that situation by gifting some cute nursing essentials. A soft bra that’s easy to unhook, a comfy cape to cover the baby or a warm outfit that opens easily when it’s time to feed  are some great options for those tricky situations when the baby wants his food and the mother’s not in the right state to feed however she wants, like in a supermarket or a public vehicle.


Cost: ₹500/- and above

5) Pampering Sessions at Home:

A spa package is a wonderful gift but sometimes it is better to gift some good products that a mom can pick up anytime to pamepr yourself. You can gift a good eye cream for dark circles, a soothing moisturiser or a full facial set. There are many more pampering options she would definitely appreciate. Brands like MamaEarth, TheMomsCo. etc make some fabulous mom-centric products. 


Alternatively, you can also arrange for a spa or a manicure-pedicure session at home for the tired mommy. You’ll find several home salon-service providers these days. It’s easy, convenient and which mom won’t like that?

Cost: ₹150/- and above

6) Professional Photoshoots:

This is my personal favourite! You can surprise the new mom with a specialises mom-baby photoshoot for them! Ofcourse, consult her before you schedule it. These photos will become a lifetime memory for her and she’ll always love you for it!

Cost: ₹5000/- and above

7) Baby Carrier:

Carrying the baby in the arms can be physically exhausting and even painful at times. What better than gifting her the joy of BabyWearing? Choose an ergonomic carrier which will provide both the baby and the new mom with comfort and class. 

Featured here is Soul’s Basic Cotton Full Buckle in the shade- Lapis

Cost: ₹1500/- onwards 

8) Food Baskets:

Easy, ready to eat foods are a good gift for a new mom who hardly has time to prepare a meal. So one can prepare a basket with fruit, nuts, granola bars, ready to eat munchies, soup packets and anything that a mom can eat quickly. She’ll love you for this.


Cost: ₹150/- onwards 

9) Baby Monitor

If the new mom stays alone with the baby all day and is a work from home mom, then gifting her a baby monitor is a great idea. This way, she can work in peace while keeping an eye on her baby without being physically present all the time. 


Cost: ₹1500/- onwards 

10) Your Time: 

The gift of time to a new mom is priceless. You can go to her place and take care of her baby for sometime while she relaxes or takes a shower or gets a pedicure done. There’s no gift that can beat this one!

Cost: Free!

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post!! If you did, don’t forget to like this article and follow me to read more such posts!

Love,

Elina

What To Keep In Mind Before Buying Shoes For Your Baby 

Before babies start walking they don’t need shoes at all. Infact, supportive shoes like hard soled ones may actually hamper their mobility. If at all they need anything, then that’s socks, booties or soft soled shoes. These are useful for warmth and the comfort that babies need, especially during  winters.

Image: Soul’s Instagram page

Once the baby starts to walk and explore, here are some things that you need to look while shoe-shopping:

1) Closure

When buying your baby’s shoes, look for something that keeps the grip intact. When the child is small, choose elastic or Velcro. Both of these are easy to remove and wear the shoes back, especially if you’re in a hurry. Once the child learns to remove these shoes, there’s a possibility that he may pull themoff at the wrong time. In such situations, it’s best to buy shoes with laces. Also, if you opt for laces, make sure they are long enough to tie into double knots. 

2) Material of the shoes:

Soft leather shoes or cloth shoes are the best for the baby. Stiff leather hinder foot development and synthetics too. It’s ideal to opt for breathable, lightweight material. 

Image: Soul’s Instagram page

3) Bend the soles:

The sole should be flexible and should have a good grip. It should not be stiff and too hard. A non skid rubber sole with ridges will offer good traction. For smaller kids, prefer a sole made of artificial fur which will provide with warmth and keep the child from falling too. I’d suggest considering cloth shoes from Soul. They’re best for small babies and even for toddlers when indoors.

4) Check the fit:

Image: Soul’s Instagram page

It is very important that the child tries the shoes first. There should be less than one finger space between his heel and the heel of the shoe and a considerable amount of width between his longest toe and the front of the shoe. The shoe should not be too big and have just enough space to move around the fingers. You should check regularly if the shoes still fit the baby as a baby’s feet grows too fast.

5) Squeeze and check:


If the shoe is made of soft fabric, check the space in the front when the baby is wearing the shoe. If you find no space then the shoe is too tight. It’s best to try a slightly larger size in such a scenario.

6) Time to shop

Babys feet are swollen in the morning. So it is better to shop in the evening for baby shoes as shoes bought in the morning may not fit the baby in the evening 

7) Problem spotting:


You should let your baby wear the shoes at home and walk around. Then remove and see if there is any sort of hurt anywhere on the feet. Once you’re sure there’s no shoe bite or uncomfort, you can let him wear it outside.

I hope you found this article helpful! Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Until next time!

Love,

Elina 💗

All You Need To Know About Diaper Bags!- Tips to Choose the Right One

Diaper bags- no matter how much you try to run away from them- are an indispensable part of your first few years of becoming a parent. You just can’t step out of your home with a stylish tiny sling filled with bare essentials anymore! There are a gazillion things that a tiny baby needs and we need bigger and spacious bags for that.

Gone are the days when those ugly, plasticky and bulky diaper bags with cartoon prints all over were the only choice available for mothers. Why carry something like that when we now have better options in the market?!

Finding a perfect bag can be a task for an already- tired-and-zoned-out-new-mom. Hence, based on my experience, I thought to share the types of diaper bags available and how you can choose the right one for yourself. 

1) Washable tote/Day bags:

A cloth tote diaper bag and day bags are great options for the first 6 months when you don’t have to carry baby food/water sipper along and all you need are a couple of diapers, wash cloths and a few outfits. It’s also a great alternative for a quick outing with your baby which will last for a couple of hours. It’s one of the most spacious bags because it usually doesn’t have stiffness and segregations to take up space and look bulky. This is also the reason why you can stuff a lot of things in it! 

Image: Soul Day Bag in Topaz

Pros:

  • They’re spacious 
  • Apt for BabyWearing moms
  • Washable 

Cons:

  • They don’t have many pockets
  • Cloth bags may not be water proof

Great for:

  • Short trips to the mall or markets
  • First 6 months or when you don’t have to carry food or liquids that might spill

In my opinion, unless it’s rainy season, totes and day bags make a perfect choice for small shopping trips to the market or even for a casual picnic. They look pretty and are easy to carry too.


2) Backpacks
Backpacks look the trendiest of all the options. They’re classy, spacious and available in gazillion patterns to match your taste and style. The best thing about these bags is that they keep your hands free to do whatever you want.

Pros:

  • Stylish and spacious
  • Keeps your hands free
  • Equal distribution of weight on both the shoulders

Cons:

  • Not a great option for BabyWearing moms 

Great for:

  • A days outing or even for a a small vacation
  • For moms who don’t babywear


3. Messenger bags or Sling bags
You don’t necessarily need a bag that looks like a diaper bag, isn’t it?

In my opinion, messenger bags and slings are a good option for moms who prefer carrying their baby arms and don’t use stroller or carriers or anything. The advantage of these bags is that you can remove the items from the bag without placing the bag down and furiously hunting for things. 

Pros:

  • Small and slim
  • Looking for items and removing them is relatively easier 
  • Great for short trips and evening walks 
  • Good option for BabyWearing moms 

Cons:

  • Very small, can’t be used to carry items for long trips 
  • May not be washable 

Great for:

  • Short trips or evening strolls 


4) Stroller diaper bags

As the name suggests a stroller diaper bag attaches directly to the baby’s stroller, rather than sit below the stroller in the storage compartment. These diaper bags hang from your strollers handles, allowing you to quickly and easily get your baby’s stuff.


Pros:

  • Easy to quickly find things when on the go
  • Gives your shoulders a break from the weight carrying 

Cons:

  • Usage is limited to times when carrying a stroller

Great for:

  • People who go on a walk or to the market with a stroller regularly.


5) Standard bags

What are these bags, you might be wondering. Well, standard bags are the usual multi-pocketed diaper bags which are huge and can pretty much fit all the essentials you need. Though you’ll find a myriad of options online, there’re a two brands I’d highly recommend- they’re Bohomia and Skip Hop. They make classy looking, good quality and sturdy bags. You’ll find these two on amazon India and other online portals too. 


Image: Bohomia Diaper Bag

Pros:

  • Segregations and pockets to fit in all essentials 
  • Look great and are sturdy too

Cons:

  • Too huge and bulky
  • May not the be the best option for small trips

Great option for:

  • Long trips and vacation 
  • Times when you’re carrying too many things 


6) Designer diaper bags 

Who said diaper bags are always boring?Previously, becoming a mother meant that you would have to give up your Gucci or Louis Vuitton handbag. This is no longer a problem since these brands have also started designing diaper bags. So now you can carry all that your baby needs without losing your fashion statement!

Image: Gucci Diaper Bag 
Hope this was helpful. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Love,

Elina 

7 Things to Do Before Baby Turns One

First year is the most exhausting yet the most eventful year of your and your baby’s life! It’s very very different from what you must’ve expected, but it’s one of the most beautiful phases of this journey. While you might want the baby to become independant so that you’re able to visit the washroom in peace, but once the she starts to do things by herself, you’ll miss these precious moments. 

Hence I thought of sharing some activities/things  that every parent must try before the baby turns one:

1. Take More Videos!

Although taking monthly milestone pictures and other cute costume captures are priceless, but make sure to take videos periodically. Everytime I check my album, it is the video that I love watching more than pictures. It’s so fascinating to see the difference!

​2. Make Your Baby Swim

The earlier you put your baby in water, the more confident she will become. Babies find comfort being and floating in water, which is why they get adapted to it easily and learn swimming faster.

3. Don’t Throw Away Those Cute Tiny Clothes

Especially the onesies that have memories attached to them- first outfit, name ceremony outfit, half birthday outfit etc. Save these and you can later convert them into memory keepsakes like a ball or a quilt. 

4. Invest in Books

Make your child a listener. The earlier you read out to them, the more will you broaden their imaginative thinking and vocabulary. 

5. Snuggle Them As Much You Can/ Babywear 

Once your little one starts to become independent and discover the joy of running around, she won’t come as much to snuggle up with you. Invest in a carrier and wear your baby to get those precious cuddles more often.


6. Create an Email ID and Write Letters to Them


I had created one for my baby when I was pregnant. I used to write emails to her and tell her about all the exciting things I experienced while carrying her. I continued to write and share special moments with her even after she was born and I plan to continue doing it until she turns one. I think all moms should try this! Imagine how special would the baby feel on receiving these letters from you.

7. Go for a Quick Mom-Baby Outing

Going with the baby for shopping or to a park alone might appear to be an intimidating idea, but once you leave your fear behind and just step out, you’ll enjoy it! Take the risk, pick your baby and get going. You won’t regret it later! Promise! 

In my opinion, these are a few things that every mom should try before her baby turns one!

What do you think? Please leave your ideas too! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Love, 

Elina