I am a researcher! I want to know all about something and how good it is BEFORE I buy. When I was creating my baby registry, one of the most necessary (I think!) things was just stumping me! What diaper bag to get?! Jeez, who would have thought that would be the thing I couldn’t figure out!
A while back I posted: ‘Packing a Diaper Bag When You Use Cloth Diapers…You Can Fit More Than You Think!’ It started a big discussion on our Facebook page. I wanted to know what everyone thought was the best bag to use. Some like to keep it small and some go BIG. I’m not a ‘take only the absolute necessities’ kind of girl myself, so I find I need a decent amount of space to fit all my stuff!
Janina Ma, Founder and CEO of My Chickadee, contacted me because she wanted to be able to share her diaper bag with All About Cloth Diapers readers. I did receive the bag for free, however this review is my honest opinion.
From the start, Janina was wonderful to work with. She has been so easy to communicate with and really just wants to make using cloth diapers and babywearing easier for all of us moms by providing great bags that really do fit everything perfectly!
I have two other high quality diaper bags that I used before getting the My Chickadee. I honestly was a little on the fence about the patterns. I wasn’t sure any of them were quite me. Let me tell you… I was in love with this bag from the moment I took it out of the box. The photos don’t do the bag or the pattern justice. I seriously think it is the perfect summer pattern! My Chickadee introduces new patterns and colors throughout the year. No joke, my husband even commented on what a nice bag it was. And he doesn’t notice or mention anything about my purses or bags usually.
First thing I really like about this bag is its size. It’s big without being BIG! It measures 14”x12” with a 7” gusseted bottom. I can fit 4 diaper changes, wetbag, changing pad, wipes, spray, bottle/sippy, water, change of clothes, travel food AND my wallet, cell and keys. Best part is it doesn’t look like the bag is going to explode.
Next thing I love are the separate compartments. There is a zippered closed section in the middle of the bag that creates two sections for easy organization. I stored all my important personal stuff in there and didn’t worry about losing it because it was always zippered. The compartments allow you to use the bag with 2 kids and totally separate their stuff so you know what goes with who.
Or you can separate the wetbag and changing pad away from other items and just keep the rest on the other side. Since I only have one baby, that’s what I did and it made it VERY easy to find everything. My parents and husband didn’t have to tear the whole bag apart looking for one thing now, they could just see it when they looked in!
One other thing that totally sets this bag apart from other diaper bags available on the market…the changing pad! Seriously, this pad is the nicest one I have ever seen. It folds back up neatly and has its own closures. It is made of a soft leatherette material that is VERY easy to clean. And, of course, the other side is made of fabric that matches your bag. Also available is a matching large wet bag! Love that! I’m not going to lie, I am not amazing at coordinating things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them to be! Here, it all looks good together.
My Chickadee is very conscious of being green and safe for baby. It’s run by a mom of three after all! All of their products comply with CPSIA standards and are Lead, BPA & Phthalate free.
I’ve washed my wetbag a few times (hang to dry) and it still looks great! I haven’t had to clean the actual bag yet, but it’s always better to spot treat when you can (I think it helps to keep a bag newer longer). It is machine washable though, so don’t worry about stains or spills!
I am so glad the Janina contacted All About Cloth Diapers with her product. I have packed up my other diaper bags and plan to use this one all summer long! This is a boutique quality bag without the boutique price! My Chickadee Designs also offers free shipping in the US. Janina has been kind enough to offer All About Cloth Diapers readers 10% off in their My Chickadee shop. Use code allaboutclothdiapers .
Finally, Janina and My Chickadee Designs is also generously doing an amazing giveaway of one Carryall bag, winner chooses the pattern! You don’t want to miss this!
Congrats! Holly P. was the winner!
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.