As a second-time mom, I’ve gone through my share of diaper bags. Our first diaper bag was a messenger style in a dark grey color. I chose that style and color so hubby could use it as well. We also have a backpack style diaper bag in black, in addition to other styles. The thing with those diaper bags are, they are just that, a diaper bag. I wouldn’t use them for any other purpose. I’ve also looked into buying the more popular and posh diaper bags, but they just didn’t fit my needs.
I received the Timi & Leslie Rachel Convertible diaper bag in Caramel for review. Diaper bags by Timi & Leslie are not your typical diaper bags. They are feminine, attractive, and absolutely do not look like a diaper bag. Maybe that’s what gravitated me towards them. The fact that I’m carrying diapers and kids’ stuff and it doesn’t look like I am. I actually feel a little bit of a fashionista when I tote this around.
The Rachel is made of faux leather and is PVC free. It’s quite easy to maintain and clean; though I really try and take care of this since it’s just too pretty to mess up. The bag converts from a hand/elbow bag to a shoulder bag with the detachable straps. It comes with everything mom needs in a functional diaper bag.
Timi & Leslie Rachel accessories and features
- Convertable clutch for mom
- Insulated bottle tote
- Zippered sac
- Cushy changing pad
- Stroller straps
- Adjustable detachable strap
- Total of 12 pockets
This roomy diaper bag – dimensions: 13” height x 16” width x 4.75” depth – is a great accessory. Whether you use these diapers…
Due to their non-conventional diaper bag look, I’ve even used the Rachel as a work bag.
I’ve also made this into a quasi camera bag. In the times that I needed to take the camera with me while out with the kids, I modified the bag and accessories a bit. I used the bottle tote to hold my extra lens and padded the bottom of the bag with the changing mat. I inserted the pockets with diapers to pad the bag and secure my camera. I know it’s not the most secure thing to do, but I am working on creating a proper padded sectioned insert for a camera thanks to online tutorials. In all honesty, I have no desire to tote a diaper bag and separate camera bag while I have two energetic kids in tow.
I do have to say that no matter how much I love this bag, it is a bit heavy, even when empty. I try to put in as few necessary items (3 diapers, wipes case, wet bag, change of clothes, wallet, cell phone, and snack bars) as possible to minimize the weight. Also, since I’m used to the backpack style, I have to shift the bag from one shoulder to the other due to weight. I wear this in the messenger style with the kids to be hands-free. The only thing that would make this perfect for me is if it converted to a backpack. My lower back would thank me for it.
The price point for the Timi & Leslie Rachel is $159.99. That is probably the only deal breaker for me; it is an expensive diaper holder. However, the price is very competitive with other high end diaper bags (excluding high fashion designer labels, of course). Also, since it’s so versatile, you can use it as a purse long after the kids are out of diapers.
How many diaper bags do you have? What features does your favorite diaper bag have?
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.