Monday, February 21, 2011

Degraaf Designs | Handmade Diaper Bags

There are a lot of items geared towards momma's and babies out there, and in truth the practicality of some of them is marginal at best.  Other items however, are must-have's no matter who you ask.  A stroller, a car seat, a diaper bag; all essentials to parenthood as far as I'm concerned.

If its your first time shopping for any of these items, prepare to be overwhelmed.  With the boy, my mind reeled with the oodles of options available.  In the end all three items I chose were based primarily on a recommendation by a trusted friend, followed up by internet research.  If you peruse (or compulsively check) deal sites like I do, then you'll know that diaper bags come in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles.

I urge you to consider your diaper bag choice carefully before purchasing.  My first diaper bag, however cute the Classic Pooh that adorned it was, totally sucked.  It was big and bulky before I even placed a single cloth diaper inside it.  After only a few short weeks, I just knew it wasn't going to work and I shelled out another fifty bucks for a new one.

If like so many mom's out there, you are in favour of supporting hardworking momma's, I urge you to check out Degraaf Designs on Etsy.  Leanne's diaper bags are handcrafted with care; each one is sturdy, strong and carefully put together with precise stitching.  One of the major bonuses of these diaper bags is that they are fully machine washable, which means spilled milk, cereal, juice or worse diaper blowouts will never leave lingering stickiness or smelliness in your diaper bag again.

In terms of storage space, this bag has no shortage; in addition to a large central opening, each bag has four elasticized storage areas on the inside, each of which is totally useable and large enough for diapers and wipes.  There are also pockets at each end of the bag that would be great for a water bottle for momma or a milk bottle for baby.  Finally, the backside of a Degraaf Designs Diaper Bag is a pocket, which houses the included, matching changing pad.

Leanne of Degraaf Designs is a family friend with both a passion and a skill for sewing.  She has been successfully selling her diaper bags in local shops and has recently started up her Etsy shop to try and reach a larger audience.  She is a wife to a loving husband, mother to an adorable little girl (born one week after the boy) and expecting her newest family member in July 2011.  Please take a moment to check out Degraaf Designs on Etsy and if you're in the market for a new diaper bag, consider purchasing one of her handmade, unique and super adorable diaper bags.