Let me tell you, I am a bag fanatic! I wrote a post about stylish breast pump bags so I decided to continue that idea and write one about stylish diaper bags. I have gone through several diaper bags in the last three plus years, and currently my favorite is the Kate Spade Stevie diaper bag.
I have owned Coach, Vera Bradley and Skip Hop diaper bags. I will review them all at some point but for now I am going to focus on the Stevie. While there are features I have loved and disliked about all of these bags the Kate Spade Stevie has blown me away. I do believe it is the best diaper bag I have owned so far.
Now you may be wondering why anyone needs a designer or fancy diaper bag. I agree, it’s not for everyone. In my case I love bags and have always considered them one of the most important accessories I own. I don’t spend much on shoes, jewelry, or other accessories but a bag goes everywhere with you, every single day. I carry my life around, and use my bags for years so I feel the splurge is worth it. Once I became a mom I realized I did not want to carry a separate purse and diaper bag. I wanted to be able to use my diaper bag as both and have it look good enough to pass as a purse too.
Onto the Stevie. First the facts from the manufacturer..
The Stevie has come in many colors and styles over the last few years. I have the cream spade fabric one but there is black nylon and other colors to choose from as well.
They all have:
- Water resistant lined interior with zippered pocket and 5 open slip pockets
- Zippered top closure with open slip gusset pockets on either end; padded nylon changing pad
- Dual leather handles with an 7.5″ drop
- Measures approximately 17″ (L) x 10″ (H) x 7″ (W)
- 14-karat gold plated hardware
- stroller straps
So why do I love this bag so much?
Of all the diaper bags I have used this one looks the most like a purse and is very stylish. Nothing about it says diaper bag.
It is super functional. It has a nice wide shape and it is easy to find items inside. Most of the other bags I have used would become kind of a pit and it would be hard to find things. The shape also stays true and is not overly slouchy. I have used this for a year and it still maintains it’s shape.
The inside material is totally waterproof and wipeable. The outside is very durable. I have been using my cream colored bag almost daily for a year and it looks brand new!
The bottom is a nice wide leather that keeps the bag clean when you set it down in all kinds of places.
The changing pad it comes with is big and soft. Much bigger than the other cheap feeling ones that usually come with diaper bags. It Velcro’s close and fits perfectly into an inner pocket. I don’t actually carry the changing pad anymore because my kids are getting older but it was great while I used it.
The inside of the bag has five open pockets. I use a couple of them for my cell phone and small supplies. This is where I keep keys, phone, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and lotion.
One of the open pockets is very large. The changing pad fits here or I use it for diapers and wipes.
There is another large zippered pocket. This is where I keep a change of clothes and sometimes food.
On the outside there are two pockets on each end of the bag. These are great for sippy cups. I put one in each side for my two children and I don’t have to worry about getting anything inside of my bag damp.
There are two rolled leather shoulder straps. When viewing the bag I was worried these would slide or not be comfortable, but they are actually great and do not move off my shoulder at all.
The stroller straps work well and tuck away when not in use.
It’s fairly lightweight. I have seen a few lighter and heavier but this does not feel heavy to me at all even when loaded up.
The one negative I found with this bag:
It does not have a long messenger type strap. This is something I believed I must have in a diaper bag. I loved this bag so much I bought it anyway thinking maybe I could add one myself. But… I have not missed it at all. The bag stays on my shoulder and does not slip. I have also found that I can attach the stroller straps to each other and make one long strap if I really want to use it that way.
So have I convinced you or what? I am obsessed with this bag and had to get it in writing ha. I kind of want to buy it in black for winter but I am not sure I can justify it since my youngest ‘baby’ is 20 months.
The retail price is $295.00 plus (I have seen it for even more on the Kate Spade website).
Find my cream color one here for a much better buy or in solid black. You can also try finding it at a Kate Spade outlet store or flash sale.
This bag is a splurge but it’s worth it! Of course it would also make a great baby shower gift. Let me know, do you have a favorite diaper bag?