Ever wish you could create your own products? Today my diaper bag zipper gave out. I think it was the 'last hurrah' because it's been slipping and unzipping for a few days and now it's not working at all. The sad thing is that I just bought this diaper bag about 3 weeks ago. And I had one before for a year that got nasty from having too many layers of baby crud wiped off of it so I replaced it with the SAME THING after searching for a new bag for a few weeks. Now the new one died.
I have a problem paying more than about $25-30 for a diaper bag. Seriously, it doesn't have to be stylish, doesn't have to have a name brand written on it, and by all means doesn't have to have baby print all over it... which seem to be the three things to run the price up. But there are a few things that I would really like for it to have.
So... here is my dream diaper bag...
Pockets on both ends with elastic tops- must hold a sippy cup WITH HANDLES inside the end easily and TWO bottles in the other end. I'd like a small pocket that's somewhat easy to access that I can shove receipts in at the store and KAD drawings into as I pick the kids up from their classrooms. I'd also like another pocket on the outside for MY things that I now carry in the diaper bag such as my cell phone, credit card, ID, and car keys. I'd like some thin pockets against the walls of the inside so the diapers can stay to the side. I prefer two of these since the kids are in 2 different size diapers. Then a small zipper area inside that can hold the tylenol, diaper cream, a tiny first aid kid, and hand sanitizer. In the big open space in the middle I'd like enough room for the wipes container, two formula 'travel' containers (the kids are on different formulas), a water bottle, bibs, a 'universal onesie' (I don't want to haul 3 sets of clothes!), two glasses cases, and a small gatorade or sipper cup for Kristopher. Oh, and either inside or an outside pocket needs to be able to hold some babyfood jars too.
Not SO much to ask for, is it? After all, this pretty much describes my messenger-style bag that was $15 at Wal-Mart! It fit everything for 3 kids in diapers, 2 kids with bottles, 1 with a sippy cup, 1 picky toddler eater that I always kept food around for, and a mom whose purse often gets emptied into the outside pocket of the diaper bag. But now the zipper broke. Do I spend the $15 on another of the SAME thing and hope it was just that bag... or do I again go on a hunt for a diaper bag that will meet all those criteria??
What kid-devices would you like to 'remodel' to meet your family's needs?
I have other thoughts on a rubbermaid container that fits folding outdoor chairs, my magical dream stroller's features, and other useless-except-to-me products :)