Babies require gear. No matter how much of a minimalist I am, one cannot deny that there is a certain amount of stuff that my Leila needs when I leave the house. I carry:
Snake charmer filled with-6 diapers size 3, a packet of wipes, onsie for change of clothes
Travel changing pad
Travel Sack size 1- a binky, a small lovey, and some rattling toy for my 6 month old Leila
Bitybean baby carrier
Mommy Pouch aka TB 3D mesh organizer- TB wallet, phone, sunglasses, journals, and pens. I also carry a scarf or thin blanket for nursing.
Water bottle for Adult
We don’t have to tote around bottles or food (yet) for Leila.
I tried all kinds of diaper bags and was largely dissatisfied with the functionality and/or the aesthetic form of the bag. When Darcy from Tom Bihn approached me to review the PU, I was ecstatic for the opportunity. In fact, when the email arrived on a Friday evening Iexclaimed, “Oh my God!” and my husband ran into the room thinking something crazy had happened to the baby. It was that exciting for me. In return for the bag, I was asked to provide an honest review. And here is my honest review:
My expectation of a functional and beautiful bag that both parents could carry/or sling across stroller handlebars was far exceeded by the Parental Unit. I love it.
Function: The bag easily fits all of Leila’s gear. I haven’t yet refined my organization of the bag but it will fit all the gear. When paired with a snake charmer, a pocket pouch, TB wallet, travel sacks, and 3D mesh organizers, I can grab items with one hand even while holding Leila. There are three different large zippered areas that have pockets and internal organization that make packing and accessing the bag extremely efficient. Even when fully loaded, the bag feels light on the shoulder or across the body.
Also, the straps of the PU are a perfect fit when hung across the bars of our stroller without knocking into the cup holder. We have a Maclaren Quest stroller (we love it and recommend it because it works from birth to 40lbs, is moderately priced, weighs only 13lbs, easily collapses, and has a small footprint- perfect for travel, small car trunks, and navigating city streets or crowded malls).
Form: The PU is beautiful. All of our TB gear has a black exterior with some type of colorful interior and assorted colors of snake charmers. I opted for the black exterior with ultraviolet interior so that my husband wouldn’t mind carrying the PU and we could easily see inside the bag. If you like colorful exterior options then TB has many of those too.
Finally, the quality of craftsmanship PU will last us through Leila’s diapering years and beyond. I can see this bag becoming my full time purse. You could easily fit an 11inch Macbook Pro or an iPad in the bag. A lot of people might want the PU even if they don’t have babies! I wanted to get my review and pictures out early so that folks could get a preview before they go on sale on Friday. Feel free to ask questions if you have them.
Thank you to Tom Bihn for the opportunity. I love my PU!