The only thing I could never make my mind up on when I was pregnant and stocking up on baby stuff was which diaper bag to get. No joke…which pediatrician to go to, using cloth diapers and even choosing Sophia’s name was a breeze. But that diaper bag stuff was HARD! I even remember asking on a cloth diaper board if I needed a different or some sort of special bag to use with cloth diapers.
BTW, you don’t. Check this link out to see how easy it is to pack a diaper bag while using cloth diapers. It all fits, promise.
Thankfully, I had two amazing friends that ended up giving us diaper bags at my baby shower. One was a beautiful Vera Bradley and the other was a Coach diaper bag. Yes, I was a little spoiled. ;) I can tell you that this Öko Créations bag is even more special than either of those designer bags.
I received this bag for review, however all opinions expressed here are honest and true.
I’m not out in left field with my tastes, but I do like to be a little different than normal. Unique, quality handmade items really catch my eye.
I’m also not one to match my bags to my outfits. Although I can honestly say that I am a little jealous of those of you who do, it really does look so nice and well…fashionable. I just don’t have it in me. I have enough trouble remembering to put my ‘fancy’ yoga pants on when I go out.
That’s one reason I really like this Öko Créations diaper bag. The colors of these bags are chic yet neutral making them a perfect match for whatever you are wearing.
The way these bags are made is also unique. If you’ve been following All About Cloth Diapers you know I’m a big supporter of small business and made in the US and Canada products. These bags are made in Canada by a team of craftspeople led by sisters Mélanie and Marie-Noël. It’s a family affair: even their Mom plays an important role. Not your normal production environment. In the words of another Öko Créations product lover these bags are… “ethically, sustainably and lovingly made”.
The exterior is made from 95% hemp canvas, 5% organic cotton. Wearing eco-friendly stuff is so in now…I think…yup just Googled it…totally in now! lol. The interior is nylon. The whole bag is super easy to clean as any mess will pretty much wipe right off.
There are two bottle pockets on the outside of the bag as well as a zippered front compartment (which is where my keys, chap stick and wallet go). Inside the bag are four generously sized storage compartments and the large main center area. I am a crammer and tend to loose things when a bag doesn’t have a zipper. This bag’s zipper closure is nice because it keeps everything from escaping. There are two side straps that are still long enough to get over your shoulder as well as a long adjustable shoulder strap if you prefer to wear the bag lower. While they are nice to have, I’m just not a short strap kind of girl. I comfortably used the adjustable shoulder strap with no issues.
One really cool feature that this bag has are the detachable stroller straps. They are the perfect length to keep the bag and everything you need within reach when out and about.
I haven’t had to wash this bag yet, so I can’t say how it would stand up. However, as I said before, due to the nature of the material even the sloppiest mess could be cleaned with just a damp cloth.
I’ve crammed this bag so full that you’d think it would explode. Nope! This is made of quality stuff. The zipper is a sturdy industrial type with a nice big pull on it.
At $140, you might say this is on the spendy side. However, I want to note that it is really designer quality and handmade with natural and organic materials. The price is inline for what you are getting. More importantly, it doesn’t look like a diaper bag. So when your baby toting days are over you can easily still put this bag to good use.
My mother, in fact, has told me every time she sees me that she would just love a bag like mine. She keeps telling me that it would be perfect for hauling around her papers (you know, your to-do pile that travels with you). Yes mom, I hear you…you want the bag. Christmas is coming.
There are only two things I would change about the bag. One is that I wish the adjustable strap was either made of the same fabric as the bag (it’s matching black nylon) or it was slightly padded some how. Second, I wish it came with a changing pad. I use the pad out of one of my other bags. I’m not looking for anything fancy, just something that matches. Neither one of these things is a deal breaker for me.
I usually switch back to my black Coach Diaper bag for the winter. I’m not going to this year. This Öko Créations Hemp Canvas Bag is classy, spacious and unique. I honestly get a lot of compliments about it.
The Öko Créations Hemp Canvas Bag is available in two colors: Brown and turquoise or Black and geometric.
If you are in Canada, please visit: http://okocreations.ca/en/
If you are in the US, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Their site will be set up to handle US orders in 2015.
Öko Créations is generously sponsoring a beautiful changing pad for one lucky All About Cloth Diapers reader. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!
This has ended. Congrats Audrey R.