TWELVELittle 3-in-1 unisex tote diaper bag review

As most of you know, I am a mom of 4 kids. They are all 6 and under. It’s safe to say I have my hands pretty full, almost all of the time. I am constantly on the look out for bags that will fit all of my needs. I need a bag that I can throw over my shoulder and most importantly, a bag that can carry a bunch of stuff. I always carry a change of clothes for my kids, snacks, water, diapers and all my diapering essentials on almost every outing. It is important that I have a bag that can accommodate my needs. When I saw the TWELVELittle 3-in-1 unisex bag I thought this could work. Here are the pros and cons of the bag.

Pros:

  • has a backpack option
  • Has a tote option
  • Has a messenger/hobo option
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Roomy
  • Comfortable backpack straps
  • HUGE bottle pockets
  • Lots of interior pockets
  • Fits a lot(perfect for moms of multiples)
  • Can be used as a travel or work bag
  • Will last beyond your diaper bag days
  • Cloth diaper friendly
  • Insulated bottle pockets
  • Mom of multiples friendly

Cons:

  • Not machine washable
  • Doesn’t come with stroller straps

I wore this bag for a few outings to get a full use of the bag. I used it backpack style, strapped it to my stroller with the stroller straps that came with my TWELVELittle diaper caddy. I also used it in the messenger style. I attached a messenger strap from another diaper bag I own. Adding a strap makes converting from backpack to messenger style very quick, easy and convenient.

My first test was wearing this bag at a park. I packed my bag the way I normally do and this was the ultimate test. If I could run with a diaper bag on my back and not become uncomfortable, we would have a winner! After 30 minutes of chasing my kids around the park my back did not hurt. The straps did not dig into my shoulder or back. The weight was evenly distributed and this was the first time I didn’t prefer to have a diaper bag attached to my stroller. If you are a heavy packer, you can always use stroller straps if your back is strained or just for personal preference.

The second, last and most important test for me is space! Can I fit what I need in this bag?! I always, always bring a change of clothes for each child. So that is 4 changes of clothes. I always bring cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth wipe spray, wallet, keys, portable potty, fuel cell packed with snacks, hand sanitizer and a bottle of water and lotion. The changes of clothes alone can make many diaper bags obsolete. Once I add my snacks and cloth diapers, most diaper bags don’t have much space left. This was not the case with this bag! I was able to fit everything plus any other thing I felt like grabbing along the way. The bottle pockets are huge! I can get two bottles in each pocket which is amazing. Most diaper bags can only fit one bottle in each bottle pocket. My favorite thing about this bag is the ability to allow me to carry everything I need and then some while looking stylish 😁. What’s your favorite diaper bag? What bag would your recommend for a new mom or a mom of multiples?

Tired as a mother(fu*ka)

There was a point in time where I thought “no way I can ever be more tired than I am now!” This was said when I was in high school and when I joined the rowing team in college. Waking up at 4 am everyday was a breeze compared to motherhood. Motherhood is a BEAST and is not for the weak. I am starting to believe that emotional and mental labor tire the body more than actual physical labor! Raising children can be very taxing and rewarding at the same time. It takes a lot of mental energy to help regulate emotions and guide children all while not completing loosing your shit everyday (it’s ok to loose it sometimes and cry in the bathroom, no one is perfect🙃).

I wake up everyday and immediately get the ball running. I hop up! Most times my Afro is stuck to my head but hey!! I start breakfast, feed the dog and then take him out for his morning walk. After that, I’m back in the house feeding kids, playing and starting my morning cleaning routine before we start a homeschool activity. In between those things I try to drink a cup of coffee so that I’m not falling asleep by 12pm. Coffee is a must! I don’t care what anyone says lol. After 12 I let the kids watch a movie so that I can do some laundry, fold clothes, put fat baby down for a nap and get started on lunch and dinner. By 4 pm I’d like to crawl in my bed but that’s not going to happen. By 7pm I’m at my mental capacity and that is when it’s time to start winding down and get ready for bed. By 7pm I’ve been up for 12 hours and been tending to children for 12 hours. I’ve heard my namehh called 100 times. I’ve picked up toy after toy and made meal after meal on top of making sure everyone stays alive and is well cared for.

My brain is non stop thinking. My anxiety doesn’t help. The mental load of being a mom can be exhausting in itself. We are constantly thinking about other people, our children (as we should) all while trying to do everything that needs to be done to keep the house running smoothly.

Moms are tired! We need rest! Don’t ask me or any mom why we are tired especially if you don’t have children. Naps are required and mandatory if you ask me🤷🏽‍♀️

Take a break mama! Read a book or run out the damn door once your partner or babysitter arrives. A short walk can wake you right up because your mind won’t be running on overdrive.