Thursday, May 5, 2016

Visiting the Wild Things with Skip Hop

As a dad, and someone who has never worn a purse in his life, diaper bags can be a bit of a tricky endeavor. When my son was born, we splurged on an expensive diaper bag for my wife that had all the pretty colors and the millions of compartments. It worked well for when we were going out together, but if I ever wanted to go with my son somewhere, I just didn't feel like using it. It was big, bulky, and the colors weren't really my thing. I ended up getting a messenger bag of sorts that was mine to use and it worked well. When SkipHop reached out to me and asked if I'd like to review their new dad targeted diaper backpack, The SkipHop Duo Diaper Backpack, I jumped at the opportunity. We had a family trip planned to attend a "Where the Wild Things Are" event at the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, so I decided to test it out on this trip.


The one thing I can't stand to deal with when I'm out with my son is having my hands full. Anyone with a toddler will know that they are handful enough and being able to sling a backpack on my back full of all of the day's necessities was absolutely vital. Like a typical backpack, it'll let you take out the straps to wherever you're comfortable, but the real difference is seen on on the inside. There are tons of places to store things and it even comes with a changing station mat, which is pretty customary in many diaper bags these days. With two drink holders on the outside (one for my water, the other for my son's) and a compartment for diapers, wipes, and other odds and ends, the bag was perfect as a replacement for a larger diaper bag. The backpack also has a very large spot for your laptop, so it could easily double as your work laptop case.


Another huge selling point of the bag was the color and design. A funny thing happened in my household. This bag, which started out as a test product for a review, became the primary diaper bag that is used by both myself and my wife. The neutral color, the large dual pocketed inside, and the overall quality feel to the backpack made it a no brainer to replace our previous bulky diaper bag that had to be held with an arm or slung over a shoulder. The bag has enough room to hold every we need and is always kept loaded and ready to go for last minute trips. We have been using it for over two months, with numerous trips to the zoo and the store, and it looks just as new as it did when we received it in the mail.

Our first trip using the bag was a beautiful event at the Rawlings Conservatory and having my hands free really allowed me to interact better with my son and the beautiful scenery we were surrounded by. The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located near the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and on this particular day, was showing off it's flowers with a lot of "Where the Wild Things Are" artwork and structures. It was a really fun trip and Jack loved seeing one of his favorite stories come to life. With the help of our SkipHop Duo Diaper Backpack, I was able to enjoy it right alongside him without any clumsy diaper bags. If you're in the market for a new diaper bag, consider getting a gender neutral, family friendly backpack from SkipHop. The SkipHop Duo Diaper Backpack is available on SkipHop's website for $65.00.

Hands free is the way to be

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*I received no compensation for this post and all words are my own. I was sent a SkipHop Duo Diaper Backpack for review from SkipHop.

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