As a handbag lover, I knew that I wanted to get a cute and functional diaper bag for when the baby came, since all of my new mom friends told me that I probably wouldn’t be carrying a purse for awhile since it would be too cumbersome trying to juggle both a diaper bag and a purse.
I looked into several diaper bags and I wound up buying the Storksak Olivia from Nordstrom before my little one arrived.
What I love about the bag
The ample inside pockets! On the inside, I love that there are elasticized pockets on both ends of the bag, as well as 2 pockets on each side of the bag. That is 6 elasticized pockets inside which is fantastic. There is also a zippered flat back pocket and it comes with an attached little flat pouch. I store my diapers and wipes on one side of the bag, and on the other, I store fabric items like my nursing cover, bibs and a burpcloth. On the ends, I store hand sanitizer and a pouch of food.
On the outside, you can see there is a zippered front pocket (both zippers lead to the same pocket), the front pocket which has a magnetic closure, and 3 more pockets which don’t have any closures. I store my ginormous wallet and trusty Canon Powershot S95 camera in the big zippered pocket, my phone in the magnetic pocket and on the sides I stow my water bottle, sunglasses and a big bottle of sunscreen.
I also love that there is both the top handles as well as a long adjustable shoulder strap. This was a lifesaver when I was trying to head out the door with a giant, heavy infant bucket seat as well as my diaper bag. I’d sling the diaper bag across my body and then hoist the bucket seat out the door. The shoulder strap also comes in handy for hanging the bag on my stroller.
What I dislike about the bag
The first major issue I have is that once all of the interior pockets are full, the bag is FULL! Especially since you also need to put the change mat in the center of the bag. There is almost no space to put an extra outfit — I always end up stuffing it at the bottom of the bag. Any toys that we want to bring end up being stuffed at the top.
In the early months, I used a Baby K’tan and it just would not fit in the diaper bag unless I really stuffed everything down. Inevitably, I’d need something at the bottom of the bag and I’d need to pull everything out. It was quite annoying!
Also, my phone has fallen out of the magnetic closure pocket on more than one occasion, though its my fault for not putting it in a zippered pocket. I just wish there was a second zippered pocket on the exterior of the bag. Between my wallet and camera, there is no more space in that big exterior zippered compartment.
I do really like this bag and I used it exclusively through my daughter’s first 11 months! I got lots of compliments on the bag and my husband loved that it had so many pockets for organizing stuff. The adjustable shoulder strap was also a big plus. I just wish it was a tad bit bigger so that when I had filled the interior pockets, there was still room in the center for a few items.
The bag seems well made and comes with a change mat, bottle sleeve and a flat zippered pouch. I would recommend this bag to friends.