Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Diaper Bags for Frauleins

My sister-in-law came for a visit this weekend. She brought two of her six children along. The newest one (3 months old) I met for the first time. And she, friends, is quite the charmer. I know, I know, every one loves pictures of babies (and I'm not trying to compete with cuteoverload) but, really are they talking to each other here?

Parker was especially excited. The visit was a surprise. The challenge was driving to the airport with Parker being none the wiser. Jeremy decided to tell her we needed to pick up a friend of his from the airport. Seems innocuous enough, right? Mind you, she believed the friend story no problem, but Jeremy had to take it a step further (always looking for opportunity that one). His friend, it turns out, was blue. Which she believed because she had been watching Oprah with her friend's mom when the person who really does have blue skin was on, so it seemed a bit weird to her, but not unlikely.

It didn't stop there.

The friend was coming with his parents and brother...all blue. The brother, though, thought he was a dog, had a tendency to bark and was 25. And, up until a few weeks ago, had a habit of biting people. Since there wasn't enough room in the car for everyone, Parker was going to have to sit next to the barking, biting, blue brother. Try keeping a straight face when your 10 year old believes an entirely blue family (including one who barks and bites) is coming to stay at our house is a difficult task.

We arrived at the airport and drove through the pick-up line a few times looking for this blue family, Parker all the while on the verge of tears for fear she would be bitten. Until she saw my sister-in-law and her kids standing waiting for us. She jumped out of the car and ran with excitement to see them. SoOO much excitement!

The problem is, she still thinks this family exists and wouldn't even walk down the hall to get the mail on her own (her daily job). I'm just waiting for the nightmares to start....thanks Jer.

Anyway, the visit was great. I gave my sis. a Fraulein Tote (as she just had her 6th baby and needed an ample bag). It was amazing how well it worked as a diaper bag. I know there's a lot of you out there using Moop bags as diaper bags, and I love to hear back about how well they work. But, this first hand experience was stellar. Parker is 10 now, and while I remember carrying everything in the world with me when she was an infant. I forgot how much it really is. As it turns out, those memories must not be too far off, because the Fraulein pockets just happen to be perfectly sized for everything a baby needs. One pocket is just the right size for a bottle, one for diapers, one for the small wipe containers, one for pacifiers one for your phone and a big open pouch for blankets, extra clothes, burp cloths, a small pouch and toys. This was such good research! So, I guess I can write the whole weekend off as a business expense, right?

Tomorrow (or as soon as I photograph it), there's going to be a new Market Bag color...navy blue!


  1. This is really good to know! On the search for a diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag, I was wondering how the Fraulein would work and my only concern was whether or not the handles would be long enough.

    Great for "future" reference...thanks!

  2. Your SIL is a lucky mama! I also have a 3 month old and I LOVE using my Fraulein as a diaper bag. I keep my keys and a burp rag in the outside pockets. The inside pouch holds a changing pad, a few cloth diaper prefolds, and a baby carrier (wrap or mei tai). The pockets hold my wallet and cell phone, wipes, wetbag, diaper cover and Snappi, extra outfit and hat for the baby, and snacks for me and my 3 year-old. Perfect!


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