Diaper Bags: Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
August 14, 2011
I was drawn to the Petunia Pickle Bottom bag/backpack even though it runs a cool $170 because a backpack seemed like a good idea for, say, getting through an airport hands-free. Plus, a couple moms I asked who had one said they liked it all right. Main complaint: the changing pad is attached to the front of the bag, which is irritating and inflexible. It’s also pretty heavy even before you put anything in it.
I went out and tried one at Giggle and immediately ran up against my dealbreaker: the top flap closes itself with two six-inch strips of heavy duty Velcro. That’s nice if all you’re doing is trying to keep your bag securely closed. But if you need to be able to get to a bottle with one hand while holding the baby with the other, or if you need to open the bag to get to your wallet while your little one is sleeping, you’re out of luck: that Velcro holds and my Lord is it loud. Disqualified. On to the next option…