Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It's The Coolest

Please imagine me saying this in my best Adam Sandler voice.

You see I have these friends (yes y'all are considered friends in TeamD's household) and they own a pretty cool company that I kind of like called Anna & Eve. They sell some pretty super awesome products that we have been using since Mckinley was only a few months old and I don't put my stamp of approval on many things, but let's just say I am ready for them to come up with some new stuff because everything they make really works. We first connected with Anna & Eve when I came across The Swaddle Strap as a desperate first time mama. The Swaddle Strap is the most ingenious and baby Houdini proof swaddle that is perfect for babies who do not like their feet swaddled, get hot at night, or can escape from even the tightest late night swaddle session. Imagine being able to change your child's diaper in the middle of the night without un swaddling them or completely undressing them! I know! Your mind is blown right now! I honestly truly believe that the Swaddle Strap is the reason Mckinley started sleeping through the night and saved this poor tired Mama's sanity.

Mckinley has always been a stubborn persistent child, hated sleep sacks, and needed her arms swaddled because she would fling them around and wake herself up all night long, but from the day we swaddled her with the Swaddle Strap she started sleeping for hours at a time. I wrote more about it here, here, here, here, and here if you want to know a little more about it and why we love it so much.

But enough about The Swaddle Strap because they have finally come out with their second product called The Life Changer and it will literally change your life!!!It's a darn traveling changing station that holds everything you could possibly need for a day's worth of diapering even cloth diapering! 

I have been meaning to write this post since the day I received my Lifechanger, but this Christmas break has been INSANE! between celebrating Christmas 6 times (In laws, Husbands extended family, The 3 of TeamD , My parents, My extended family, and lastly with my Dad's side) and a little lady who loves saying she needs to potty every 5 seconds and then wanting me to sing Itsy Witsy (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and Inkle Inkle (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) 20 times I am worn out, but I am finally ready to spill the beans.

You might be wondering what is so special about this diaper bag and if you are like me and use cloth diapers you might have had a difficult time finding just the right bag for all of your fluff. Regular diaper bags just didn't have enough room or carry everything that I needed. I can admit it and I am ok with it, but I am an over packer. Always have been. Always will be. I must be prepared for any and everything that might happen and we ahve been very thankful I am kind of crazy many many times, but this makes packing a diaper bag with extra diaper components a little more challenging. I found a Vera Bradley tote actually worked quite well for us and was very easy to carry around. The only downside was that the tote bag was not created to be carried on a stroller and we have struggled with this.

Enter the Lifechanger into our life. Now if you know me you know I don't have many nice things and I count this bag as one of my most prized possessions because it is that cool! And if you know me you might know I am a teensie eensie bit of a germaphobe. Not wash your hands 5 times germaphobe, but not liking public bathrooms germaphobe. Enter my precious child and the public bathroom changing table! Then enter the day I had to change my precious monkey on the floor of a drugstore backroom because some chick decided it was more important to chill out in the bathroom playing on her iPhone while 3 other people waited outside. If only I had had my Lifechanger none of this would have been a  problem. Now that I am the proud owner of the coolest diaper bag out there I never have to worry about this problem any more. I also don't have to fumble with a fold out changing table. I can literally hold my girl on one hip, set my bag down, unzip it and have her strapped in and ready to be changed in 5 seconds flat. I wish I had more pictures of us in action using our Lifechanger, but alas I am usually changing my girls poopy pants and Brent can't come into the ladies room to snap a quick pic, but I did get some great pictures of how we use it at home. Per Anna's suggestions I keep our Lifechanger on top of our changing table and I like to keep my supplies for that day inside the pockets making it easy to reach and then if we need to leave it is all already packed up. And yes I can fit an entire days worth of cloth diapers in it plus all of my over packer stuff I feel like I might need (3 chapsticks, my camera, etc).

We also like to use it on the floor while at home. Mckinley LOVES the darn thing so much she will actually climb into it all by herself and lay down to be changed.

Here is my 1 picture I have been able to snap out and about using our Lifechanger. We visited Zoo Lights with some friends and I actually had people stop and ask me what kind of bag we had while I was changing Mckinley's diaper. I was very happy to tell them "It's called The Lifechanger and it is made by Anna & Eve thank you very much!"

What I love most about this bag is how easy it is to use and how comfortable I feel changing my girl in a yucky public bathroom. I have also come to find how many restaurants and other establishments cough cough STARBUCKS! Don't offer changing tables!!!! I will be writing a letter to one or more of these places letting them know how disappointed I am that they do not offer these and other amenities to people with littles. Your lucky I carry a travel high chair with me every where I go cough cough STARBUCKS! 

I love how easy it is to access everything I need even when it is closed. If I know I will need something handy like a cloth to wipe a snotty nose I just throw it right on top of the bag and all I have to do is unzip a little and there it is. I also love the 2 outside pockets. The little stretchy pocket fits some sippy cups, but I usually snap a separate cooler bag on any bag I carry because I like always having some water, milk, and a  snack or 2 or 3(over packer remember) no matter where we go. If you have ever been stuck on the interstate for over an hour with no extra bottles and very few diapers you would understand why I do what I do.

I love how the Lifechanger hangs so easily on every stroller we own (regular, running, umbrella) and I especially love the actual stroller straps which I was missing from my other diaper bag/tote.

I think the #1 thing I love and remember I am a girl is the super de duper de awesomely precious zig zag pattern my bag came in. I love it so so much and I feel really put together when I carry it and I know other Mama's a looking at me saying what a stylish and great mom I must be all because I carry this super cute bag.

I would highly highly recommend this product to anyone even if you don't use cloth diaper. I will be honest and say we did have to use regular diapers for a month or 2 before we learned how to rid our precious cloth in the Dreaded Yeast Battle of 2012. If you are a new or experienced mama and you are searching for a new diaper bag please pretty please go check out Anna & Eve and do yourself a favor and look no further then the Lifechanger you can thank me later.

1 comment:

Sarah @ It's a Vol said...

OMG. I need one of those changers. That is amazing. If you were at the memphis zoo I know what you mean about the bathrooms being so yuck. goodness the one I went into I felt like I was inhaling germs. ugh.