I recently had the opportunity to use and review CheekyTummy’s “Jesse” Diaper Bag Backpack. My review is based on my first impressions of the bag and experience after using it for two weeks.
I was contacted by email and asked if I may be interested in reviewing the Diaper Bag to which I agreed. The product was then sent to me via Amazon.com.
At the very outset, as soon as you open the box to dig out your Diaper Backpack, you get a sense of just how sturdy the bag and its construction is! There was a little bit of a chemical smell when I first opened the bag which may be expected from any new product of this kind but it did not last very long.
My immediate impressions of the bag were that this is one bag that is build to last multiple kids and many years of wear.
Front & Back: The Backpack has a glazed (somewhat shiny) black polyester exterior with the brand’s name on one of the front pockets. The front exterior has three generously spaced pockets. At the back of the Backpack are thick padded shoulder straps which are a must for any diaper bag just because these bags can get excruciatingly heavy as most parents know. To add to the comfort, the back of the bag that rests on your back when you carry it is also padded, which makes perfect ergonomic sense. As someone who has a bad back, I appreciate this feature a lot.
Sides & Pockets: As I turned the Backpack 360 degrees, I couldn’t help but notice the many (11!!) pockets and got more and more impressed with just how much thought had gone into designing this bag.
The images above are the two sides of the Backpack. As you can see, altogether, there are 4 pockets that meet multiple needs. On the left side, there is an open zippered side pocket, ideally suited for diapers, and another one for wipes. Of the two pockets on the right, one is insulated for carrying bottles of milk or formula. The second and bigger one is a multipurpose utility pocket that can easily fit empty bottles, measured formula, feeding spoons and food pouches, and so on.
In addition, there are THREE front pockets for the many, many little things we have to carry in our diaper bags.
The picture on the left is of the topmost pocket (I love the inner yellow lining. What a soft gender-neutral color!). In the second picture, I am holding the openings of the first two pockets, one secured with velcro and another with a zipper.
Finally, the inner main pocket includes a black changing pad and a utility or sundry pouch. The pad is soft and a decent size, enough for a newborn. With kids who are now 7 months and 2 years, I don’t see myself using this pad. Instead, I carry a large absorbent sheet (like the ones they give you at the hospital after you give birth – white with blue edges) that fits all restroom changing tables.
The pouch is not insulated but it is perfectly handy for all the its-and-bits that we need to carry that may not fit into the other pockets.
After using the Backpack for two weeks, there are a number of things I really like about it.
First, I like how light weight it is even after carrying diapers in two sizes, a receiving blanket that doubles as a mess-cleanup cloth, change of clothes for two kids, a giant pack of wipes, a sippy cup, numerous other wipes (Boogie Wipes for the nose, Hand & Face Wipes, and Antibacterial Wipes), a water bottle, and snacks. I don’t need to carry as many things as maybe parents of newborns who need to carry more diapers given more frequent changes or extra change of clothes but I do need to carry a decent amount of things for 2 kids so this amount of space is really great for my needs.
Second, I appreciate the many pockets. Pockets to a diaper bag are what cup holders are to a car. Essential. Absolutely essential. The more, the better and you can never have too many. This Bag has three on the front exterior, two on each side of the bag, three interior pockets, one of which is a zippered closure and a spacious main pocket to hold the majority of your diapering needs.
Third, and something I haven’t mentioned yet, are the stroller straps that come designed into the Backpack. I have slung the bag using its grab handle as well as the stroller straps and prefer the latter because the first way brushed the bag against the wheels of my jogging stroller.
Given the sheer number of diaper bags on the market today, you have a lot to choose from. The Jesse Diaper Bag Backpack is definitely a pleasure to carry because of its light weight and many, easily accessible pockets. Although it lacks a designated “Mommy” pocket, I could use any one of the exterior pockets for all of my things like a cell phone, water bottle, keys, a credit card, ID, and some cash which is usually what I carry.
My height falls under the ‘petite’ category so the bag does look a little bulky on me when seen from the back but I am not carrying a diaper bag for fashion and have no twisted notions of wanting to look fashionable carrying a diaper bag. If that is your thing, then you may have to weigh what is more important to you – how YOU look in a diaper bag or a diaper bag that is actually useful. I pick the latter. A backpack diaper bag is perfect.
The only things I can think of that would make this product even better are little bag feet at the bottom of the Backpack in case I have to put it on a dirty floor for whatever reason. I understand it is a shoulder Backpack and not supposed to be on a floor (any bag/purse for that matter). Still, it would be good to have this option.
If you are the practical, everyday mother who needs a diaper bag while hauling one or more kids back and forth from activities and early preschool, you wouldn’t find a better fit than the Jesse Diaper Bag Backpack by CheekyTummy. It costs around $59.95 which is much, much lower than some pretty looking but generally non-spacious diaper bags. Shipping is free over $75. The website’s description of the product and images are really helpful in understanding better just how user-friendly this bag really is. This is a really great product at a very reasonable price and if you are in the market for a diaper bag, definitely consider this one.