Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


The Switch – Diaper Bags to Purses

My purse that actually is a diaper bag

When Nora, my first child, was born I assumed I had to switch from purses to diaper bags. So I did. I gave up my beautiful designer purses and got a regular old diaper bag. I stuck with diaper bags for about the first year of Nora’s life but let me tell you, I was not a happy camper.

I am a very organized person and I like things to be organized. It drives me nuts to not be able to find what I need when I need it. Because of this, the diaper bag became my worst enemy. It was just one big black hole that everything got lost in. My black hole of a diaper bag was most embarrassing when I was attempting to check out. I’d have a baby in one arm and be digging through the contents of my bag with the other hand. Usually pretty much everything in my diaper bag would make its way onto the counter before I actually found my wallet to pay. Whoops, was that a dirty diaper? Let me put that one back in quickly.

I also didn’t feel very stylish or cute lugging the big old diaper bag around. Finally I decided I was done with the diaper bag and began my search for a purse that was cute, fashionable, and functional enough to meet all of my mommy needs. I’ve found several that fit my criteria and I’ve officially switched back to purses. After the switch, I am never going back to regular old diaper bags again!

Here is my must have criteria for my purse (that, ssshhhh, is actually a diaper bag):

It must to have:

-A pocket on each end of the outside (for easy storage of drinks and snacks)

-A middle zipper compartment that divides the bag in half (the middle zipper part is for anything that would go in my regular purse pre baby… wallet, important papers, etc so I never have to dig and empty my purse at a counter. The outer sides are for baby things. -one side for diapers and wipes, the other for change of clothes, toys and snacks).

-Lastly it has to have some sort of exterior cell phone pocket so I can grab my cell phone with one hand and don’t have to dig for it.

Do you prefer diaper bags or purses and why?


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4 Comments on “The Switch – Diaper Bags to Purses”

  • Katherine blake September 12th, 2011 9:36 am

    I completely agree! 6 months after Kate was born I switched back to a purse and when Emmett was born I kept a diaper bag in the car, but always carried a diaper, extra panties for Kate and wipes in my purse. It made me feel much more normal and organized! I found that the diaper bags didn’t have enough room for my stuff, and my wallet would always get lost under the diapers, wipes and desitin. I realized that I needed to switch back to a purse when it hit me that the diaper bag was making my life more difficult than it should. I even looked into getting a Coach diaper bag, but that thing was monstrous and between my kids and stroller it was just too much.
    The biggest must have for a purse for me is a zipper. It is inevitable that it’s going to get knocked over, so it has to be able to self-contain it’s contents :)

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly Mulder September 13th, 2011 1:14 am

    Yes, totally! I must have a purse with a zipper! Though mine is much more about my paranoia of being pick pocketed than it is about things falling out, lol. I don’t know why diaper bags make things more difficult! Thanks for sharing your experiences Kathy! :)


  • Gina December 9th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Kelly, what bags did you come up with, particularly the one pictured? My little one is three and I’ve been lugging the diaper bag the entire time and really ready for a purse, albeit one that can handle my stuff and extras for her, too. Thanks!

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly December 10th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I usually shop by going through the purse section and pulling out/loading up my cart with all of the purses that meet my criteria. Then I go to the mirror and try each one out. If I find one that meets my criteria and is cute I bring it home with me :) . The purse in the picture I found at the designer TJ Max in Virginia Beach. Nordstrom Rack and Off 5th are two of my other favorite places to shop. I looked around online and found a link to my purse (the one in the picture). It’s:

    Good luck with your purse search!

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