Time to review the ever-popular Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag! This bag comes in so many fun colors and patterns, ranging from your basic solid black to bright stripes, polka dots, and other designs. Since it’s a designer bag, the price tag is high, but it’s easy to score one of these at one of the infamous Kate Spade surprise sample sales. I’ve consistently seen them at or under $150 a pop with flat rate shipping, and each sample sale usually has two or three different patterns.
I’m obsessed with black & white, so I resisted like a good girl as sales went by… black with white stripes, black with white dots, black and white plaid. But I’m also obsessed with bows, so when I saw this pattern appear on Kate Spade’s site, I sat on my hands and eagerly waited for it to go on sale. When it finally appeared in a sample sale, I snatched it up. It arrived in my hot little hands less than week later, and as soon as I unboxed it, I pretty much fell in love.
The bag is a good size for a stylish diaper bag. It’s not quite enough for two kids for a full day, but I love it for everyday quick trips as well as for work. Yes, I still carry a diaper bag to work! I hate switching bags, so I like diaper bags that are comfortable to carry and still look ok for work. The two short straps fit comfortably over my shoulder, and the bag itself is nice and light and soft, so it’s very comfortable to hold. I love the vinyl material because it resists stains and is wipeable.
The two outside side pockets have drawstrings that pull them shut. These pockets are great for bottles and sippy cups. Other than those two, there are no other outer pockets.
The top of this bag zips securely shut and keeps everything in, which is great. The flaps that the zipper is attached to are also generously wide, so it’s still easy to zip it closed when the bag is full (or overflowing, as it often is for me!).
There are many inside pockets in this bag. Let’s start with the sides. There are two elasticized pockets in the inner edges of the bag. These can hold bottles and cups, but I put rarely-used things like lotions, sunscreen, antibacterial wipes, etc. in these pockets because they’re not very easily accessible and almost impossible to look in. So they’re great for things you can reach in and identify immediately by feel.
The front of the bag has two large, flat pockets. Those pockets each have a smaller, also flat pocket in front of them. These pockets are great for things like cell phones, wallets, makeup, mirrors, and anything else personal. But the smaller pockets in the front are very flat, so I only stick things like lip gloss or hair clips in there because anything bigger would just slip right out.
The back of the bag has a large zippered pocket, which I use for all the tiny things such as medicine, band-aids, etc. It’s also a great catch-all for things you want to quickly throw in there like pens and pieces of paper. In front of that zippered pocket is a large elasticized pocket that snaps shut at one point at the top. This is where the changing pad was when I received the bag, and it’s where I keep diapers and wipes.
The changing pad is quite bulky, so I took it out and replaced it with a very thin changing pad that I prefer to use. But the great thing about the KS changing pad is that it’s kind of a whole changing station. The whole thing folds out into a changing pad with an attached unit with pockets for diapers, wipes, and creams. A great idea, but keeping it in the bag pretty much takes up half of the inner cavity of the bag, so I took it out.
As you can see in the picture above, once all the pockets are full, there is still a good amount of space in the inner cavity of the bag. This is my main pet peeve about diaper bags with lots of pockets– once you fill the pockets, they bulge out and the inner cavity of the bag can’t carry anything at all! But since the sides of this bag are very flexible, the inner cavity stays nice and big. I can fit a small zippered pouch, my large wallet, some snacks, a sweatshirt or two… basically anything I need for a quick trip with the kids, or a full day with just one kid.
The bag does include stroller straps that are attached to the bag. There is also a small zippered pouch that attaches to a small hook on the inside of the bag– I’m assuming it’s for a pacifier. It’s really too small/flat to carry anything much at all.
All in all, this is a fantastic, comfortable, stylish bag that I would recommend to anyone. I know many moms who own this bag and love it! I also get a crazy amount of compliments on it, along with “THAT’S a diaper bag??” I can definitely see myself using it way after I don’t need a diaper bag anymore.
Do you love your KS Stevie baby bag?