Jujube BFF Diaper Bag Review

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I’ve been on a quest, since having my baby. A quest of epic proportions. The quest… for the perfect diaper bag! As a cloth diapering, formula feeding, baby wearing, on-the-go mama – I needed a comfortable, backpack-style bag with plenty of room for bottles (preferably insulated pockets) and big fluffy diapers and all the trappings of daily infant care. Seemed like a simple enough ask, right?

Not so much, friends!

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My initial research yielded the Jujube BFF as being the best bet. Super roomy, stylish, machine-washable, even convertible from backpack to satchel for added functionality… on paper, it was everything I wanted. Plus, they’re relatively easy to find, feel, and try-on in a store, which makes it a lot easier to commit to than something I can’t “try before I buy.” So I added it to my registry, received it as a shower gift from a generous friend, and packed it up with great relish and excitement.

ju-ju-be-legacy-b-f-f-tote-backpack-style-diaper-bag-the-duchess-16Initially, I loved it. So many pockets! Such easy to clean surfaces! Such wide, supportive shoulder straps (connected by latches which makes it so easy to swivel on and off the shoulder to reach into for quick grabs)! Nice, light contrasting fabric interior which prevents the “black hole” phenomenon in many bags! Convenient top-carry handle! Matching, cushioned diaper changing pad included! Handy, mom-friendly features like a key fob and sunglasses pouch!

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But I just couldn’t seem to get my “essential” supplies packed in it in a convenient way. And it was kind of heavy, when packed. So heavy, it tipped my stroller forward if I took Maeve out of the carseat while it was hanging from the stroller hooks. Not great, Bob!

 

So I re-packed it.

And wore it on a few outings.

And re-packed it again.

And after a few months of rigorous daily use, I took a good, hard look at the reality of things. The BFF was not my BFF. We just didn’t get along. I needed a lighter-weight, differently-oriented bag that could handle my baggage, but still had all the pockets, the comfortable straps, the convertible practicality and stylish function that I desired and required.

My biggest complaints?
1. The weight when packed.
2. When the pockets were filled, the interior of the bag was rendered quite narrow.
3. My beloved Comotomo baby bottles were too wide for the exterior insulated bottle pockets.

Don’t get me wrong. The Jujube is a fantastic bag, with loads of fantastic features. But for the kind of load I carry, (bulky cloth diapers, multiple bottles, formula container, wipes, bibs/burp cloths, make-up, wallet, keys, sunglasses, cellphone, teethers/toys, extra outfit, wetbag, snacks, and more) it just wasn’t working out.

It’s not you, BFF. It’s me. We’re less BFFs, and more like, frenemies. You’re so cool and popular and well-dressed, but at the end of the day, we just don’t really get along.

I think, once Maeve is a little older, and we’re not carrying so much of her food load around (in terms of bottles), you might be a better match for me. But right now, it’s just not meant to be.

So I headed back on the old internet-research trail, tracking for the perfect bag. Stay tuned for my next review!

 



MOLO: Week 2 – Lower Body

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The Mother Love Wellness Challenge (aka MOLO) is in full-swing at Baby Boot Camp franchises nationwide, and my girlfriend Ruby over at Westside Mommy and I are tag-teaming the experience by sharing our experience on our blogs. Hit her up for an overview of Week 1, and next week for week 3… and so on.

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So here I am, with the lowdown on week 2 – which focused on lower body workouts at Baby Boot Camp. Lots of squats, lunges, inchworms and cherry pickers left me waddling around for days! But what I love most about MOLO is our daily challenges – bite sized prompts for improvements, reflections, and small changes we’re encouraged to make and share our results in the private MOLO facebook group.

Here are the week 2 challenges, and how I fared: 
Sunday: Focus on water consumption: drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day.
– I’m a bit of a water-holic, and carry a 32 ounce mason jar filled with water around all day long, (even sleeping with one by my side), so this was not a very difficult challenge for me to accomplish, but I was grateful for the reminder to be mindful about drinking it!

Monday: Replace dessert with hot tea and fresh fruit.
– We’ve recently gotten into the habit of enjoying cool, sweet oranges after dinner. They’re juicy, refreshing, and the citrus helps cut through any lingering grease or fat on our palates. But replacing my typical glass of wine with hot tea was a bit more of a challenge! But, I do love a nice warm cup of candycane green tea (decaf) or roasted barley tea (aka bori cha – recipe here), and find them to be a nice relaxing alternative before bed.

Tuesday: Make a family favorite meal, but add a healthy twist.
– My plans to make lettuce-wrapped tacos was thwarted when the farmer’s market didn’t have any good butter lettuce available, so I changed gears and made a hearty-but-healthy chili and skipped the shredded cheese and sour cream with which we’d normally liberally adorn it.

Wednesday: Skip your biggest vice/trigger food today.
– Carbs. If I had my way, I’d eat carbs all day. Refined carbs, to be exact. So today, I focused on protein and veggies, and subbed in roasted sweet potato for white rice with delicious results!

Thursday: Hold a wall sit for 20 seconds every time you send a text today.
– Only sent 2 texts, haha! Thankful for baby keeping me busy! Because after Wednesday’s lower body blitz at Boot Camp, I could barely hold 20 seconds at all!

Friday: No soda for the next 3 days, or track water consumption if you don’t drink soda.
– I quit soda 3 years ago this spring, but I did manage to pour 160 ounces of water down my gullet! Huzzah!

Saturday: Plan next week’s meals and make a grocery list.
– Did this one day late, but made it happen! We’re focusing on proteins and veggies for dinners, making sure to cook enough protein that I can toss some on a salad the next day for an easy, healthy lunch.

Whew! It was an eventful week! I hope some of those prompts help inspire you to make small changes, as they all add up quickly!

Next week we’ll be focusing on our upper body, so make sure to tune in to Westside Mommy for Ruby’s report, and I’ll be back for Week 4: CORE. (Yikes!)

So far, I’m loving the MOLO Challenge. The sense of community and camaraderie in the Facebook group is absolutely wonderful and so inspiring – it helps keep me going on the days I want to throw it all out the window and drown my exhaustion in a bag of chocolate chips. And the daily prompts are just manageable enough to accomplish each day, giving me momentum and small boosts of pride. I can already see changes in my body and feel noticeably stronger than just a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to see what kind of improvement I’m experiencing after the end of the first month!

About Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program designed to balance the fitness needs of new moms while spending time with their children. Delivered by nationally certified fitness professionals throughout the United States, Baby Boot Camp stroller-fitness classes include STROLLFIT, STROLLGA, 5K Training Program, and Nutrition Solutions. Created in 2001 by Kristen Horler, Baby Boot Camp strives to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.

Click here for the website of Baby boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) or visit them on Facebook.

Click here for more info about the 2016 MOLO (Mother Love) Wellness Challenge.

Disclosure: My participation in this 3-month MOLO challenge is generously sponsored by Baby Boot Camp Culver City & Marina del Rey.