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Top 25 (Non-Ugly) Baby Diaper Bags That Don’t Actually Look Like Diaper Bags (2015)

Top 25 Non-Ugly Baby Diaper Bags That Don't Actually Look Like Baby Diaper Bags



Choosing a Diaper Bag:

If you fall into the category of the type of mom (or mom-to-be) who does NOT want to stroll around town carrying an extra-large bag over your shoulder that screams, “THIS IS A DIAPER BAG! CAN’T YOU TELL FROM THE BRIGHT PINK AND YELLOW FLOWERS AND THE NYLON MATERIAL?”, then this post is for you.  This post is different than the Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items because this post focuses exclusively on the diaper bag itself.


Is your diaper bag ugly?
You may be wondering how you can determine whether or not your diaper bag is ugly (and therefore determine whether it “screams” when walking into a room).  Your ugly diaper bag will distinguish itself from a normal purse or tote through its overly-stated patterns, pastel-colored designs and presence of animal characters and flowers.


The Real Reason That We Buy Ugly Diaper Bags:
Why do we buy such ugly diaper bags?  For whatever reason, by the time “baby registry day” comes around, our ability to distinguish between good fashion from bad fashion often has already disappeared when it comes to diaper bag selection.  Instead of picking a color or style that we actually like ourselves, many of us decide that we should incorporate those cute little pastel-colored zoo animals from baby’s nursery into the theme of this brand new, and often expensive, diaper bag that we will be using every day for the next several months.  (I made this mistake when I picked out my first diaper bag, and if you are like me, then you WILL get tired of carrying around a bag with pink and purple giraffes on it, every day.)


Practical and Stylish Diaper Bags:
This last week, my good friend found out that she is expecting a baby and she asked me to put together her baby registry.  I have had so much fun putting it all together for her.  For the last three days, I have exclusively focused my time on “diaper bag research” (and yes, “diaper bag research” is an actual thing).  My goal was to find a diaper bag that doesn’t actually look like a “diaper bag,” and that was both: (a) practical and large enough, and (b) that disguised itself as an adorable and fashionable purse or tote.


Here are my favorite diaper bags:
(Note:  Don’t forget to share your favorite diaper bag by commenting on this post!)


Top 25 Baby Diaper Bags


1. Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall

1.  Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall

Link:  Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall






2. Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag

2.  Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag

Link:  Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag – Tote Style






3. Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag

3.  Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag

Link:  Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag







4. OiOi Carry All Diaper Bags
4.  OiOi Carry All Diaper Bags
OiOi Carry All Diaper Bag







5. timi and leslie Jessica Diaper Bag


5.  timi and leslie Jessica Diaper Bag

Link:  timi and leslie Jessica 7-Piece Diaper Bag







6. JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)

6.  JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)

Link:  JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)








7. timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag

7.  timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag

Link:  timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag








8. Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag

8.  Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag

Link:  Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag, First Lady







9. Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote
9.  Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote

Link:  Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote, Queen of The Nile







10.  JJ Cole Caprice Diaper Bag

Link:  JJ Cole Caprice Diaper Bag








11.  Babymel Cara Stripe Tote Bag

Link:  Babymel Cara Stripe Tote Bag








12.  Kate Spade Classic Spade Adaira Baby Bag

Link:  Kate Spade Classic Spade Adaira Baby Bag







13.  Kate Spade Spot Nylon Stevie Tote Baby Bag

Link:  Kate Spade Spot Nylon Stevie Tote Baby Bag








14.  Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Statement Satchel
Link:  Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Statement Satchel – Indigo








15.  timi and leslie Rachel Diaper Bag

Link:  timi and leslie Rachel Diaper Bag











16.   Ju-Ju-Be Nautical Legacy Collection Be Prepared Diaper Bag

Link:  Ju-Ju-Be Nautical Legacy Collection Be Prepared Diaper Bag, The First Mate







17.  Carter’s Zip Front Fashion Tote Diaper Bag

Link:  Carter’s Zip Front Fashion Tote Diaper Bag







18.  Carter’s Zip Fashion Diaper Bag

Link:  Carter’s Zip Fashion Diaper Bag






19.  JJ Cole Parker Diaper Bag

Link:  JJ Cole Parker Diaper Bag








20.  Coach Peyton Brown Signature Baby Diaper Bag

Link:  Coach Peyton Brown Signature Multifunction Tote and Baby Diaper Bag










21.  Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall

Link:  Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall








22.  Petunia Pickle Bottom Altogether Tote

Link:  Petunia Pickle Bottom Altogether Tote








23.  Universal Stroller Organizer By Ethan and Emma
Link:  Universal Stroller Organizer By Ethan and Emma








24.  OiOi Tote Diaper Bag – Leather Tan Slouch
Link:  OiOi Tote Diaper Bag – Leather Tan Slouch








25.  Storksak Elizabeth Leather Diaper Bag
Link:  Storksak Elizabeth Leather Diaper Bag




BONUS:


26.  Storksak Sofia Leather Diaper Bag
Link:  Storksak Sofia Leather Diaper Bag





27.  Teal and Gray Color Block Diaper Tote Bag by White Elm – The Moxie
Link:  Teal and Gray Color Block Diaper Tote Bag by White Elm – The Moxie






SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE:

I remember being pregnant with my first child and feeling like the concept of diaper bags was somewhat of a mystery to me. Which features were important? Were you only allowed to carry diapers in it? I realized today that I have a deeply-rooted dislike for the diaper bag that I so naively purchased prior to having my first child.





You Know You Have a Newborn When – Your Robe

You Might Have a Newborn When...
You might have a newborn when this happens….
  • At 9:00 pm on a Wednesday, you jump in your car for a late-night diaper-run (you hadn’t anticipated exactly which diapers would be the best fit for your newborn’s sensitive little buns, so of course, you hadn’t been able to ‘stock up’).
  • You pull into the parking lot, at Walmart, and park your car.
  • As you twist your car keys from the ignition, you haphazardly look down at yourself, and you realize that you are still wearing your fleece bath robe (the ugly bath robe that lays on the hook on the back of your bathroom door) – the bath robe that, at one point in your life, used to make you embarrassed, if and when, the pizza delivery man witnessed you wearing it when you answered the door.
  • But then, you become momentarily surprised, because all of the sudden, you realize that you have seriously stopped caring what people think of you – you are so tired – your newborn is depleting all of your natural energy, despite your pre-labor promise to yourself that this wouldn’t happen.  
  • You contemplate a new idea to yourself: “So what if I’m wearing my robe inside of a retail store?”
    • You tell yourself, “You should see what other people who shop at Walmart wear….so yeah…my robe probably isn’t that bad compared to those bozos.”
  • Your mind begins to drift back to your pre-pregnancy self, and you wonder, “What have I become?…..”
  • But then, you remember that driving back home and then back to Walmart would entail at least an extra 25 minutes (when you count both ways) to your trip.
  • Then, you envision how good it would feel to sleep on your fluffy bed (the bed that has the crappy mattress that you used to complain about)
    • ….or how good it would feel to take a shower….
    • …or to thoroughly floss your teeth. 
    • …Ahwhwhw…beedddddd….
  • You put your car keys in your purse, and you become suddenly liberated from the burdens of what was once society’s judgements.
  • You walk into Walmart, with your fleece bath robe still on.


Food for Thought:


Have you heard of the website “People Who Shop at Walmart”?  Before we judge the “people who shop at Walmart,” perhaps we need to consider whether these are just new parents who are tired as he**.  


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    3D Ultrasound to Newborn Baby Side-by-Side Comparison (Part 2)

    Ultrasound Photo Compared to Newborn Baby – Similarities (Tessa)


    Due to the popularity of our first “ultrasound/actual-baby, side-by-side comparison” post (3D Ultrasound Photo Side-by-Side Comparison to My Actual Newborn Baby), I decided to do a “Part 2″comparison of my 34-week ultrasound photo to my newborn baby.  I loved googling “3D Ultrsound comparison to baby Photo” when I was prego, so I thought this may interest some of our readers.  Check out my ultrasound-t0-baby photo timeline at Ultrasound to Baby Photo Timeline: That’s a lot of growing in just 365 Days!






    Do you have ultrasound photo/baby comparison photos to share with us?  Share a link to your comparison photo by commenting on this post!



    Pregnancy-Related Posts:


    3D Ultrasound Photo Side-by-Side Comparison to My Actual Newborn Baby

    3D Ultrasound Photo Compared to Actual Baby

    When I was pregnant, I constantly ‘googled’ side-by-side comparisons of ultrasound photos and photos of the babies after they were born as a means to satisfy my curiosity.  I could not wait to meet my little beaner bear (yes, that’s her nickname)!  I needed to know if her 3D ultrasound/sonogram photos would be similar to the way she would look in real life once she was born.  

    It turns out, in my case, she looks exactly the same (in my opinion).  So I decided to do a side-by-side comparison to show you just show similar she looked while she was in my belly to her newborn face.  


    You may also notice that her 34-week ultrasound photo appears to show that she was missing the left side of her head.  I obsessively googled “baby missing left side of head in ultrasound photo” as well – and lost quite a bit of sleep.  Don’t do what I did if this happens to you during pregnancy.  Rest assured that my daughter was born with both sides of her head and yours probably will too.  Don’t let the ultrasound photos alarm you too much.


    You can also check out 3D Ultrasound to Newborn Baby Side-by-Side Comparison (Part 2) for another photo comparison using the same 34-week ultrasound photo from this post.  It’s also crazy to see how much a little human being can grow in such a short amount of time – a lot happens within the short span of just 365 days.  See my post Ultrasound to Baby Photo Timeline: That’s a lot of growing in just 365 Days! to see a timeline of how fast they grow in that first year!

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    Other Pregnancy-Related Articles:


    Top 5 Uses of the Newborn Podster

    The Newborn Podster
    Multiple-Uses, Demonstrations, and Photo-Time

    I am obsessed with this must-have newborn item – the Newborn Podster, made by Leachco, as can be shown by my numerous posts about this simple item (I do not work work the company, I swear).  I talk about how much easier the Newborn Podster makes life with a newborn in my post How to Make Life With Newborn Easier – The Newborn Podster, and it is listed as number one for the Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.
    Newborn Podster
    I ran out of things to talk about today, which is a first (we lost a member of our pet family this week, so I’m not myself this week).  So, here is a photo demonstration of the multiple uses for the Newborn Podster.
      

    Exhibit A:  
    Nap Time and the Newborn Podster


    Make sure you supervise your little baby, because you don’t want them to suddenly learn to roll over while laying on the Newborn Podster and get hurt or worse.  Be a smart mom.  Safety first. 



    Exhibit B:  
    Bath Time and the Newborn Podster


    In that awkward moment between getting your baby out of the infant bath tub and wrapping them with a towel – where do you set your baby?  The Newborn Podster is perfect!  I just lay the towel on the Podster ahead of time next to the bath tub on the counter, and set my baby there as I wrap her up and them cuddle her in my arms.  


    Safety First:  DO NOT LEAVE THE PODSTER ON COUNTER WITHOUT BOTH ARMS ON YOUR BABY. I may not even need to say that, but I feel compelled to.




    Exhibit C:  
    Tummy Time and the Newborn Podster

    The Podster is great for tummy time practice.  I absolutely despised tummy time with my newborn, simply because my newborn despised tummy time, but the Newborn Podster helped.



    Exhibit D:  
    Awake Time and the Newborn Podster





    Exhibit E:  
    Baby Outgrows the Newborn Podster – Dog Bed!

    The Newborn Podster makes a great dog bed after your baby outgrows it!  
    Take it from my dog, Bammer!


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    Newborn Podster


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    Other Posts that You May Find Useful:

    A Post-Share from Lifehacker – Parenting Surprises

    Around the Web Favorites

    A friend of mine shared with me an interesting post from Lifehacker.com (one of my favorite blogs to read) that I thought it worth-while sharing with all of you: “10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent.’ The article addresses some of the many surprises of parenting that shock us as we enter the foreign world of parenting for the first time: surprises such as how unexpectedly difficult conception can be – all the way to the brutal, torturous sleep deprivation from hell that newborns put us through. It’s a worth-while read. I had a similar post back in January 10 Surprises After Baby Came, but I have to admit that the Lifehacker article is a much better read.
    Here is a direct link to the post from Lifehacker.com:  10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent.

    Packing List for the Birth Center – When Baby Comes

    What do you pack for yourself (and baby) when you go to the hospital or Birthing Center for labor and delivery? Here’s a sample packing list that will help you remember all of the important things!  

    Tip:  Make a list of “last minute items” to pack – these are usually the items that you use daily (your bathroom robe, pillows, camera, etc.); you may also want to add the baby items that you still need (car seat, a ‘going home outfit’ for baby, etc.) to this list.


    Labor and Delivery Packing List:  What I Brought to Hospital Birthing Inn


    For You:

    • Bring Your Own Pillow 

    • Comfy Slippers
      • The ACORN Women’s New Spa Slide Slipper are super comfortable.

    • Comfy shoes
      • If you go into labor during dinner and forget to pack your “comfy shoes,” then you may end up going home in pajama pants and high-heels.
      • Socks
        • Non-skid socks are nice for effortless bathroom trips and/or walks around the birthing unit
        • If you have sweaty feet, bring your best sweat-absorbing socks
        • Bring extras.
      • Comfortable underwear (aka, granny panties)
        • Bring extras. Things get messy.
      • Nightgown
        • If you are going to be breastfeeding, try to find a nightgown that opens up in the front – for ease access
      • Robe
        • …because your butt will show in the back of the hospital gown.  I would recommend a terry cloth material for your robe because you’ll be sweating a lot.  The Women’s Terry Cloth Bathrobe Robe (Ecovaganza); An Eco Friendly Gift of Luxury is really comfy.

      • Thermos for water 
        • No-spill thermoses are the best.  I am obsessed with the Contigo AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler.  It keeps your drinks cold/hot and best of all – it won’t spill in your purse.  I take mine with me everywhere.

      • Comfortable Going Home Outfit for yourself


      For Your Significant Other:

      • Snacks / Drinks for Your Significant Other
        • They get hungry too – don’t let your spouse’s hunger hinder his ability to support you during labor.  Bring snacks that you know he’ll eat (for Mr. Mia, it was beef jerky .. but I made him eat it in the other room because I wasn’t allowed to eat).
      • Toothpaste and Toothbrush for Your Spouse
      • Toiletries for Your Spouse (deodorant, contact lens supplies, etc.)
      • Change of Clothing for Your Spouse 
      • Pajamas for Your Spouse
        • Make sure that his PJs are the type of PJs that he would feel comfortable wearing in a hospital room that hospital nurses are constantly walking in and out of
      • Pillow and Blanket for your Spouse


      For Baby:

      • Baby’s Outfits
        • Newborn Size and 0-3 months size, depending on size of baby (for twins or early deliveries, you may need to bring preemie sized outfits).  See Top 12 Must-Have Newborn Clothing Items for more newborn clothing essentials.
      • Cute Baby Hat 
      • Cute Baby Bows/Headbands (for girls)
        • Check out Etsy.com for adorable baby headbands and bows.
      • Swaddle blanket(s)

        • The Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets were my favorite swaddle blankets because they use Velcro (the Velcro is key and makes swaddling a baby significantly easier).

      • Diaper Bag
      • Side-Snap Onesie Bodysuits
      • Car Seat 
        • Make sure you have it installed in your car – they won’t let you leave the hospital without this basic step!  We used a Chicco carseat and loved it.

      • See Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items for more must-have baby gear


      Misc.

      • Camera
      • Charger for the Camera
      • Cell phone charger
      • A good music playlist for distraction
      • Books to read that don’t require concentration
        • Personally, reading was the last thing that I wanted to do, but I’ve heard some women say that reading, for them, was helpful during labor.
        • When I was pregnant, books that took my mind off of how uncomfortable I was:  Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood (both written by Jenny McCarthy).
        • I also really liked the books The Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving 1st year mother (Perigee) and The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy (both written by Vicki Iovine).

      • Pen and Paper 
        • Because what if you need to write stuff down?
      • Your birth plan (or an idea of what you want to happen)
        • If you have one…even though birth plans are usually worthless because you can’t really control too much of what happens during the process, and the nurses might laugh at you if you show them your “birth plan.”
      • Don’t forget a photo ID
      • Your Insurance Information
      • Your Check Book (for misc. orders)
      • Cash (for vending machines) and Credit Cards

      For Breastfeeding:

      • A book on nursing/breastfeeding
      • Nursing bra and nursing shirt
      • Snacks for you
      • Nipple cream
      • Nursing pads
      • Nursing pillow (e.g., the Boppy Pillow or the Leachco Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow)


      Toiletries:

      • Face Wash 
      • Shampoo and Conditioner (Travel Size)
      • Lip balm 
        • Nothing worse than chapped lips without chap-stick  and hospitals are dry
      • Loofah Shower Sponge (if you use one)
      • Sanitary Pads 
        • Find sanitary pads that are to your own liking (the hospital sanitary pads and huge and uncomfortable)
        • Make sure they are heavy duty
      • Contact Lens and Solution
      • Eye glasses (and case)
      • Make-Up 
        • (if you are so motivated)
      • Head bands and hair ties

      Did we forget something?  
      If so, leave a comment!

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      1 Simple Way to Entertain Your Newborn Baby

      Black and  White  Images

      Many newborn babies are, apparently, infatuated with the color-contrast of black and white images – the two very opposite colors stimulate
      the newborn-baby mind in a way that they’ve never, yet, experienced.  Try to imagine the first time that you ever had the chance to experience and appreciate the differences between the colors of black and white – such a simple concept, yet, it is easy to understand how this would be fascinating for a little baby.



      At about 4-weeks-old, my newborn was mesmerized with the black and white pictures that I had downloaded to my iPad after an article on Babycenter.com suggested to me the idea of introducing B&W images to my newborn.  So, I typed in these keywords into Google: “black and white contrast images” and then, I downloaded a few of the PDF files that I found to my iPad.  Even though my 3-week-old daughter had a very short attention span (less than 2-minutes), it was still awesome to see her “WOW!-ed” little face – especially because this was probably the first time that I had ever seen her with any sort of expression of interest/fascination on her face in anything at all.

      If you don’t have an iPad or tablet, then you can buy a book of great black and white contrast images to fascinate your baby.  Amazon.com sells the book, “White on Black” for around $6.00.

      Link to Book:  White on Black


      Enjoy the simplicity of the newborn phase.
      Newborn Tessa Loves Black and White Images
      Ooooo.  Ahhhh!





      Baby Monthly Milestone and Age Board Photos – Great Baby Gift Idea –

      Watch Your Baby Grow Each Month 
      with Baby Milestone Trackers
      Tessa is 2-Months Old Today

      We wanted to see how much our baby would grow from month to month, so we bought these adorable, “Baby is _Months Old Today,” signs from an artist off of Etsy.com when my daughter was born.  You can also get Baby Monthly Stickers from Amazon.com if you don’t like the board idea.  These monthly age baby boards  are preciously priceless, especially when you reflect back at the quick changes your little one made over that first year.

      Iron-On Monthly Stickers 
      From Amazon.com
      Link:  Monthly Baby Bodysuit Stickers


      Great Baby Gift


      These signs also make an excellent baby shower gift (especially if the parents know the gender and have already decided on the baby’s name)!  There are a few different artists who make these signs on Etsy.com.  Honestly, if you spent an afternoon at Hobby Lobby, you could easily make your own.  


      We didn’t get the sign as a gift – we bought it ourselves off of Etsy (for about $25) after my sister suggested a similar concept to us – one where the baby wears a onesie that states their age in months, but you have to iron on the monthly image (or else gamble that the onesie that an artist provides will fit your baby).   I didn’t want to deal with that, and I certainly didn’t feel like (or have the mental energy) for ironing on anything on a monthly basis (I would prefer to use that time for a bubble bath and a glass of wine).  We were very happy when we stumbled upon these signs on Etsy because they are simple and easy to use – as the the monthly number is a just a velcro piece that is easily removed.


      Tessa is 5-Months Old Today


      Sentimental Value:  


      I highly recommend doing something like this for your newborn.  I had no idea how much my little girl had changed over the past year until I compared her monthly photos. Pulls my heartstrings.  It’s a great addition to the baby book.


      Tessa is 9-Months Old Today


      Tip: My friend does this exact same thing for her son, except she makes sure that he sits in the same chair (their glider in his bedroom) for each photo.  I think that’s a cute idea because you can see how his size changes relative to a fixed object each month!  I attempted to do this and made my designated place her crib while she lay in her newborn lounger, but she got a lot more wiggly as the months went on, and this became less and less practical.

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      How the Newborn Podster Can Help Orphans in Vietnam

       

      HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam
      How the Podster Can Help the Orphans

      I recently returned home to the United States from Vietnam, where we visited an HIV Orphanage Clinic and witnessed the heart-wrenching conditions that the children and the orphans there live on daily basis.  I returned home with a profound sense of gratitude, and guilt, for the life that I am fortunate, and lucky enough, to live.  

      Giving Coloring Books to
      HIV Orphanage – Vietnam

      My trip to Vietnam was a requirement of my Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin, where I am obtaining my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and will graduate in February of 2013; our class visited Vietnam as part of our residency trip that is required in order to graduate.  The orphanage that we visited was an HIV Orphanage Clinic located in Hanoi, Vietnam.  I’ve thought about the children and the babies that I met every day since I left Asia.

      Life Isn’t Fair.


      I witnessed, first-hand, the operations of an HIV Orphanage Clinic in a third-world country, and it ripped my heart out.  Life isn’t fair.  I can’t go into the details about the conditions of the clinic, but what I can say is that I was blubbery sobbing mess underneath my sunglasses during the entire bus-ride back to the hotel after we left the HIV Orphanage Clinic. There is so much that I want to do to help these children (and the kind, patient caregivers at the clinic).



      Letter to Leachco – Asking for Help


      I have written a letter to the CEO and Vice President of Leachco, the manufacturer of my absolute #1 favorite baby product – the product is called the “Newborn Podster” (see my post about my Newborn Podster at How Do People Have Babies Without These Podster Things? for more details about the awesomeness of this product).  

      My letter asks for Leachco’s help and asks if they would be willing to donate their product to the orphanage in Vietnam. The letter is attached to this post.  Please keep your fingers crossed for a donation! 

      The Orphans Looking at themselves on 
      my iPhone camera…they loved it

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      Below is a copy of the letter than I have sent to Leachco. on behalf of the orphans with HIV that we met in Vietnam.

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      ATTN:
      Clyde E. Leach – CEO and Founder of Leachco, Inc.
      Jamie S. Leach – Executive Vice President, Co-founder of Leachco, Inc.
      Leachco. Inc., Corporate Headquarters

       
      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jamie and Clyde Leach,

      I first want to begin by telling you how much I love your company’s Newborn Podster Infant Seat Lounger. I purchased this item when my daughter was 3-weeks-old, and I wish I would have had it from the day she was born because it made my life, and taking care of my daughter, substantially easier.  I cannot begin to tell you how much back pain, and time, this product has saved me.  I carried your Podster with me nearly everywhere my daughter and I visited; I packed it in my suitcase when we visited the grandparents in Idaho.  Your Podster is, by far, the most practical, convenient baby gear item that I have yet to purchase. I don’t know what I what have done without it as a new mom! 
                                                                                                                           
      HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam

      I have purchased a total of eight different Podsters from you through Amazon.com since December of 2011.  Your Podster has become my “Go-To” baby gift – it is the first gift that I buy for all of my pregnant friends.  My friends inevitably end up feeling the same passion about your Podster as I do, and have told me that the Podster has now become their new “Go-To” baby gift item too! 

       
      I am a huge advocate of your product and even steer people away from the competing pillow that Boppy offers because I know that it doesn’t offer the same quality as your Podster.  Again, I love your pillow! 
       
      I saw how your Podster could significantly help these HIV orphans and their caregivers.

      In September 2012, I traveled to Vietnam for my International Residency visit for my MBA program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Our class visited many organizations in Vietnam, and among those was an HIV Orphanage Clinic located in the city of Hanoi.  Although the clinic functions by receiving funding from the Vietnamese government, the funding does not appear to be enough, and this funding does not permit the clinic to extend at all beyond a narrow definition of “necessities” for the children.  There were no toys in sight and diapers were a precious commodity.
       
      HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam

      Our class of thirty people brought along toys for the older children.  It was a heart-wrenching feeling to see that these children didn’t have any toys.  Our class also donated two beds to be used by children (ages 3-10).  Our class also provided the supplies and labor to paint and repair the outside playground of the clinic.  Although I am proud of our work, I know it wasn’t enough, especially for the infants, who I have thought about every day since.

       
      There are approximately fifteen infants, ages 0-12 months, at the clinic.  The only seating options that these infants have are the dirty floor, and metal beds that have a thin layer of bamboo as the mattress.   The caregivers lack any seating to place the infants that provides comfortable support.   

      All I could think about was how much this clinic would benefit from a LeachCo. Podster.

      Infant Bedding – HIV Orphanage Clinic, Hanoi, Vietnam
       
      With the help of my family, I plan to purchase 3 of your newborn Podsters 
      to send to the orphanage.


      Would your organization be willing to donate any number of Podsters to this clinic?  Are there any other amazing products (such as your portable bath tubs) that your organization would be willing to donate?  Please?  I’ve included the mailing address and contact information for the clinic at the bottom of this letter.  I will be happy to pay for any international shipping for any items that you are willing to donate. 


      I will love your product either way. I know that the Podster could change the daily lives of the infants by providing them a comfortable, cozy seating space; and if my experience and my friends’ experience is any indicator, your product will help these caregivers tremendously.  The Podster is significantly better than any swing, bouncer or cradle I have tried or researched.  The time and comfort your Podster will provide to this clinic will be invaluable.

      Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration.  I will make myself available anytime, immediately upon your request.*
       
      Sincerely,

      Mommy Mia
      Mommy Mia Monologues