Brought to you by the minds behind Baby Toolkit: the Diaper Valet. (If Adrienne and Jim are involved, you know it has to be good.) They sent one to me for review, and it’s so lovely I found myself slightly less irritated that I still need to carry diapers around (you’ll recall my youngest is in preschool; don’t even get me started).
This handmade pouch has just enough room for a some diapers and a wipe case, plus a few extras you need to keep with you while out and about. The killer feature, though, is the simple design tweak that gives you access to the pop-up wipe dispenser without having to first remove it from the bag. If you’ve ever had to change diapers in the trunk of a car or in some other situation that required five hands, you know what a big deal this is.
More thoughtful details: a loop on each side that can accommodate an optional shoulder strap or an ever-handy carabiner, a tiny pocket inside to hold credit cards and small sundries, a Velcro closure that’s strong, but not so stubborn it can’t be opened with one hand.
The only thing the Diaper Valet lacks is a portable changing pad, which is solved by tucking a disposable changing pad in with the diapers. (I’m sure there’s a better solution than yet another disposable product — feel free to share it. From Adrienne: "The hacker in me would head to the hardware store, buy a small blue tarp, and then cut out the appropriate size and shape. Tarping is very thin, easy to clean, and folds up nicely.") She’s got a compact fabric-and-vinyl changing pad under development, but it’s not yet ready for prime time.
The Diaper Valet comes in a bunch of colors and patterns, is meticulously stitched and finished, and is beautiful in its simplicity. Put this on your permanent "baby shower present" list. If nothing else, visit the Diaper Valet site to read Adrienne’s great writing. In true Parenthacker form, she’s got plenty of ideas for the Diaper Valet once your kid’s out of diapers.
Win a Diaper Valet! Adrienne has offered to send a one lucky Parenthacker a Diaper Valet of his or her choice. Price of entry: tell us the most interesting place in which you’ve changed a diaper. I’ll choose a winner at random on Saturday at 1PM PST.
Mine: on a stone bench in the Tower of London, within view of the site where the Crown Jewels are kept.