Before the big birth and I was still lumbering along like someone who’d swallowed a medicine ball, I had diaper bags on my mind. A good, functional bag really appealed to me. And well, it was just another excuse to get another bag, wasn’t it?

My old friend from boarding school, Wei – a mother of two – had highly recommended her Skip Hop Duo Deluxe. She carried the world in it with her and said it was the most function bag which looked manly enough for Daddy to carry. Of course, she was talking about her plain black version =P Of course just to be different, I had to go and get me the Blossom version of the bag from Maternity Exchange.

At first the husband refused to have anything to do with any of my diaper bags. But because I have taken the responsibility to always pack them, he’s become a bit more compliant in carrying them!

my Skip Hop “Blossom” Duo Deluxe

This bag is pretty sleek when you carry it but is actually roomier than it looks. It comes in a nice messenger shape so before I popped, I actually also used it as a computer bag for all my gadgets – heh heh! There are lots of compartments within the bag for wipes, pacifiers, clips and other little knick knacks that you need to store away.

Here’s a little look at the bag before I stuff it full to the brim:

What I also liked about this bag were the pockets all around the outside of the  bag which also held my mummy items like my keys, a bit of blush and lip balm, a parenting magazine or two and my mobile phone(s).

Oh and unlike other bags, the Duo Deluxe also features a Skip Hop patented strap fastening system which straps it directly onto your stroller. This rids your stroller of unsightly clips or other fastening mechanisms. Nifty!

Said friend Wei has two kids and was able to use this bag to carry supplies for both of them, i.e. activity items for her four-year-old Sophie, all the necessities for her four-month-old plus breast pump and accessories et al. Very useful.

Here are the various designs that are available from Maternity Exchange:

** The good news is that MX is offering 10% off any Skip Hop diaper bag when they mention ickleoriental in-store. **

This offer is valid till 30th September 2011 and is valid in-store at Maternity Exchange @ Marina Square, #03-108.

It is also valid for the Skip Hop Versa in the following designs:

New stock would have arrived in-store today so do check it out… And remember to say ickleoriental when you get there to enjoy the offer!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a happy picture of my little one and her Pink Chan Pie Gnon teether which was a gift from the MX peeps.

Thanks Deborah and Esther! She absolutely loves it!!!

Happy Friday one and all!