When I was pregnant last year, I came across the Nest Diaper Bags somewhere online when researching leather baby bags. I loved the beautiful shade of blue on the Collins bag and set out to find it in person, but it was difficult as they are not carried everywhere most “luxury” diaper bags could be found, such as Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, (I like to grope each bag and caress every pocket before purchasing something that will be used so frequently) so I decided on the more easily found Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack (review coming soon).
(Apologies for the fancy Instagram filter applied. The bag can be seen empty in comparison sitting next to the Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel (review also coming soon).
In June, I found the Nest Collins Bag in blue on eBay for a steal, so I placed my first bid on the site and crossed my fingers until I was a winner.
The bag is gorgeous in person. The Nest website describes the Collins bag as
The no fuss, no nonsense friend that every mom needs. Our glazed leather is enhanced by the clean lines and straightforward features of this bag. Roomy size, large pockets and a long strap tell it like it is.
When empty, the bag is very lightweight. Some leather bags can become heavy quickly if made of thick leather, but this glazed leather is incredibly thin and durable. The inside is lined with their signature “exclusive” print, and the changing pad that is included is the perfect size for my almost nine-month-old son.
(Pictured with a Maxwell Designs Sailboat Diaper Wallet — stayed tuned SOON for a review and GIVEAWAY!)
The Collins bag is large and can hold a TON of stuff. I am a chronic over-packer, but even this bag leaves room for me. I stuffed it to the max after receiving it to see what all it could hold. Impressive.
Since I am a working mom, I use this bag as my work purse/tote and then add in the diaper wallet and baby gear as needed for evening errands or weekend outings. My lunch break at work the other day was used to take this quick photo showing the usual daily haul.
This bag is as heavy as you want it to be. Fully stuffed, it’s entirely too much to hang on the umbrella stroller, but since the material is flexible, it can be stuffed in to storage baskets easily.
There are six LARGE pockets inside (no insulated bottle pocket), one zippered internal pocket, one outside snap pouch pocket, and two wide external side pockets that have a middle snap. Shown here, from left to right, is an Aden + Anais burpy bib, a Petunia Pickle Bottom Haven nursing cover, and an Aden + Anais swaddle blanket.
I love this bag. It receives compliments all the time and people are always surprised to learn that it’s a diaper bag, and not a large tote style purse.
PROS: The inside pockets are huge, deep, and can easily contain everything you need. The material is lightweight, it’s beautiful, and the lining is a bright aqua color that lets you see the contents.
CONS: The shoulder strap could be a little wider. The thin strap is nice on one hand because it fits perfectly snapped on my Boba 3G carrier (review this week!), but when worn alone, a wider strap would distribute the weight more evenly when the bag is filled. There is not an insulated bottle pocket.
BOTTOM LINE: I’m not sure if I would spend the full price on this bag because it is a little steep, but it could be justified as it is quality and would last a very long time. Other than the price though, this bag is a total winner and I definitely recommend it.
A friend of mine owns the Nest Hudson bag and loves hers. It’s the perfect size for her toddler and a new baby.
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