Month: February 2019

Top 5 Best Diaper Bags Reviews

The Universal Stroller Organizer by Ethan & Emma easily attaches to the handlebar of your stroller so you can save the storage space on the stroller for other things (shopping bags, your purse, or extra toys for your little one).

This is a collapsible bag with a zip-off pouch, which is great if you need to change your baby somewhere and leave the stroller parked outside the door. Just pop your diaper essentials in there so you can unzip the pouch and take everything you need with you.

The top of the bag has two insulated drink pockets, which is great to set bottles in or warm thermoses if you bring along water that you use to make their formula. In the middle (between the two drink pockets), you have an extra pocket with a soft-closing top (it’s magnetic: no Velcro or zippers to close it).
The Velcro straps that you use to hang on the stroller are very strong. You can adjust the hanging height, as well, which is great if you don’t want it bumping into your legs as you walk.

This is a great on-the-go diaper bag option. Perfect for those who often use a stroller and need just a few essential diaper supplies right at their fingertips, because sometimes you just don’t need a full-on “bag.”

Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changer Kit

Skip Hop is known for making highly durable diaper bags and is a favorite of many parents.
This is a slim, portable diaper changing kit that lets you pack in the most important items you’ll need as you’re on-the-go.

We find that many parents prefer a pouch that detaches from the main bag with the essentials for the actual change, so kits like these have become very popular. Maybe the main diaper bag contains the feeding supplies and extra clothes, while the actual diaper-changing pouch contains creams, diapers and wipes.

When the kit is open and you’re ready to change your baby, you can rest their head on the soft pillow to keep them comfortable. This also comes with a wipe pouch to put your wipes in (in case you have a bulk case that the pouch won’t hold). 

Wipe it clean when you’re done using it! Another great diaper bag for parents who don’t always have a lot of space.

Built Go-Go Diaper Tote

If you’re looking for a more traditional diaper bag, look no further than the Built Go-Go. It’s made of neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber that is highly durable (like they use on laptop sleeves), and also has a matching neoprene changing pad that you can throw in the washing machine when it gets dirty. You can wash the entire bag, too!

The neoprene also stands up on its own, which is nice since some of the fabric bags aren’t sturdy enough to do so.

The two exterior bottle pockets will insulate bottles for up to four hours, and you also get a pouch on the front of the bag for extra storage space.

This bag is made of safe materials; it’s comfortable and offers you plenty of room for all of your diaper changing and feeding essentials.

Carter’s Zip Fashion Diaper Bag

Don’t let this diaper bag fool you. It may be cute enough to be a purse, but it offers you all the conveniences of a diaper bag.

It has eight pockets, a zip-down removable changing pad, two side pockets for bottles and an accessory pouch that you can store wet clothes in.

The handles are durable and the interior of the bag is spacious. Carry around your baby supplies in style!

Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag

This is a great bag for dads (and moms, too!). It wears more like a saddlebag (it has an ergonomic design that you wear across your chest) and looks like a book bag.

In this sleek, handy bag, you get a changing pad, cell phone holder and key rings. You can hold all of your diaper bag essentials – wipes, bottles, bibs, food, toys, etc. – and it comes in 31 different colors. Do you want to match it to your favorite sports team or you prefer a camouflage look? No problem!

The best diaper bags always value functionality and convenience. Refer to our guide above to find some great looking bags that will offer you both! More at

The Best Light for Reading

At some point in our childhoods, we were all warned that reading in poor light would ruin our eyes. Later on when many of us got glasses, we even felt guilty about the time we spent under the covers reading bedtime stories by flashlight.

But was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. Reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging.

However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects such as headaches or eye strain as well as make reading more enjoyable. The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.

Light Fixtures

Perhaps the most important choice to make when choosing a reading light is the kind of fixture you should use. Is overhead lighting, or reading next to a window, enough? Or would a more concentrated light be preferable? Here’s what we recommend.

While reading in dim light will have no long-term effects on your vision, it does place an uncomfortable strain on your eye muscles. Your visual muscles will want to relax to collect the most light, but at the same time they will try to contract to keep the words on the page focused on the retina.

Therefore, to reduce the conflict in your eye muscles when you’re completing a high-concentration task such as reading, it’s important to focus bright light directly where it is needed. We recommend using a desk lamp.

Desk lamps are small lamps that can swivel and be raised or lowered to help direct the light. But while desk lamps are best due to their multi-directional capabilities, a table lamp with a lampshade that directs light downward (rather than out into the room) would also be a suitable option.

Light Distribution

Just as it’s important to have a desk or table lamp concentrating light onto your book, it’s also important to couple this with comfortable, evenly distributed lighting throughout your room. A common mistake people make when choosing light for reading is turning on a bright lamp in a dark room.

Your pupils dilate from the dark when they wander off the page, which can make your eyes become easily fatigued – a reason many of us quickly become tired when reading in bed at night. It’s also helpful to avoid reading by light that reflects a lot of bright glare, such as from a computer screen.

The constant shifting of pixels from reading off a computer or any screen with glare can put a lot of strain on your eyes. Doctors term this Computer Vision Syndrome. Avoid reading from a computer whenever possible during your leisure time, or at least dim down your screen to lessen the glare.

Reversing the color scheme, such as white text on a black background, also mitigates eye strain. (The Kindle app for computers and mobile devices does this really well.) More at


Since eyes vary with age, it makes sense that as your eyes get older, you will need more light to read by. Dr. Eleanor Faye, the ophthalmological director of the Lighthouse for the Blind Low Vision Service, says: ”The eye’s need for more light to read by increases 1 percent a year.

When you’re 10, you can read by 40 watts or hardly any light. By the time you’re 60, you need around 100 watts.” As brightness is measured in lumens, the following will help you choose a bulb with the wattage (or equivalent wattage) that you need.

40 watts: Look for at least 450 lumens
60 watts: Look for at least 800 lumens
75 watts: Look for at least 1,100 lumens
100 watts: Look for at least 1,600 lumens

That being said, keep in mind that too much light or glare can be just as bad as too little light. Dr. Faye says, ”When light glares from highly reflective surfaces, it’s fatiguing and especially disturbing for older people with cataracts and retina problems.”

So if bright light gives you grief, use a shaded lamp rather than a desk lamp to cut glare and moderate light. Light in a warmer color temperature will also be easier on your eyes than in a cooler color temperature.

But all in all, when considering the right light for your eyes, remember: your eyes will tell you what they want. If the light isn’t comfortable, they will show signs of fatigue, like burning, redness, brow-ache, headache, or squinting.