Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Review

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Many moms say that after the birth of their second child they begin to pack less in their diaper bags because they realize what the essentials are. That is not the case here. I’m a hopeless overpacker, and my love for pocket cloth diapers means I’m always going to need a BIG diaper bag. However, needing a big diaper bag does not automatically mean I have to carry around an unseemly duffle bag. Ju-Ju-Be makes diaper bags for the stylish mama who loves organization and function. If you’re like me, you want everything to have its place so you know where it is. My husband has no problem finding a snack for my son right when he wants it because the Be Right Back makes it easy to keep items organized.

The very front of the bag has a small opening that could easily hold your wallet, phone or a camera; since everyone has been sick lately, I’ve been keeping a travel size pack of tissues in there. The mommy pocket, which is my favorite compartment, has several smaller pockets and a sunglasses bag that also can clean your sunglasses. I keep my keys attached to the key fob, some extra cash, chapstick, sunscreen lotion, a travel first aid kit, and a pack of gum in the mesh zipper pocket, and the litte toys my son wants to bring with us also get thrown in there.

At the back of the bag where the backpack straps are a pocket holds the included changing pad, and I keep some books in there for my son. The changing pad is padded with memory foam, and it’s long enough to use for my 2 year old toddler and 3 month old infant. At the top of the bag another pocket holds my daughter’s pacifier wipes and a small sack for my son’s crayons.

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The Be Right Back is an amazing bag. For the longest time, I fought the urge to get a backpack, and I’m glad I finally gave in because it is so much more comfortable and functional than either the Be Prepared or the BFF that Ju-Ju-Be makes. I can wear my daughter in her woven wrap, carry the Be Right Back on my back, chase after my son at the park, and look good while doing it. If you have more than 1 child or you’re simply an overpacker, then the Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back might be just the bag for you.

In case I’m leaving anything out, here’s the product description from Ju-Ju-Be’s website:

A classic returns back to the Ju-Ju-Be line with changes requested by our best of mommy fans!  The ultimate hybrid…everything a traditional, full-featured ergo backpack is…with the details and form of a beautiful fashion bag. All of Ju-Ju-Be’s standard features included (i.e., a pinch of sass, a dash of technology and a huge dollop of cool style!).

  • Padded back panel with breathable mesh for added comfort … as well as some signature Ju-Ju-Be stitching for that extra flair.
  • Ergonomically curved and padded shoulder straps.
  • Quick grab handle.
  • Cell phone pocket.
  • Mommy pocket with diapers and wipes pocket on the front.
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate™ by 3M™. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
  • Top storage pocket for your MP3 player, sunglasses or digital camera … Cheese!
  • Memory foam changing pad included in the back panel zipper compartment … and with an 11.5-inch opening, it is also suitable for tablets, small laptops, magazines, etc.
  • Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends.
  • Teflon® fabric protector … helps repel stains.
  • Agion® treatment protects the liner by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
  • Metal Hardware … we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff.
  • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there.
  • Machine Washable … air dry.

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What’s In My Diaper Bag

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I alternate between the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared (in Scarlet Petals) and BFF (in Shadow Waltz), depending on where we’re going. I’ve found that the BFF is for shorter, quick trips like to church or shopping for groceries. The Be Prepared really accomodates all our needs and what we need to pack for a toddler and a newborn. Plus, I’m an overpacker.

I always have some emergency disposable diapers and wipes in a Be Quick, along with a disposable changing pad and Clorox wipes for those really gross gas station changing tables. Both diaper bags came with a changing pad, but I only use those when I’m less scared of the germs on the changing surface. We use cloth diapers so there are always plenty of those in the diaper bag; the amount depends on how long we’re going to be out. I also use a mini Planet Wise wet bag for cloth wipes; I use those for diaper changes, spit up, and toddler clean-up. Also, I love the little sample jars of CJ’s BUTTer for any scrapes or diaper rash that my kids may encounter.

In another Be Quick I keep a change of clothes for my newborn and toddler. In a Fuel Cell I have a plethora of snacks for my voracious toddler; he likes to eat…a lot! We breastfeed so I don’t need any bottles for my newborn daughter. However, I do keep some breastpads in the front Mommy Pocket of the diaper bags. I always have some chapstick, some spare change, sunscreen, a pen, a First Aid kit (just in case), books, stickers, crayons, a coloring book, and a couple little toys for my toddler.

Overall, I love these two bags, and I really love having options to change it up as needed for our situation. I don’t really like the straps on the BFF, so I’m going to get a Be Right Back in a couple weeks because those are more babywearing friendly, and they hold more than the BFF but the straps are more comfortable.

What’s in your diaper bag?

Being Empowered By Birth


Three days before my due date (which was December 25th), I woke up about 3:30 AM with some menstrual-like cramps. With my first pregnancy, I was constantly scrutinizing every Braxton-Hicks and wondering, “Is this it?!” And my son didn’t decide to come until he was a day shy of 41 weeks gestation. I simply *knew* it was the real deal with this pregnancy. I roused my husband just to let him know what was going on and hopped in the shower to shave and enjoy the heat from the water. Around 8 AM the rushes/contractions were getting more intense. I had called my doula about 7 AM and told her my daughter was coming, so she began the drive to the hospital in my town.

That drive to the hospital was one of the hardest I’ve ever made. It was so difficult to be confined in that small space and not being able to move. Around 8:30 AM on Monday we got checked in and ushered into our room. I asked for a birth ball and within minutes of us arriving, my doula came into the room just in time for a contraction. She was so wonderful, encouraging, and helpful; she applied counter-pressure to my hips while I leaned into my husband and swayed back and forth on the birth ball. For the next 3 hours, that is what I did; with each contraction I swayed back and forth, breathed with the rushes, and hummed. My son’s birth is not what I had hoped for; I was extremely grateful that he was born healthy, but I really wanted an intervention-free birth this time around.

I was trying to keep an open mind, but I was very intent on having as natural a birth as possible in the hospital. If there’s one thing I loved about this birth, it was having a doula. I sometimes wonder how my first birth would have been different if I had had a doula for my son’s birth. He was 9 pounds, 12 ounces and 22.5 inches long. With his birth I didn’t really know what I was doing, and my husband didn’t know how to help me. Our doula was so graceful and knew just how to encourage John in his role as my labor support.

After being on that birth ball for about 3 hours, I was definitely in transition and feeling the primal urge to push. I wanted to get on the bed, and I was yelling that she was coming. I pushed for a couple minutes, and my daughter was born at 12:21 PM on 12-22-14 (7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20.25 inches long). She was immediately placed on my chest and we started nursing within a half hour. That was one of those most amazing moments of my life. I felt so strong, and I just could not believe that I gave birth to Anne without any interventions. One of the reasons Anne was about 2.5 pounds smaller than Michael was because she had SUA (Single Umbilical Artery), which can mean birth defects but in her case, it simply meant she was a bit smaller. I am so grateful that was born healthy, and I hope my future births will be as empowering as my second. If you’re considering a doula for your birth, I urge you not to be deterred by the cost; I cannot recommend a doula enough. Our doula, Julia, worked so well with the hospital staff and was not combative or militantly against hospitals. She knew what we wanted for Anne’s birth, and she helped us speak out if our care team was suggesting something that we didn’t want. Have you felt empowered by giving birth? 10885366_616180074605_305962513986962429_n