Monday, 10 October 2016

Handbags and Strollers: The Easy Hack for Any Brand! Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Steelcraft etc

If you've read my blog for any amount of time you'll know that I love my handbags! Despite having a toddler, infant, dog, stroller and baby bag, I'm still using and and carrying my bags. After a few months of just using the baby bag when my eldest son was born, I figured out how easy it is to carry a handbag with a simple hack for any stroller!





Picking a stroller can be difficult. You might know you want one of the many baby strollers by baby jogger because a friend recommended them, or you might have seen a celeb with a Bugaboo or maybe you've come across a Steelcraft on sale. When trying to pick one you need to consider weight, ease of use, accessories, lifespan...there's a lot!

The Australian government has a stroller buying guide that's really helpful. Here's what helped us narrow down the options:

  • Price - we started with a budget in mind
  • Weight - there is everything from lightweight to heavier than a toddler strollers
  • Ease of use - something foolproof to put up and down
  • Size - we needed a stroller that would fit in the car boot
  • Compatibility - we wanted a travel system so we looked for a stroller and travel capsule pack
  • Safety - as the stroller came with a baby capsule we checked the government ratings to find a safe one
  • Functionality - the ability to add another seat for a second baby and being able to change the direction the seat faced in were extra functions we liked.


I'm really happy with our Steelcraft Strider Compact stroller, but the one thing that I didn't think about when buying it was my handbags.






Having a baby doesn't mean you need to give up your handbags though. You know I have a lot of bags I wanted to use! I did think about how I'd juggle everything (baby, stroller, dog and baby bag) and figured I might just use my Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC bags for a while as they slide nicely into the pockets on our baby bag.

I really needed an extra set of hands if I wanted to carry a bigger handbag with my things in it when we went out though. Throwing it into the base of the stroller was tricky get to when I was babywearing, and not all my handbags fit nicely into the baby bag or could be worn cross-body. When baby T was a few months old I found the solution to my problem.






All you need is a bag hook! It can be as simple as a carabiner or a specifically designed hook for your brand of stroller. Since I spent a few dollars on one it's made it easier to have my handbag with me when I'm out with the boys. When baby boy was born earlier this year, I kept on using and enjoying my handbags as I had that handy little hook!


It's the plastic clip you can see on the stroller handle in some of my pics. Such a simple solution, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who hadn't heard of it before. I get a few comments now and then from people wondering how I use more than just a baby bag with two boys. That little plastic hook on the stroller is my secret!



If you're a mum, how you carry your things? Only wear cross-body bags? Put what you need in the baby bag? Did you think about it when buying a stroller?


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86 comments:

  1. Happy new week! You are such a pretty and super stylish mom! Great post! Have a wonderful week filled with many blessings!
    Tiff
    Http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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  2. I remember those days. Glad you found things that work for you. Enjoy your new week!

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  3. All of these outfits are so so cute and you my friend or so so teeny!!! I can't believe you had a child within the last year!!!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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    1. haha not all of these were taken after baby boy's arrival this year :)

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  4. That graphic tee is so cute! And you look so happy in all of these pics!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  5. Great tips. When i shopped for strollers one mil years ago, weight was top on my list. I had a c section and didn't want a stroller that would be heavy for me to lift.

    http://fashionablyidu.com/

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    1. YEs some strollers can be so heavy! :(

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  6. Wow, these are some great tips for choosing a great, practical stroller, beauty! Something so simple as a hook that can be overlooked (haha, totally rhymed unintentionally!) can really make all the difference, especially in allowing for moms to carry their beloved bags. I've told you many times, but you will most certainly be an incredible source for me when I become pregnant, so I'm soaking up all these tips as much as I can now :) Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have the best start to your week, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Yes it's crazy how simple the hook is, but it makes my life so much simpler! Glad you can save the tips for future reference! :)

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  7. Talk of strollers and such is like a whole other world to me right now - though I'm excited to be part of it one day in the future! :) On a different note, I love your grey 'Making Magic Happen' t-shirt!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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  8. During the work week, I do carry my small collection of handbags. When the weekends roll around, I am totally guilty of giving them up and carrying just the baby bag. It's crazy that I have a two year old and how much "stuff" we still have to carry in that bag. haha. Like how do you do it with two kids? How do people with twins do it?! haha That's a huge part of having another baby that I think will be a struggle. (;

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    1. Oh you'll figure it out! :) Plus you get stronger at carrying it all, haha! I thought there was no way I could carry more than toddler T's things but it's possible!

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  9. Such a great hack:) Simple yet it works and very practical. I ended up just using backpacks or big messenger bags when I had to lug around a diaper bag as well. I think my problem was that my "handbags" are more packed than the diaper bag that there was no way I could've fit everything in with just a regular sized one.

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    1. Yes it can be tricky if you have a bag that doesn't fit into the diaper bag - crossbody bags are brilliant!

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  10. I used to put all my stuff under my daughter's stroller. You look amazing in this blue sweater Mica. Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. That's a good tip too! I just find that too tricky to get to if I'm babywearing, it's not easy to bend over hehe!

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  11. You have the absolute cutest outfits! I love love love these casual looks!

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  12. great article. I am not a mum but I have a huge bag with smaller bags inside at all times

    xoxo
    tessa
    www.travelwheretonext.com

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    1. That's how I organise my bags too! Have lots of pouches for things inside :)

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  13. love all the looks here. they all look cazy ny dear. Have a nice day. xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  14. I have a mommy hook. It's a huge carabiner, and it's awesome!

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    1. Yes, they are the best inventions! :D

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  15. Having kids will not stop me from rocking my handbags either!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  16. What a great idea! I normally stash my bag underneath the stroller but the hook is so much easier to get to things!

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    1. Yes the hook makes it much more accessible! :)

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  17. Whoa, there really is a lot to consider in picking a stroller! And I love that you're still able to carry your favorite bags with that nifty hook. All your outfits are practical and chic--I especially like the striped dress and converse!

    imperfect idealist

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    1. Yes it's such a big (and often costly!) purchase!

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  18. Your handbag collection is really amazing. You have so many colors and sizes! Love the idea of a hook so you have easy access to get in your purse!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  19. These are such wonderful tips. I've actually sent one of your posts before to a co-worker friend who was recently pregnant for the first time. This is a good one as well, although I am far from that stage in life I will be sure to reference this for buying strollers. Great outfits, Mica. /Madison x
    FASHION TALES

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    1. Congrats to your friend! I'm glad my post was helpful and made you think of her :)

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  20. That is ingenious! I was looking for a baby shower gift the other day and my friend mentioned this to me but I didn't quite understand it. I wish I'd looked into it more because it looks like such a fab and ideal piece to have on a pram.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. It is such a great piece! I'm sure you got an awesome gift in the end :)

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  21. Great tips that i'll have to keep in mind for the future. :P

    Florals&Smiles

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  22. That's such a smart tip, thanks for sharing! One I will definitely put into use. I just got a backpack style diaper bag, but I don't think I'll want to completely give up my other bags too, so I'm going to keep this in mind!

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    1. Oh yes a backpack style bag would solve the problem too as you'd be hands free!

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  23. This is not at all something I'd ever heard of, but as someone who is a chronic overpacker in all areas of life I'm convinced I'd need one of these. I'd just worry about everything getting too heavy and tipping the stroller over though, am I just being paranoid about that??

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    1. Oh definitely not being paranoid! The government site I linked to calls it out as a consideration when using a stroller too. I've seen it happen with little umbrella strollers but our stroller is heavy - nothing I ever carry would be heavier than it day to day. I avoid overloading the hook and put groceries or heavy thing sin the base of the stroller to be safe :)

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  24. I wish I'd known all of this when I went to get my stroller, I picked mine purely for how pretty it was.... massive amature, I wont do that again if I ever have another baby.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. There are so many sensible and practical purchases, sometimes you just have to go for the pretty one you want! :)

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  25. You have such a fabulous bag collection, Mica! I'm glad you figured out how to wear them with little ones. Unfortunately, I didn't figure this out when mine were little...

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Yes I'm so glad it's enabled me to keep using my handbags! :)

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  26. I would probably struggle to carry all these and put all my stuff into baby bag so I carry as little as possible :) It is good idea to hang the baby bag to stroller and also bag hook is a great idea!

    Ela BellaWorld

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  27. Super slick! Great way to carry your bag via the stroller!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  28. That hook is genius Mica! I bet it's helpful! Stroller companies are really thinking about mom's and what they have to carry! That's a good thing. Love the different accessories they come with. I'm not a mom, but so glad you're doing these posts. They will help others.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thanks Kim! :) I'm glad you think they're helpful even if they're not relevant for you right now :)

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  29. You look great dear! Thanks for the tip

    http://iameleine.blogspot.com/

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  30. A bag clip is a GENIUS idea for your stroller. I've seen people use them at restaurants and at work when they don't want to put their bags on the floor

    michellespaige.com

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    1. Yes! I carry one of them in my bag too - it was thinking of that that made me look to see if they had one to go on a stroller! :)

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  31. You're basically super mom! Haha love how you didn't sacrifice your handbag style but found a way around it :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries
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    1. haha thank you! I love bags so much I wanted to still find a way to make them work! :)

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  32. Lovely looks!! Great picks.

    ♘ www.sugarpopfashion.com ♘

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  33. Not a mum yet but definitely in the planning stages so it's always helpful to see posts like these. I think I will have one designated "diaper bag" but still carry my own personalize bag. But who knows, maybe that will all change once I actually have a baby and know what it's like lol

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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    1. Oh yes all the planning in t world can't prepare you for what it's like - in the best way though! No harm in thinking about your possible options ahead of time :)

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  34. Getting the right pram is critical! I did a lot of research beforehand and we got the Baby Jogger City Mini - it needed to be lightweight, compact, easy to fold and fit in the back of my Swift. I also got a JJ Cole nappy bag from Amazon when our dollar was strong that came with a set of pram clips which was great but I wish I thought of your hack!

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    1. Yes so many of the mums I know have the baby jogger - a popular brand! :) Also pram clips are wonderful! :)

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  35. You remind me of my sister, she also have two cute daughters but she always make sure that she never left herself. You are an amazing mom ^^

    www.itsbeyondimaginations.blogspot.com

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  36. You have so many great outfits! I def use these hacks back when I strolled the kids around. Now they don't even want to sit in the stroller.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
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    1. Oh yes my toddler is like that now - rarely wants to sit in the stroller! Still put baby boy in it now and then though :)

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  37. I have to say that the dress and sneakers combo was my favorite!

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com | Bloglovin' | Instagram

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  38. We don't really have a stroller, I used to carry both children forever, so we invested in a small, lightweight buggy and used something to clip the car seat to for the time before. And with both kids now I put them in one of those bike things to go everywhere. As far as handbags go, I just use a baby bag at the moment, but then again I don't have a collection like you do.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Yes I find having the travel system helpful as if baby's asleep in the car I don't have to unbuckle him to wake him and wear him in the carrier, I can just unclip from the car seat and clip into the stroller! :)

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  39. You look great sweetie!

    Xx,

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  40. Love the looks! I am not a mum so I have no idea about strollers or baby bags!!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  41. What a great post! I do need a handbag hook because I don't want to give mine up either. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. It is a great little tool to have! :)

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  42. Great post! Love those outfits :)

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  43. Love it! You look so fresh. x

    http://www.fashioninspiresyou.com

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  44. Good options!

    sweetpoppy.dudeklatero.com

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  45. I stopped carrying handbags the first year and half after Little Tyke was born, there was just no way to lug around a baby bag and then a handbag. I finally started using handbags again the past few months but after so long of not using one, I keep forgetting to take it with me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yes using the stroller to carry the bags makes it much easier - and in the first few months with toddler T when I just used the baby bag I'd forget my bag on the rare moments I went out without him too, haha!

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  46. Handbag lady to handbag lady, I love that you've found a way to keep your handbag style ;) Also, you look super cute in all of these pics!!!! XO
    Lauren-Blair
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    1. When you love bags, you find a way to make it work! haha!

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  47. Love thr bags as well as the outfits.

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  48. That's such a great idea! I really struggles with that when my twins were in a pushchair. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  49. It's so great that you've found a way to keep wearing trendy purses after the baby! Plus, the solution is so simple - one of those things where you think "why didn't I think of it before?" Such a great idea!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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    1. It is! I love and use it so much I'd be lost without it! So simple too!

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  50. I'm not a mom, but I know how it must have been so hard to carry a baby bag all the time, so I'm glad you came up with a hack which will I believe has made your life easier. Also, I haven't seen you in short sleeves and sleeveless for quite sometime now. And I must say that you're looking so good! ♥ Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
    http://airishabella.blogspot.com

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    1. hehe, thanks! I don't wear short sleeves much over winter! :)

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  51. You definitely have an amazing collection of handbags, so I am glad that you've found a way to integrate them into your wardrobe after the baby!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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  52. I swear by my bag hooks for the buggy, as it's so much easier to have everything to hand, and as you say carry your fave bags. Great post really useful! Thanks for linking up with #MumsThatSlay Yvadney x

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  53. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments :)

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