Cricket & Monkey Diaper Bags was founded by Karen Stein and comes to you from California. A former teacher at the Design Institute of Fashion and Merchandising, Karen saw a gap in quality products that were also fashionable and fun. She named her business after nicknames given to her Grandsons, as they had inspired her to create her products. The items found in the store are all made in the US.
Cricket & Monkey sells diaper bags in tote and messenger styles, in a wide arrange of printed designs. And these designs are very unique to the company. Because Mom’s needs exceed bags, Cricket & Monkey also carries blankets in 2 sizes, bibs (which come folded inside a bottle, clever!), clutches and cosmetic bags. All come in the same great coordinated designs. You can pick items that match, or mix it up with different styles from each. Diaper bags so often reflect the tastes of Mom (it’s like our third leg!) and really shouldn’t, in my opinion, scream ‘baby’. And, for a great gift idea, Karen has arranged a perfect Shower Bag filled with all the necessities!
Karen recently attended the Golden Globes gifting event, and now over 75 celebrities own Cricket & Monkey products. Like them (I’m in the club!), I had the opportunity to have a Cricket & Monkey diaper bag of my very own. I received the 2 toned Tote in the Flower Power design. The design was by chance, one of my favorites! A feminine bag that is just for me. The very same bag that Chyler Leigh from Grey’s Anatomy received at the gifting event. (And that’s Karen from Cricket & Monkey too)
I liked the fact that the tote was easy to wipe down when needed. It also has little metal posts on the bottom, so it doesn’t actually touch the ground. Less contact with nasty germs! The bag itself is very roomy, and has two bottle holders inside. As a twin mom, I can tell you that this feature does not come very often in bags. I find it extremely helpful, to keep both those bottles upright! Perfect for anyone who has to carry around more than one bottle. In fact, there are 2 additional compartments inside the bag as well. The main compartment is fastened with Velcro, there’s no wrestling to open a zipper with one hand. The tote also came with a good-sized matching change pad which folds neatly inside the bag. As I said, I love the colors on the bag and like the facts that I can get matching blankets, bibs, diaper clutches and cosmetic bags in the same pattern as well.