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Review: Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote

mom holding baby with black diaper bag

Today I am reviewing the Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote, a brand new style bag from Petunia and my new personal favorite. I’m going to be giving you the full scoop on this bag, all the pros and cons, and everything you need to know about it before ordering.

PPB Downtown Tote Front

This is the Evening In Islington print, which is currently sold out on their website, but the bag comes in six other prints so hopefully you’ll find one you like! It retails for $139 which is right on par with all of Petunia Pickle Bottom’s other diaper bags.

They come in the glazed fabric which is VERY easy to clean. You can simply wipe it down with wet wipes. A word of caution I like to tell everyone purchasing a glazed Petunia Pickle Bottom bag: do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT wear dark denim while carrying the bags. The dark color of your denim may result in a color transfer of your bag and that’s not going to be pretty. I recommend just taking extra caution when wearing dark colors and carrying the glazed bags.

The Downtown Tote is quite large, as it measures 13″h x 14″w x 6″ base and a 20″ opening which is great for finding things! You can most definitely fit everything you need for baby, older kid(s), and yourself inside! When I packed this bag up I was able to fit my make up case, wallet, small extras, diapers, wet wipes, an extra change of clothes, small baby items, and snacks for my four year old all inside. I don’t know about you, but I like a big bag for all my needs and this tote definitely does the job.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Top View
Petunia Pickle Bottom back

The back of the Downtown Tote has a zipper pocket that is perfect for storing small things like pacifiers or car keys and other items that you want to be able to easily grab. There are also six pockets inside for organising your belongings. It has a water resistant lining which makes spills not such a big deal.

Petunia PIckle Bottom inside

The inside has fabulous organization. All of the pockets make searching for things a lot easier. The only negative I have found with this bag is that the main compartment can seem like a big dark hole while looking for things. That’s why I highly recommend taking full advantage of the pockets inside so you don’t run into that problem.

yellow diaper bag

The handles on this tote are made from vegan leather and are VERY comfortable. They don’t dig into your shoulders at all like some bags do, but they stay put and don’t slip off. Petunia Pickle Bottom used to sew logo tags on all of their bags but awhile ago they updated to these great metal plaque logos that I think look so much sleeker. You can also attach this bag to most strollers using the Petunia Pickle Bottom stroller clips that are sold separately here.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Extras

The Downtown Tote comes with a monogrammed wipes case and a changing pad. I have been carrying Petunia Pickle Bottom bags for the past five years since I was pregnant with my first. I exclusively used the wipes case the first year, refilling it before I went out each time. The big pro to the wipes case is that it is slim and fits perfectly in the inside pocket. After a while though, I got really tired of continuously filling the wipes case and just stuck a pack of wipes inside my bag and hit the road. The changing pad is thin, and while it’s not the most comfortable, it definitely does the job! A bulky changing pad wouldn’t fit well in your bag anyway! I like that Petunia Pickle Bottom thinks one step ahead and includes these two extras!

Overall I really do adore this bag. It’s pretty but very practical and will suit any moms needs.

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Cindy B

Monday 18th of May 2015

I LOVE PPB. I get so many compliments on them.

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