Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall Review

I’m the proud owner of three Petunia Pickle Bottom (PPB) diaper bags.

I have a Cross Town Clutch, a Boxy Backpack and my newest addition (to use with our newest addition in June) is the PPB City Carryall in “Classically Crete.”

My Boxy Backpack in the “Indian Summer” print was starting to look a little worse for wear after over two years of using it, so the hubby bought me a new PPB for Christmas. I chose the “Classically Crete” print because we didn’t know the gender of our new baby and I didn’t want to be walking around with a pink diaper bag. The aqua blue, white and gray is such a fresh color combination and I get a lot of compliments on it.

I wanted to try the City Carryall because I’m just not a fan of the Velcro used on the Boxy Backpack. I’ve ruined many sweaters and chiffon tops from the super-strength Velcro attaching itself to my clothing. It keeps your toddler out, but it’s definitely not “knit-safe.”

The City Carryall closes by an easily-gliding zipper, which is great when you’re balancing a baby and trying to open it at the same time. However, it is not great when your toddler figures out how to unzip the bag. The super-strength Velcro on the Boxy Backpack came in handy for that.

The City Carryall is about the same size as the Boxy Backpack and still has the awesome built in changing pad. It has two outside pockets that perfectly fit a bottle of water or a bottle of milk. The inside pockets are elasticized so they hold onto whatever you put in them.

I’m a cloth diapering mama, so space is always a concern for me. I can fit about eight all-in-one type diapers, wipes, creams, and I still have room for my mama things.

I love the glazed fabric found on most PPB bags. The inside is even water-resistant.

I owned an expensive designer bag (once upon a time when I was a new mama) and within two months, it was a mess! Imagine a newborn spitting up all over your favorite “C” print jacquard, and you’ll realize it wasn’t the best idea for a diaper bag. That actually happened to me and I cried.

The only thing I miss is the backpack option. The City Carryall has two types of handles including an adjustable shoulder strap and two tote handles. But the backpack option would be a nice addition.


Where I bought my bag:
What I paid: $159, so it’s $11 cheaper than the Boxy Backpack (and about $150 cheaper than the designer bag I used to own.)
Where it’s available: Amazon, some Buy Buy Baby stores, Nordstrom, and PetuniaPickleBottom

Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall Review

6 Responses to Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall Review

  1. Oh how I would love one of these bags. Unfortunately they are a little out of the budget, and any giveaways are usually open to US only. Sometimes it sucks to be Canadian.

  2. I love this diaper bag! I wish it was in my budget. So functional and pretty!

  3. I love these bags. Hoping to add a PPB to my collection soon!

  4. Thanks for this review! I was looking at this diaper bag but was concerned it may be too small for cloth diapering. But it looks like it worked out great for you. Plus it looks even prettier in your pictures compared to the ones online.

  5. Thanks for this review! Do you feel like it holds just as much as your Boxy Backpack? I’m “upgrading” to two little ones under 2 in a couple months, and I have examined a Boxy in person. I think it’d work size wise. I know you said “about the same size.” Any additional thoughts? Or really just as big? Thanks! And thanks for the helpful review! As a CD mama, space is always the Q, isn’t it! :)

  6. It seems to be a little less flexible than the boxy. There are more pockets inside, so I feel like the extra fabric takes up room. That being said, I still use this bag almost daily and I can fit a ton of stuff. If you want something super large, you can always go with their Wistful Weekender! I have one of those too and it is ginormous.

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