Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is there any fix for my really annoying problem? My son's diaper bag slips off my shoulder. Juggling a baby is hard enough without having to struggle with the bag. You might think that the bag slips only when I'm wearing a heavy down coat. But that's not the case. I think the straps are just poorly designed because the bag slips off no matter what I'm wearing. — Lizzie G. Dear Lizzie: Shame, shame, shame on the company that made that bag! Why don't they give these things real-world tests? If I were you, I would contact the place you bought it, complain that it's not functional and say you want your money back or replacement with a different model that will do what it's supposed to do: stay put. Perhaps you've used it for a while. No matter, I'd still try to return it. You'd be surprised how often a reasonable complaint is resolved by a retailer who doesn't want you blasting the product or store or manufacturer online or on social media. However, if asking for a refund isn't your style or you just don't have the time it would take (with a baby, who does?), then a reader sent me a solution she discovered in an online ad that popped up at the exact right moment. Barb S. writes, "I recently purchased a purse I loved, but the wide leather strap refused to stay on my shoulder for more than a few seconds. While searching the internet for a solution, up popped an ad for 'Strap Gummy.' I took a chance, ordered it from www.amazon.com ($12.95) and was delighted to find it worked wonders! The self-adhesive strip is attached to the underside of the strap, and the results are amazing. This was well-worth the reasonable price."
"Brilliant!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! During a recent trip to Costco my purse didn't fall off my shoulder.......EVER!!! NOT once!! Even when putting things on the bottom of the shopping basket!" -Connie from Peanut Butter and Whine
"What’s really nice, is that the product is almost invisible – since it is clear, and hidden away – never interfering with the fashionable look of your purse. This product will also allow your purse to stay put on chairs at restaurants, and on door handles in the those dressing rooms And to top it all off, it can be easily cleaned by just wiping it off and does not attract any dirt whatsoever!" -Melissa from Fabulous Frugal Finds
"I immediately noticed the difference in my straps once i put the Purse Gummy on. The Gummy part is soft, yet has enough friction to grip whatever shirt or jacket I am wearing so it stays in place." -Diane from Me Him and the Cats
"This little tool really does work. It sits comfortably on my shoulder and you don’t even know it’s there." -Michelle from A Thrifty Diva
"It's so much easier to be super mom when my purse stays in place. I can grocery shop, walk around the mall, carry Trevor, push the stroller, and probably many other things without my purse slipping. But best of all, the Purse Gummy is completely hidden so no one even knows it's there." -Danielle from Life With Two Boys