The Dreaded Diaper Bag Conundrum

The question of a diaper bag is foremost on a lot of women’s minds when they are gestating.  Everyone has seen the overburdened mother lugging around several children AND a massive quilted bag covered in teddy bears or some kind of upholstery print.  This makes a lot of Reluctant Matrons shudder – myself included.

This is what we're trying to avoid...
This is what we're trying to avoid...

Words of wisdom that I heard from some of my more stylish mom friends were, don’t buy a “diaper bag” buy a large purse or bag that you don’t mind being seen with and just use it as a diaper bag.  Another thing to consider is that as little Jr. gets older, you will need to haul around less and less stuff and can adequately stow some clean diapers, snacks and toys in your own purse discreetly.  Since Sugar Lump will debut in the Spring, I thought about spring/summer totes that could double as diaper bags, and rounded up a few of them.  The best part is, after you’ve finished with them, they are still usable as beach or book bags.

Stockholm Navy and White Bag
Stockholm Navy and White Bag

This bag comes in a number of colors, but the clean, bright stripes and colors have stolen my American heart.  Available at Ika Bags on Etsy.  $89.

Classic Cambridge Satchel
Classic Cambridge Satchel

Move over Hermione!  I was alerted to the Cambridge Satchel Company recently and haven’t been able to stop drooling over their preppy school bags since.  Prices vary.

Leather Transport Tote
Leather Transport Tote

It’s called the Leather Transport Tote, from Madewell, and you will be transporting diapers, toys, snacks, onesies, bottles, etc.  Available at Madewell.  $148.

Hamilton Trompe L'Oeil Tote by Michael Kors
Hamilton Trompe L'Oeil Tote by Michael Kors

This canvas tote from Michael Kors comes in several bright colors.  Available at Zappos.com.  $68.

There is also the problem of the Daddy Bag.  For a while my husband insisted that he wanted to carry a black leather bag with spikes as his diaper bag (he’s a bespectacled, mild-mannered software developer, so you can imagine my mirth when he told me this).  After explaining that a studded leather bag would make him look like an Ed Hardy cover girl, I started thinking about  diaper bags that he can call his own and use later as a travel or gym bag.

Fjällräven® classic Kanken backpack
Fjällräven® classic Kanken backpack

The Fjällräven® Classic Kanken backpack from J.Crew will make daddys look like they’re just out for a little hike through the woods – and not to the playground. $65.

Filson Field Bag
Filson Field Bag

Filson is the most masculine northwesty rugged mountain man brand out there, as far as I am concerned.  The Field Bag would suit any budding Hemmingway who isn’t interested in carrying a Diaper Dude.  $220.

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