Having 5 kids means you tote around everything and the kitchen sink. From everything I have to take for Grayson and all give — sippy cups, two different size diapers, lovies, snacks for all, my wallet, sunglasses, etc; it truly is a Mary Poppins never-ending bag of things.
During the summer months we seem to be on-the-go constantly from the pool to play dates. Because of how much goes into my bag, I’ve been straying away from the classic diaper bag. It just doesn’t seem to fit all of the essentials I have to bring along. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the organization of a diaper bag – all of the pockets and a space for all of the little things but sometimes I need a big ole’ classic tote to toss things in and run out the door.
Summertime is the perfect time to score a few classic yet stylish summer totes; my favorite diaper bag alternative.
Stylish Summer Totes for Moms 1 of 16
A stylish summer tote works perfectly as a diaper bag alternative. Click-through 15 favorites!
Recycled Tote Bag 2 of 16
I just received the cutest recycled tote and immediately fell in love with the inspiring screen print in the front and the pretty, bright coral color. Not a fan of the hue? You can choose from 25 different colors!
Buy it from Earth Cadets for $25
Ahoy, Sailor! 3 of 16
I am swooning over this tote bag with the X-large cotton rope straps and bold stripes.
Buy it from Bayan Hippo Handmade for $33
All About the Denim 4 of 16
Screen printed in Hawaii, the 100% cotton denim eco-friendly bag is one of my favorites. I just love the overall denim look and how it can hold everything you would need for baby.
Buy it from Of One Sea for $24
Abstract Aztec 5 of 16
Topped off with a cute little ruffle, the oh-so-perfect aztec and jade tote is my absolute favorite for those summer outings, trips to park and pool. I love the pockets inside that are just what I need to stay organized.
Buy it from Gussy Sews for $79
Pop of Color 6 of 16
My favorite part about this canvas bag besides the bright sea color, it has two different ways to carry it. You can hand carry it with the two 8" handes or tote it over the shoulder with two 16" handles.
Buy it from Baggu for $72
A Bag For A Good Cause 7 of 16
Not only is this a great everyday tote for life with littles, your purchase will provide approximately 28 meals for children and families across America. FEED's mission is to create good products that help FEED the world. A great bag + great cause!
Buy it from Target for $35
It’s All In the Stripes 8 of 16
Stripes and a little color-blocking; two of my favorite things wrapped into a stylish tote with plenty of room for the baby essentials.
Buy it from Gilt Groupe for $99
Vegan Leather Tote 9 of 16
If you would rather opt for a less causal tote, the Myla Tote is a perfect summer white made from Vegan leather. It has plenty of storage space and pockets for the things you're always hunting for in the diaper bag.
Buy it from Zulily for $32.99
Beach Tote Turned Diaper Bag 10 of 16
This is such a great tote I've always used for the beach and pool but it works so great as a diaper bag. Just like the classic Croc, it's made from durable rubber so you can just wipe off any mess.
Buy it from Crocs for $19.99
Large Straw Tote 11 of 16
A bright pattern straw oversized tote is such a great size - it even holds Grayson's life vest when we head to the pool.
Buy it from Target for $34.99
Momma-ista 12 of 16
If you're looking to go designer, you can't go wrong with a little MICHAEL by Michael Kors. This is one of my favorite bags I own because it looks far from a diaper bag. I love the croc-embossed leather mixed with canvas. Just because you're a Mom doesn't mean you have to say good-bye to fashion!
Buy it from Macy's for $113.99
Vera Bradley Market Tote 13 of 16
One of the larger totes that I can't get enough holds everything and more for 5 kids. The roomy size is perfect for the all-day outings and trips to the pool with Grayson.
Buy it from Vera Bradley for $10
On A Budget 14 of 16
Rope handles are not only a trend but they are durable for how much stuff you have to carry when you head out for the day with a little one. This printed tote bag is a great price for those on a budget.
Buy it from Old Navy for $11.94
Colorblock Canvas 15 of 16
From work to life as a Mom. I love a tote that you can many different ways from a diaper bag to carrying everything you need to work. The leather top handles on this tote really make it different from your everyday tote.
Buy it from Gap for $44.95
The Nylon Easy Tote 16 of 16
One of the things I look for when I get a tote bag is a zipper. My diaper bag is full of little things that easily fall out like baby spoons, diaper cream and sippy cups. Having a zip top helps control the overflowing choas of what's inside the bag. It's the perfect everyday bag.
Buy it from C.Wonder for $55