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Parents with babies often feel forced to sacrifice style for function daily. As pretty as they are, many purses don’t hold bottles, wipes or diapers — and don’t even get us started on the stain risk you take by having your favorite bag near a baby.
My one rule when I became a mother 15 years ago was that my diaper bag will never even remotely resemble a diaper bag. People who know me will tell you — I don’t do ugly. I’m not carrying some heavy, frumpy diaper bag. With all the options out there, especially with the eCommerce boom of the past two decades, you don’t need to sacrifice style for functionality anymore. So, I set out on a search for a diaper bag that I could use from day to night.
After scouring all of the diaper bag styles: clutch, backpack, convertible, hobo, sling, messenger, tote, fashion, breast pump, and beyond, I found 10 stylish and functional ones that no one will even know hold the baby’s dirty laundry (so to speak.)
Now when someone asks, “Where did you get your purse?” You can smile politely right on cue and say, “You mean my diaper bag?”
1. Elizabeth Leather Tan by StorkSak
This bag embodies sophistication and is structurally timeless. Celebrities love StorkSak as well. Angelina Jolie was keen on the Gigi (only available in the UK), but I’ve fancied the Elizabeth (seen here) since I saw it. It is made from lake washed leather, which ages with the bag and has brushed gold hardware. If you’re looking for a diaper bag that doubles for office attire — most laptops fit inside this beautifully.
2. Catherine Leather Almond by StorkSak
This diaper bag is my new favorite. I carry it everywhere and everyone thinks it’s Marc Jacobs! This Hobo Style Diaper bag makes it easy to fall in love with the carrying your baby’s accessories around.
3. Be Right Back Tokidoki — Animalini by Ju-Ju-Be
This bag was stolen by my 16-year-old daughter upon seeing it. As in, I never actually got to use it myself. This animated backpack is the ultimate hybrid.
4. Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag
Here is a classic example of how something can be printed all over a bag without appearing busy. Mickey Mouse is all smiles on this spacious satchel. It’s so kid-friendly!
5. Zahra by Babymel
Available in a variety of shades, these bright colors make motherhood look fun, even if the rest of your outfit is comprised of yoga pants and your 7-year-old son’s old Thor t-shirt.
6. Green Label Neckline Bag by Lassig
This diaper bag is unlike any other! It is unique, attractive and stylish enough to be used on a daily basis by mom long after the babies have grown. Best of all, it’s lightweight and made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
7. “Annie” Breast Pump Diaper Bag by Sara Wells
The “Annie” is the professional breast pump bag you’ve been waiting for. Stylish, functional, and tall enough to fit the largest laptops vertically, this bag will carry literally everything you need including the breast pump.
8. Brookside Tote by Little Unicorn
Available in three beautiful colors: blueberry, taupe and brown, this minimalist design and clean style is all about straightforward function. With eight pockets, a special protective iPad pocket, cushioned changing pads, matching stroller straps, handy key hook, and made of wipeable vegan leather, this bag is a must-have.
9. Kate by MZ Wallace
As women and moms, being prepared is non-negotiable. This bag was designed for a mom of triplets. It comes in great colors. Stylish and functional, this bag will last for years.
10. Firenze by PacaPod
Designed by a clothing designer with two small girls, this bag is fit for royalty. Though designed for comfort and practicality, this style also appeals to the gap in the market for fashionable diaper bags. If you haven’t heard about PacaPod or seen them yet, don’t worry, they started in the UK. I’m sure they’ll be internationally acclaimed soon!
Nothing says diaper bags have to be neutral, bulky or heavy anymore. You can have all the pockets you need, stylish hardware, and a fashionable diaper bag that you can carry from day to night.