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baby bag roundup...

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So, nearly everyone NWS adores is pregs (nearly) and the issue of which baby bag to buy is DAUNTING!  Will it hold the necessities?  Will I be able to easily carry it when stuffed to the gills?  Will it make me feel like I've lost all panache?  These are questions we hear a lot these days...

First off - avoid anything with children's characters emblazoned on the bag...no Tweety, no Pooh (classic or otherwise) no Minnie and/or Mickey Mouse.  Just avoid cartoons...and that's just good, general style advice.

You might not find the one all purpose bag.  You might find that one works for playdates, another for quick trips to the market and another for all day jaunts.  Do you drive most places?  Will you need to constantly hang the bag on your stroller?  Can you move your arms, carry a child and the bag whilst grasping your phone and your precious, precious cappuccino?  All great questions...some options below:

* the diaper pod - use this inside your fave BIG handbag or attach to a stroller or car seat while mobile.  It will easily hold diapers, wipes and the included changing pad...you may be able to stuff a spare onesie in there too...
JJ Cole Collections Diapers and Wipes Pod, Blue/GreenDiapers & Wipes Pod in Pink DaisyJJ Cole Diaper and Wipes Pod - Blue Bubble

* the clutch - kind of like the diaper pod and virtually useless as a baby bag except for when you only really need a few itty bitty essentials for a trip to the park...in other words, if you have money to burn buy this instead and then don't feel terrible when you've only used it once...
Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Cameo Clutch - Juniper Berry CakePetunia Pickle Bottom Cross-Town Clutch Diaper Bag,Tea on the Thames,one sizePetunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch (Dancing in Dublin)


* messenger style - crossbody is essential for heavy loads...the best messenger style bags are made for "dudes" but if plain black, brown or camo (!) nylon is fine by you go for it...they are utilitarian in form and very efficient in function...
Diaper Dude Diaper Bag, BlackDude Diaper Bag - BrownDiaper Dude Diaper Bag, Camouflage


* totes - if you decide a tote is for you (eh, can easily slide off your shoulder) why not forgo the designated baby tote and go right for the classic canvas boat tote from L.L.Bean or Land's End.  There are color and personalization options, are a fraction of the price of a more "designer-y" tote and can be used well beyond the baby days if you so choose...

* is it a handbag or a baby bag? bag - we get that sometimes you don't want your baby bag to scream baby bag...whether or not these could pass for your handbag is up to you but they are indeed valid options...
Baby Diaper Bags: JJ Cole Fashionable Green Diaper BagBaby Diaper Bags: JJ Cole Fashionable Grey Diaper Bag

* Kate Spade baby bags - these bags are the go to for yuppie mums and while they are a bit pricier they are a lot more stylish...options abound...
NEW AUTHENTIC KATE SPADE BON MOT X-RAY COAL BABY BAGKate Spade Marivaux Maryanne Baby Bag,Black,one sizeKate Spade Jubilee Stripe Stevie Baby Bag,Flamingo/Modern Red,one sizeNEW AUTHENTIC KATE SPADE GRAMERCY PARK STEVIE BABY BAG (Flamingo Pink) wkru0756
Kate Spade Classic Noel Baby Diaper Bag Tote Navy with Red/White StripeNEW AUTHENTIC KATE SPADE COAL NEPTUNE AVENUE BABY SHOPPING BAG (BW/White)Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag Chamonix Tote RedKate Spade Nylon Stevie Baby Bag,Black,one size