Best Diaper Bags 2010

There are certain parts of motherhood that you just cannot escape. One is baggage. We all have to carry around stuff for our kids. Diapers, wipes, sippy cups, snacks, spare toys, yada yada yada. One thing that makes me happy is to have a diaper bag that helps me feel equipped and organized on the go. But, have you noticed all the choices these days? There are a lot to choose from. So, we did some investigating and narrowed the list down just a bit, broken down by categories. All the bags on this list were provided to us for review so we could hold, test, carry, and sling on the go with our kids. We hope that if you are in the market for a new bag, this will help. We feel pretty strongly about promoting "Responsible Consumerism". We think that some products are made better than others, and that some products will outlast the baby stages and continue to be used after your kids are older. These are the products we love. . . because not only is this kinder to our budgets to get one bag that we love, instead of plowing through several that just don't work. Here are a few of our picks for diaper bags that will stand the test of time.



{Best For Big Families}

The BabyMel Tool Bag
The Tool Bag is another great option that dad won't mind carrying. This is my personal favorite because I am a huge fan of outside pockets, and the Tool Bag has ten(yes, ten!) outside pockets, five of them large enough to carry those big-kid sippy cups. This is the perfect bag for parents of multiple small children.
The Tool Bag is equipped with an adjustable strollerstrap which securely attaches to stroller. The fabric both inside and out wipes clean easily, and it is big enough to carry just about anything you need.




{Best Hip Mama Bags}

Storksak Beth
There is nothing like finding a diaper bag that you love. I mean, this is pretty much every mom's "essential accessory" when she is out and about with baby. I don't know about you, but I have always felt that it is just a tad deflating when you have actually gone to the trouble to shower, dress yourself in real clothes (not sweats or exercise clothing), brush your teeth, and dress up your face to get "out" looking like a bit more like your pre-baby self AND then you walk out the door with something slung over your shoulder that immediately shouts to the world: "I am a MOM!" We think the Beth Sak in Sea Stripe Blue is so cute that you will use it as a purse long after the baby graduates from diapers. Made from a durable and stylish nylon satin fabric, the Beth shoulder bag combines a fashionable design with functional features to help new moms look chic and stay organized while on-the-go with baby. Accented with antique brass hardware and trimmed in faux leather, the Beth is equipped with an adjustable shoulder strap, a convenient zip front organizer, a detachable pouch (for make-up, wipes or other personal items), a padded changing mat, and dual side zip thermo-insulated bottle pockets to help keep liquids warm or cool for up to four hours.You can find the Beth Bag in a variety of colors at Storksak's website here, or at Saks Fifth Avenue.



{Best Dad Bags}


Dadgear
Does your husband squirm at carrying your feminine-print diaper bag? Does he look like he's carrying a purse? For all the hubbies wanting to look manly while caring for their kids, DadGear has the perfect guy-approved diaper bags in a variety of dad-friendly styles. Not only do these diaper bags look cool, but the functional features make this a popular options with mom, too. We love their classic messenger bag.


{Best Luxury Bags}


Nest Hudson
Nest does the UN-diaper bag: sleek, hip bags that will have even your non-mommy friends asking "where'd you get that?" No one would guess that tucked in the glossy, glamourous exterior are nooks and crannies for diapers, bottles, and even a changing station.

We got the pleasure of trying out Nest's Hudson bag. With luxurious pebbled leather and gold hardware, this is not your mother's diaper bag. In fact, it looks like a high-end purse. I could decide which I liked more: the leather exterior or the tiffany-blue satin lining. It was all so pretty. I think this diaper bag is the most glam bag for baby stuff that we've ever seen, and for all it's rock-star umph, it's actually really practical. Function meets fashion. It's a splurge, but for mamas who want to look hot, the Hudson is your bag!




Petunia Pickelbottom
Carry your baby’s belongings in style with Petunia Picklebottom’s Asian-print silk boxy backpack diaper bags. There’s a reason why celebrities and soccer moms love these bags: they’re gorgeous, can be carried as a bag or a backpack, and, of course, they hold a ton of baby essentials.







{Best Functional Bags}


GoGaga

Is the weight of your diaper bag dragging you down? GoGaga's Slide Diaper Bag may be the most ergonmoic diaper bag we have ever tried. The secret is the unique strap that expands to distribute the weight across your shoulder and back much like a baby sling. This bag has it all: a roomy size, a husband-friendly design, lots of pockets, and it converts to a laptop bag later. We are gaga for it.




{Best All-Around}

Lassig Messenger Bag

Surprisingly, our favorite bag was a little number from a company that is new to us: Lassig. Their Messenger Bag is made of all natural, eco-friendly materials, in a variety of fun colors and prints. A well-disguised diaper bag masked as a trendy satchel, the inside includes a changing mat, well-organized inner-compartments, an insulated bottle holder, wet pocket, and a removable bottle holder compartment. And it's so cute that once you pass the diaper stage, it will pass as a great laptop bag.


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