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Designer Diaper Bags
With designer handbags and designer handbag knockoffs rising in popularity over the past several years, and a slew of high profile celebrities adopting from foreign countries or having children of their own, it's no surprise that many brand names like Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci and Kate Spade are now tapping into the "baby couture" craze with a new take on an old favorite. Designer diaper bags, the latest in a line of innovative, high quality products designed specifically for children and the classy folks who rear them, can be found on numerous websites and in finer department stores worldwide. Here is a comprehensive guide on where to look and what to look for.
The difference between designer and Designer
If you were to Google "designer diaper bags", your search would return links to sites like Tutti Bella, Posh Tots and Baby Direct. These companies all feature trendy, stylish bags made by high end designers such as Fleurville and Eddie Bauer. Their prices range anywhere from $34.99 to $369.99. Then you have the Designer diaper bags. Made by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, these bags are only available at finer department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. They are billed as the Rolls Royce of diaper bags, but are basically just designer handbags that come with side pockets and a removable changing pad, and can range in price anywhere from $545 to $1,200. For this hub, I'm going to focus on the former: the diaper bags that are slightly expensive but don't require you to sell your soul to the devil in order to afford one.
Types of Designer Diaper Bags
The diaper bags of the 80's and 90's were frumpy, oversized monstrosities emblazoned with Winnie the Pooh patterns that shrieked maternity. Although they were cute and cuddly, the weren't the most desirable accessory.
Tote diaper bags
The diaper bags of the 80's and 90's were frumpy, oversized monstrosities emblazoned with Winnie the Pooh patterns that shrieked maternity. Although they were cute and cuddly, the weren't the most desirable accessory. Now, moms on the go can keep themselves looking fashionable with designer tote diaper bags. Stylish enough to match any outfit, tote diaper bags still have all the modern day conveniences. The main compartment is usually waterproof and designed to contain diapers, wipes and changing pad, with pockets in the front or on the side for holding bottles, pacifiers, cell phone and keys. Tote bags generally resemble oversized purses. They are approximately 14-18" wide and 8-12" high with weatherproof exteriors and adjustable shoulder straps.
Messenger diaper bags
The original messenger bag was designed with a flip-top flap which enabled the user to access the bag without having to put it down. In addition to their quick and easy accessibility, messenger bags are renowned for their many pockets and compartments. The messenger diaper bag is no different. The spacious main compartment often features two additional side pockets great for storing diapers, toys and snacks. The tall outside pockets can hold bottles, sippy cups, lotions, creams and wipes. Most feature an across-the-chest strap that makes carrying the messenger diaper bag quite comfortable, and many of the straps include a pocket that can fit a bottle or a cell phone.
Backpack diaper bags
Outdoorsy types will love the new backpack diaper bag design. Modeled after a standard hiking pack, one type of backpack diaper bag includes an inner diaper "hammock" to keep them from getting lost at the bottom of the bag. Mesh pockets on the outside allow for easy organization of the essentials. The large, main compartment has a clamshell opening for full access, and an exterior large enough to hold up to 4 bottles. For those who like the two shoulder backpack design but don't want to look like hikers, there are dainty alternatives with adjustable straps that allow you to carry the bag either over the shoulder, messenger style, or as a backpack. The Huckleberry Swirl Cake Society Satchel made by Petunia Pickle Bottom is a gorgeous, plush diaper bag with removable changing pad that lets you carry it one of four ways: hobo/clutch, shoulder strap, backpack and valet stroller.
Sling diaper bags
Sling diaper bags, a subset of totes that are sometimes also called hobo bags, are the best bet for active parents. Their versatility and slightly smaller design makes them a practical choice for everyday outings that only require a diaper or two. Sling diaper bags look a lot like a regular pocketbook and can function as one, too. Inside zipper pockets hold wallet and other valuables, yet there's plenty of room for the diapering essentials. Slings try to stick to a sleek, compact design, but some come with insulated bottle holders on the side to let you grab milk for the baby without breaking stride.
Daddy diaper bags
Many messenger, backpack and waist-to-shoulder sling diaper bags are now being designed with men in mind. A diaper bag for the daddy's who don't want the world to know they're carrying a diaper bag, these "just for him" models are a far cry from the pink fluffy bags of yesteryear. Daddy diaper bags come in a variety of trendy patterns and styles including camouflage, neutral colors and sports. Diaper Dude, a new brand seen on "The View" and "The Wayne Brady Show" are hip, funky bags that come with a cell phone holder, key ring and hidden changing pad for dads on the move. As opposed to other Daddy diaper bags which are generally neutral in color, Diaper Dude bags come in camouflage and plaid with a variety of neat designs such as skulls, dragons and guitars. (Angelina Jolie apparently bought the dragon one for hubby Brad Pitt.) One of their best items is the Diaper Bag Survival Package. Available in black, navy, grey and camo, this bag can hold anything you could possibly think of: bottles, bibs, books, sunglasses, wipes, food, pacifiers, keys, changing pad, stuffed animals and more. It also comes with the Mini-Dude diaper bag to use for quick outings and a utility bottle holder that attaches to the diaper bag or stroller and keeps bottles warm.
Stroller diaper bags
The difference between standard and stroller diaper bags is that stroller diaper bags can be directly attached to the handles of a stroller. Innovative strapping systems allow these functional bags to fit either a single or double, side-by-side stroller as well as be easily slung over the shoulder. (When you're carrying it, it looks just like a tote bag.) Many messenger, backpack and sling bags are also available to convert for use with a stroller. Easy to clean, moisture-proof interiors are usually large enough to fit a laptop computer, and the many spacious pockets are great for storing bottles, sippy cups, toys, changing pad and snacks.
Leather diaper bags
Although they require weather protection on the outside, leather diaper bags usually come with waterproof lining on the interior and are a gorgeous, classy way of toting your little one's baby supplies. Luxurious leather designs are perfect for posh mommies who need a bag that matches their personal style. The downside is that unlike totes or backpacks, not many leather diaper bags come with a removable changing pad. You can buy slim changing pads separately, however, and put it in yourself.
Funky diaper bags
If complementing your outfit isn't your main concern and you're looking to have a little fun with your designer diaper bag, there are plenty of unique, funky options to choose from. Designer Jess Alpert-Goldman's World According to Jess line features the Ch-ch-changes Bag will take your child from infancy to the terrible twos without skipping a beat. It has all the conveniences of a standard diaper bag (bottle holders, inside and outside pockets, section for wipes) but it's the little extras that give this bag it's edge. The changing mat on the back is embroidered with an arrow that says "Place baby here", and it snaps off for easy removal, and the bag also comes with a complementary "Mom's best friend" matching bib. Jess's other popular products include the Hey Baby Diaper Bag, which features a sonogram on the outside and pockets labeled "baby stuff" on the inside, and the Peek Into a Diaper Bag, whose front flap has a picture of all the stuff you'd find within.
Diaper vests and jackets
Although not quite a bag, diaper vests and jackets are a fairly new invention designed to function as a standard diaper bag without looking anything like it. The DadGear fleece vests and jackets feature strategically placed pockets to allow for easy access to all childcare essentials. There's a tall, elastic pocket for bottles, two large interior compartments for diapers, chest pockets for cell phone, keys and travel wipes and side pockets for additional storage.
Pearl diaper bag by Nest being displayed from inside out
Sites that sell designer diaper bags
- Tutti Bella
Glamorous diaper bags are this website’s forte. With designers like Nest, Reese Li and JP Lizzy, moms can find a practical yet luxurious diaper bag to perfectly suit her busy lifestyle. Whether it’s a leather Nest bag in soft, pastel colors or a fun,
- Baby Browns
Britney Spears and Julia Roberts both own diaper bags seen on this website. Baby Browns offers the finest in designer diaper bags and furniture, and their gift shop section makes great recommendations for mom, dad, baby, siblings and grandparents.
- Diaper Bag Boutique
Over 500 products and free shipping on orders over $50 are just two of the reasons you’ll love Diaper Bag Boutique. They’re one of the only sites that sell fanny pack diaper bags, and they offer novelty bags with funky print designs as well.
- Posh Tots
The name of this site pretty much says it all. Posh Tots has been featured in a number of high-style maternity magazines. Their items are stylish and functional, and they offer the latest from Kate Spade and DadGear jackets and vests.
- Baby Direct
Baby Direct has hundreds of diaper bags designed “for the discriminating mom that enjoys maternity and haute couture” including backpack, sling and overnight or weekender options. Brands they carry range from Amy Michelle and Baby Kaed to The Essenti
- Little Dudes and Divas
In addition to selling the latest in designer diaper bags like Mia Bossi, Holly Aiken and Nest, Little Dudes and Divas also carries a plethora of diaper bag accessories as well. There’s free shipping on all orders over $50, and any diaper bag purchas
- Diaper Bags
With nearly 400 products to choose from and free or low-cost shipping, this site is a great place to visit to get acquainted with designer diaper bags. The bags are all broken down into different categories by style, and their sale section can save y
Diaper Bag Accessories
Although designer diaper bags come equipped with everything moms and dads need for a day out with baby, there are plenty of extras you can buy to customize the bag to meet your needs.
Insulated bottle holders, like the one seen here from Fanci-Free, coordinate with a range of available changing bags. The 3M Thinsulate insulation liner keeps bottles either warm or cold for up to 4 hours, or it can hold up to 6 jars of baby food. Clip one on to the outside of your diaper bag for additional storage.
The Packin' SMART by Innobaby is a clean, easy way to store food in the diaper bag without having to deal with plastic baggies and making a mess. The five-tier stack functions as a formula dispenser, snack case, serving bowl and pacifier holder. Each separate container can hold up to 8 oz. of powdered formula or 1/3 cup of dried food. Cereal, vitamins, hair clips, fruit and candies are kept all together in a single unit that's guaranteed not to fall open.
For diaper bags that aren't designed to adjust to fit around the handles of a stroller, stroller clips are an amazing invention. Add this accessory to your diaper bag by locking it into place around the stroller handles and clipping the connectors to the sides of the bag. A special grip system underneath keeps them from slipping down, and the latches snap securely into place with a "click" sound that lets you know it's working.
The Sippy Rocket by Ju Ju Be is a mini-cooler for sippy cups and bottles. At three inches wide, it can fit any 12 oz. cans or bottles, and any sippy cups as long as they don't have handles. Designed somewhat like a sunglasses case, the Sippy Rocket zips up all the way around to prevent spills from leaking all over the inside of your diaper bag. The inside wipes clean in the event of leakage.
Wet Bags are great for storing wet items away from the rest of the diaper bag. Used diapers, wet clothing or damp bathing suits can all be tucked into the Wet Bag for safe keeping until you get home. The inside has two layers lined with a Polyurethane Laminate called "Baby Dry" for added protection, and the zipper top ensures that unpleasant smells will stay where they belong. Wet Bags are environmentally friendly, reusable and machine washable in cold water.
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Diaper Bag designers
- Petunia Pickle Bottom
Petunia Pickle Bottom specializes in creating baby chic diaper bags that put a twist on the classic clutch. They frequently offer exclusive collections otherwise available only at Nordstrom’s, as well as shoulder bags, backpacks and totes.
- Skip Hop
Although Skip Hop diaper bags are designed to be slung over the shoulder, they have straps that adjust to attach to the handlebars of any stroller. Their bags come in a variety of patterns and textures including canvas, corduroy and denim.
Fleurville manufactures a dozen specialty diaper bags like the stylish leather G-Luxe and the highly durable Mothership, a bag designed for moms who need to carry enough essentials for more than one child. Be sure to check out The SlipNot, a stroller
OiOi has a full range of sophisticated baby bags that can be shipped anywhere in the world. Their stylish tote designs are large enough to fit all your belongings, and they only make diaper bags so you’re guaranteed devoted customer service.
Fanci-Free makes a whole line of sleek, modern diaper bags in several different patterns, but you’ll want to check out their accessories. They sell insulated bottle and food holders, pouches for additional wipes or diapers, and a pacifier/key ring pa