How to Find Your Perfect Match in a Baby Bag

How to Find Your Perfect Match in a Baby Bag

By Alexandra Whiting   |  

"I'm a backpack person, but my partner loves a convertible."

I don’t remember agreeing to it, but when you become a mum it seems you put down your handbag and don’t pick it up again for several months. Instead, you stuff your cards and phone in your pockets and the baby bag becomes your to-go item whenever you want to leave the house (also whenever you can’t find something). Your baby bag becomes a big staple of your day-to-day life, so it’s important to find a style that fits everything you need, works well with your other baby kit and makes you feel good using it.

The Tote

Parent Vibe: Everything you need at a glance.

Don't like to be restricted by compartments? Prefer everything where you can see it? A tote style baby bag is great for chucking everything in, being able to open it (fully) and grab anything when you need it. These styles usually sit on your shoulder when in use, so opt for something lightweight like the Vestirsi Monica Bag (just 1.2kgs). It's the perfect shape to slide under the pram, or load up with shopping if you just need to grab a few extra things.

Great for: When your organisation style is “orderly chaos”.

Outing style: Off in the car to a playdate or whizzing around the shops with the pram.

The Caddy

Parenting vibe: Keep the essentials close.

If your pram caddy is loaded right, you don't have to take much else! Wipes, a single nappy, a water bottle, a snack and your phone and you're off! The caddy lets you be active and free (well, as free as you can be pushing a pram) when you’re getting around the playground (sometimes you have to go down the slide too), but still keep your valuables close.

Great for: Being the parental safety net when you want to walk the dog, grab a coffee or burn off some steam at the local park.

Outing style: Out for a good time not a long time.

The Backpack

Parenting vibe: Practicality is king.

A backpack means action. You can have everything you need, without any restrictions. You can even wear the baby carrier with a backpack strapped on. Our new favourite is the Alf The Label Luca Backpack. Made from eco-nylon and vegan leather, it's wipe-clean, lightweight and full of compartments.

Great for: Bags that stay with the kid and are used by multiple parents.

Outing style: The world's our oyster (until nap time).

The Work/Baby Bag

Parenting Vibe: Also know as a "convertible", these are part baby, part work bags, and often have multiple ways of wearing (backpack/crossbody/handbag). Sometimes you need a bag that does both. A chic-baby-bag-come-briefcase lets you wear your multiple hats and always have what you need. For this, we love the Mina Baie Kinney Convertible or the Alf Ted Tote. For a real looks-like-a-handbag-handles-like-a-baby-bag, the VESTIRSI Simone Bag can't be beat. It looks smart and stylish in the boardroom and cool and practical at music group. It’s such a classic, like a Birkin (but nowhere near as expensive), so you’ll use it far beyond your pram-pushing days. In years to come it could hold goggles, sales reports, sleepover invites and a laptop that answers emails for you (it’s the future, you never know).

Great for: When each parent has their own baby bag.

Outing style: Everywhere I go, you’ll be there.

The "Insert Baby Bag Here" Insert

Parenting vibe: Can’t I just use the bag I’ve already got?

Of course you can! If you already have a shopper or tote you love, you can totally make it your baby bag. Wish it had more compartments? Add an insert, like The Nappy Society Original Insert. With separate compartments, five hidden pockets and two insulated bottle pockets, this thought-of-everything style slips straight into your existing bag. Oh, it also comes with a padded change mat, a card holder and key holder. So basically, it turns your old shopper into something Q would design for Bond.

Great for: When you want to still feel like you and use what you have.

Outing style: Baby, you’re coming to lunch.

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