Category: Cool Diaper Bags

Orla Kiely inspires spring handbag lust

Okay, so I have a decent sized crush on designer Orla Kiely. I have only owned one of her bags which I bought with a Christmas bonus, and I wore it to death. I am holding out until my next birthday for a replacement, however her spring rhododendron pattern is really making me wish September was sooner. The Orla Kiely rhododendron bag comes in 3 colors as I have discoverd through my ebay stalking, though her website only shows granite and poppy, both stunning! And the granite is a nice alternative to black if you have trouble leaping to color,...

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Chic new diaper bag alert!

Chic and diaper bag are not two words you see in the same sentence very often, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare the new offering from Timi & Leslie just that–chic! The Charlie bag, from one of our favorite designer diaper bag labels, is made from a very realistic feeling faux leather and comes in six stylish shades. I happen to love the goes-with-everything light brown and the Hermes-esque tangerine shown here. Charlie’s accessories are what make him stand out from the crowd. And helps justify the cost. You’ll get a changing pad...

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Finally, a cool backpack diaper bag

I have nothing against backpack diaper bags. In fact, with four kids in tow, I completely understand their usefulness. I just haven’t yet found one that fits my style. And while I can’t say I’ll be trading in my beloved leather bag anytime soon, I’m definitely digging the new 2 in 1 backpack diaper bag from CMP fave Timi & Leslie. If you are an avid backpack diaper bag fan, then you’ll probably love this bag. And if you haven’t yet jumped on board yet, you’ll find it pretty intriguing. The Timi & Leslie 2 in 1 convertible backpack...

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Diaper bags that go beyond the diaper phase

Having a baby right at the change of season is very dangerous for my wallet because it’s far too easy to rationalize a new diaper bag purchase. Something swanky. Something current. Something that makes me feel more stylish and less enormous and leaky than I’m actually feeling these days. The brand new Nest Dexter Diaper bag may be that very thing. I’m talking myself into the Nest Dexter Diaper bag as we speak, although it’s not quite as pricey as some of the other designer bags that start at least a good $100 more. And what you get with...

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Looking for the non-diaper bag diaper bag?

Just when I think I’m over diaper bags, I see the new It diaper bag and I think I must have it. However, what I really need is a non-diaper bag diaper bag. In other words, one that functions like a diaper bag, but really is just a cool bag. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] The Carina Collection by Clava has a few sporty handbags that fit the bill. With their roomy size and plenty of pockets, they can hold and organize all my stuff–including the diapers. It’s made from waterproof, coated canvas (good news for...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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Couture diaper bags without the couture prices

I’ve owned my fair share of diaper bags, and I’ve definitely got a sweet spot in my heart for the huge, honkin’, very pricey bags that might just fit all your personal belongings and your baby. But by the same token, it’s just not feasible for me to lug something like that around, especially with three kids and another on the way.   [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Thus, my infatuation with the Diaper Satchel from the Everyday collection at Momma Couture. This is a bright, sporty nylon bag that could easily pass as your everyday purse,...

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Timi & Leslie – taking the diaper out of diaper bags

The season has definitely changed around here, which means I’m putting away the sweaters and long pants, and switching handbags. Of course this leads to much hand wringing considering I’m completely attached to my super great, but very wintry, brown leather bag. But I have to say that I’m digging the new line of diaper bags from Timi & Leslie, which, unless you dig through the bag itself and discover diapers, just looks like a fantastic spring/summer handbag. My personal fave, the Hannah Diaper Bag (pictured), is awesome. I love the super trendy and versatile metallic tones (which by...

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The nursing bag that’s like little magic elves are carrying your sippy cups

I have a very valuable piece of information that I will share with you. It’s the Number One Thing that you should consider when buying a diaper bag, and it comes from a mother that has had at least quadruple the number of diaper bags as I have had kids.  Your number one consideration should be: How much does the bag weigh before I load it up with wipes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, toy cars and princess cell phones? Because I promise you, no matter how much you like the look of a bag, if you feel like you...

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Just because it’s a diaper bag doesn’t mean it can’t be grown up

Here’s why I hate most diaper bags: So many of them are made with the baby in mind, not the mama. They have ducks or sailboats on them, and they don’t have any place for your own gear. But Ellington’s Hannah tote, that’s different. It isn’t necessarily a diaper bag; it’s a tote, designed to carry files or a small laptop — or all the diaper gear and snacks and stuff that it takes to get out the door with a baby or toddler or kid of any age, really. The inside is divided by a zippered center pocket,...

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Getting your diaper bag or handbag organized for the new year

This is the second in a series of sponsored posts about organization for MomAgenda, makers of fabulous looking, smartly designed organizers including the ultra swanky Personal Portfolio, which has been called the Cadillac of MomAgendas. Cadillac should be honored. One of the things we like to do as the new year rolls around is get our handbags and diaper bags better organized. Time to toss the wayward pennies and dump out all those Cheerios crumbs that are littering the bottom and end up under your nails every time you dig around for a spare binkie. (We know, it’s hard...

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Wear your seatbelt

During my days as a funky bottle-cap belt and Chuck wearing singleton, Harveys seatbelt bags made from actual seatbelts were it. And apparently, they still are, but now for the hip baby mamas. While their exclusive Camo bag (my fave) is pretty sizable, I love how it’s not ridiculously deep. Which means it’s roomy but not to the point where you’ll feel like Mary Poppins reaching into her carpet bag when you need to find a binky. And you’ll find plenty of pockets, plus a coordinating changing pad, just in case you want to feel like you’re carrying an...

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Need more justification to get a Bugaboo? Try their new partnership with (PRODUCT)RED.

It’s turning into good cause day at Cool Mom Picks, which is just okey dokey by us.  In this case, it’s Bugaboo, whose Frog stroller saved this Brooklyn mama from three years of curbs, cobblestones, and car-eating potholes, and the noble cause: The (PRODUCT)RED Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa for families and children. Through BUGABOO (PRODUCT)RED, the company is launching the snazziest special edition denim-canopied Chameleon stroller, which we got to admire (and drool over) at the ABC show last month. There are also some great new accessories and a swanky, very well-designed leather diaper...

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The Mad Men diaper clutch

Smaller diaper bags and diaper clutches tend to be sporty, so if you prefer something more stylish and on trend, you’re often left to fend for yourself with a small purse stuffed with baby stuff, praying that the bottle doesn’t leak onto your not-quite-waterproof lining. Well, small chic bag lovers, let me introduce you to the beautiful new Petunia Pickle Bottom Cameo Clutch from their “Cake” line, which looks like it was stolen right off the Mad Men prop table. (You did watch the season premiere last night, right?) I’m always hearing a lot of chatter about the PPB...

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I can bring home the bacon, I can wipe your butt with one hand

My childless co-workers are intrigued by my ability to open almost anything with one hand. I did not possess these mad skillz when I was a new mom. So while the diaper clutches from Kristi G Diaper Bags touted the “EZ-Wipe System,” I was apprehensive. (And not just because it sounded like something more suited to a car wax than a chic accessory.) As it turns out, I admire the bag’s modern look, stylish cloth and fancy-schmancy G hardware, and seriously, one-handed wipe removal. Zippering it all back together does take two hands, but by that time, the poop...

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Prepacked hospital bags? Reader Q&A

Can you recommend a service that offers hospital bags with wonderful goodies for a new mom? I loved the goodies inside the one I received last year and now my daughter uses the bag as her ‘overnight’ bag for all our trips. -Christina We’ve searched high and low for prepacked hospital gift bags that are full of useful–and tasteful–goodies for moms. And so far, our favorite has been the maternity bags from Babytime Bags. The very cute tote contains everything from flip flops (SO essential) to a handy nightstand clock, as well as stuff for baby from brands we...

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The diaper bag for fall (with emphasis on THE)

All this back to school shopping for my daughter has gotten in the mood for fall. And for me, that means pulling out my favorite boots and looking for a brand new diaper bag. We’re already huge fans of the Baby Kaed bags from mom Lavinia Lobo, and now her new Noimoy diaper bag, with the fashionable quilted faux leather, is the perfect fall bag for moms like me who like the roominess and pockets of a diaper bag, but don’t need to haul their entire nursery with them. In fact, it’s a great for moms of toddlers who...

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Diaper bags that look like nothing of the sort. Which seems to be the point these days.

It’s hard to believe a few short years ago, a diaper bag looked like (gasp) a diaper bag. Today, diaper bags are allowed to look like clutches, like hobo bags, like totes – pretty much anything besides something actually designed to help you manage the intestinal functions of your infant. Well Timi and Leslie claim to have started that trend, and whether it’s true or not, their convertible designer diaper bags certainly do fit the bill. The Mod and Parisien (shown) styles are probably my favorites, with sleek modern (and thankfully lightweight) designs that skip the fussiness of decorative...

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The Cool Mom Picks bag of the year turns diaper bag

Both Liz and I espoused the greatness of Crystalyn Kae’s Soiree bag – so much so that it was our pick for Cool Mom Picks Bag of the Year in 2008. So when we found out that she made a few changes to her original design to turn it into a diaper bag, well we just had to share. It’s still the same slouchy, stylish and versatile bag we love, with soft vegan leather and vintage fabric kick pleats. But at the request of a loyal fan and mom-to-be, the designer has added a slew of handy pockets and...

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Go from diaper bag to diaper bag without another diaper bag

Considering my bag addiction, now infamous with my husband and our credit card company if not all of you, I can’t believe I’m about to tell you how to avoid buying another diaper bag. Thanks to the Pishposh Mommy quick zip bag, you can turn any decent-sized handbag you own into a diaper bag in about two seconds flat. Even this season’s hobos, which are rarely stellar in the lots of pockets department. Just pop in the attractive quick zip bag which has a a water-resistant lining and pockets inside and out. You’re done.  Best of all, when you...

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Designer diaper bags get a floral pick-me-up

I was just thinking it’s been a while since I saw any fun new diaper bags to get excited over, and then CMP fave Hedvig Bourbon goes and reads my mind and creates well, some fun new diaper bags to get excited over. The trendy Brooklyn designer’s trademark Lucas stroller totes now come in two Marimekko-esque prints that are so bright and colorful and springy, I’m looking at my black patent leather number and feeling a little morose. The bag’s got all the snaps and pockets and flaps that you need, plus a dandy leather strap that hooks on...

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Fanny pack 2.0

When I first saw the hands-free bags from Jupiter Freedom, I figured they were mostly for athletic types and young hipsters, and not for a busy mom of three who’s sort of married to her diaper bag. But then I gave it a whirl one afternoon when I was out at the park with my kids and I’m definitely singing a different tune. These smart, swanky arm bags feature a small pouch for your keys, change, phone (or iPod), as well as a removable card and money case. Slide it up onto your arm and adjust the elastic with...

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The diaper bag that carries everything including the baby

While I swear by slings and baby carriers for making my life easy and my hands free, they are not made for moms who like to carry a diaper bag. And while I’ve tried to stuff a diaper, some wipes, and my keys in those teeny pockets a few of mine come with, for anything other than a quick trip to the grocery store, that just doesn’t cut it. But now that the Kemby Sidekick has entered my life, my hands, arms, and– get this– shoulders are completely free. It’s a unique diaper bag that can actually double as...

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Sometimes you feel like carrying a diaper bag. And sometimes you don’t.

I’ve seen my fair share of diaper clutches, but none like JJ Cole‘s new Tactic Changing Purse, a diaper changing pad that makes a smart new addition to their super line of parenting products. Unlike the other diaper clutches I’ve used, the Tactic doesn’t fold out into a changing mat, but contains the mat within an easy-to-clean coated fabric bag that’s completely PVC and pthalate free. The zippered back pouch will fit a diaper, a modest wipes case, and a onesie or two (if you’ve got a tiny babe), and the adjustable strap allows you to strap it to...

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Cross packing the hospital bag off your list

We’ve come across a few prepacked maternity bags and I have to say the idea is generally better than the execution. The bags often have these huge ugly logos on it that say something awful like NEW MOMMY ON BOARD and they’re filled with stuff that sounds good but you’ll never actually use. Exfoliator? I’m sorry, after I gave birth the last thing I considered was a luxury skin sloughing in the nasty hospital shower. The maternity bags from Babytime Bags were developed by two moms who obviously gave it a lot of thought. The cute quilted tote contains...

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Chic diaper bags priced so you can afford the diapers too

Who was the evil mastermind that convinced moms they needed to schlep around gigantic, ugly quilted diaper bags in order to carry baby essentials? Personally I like bags like this Everyday Bag from Christy Studio, which is stylish enough to swap out the diapers for a laptop and a good read when you are out sans infant. All Christy’s bags are handmade from materials like cotton twill, canvas and designer fabrics and even the interiors are cool–check out the Chotto Tote which is lined with a beautiful Japanese print. Oh, and did I mention that they have ample pockets...

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Pinnington Bags – A celeb fave that we can get behind

A few years ago, this handbag fanatic would have fallen over had someone told me I’d be hoarding diaper bags, but considering how amazing they’ve all gotten, you might understand my obsession. And since finding the Bohemian inspired Pinnington Bags, I’m thinking you’ll not only understand my point of view you’ll probably find yourself in my camp. Designed by Carly Liberatore and completely handmade, these bags combine function, fashion, and fabulous fabrics in an extremely artistic way. On one hand, you’ll feel like you’re carrying a work of art in head-turning patterns, but on the other, you’ll definitely be...

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A bag that brings your work and your babies together in one

Yes, I’m an avowed bag fanatic, but that doesn’t mean I want to carry a second one for my laptop along with my diaper bag. However I had yet to come across a hybrid diaper/laptop bag that I’d actually carry until I discovered the classic Vert Tote from Acme Made. Okay, so it’s not really a diaper bag at all, but this sharp tote bag can definitely work as one, particularly if you loathe diaper bags that scream “mommy.” I’m loving the bright red canvas paired with the chocolate leather, along with the reasonable amount of pockets, extra strap...

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Diaper bags get a makeover with oilcloth, believe it or not

I’ve come across enough leaky bottles, squished tubes of diaper cream and spilled snacks to realize that the stuff of mothering should be strong enough to be hosed off in the backyard. Michele Sommer and Yvette Yelardy of Boston-area MY Oilcloth understand this too and have used their smarts to create a chic line of bags, purses and totes made out of oilcloth to repel water and shrug off goo and glop. I’d use the spacious Wide Tote, with its two interior bottle holders, as a diaper bag, but it will still be a great bag when diapers are...

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Diaper bag organization gets a fashion forward facelift

Long before Cool Mom Picks, I was a big fan of diaper bags that made a statement beyond “I wipe poopy butts all day long.” But after treating myself to something pretty, I soon discovered pretty didn’t necessarily keep me any more organized. Fast-forward six years, and I’ve found SoYoung Mother, makers of a diaper bag that not only looks fabulous, but was designed entirely with organization in mind.  Created by Catherine SoYoung Choi, these bags feature a shallow bottom and clear and mesh pockets to make it much easier to find whatever binkie or saltine packet you’re frantically...

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