5 double-duty bags that will make your life easier

Expecting and new moms LOVE diaper bags! First and foremost, this purchase is for mom to use when baby arrives (unlike many of the other items on your registry, which are just for baby!). Second, mom gets to pick it out and have it represent her own style. Before going out and spending a ton of money on a designer name diaper bag, it’s important to take these tips into consideration:

Is the bag easy to clean? You want something that can be washed and easily be wiped clean. Liquids spill, and the last place you want them to be is on the inside of your $500+ cotton designer diaper bag.

Are there a lot of pockets? With baby in tow, your load nearly doubles when you leave the house. Having a lot of pockets helps to organize both mom’s and baby’s items.

How heavy is the bag? As noted above, your load is about to get heavier. If the bag is heavy to begin with, it will be even harder to carry once you fill it up.

Make sure to check out these all-star diaper bags to add to your registry:

Skip Hop Signature Duo

This bag is on the smaller side, but it is gender neutral and provides all of the space really needed to pack without overpacking. It has 10 pockets and a zip closure—and can even hold a laptop. $65

LeSportsac Ryan Bag

This bag is the lightest on our list and one of the most practical. It’s washable and holds EVERYTHING. Starting at $138.

TWELVELittle Unisex Courage Backpack

This brand is the ONE we would possibly splurge on. It’s sensible and stylish, spacious and comfortable. With a padded laptop sleeve, any mom or dad can use this bag for years to come for both baby, work, travel and more. It goes the distance. $210

Diaper Dude Messenger Bag

This bag works for both mom and dad and comes in a variety of colors. Its ergonomic design makes it easy to carry cross-body style. $64.99

Newlie Lily Tote Diaper Bag

From the creator of Timi& Leslie, Newlie is a brand new stylish, functional and affordable diaper bag line. The best thing about this diaper bag is that it doesn’t look like one! New moms can use one bag for everything—work, weekend AND baby—without having to go back and forth. All the pockets and features on Lily also make it functional through the toddler years. $99

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