If you are the kind of new mum that looks to designers when choosing accessories for your baby, this this article is for you. Recently celebrities have guided us when it comes to picking out eye-catching pieces. I mean, who could forget those Missoni Bugaboo prams loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani? The thing is, with us mortal folk, accessories have to be both functional and gorgeous, and this is where designers can fail terribly or come into their own.
Diaper bags don’t just carry diapers, they are used for all the other things associated with having to tote around a baby, such as toys, juice, books and wipes. So bags have to be both strong, durable but look good too. It’s even better if they have handy compartments, so that you can easily separate items, and if they come with a changing mat, all the better.
Here are our top ten:
This limited edition diaper bag is enough to make me want to find a sperm donor and have a baby at 51. Gorgeous dusty blue backdrop and yes, I’m calling the white horses on the front unicorns people. Crafted from calf leather, there are loads of compartments inside, as well as a handy removable pouch that, personally, I would steal for a make-up bag. Stunning. Limited numbers and available in two designs.
Pretty bag here from Gucci that comes in pink or blue. Made from canvas with leather trimming, exterior pockets are elasticized, closes with a zip on top and has an adjustable strap. There’s also a handy changing pad.
We love this understated bag from Burberry. The signature check only present on the top of the bag, whilst the luxurious grained tan leather makes the statement for you. Features include exterior and interior pockets and a nice padding on the strap where it sits on your shoulder.
If you are the sort of new mum that wants a functional bag with no frills but looks pretty stylish in a contemporary sort of way, this one from Armani Junior ticks a lot of boxes. Made from durable polyester in navy, it features a baby eagle print, has an adjustable shoulder strap and bag handles, several inside compartments, an exterior changing pad that is zipped on and an insulated bottle. Bargain we say!
This diaper bag comes with a luxurious quilted texture and features lots of plus points. There are hidden pockets on the outside, five on the inside, elacticated pockets for bottles and a removable changing pad. Leather trims with drawstrings complete the look and you can also fasten this bag to your stroller.
Don’t like pretty, girly bags with flowers and cutesy animals on them? This biker bag from Marc Jacobs might appeal to you then. It comes in three different colours, black (shown), pink and grey, all in nylon with leather trims. Plenty of space inside with top handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. A zipped outside compartment that you can remove and comes with a changing pad.
Kate Spade has made a range of baby bags, including a classic navy striped and a delightful one with baby turtles featured on the front. This is our favourite by a long shot though. Mummy swan followed by her cygnets in woven nylon and leather. In pink and black with 14 karat gold plated hardware.
Don’t want other people to know you are carrying diapers around with you? Stick this Fendi bag over your shoulder and they’ll be none the wiser. Features Fendi’s signature print which will put the most dedicated fashionista’s off the scent, and comes with shoulder plus stroller straps, outside bottle compartments and includes a changing mat.
Cute but practical bag here for moms of a new daughter. Shoulder strap is adjustable and removable and there are also bag handles. Tons of zippered pockets inside and out, made from sturdy washable nylon and includes a changing mat.
Finally, we really like this practical yet stylish diaper bag from lifestyle guru Rachel Zoe and Quinny. Inspired by Zoe’s jet-setting lifestyle, this bag is crafted from cognac leather and black and white fabric to give a nostalgic nod to a bygone age of travel. Features an adjustable shoulder strap, which allows you to wear the bag as a backpack, and the bag itself is a cooler bag and includes a coordinating changing pad and a waterproof pouch.