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Ditch the diaper bag: 5 Fabulous bags for moms of toddlers

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Stylish alternatives to a boring diaper bag!

Don't sacrifice style to pack all that baby gear! Choose these stylish choices for transitional go-anywhere diaper bags.

As a mom of a tot, you need a carry-all that will house all the essential toddler gear that's required for an outing with your little one. A great bag doesn't have to look "mommyish" — these days bags are big on style! The ultimate bag should do double duty — be large enough to carry everything needed, but stylish enough to transition to a tote you can take to the office or around town as you do errands.

Ikabag Messenger Tote

Ikabag Messenger Tote

The water-resistant messenger tote from Ikabags is a great choice that's reasonably priced at $79. Sturdy striped canvas in navy and white gives it a fresh and fashionable nautical look, but it has plenty of room for mommy essentials with pockets to tuck wipes and sippy cups into and a roomy main compartment that will hold diapers and other toddler gear. It offers plenty of space for your wallet, cell phone and cosmetic case too. Carry it as a tote or adjust the straps for the ease of a shoulder bag.

Target Taupe Tote

Target Taupe Tote

At $69, Target's Taupe Tote has a leather look but is really a durable vinyl that wipes clean and shrugs off spills. Big and roomy with plenty of interior space, the neutral taupe color makes it an excellent choice to coordinate with clothing in every season. Styled long and lean, its capacity for carrying a lot of baby-and-tot necessities is deceptive — it looks like a fashion-forward tote with leather handles and sleek lines and would be appropriate for the office but is equally comfortable on the playground.

StorkSak Gigi Diaper Bag

StorkSak Gigi Diaper Bag

A little more pricey at $230, the Gigi Diaper Bag by StorkSak became wildly popular as soon as Angelina Jolie started carrying it! This roomy tote-style diaper bag is made of nylon satin and comes in black or a rich chocolate brown with sturdy tan leather straps.

Abby Deco Daisy Bag

Abby Deco Daisy Bag

Vera Bradley's Abby Deco Daisy Bag is blooming with style in a pretty and practical dark floral print. The primary colors give it designer pop with navy and white flowers on a red background. There's a subtle sheen to the quilted cotton fabric, and it opens wide to load the roomy interior with all of your kid gear and personal items. Other prints are available starting at $68.

Forever 21 Shoulder Bag

Pockets galore embellish this practical shoulder bag by Forever 21, and at $38 it's a stylish steal! Textured black faux leather dresses it up, and the multiple zippered outside pockets are detailed with metal hardware. It features plenty of compartments to hide all the baby or toddler needs you have to carry and zips completely so nothing spills out. Pockets are graduated sizes, so there's a tidy spot to stash your cell phone and keys and still have easy access.

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