Cool diaper bags for hip moms

Feb 21, 2009 at 12:40 a.m. ET

Hip moms want a diaper bag that has as much style as they do. Just because you are having a baby doesn't mean you have to give up your style for a pastel, cartoon-character embossed monstrosity slung on your shoulder. No way! Today's diaper bags come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and fabrics so new moms can express their individual style and still tote all the things baby needs.

If you are getting ready for baby, you've probably been scoping out the diaper bags in stores and online. Before you give in to the best of the worst at your local mega-store, check out these bags which can help you channel your inner hipster, satiate your country chic lifestyle or match your designer desire.


Whatever your style, there is a diaper bag out there for you.



You didn't give up your 7 for All Mankind jeans just because you were pregnant - you just switched to the maternity version. You swoon for the cute tops at A Pea in the Pod and carefully chose the few you have. You OiOi's Hobo Diaper Baghave no intention of letting your inner fashionista down no matter what life changes you undergo, right?


These fashion forward bags are for you.


If you are looking for a chic tote that doesn't even whisper diaper bag, check out OiOi's Hobo Diaper Bags. The bags have clean lines and include accessories like a wipes case and bottle insulators. Available in everything from Pompei Red Leather to Chocolate Herringbone to Midnight Blue Morrocan, there is a look for just about everyone. Prices start at $60 for Pink Herringbone and go up to $250 for the leather ones.


Beijo's Rockin' Mama bag

For a bag worthy of a rock-star mom, check out Beijo's Rockin' Mama bag. Your inner hipster will go crazy for the pearl-toned, studded bag with a built-in, fold-out changing pad. Unfortunately, if you want one, you need to find a local purse party to attend, or at least a local seller. The Rockin' Mama bag is $95.


If you swear by your Coach, no worries, they have a bag for you too. Coach's Mini Signature Multipurpose Tote has life beyond the baby years so the $398 doesn't seem so shocking. The changing pad doubles as a protector for your laptop once baby has outgrown the diaper stage.


Country chic

You love your polo shirts and covet twinsets. You envision rocking on the porch, covered with a warm blanket with your baby curled on your shoulder. You love life in the country and it shows in everything you do, decorate and wear. Fear not, there are simple and sweet bags to match up with your comfortable, easy going style.


Land's End

If country is your style, check out the diaper totes available from Lands' End. The canvas bags are slimmer, smarter versions of the ubiquitous Lands' End totes with more pockets to organize on the go. They are cute and perfect for packing for daycare, camp or grandma's house.


If that's too simple for your taste, check out the Alexis Diaper Bag from Kirsten James Handbags. It's a roomy bag with space for everything that comes with a coordinating changing pad, and has several organizing pockets inside. Prices start at $69 for Pink Dahlia and Happy Paisleys, a bright pink and green bag that's perfect for summer.


Vera Bradley is in on the diaper bag designing wave too. Her soft tote has the same warm sensibility as all of her quilted bags, but it's designed to hold bottles, pacis and more. They retail for about $95, but can be found on sale for half that price (including on Vera's site right now).



Just for dads

Moms aren't the only ones who need to need to step out with their kids, so they shouldn't be the only ones with hip diaper bags. Fortunately, they don't have to be. DadGear makes diaper bags that are designed for men with cool features like built in wipes containers, thin changing pads that fit perfectly into their spot and guy-inspired designs. Prices start at just under $70 for the preppy courier bag and hover around $100 for the hipster messenger bags and billboard series.


Also check out the urban hipster bags from Diaper Dude. With a variety of messengers, waist-packs and more, these bags have spaces for everything and emphasize easy access. Prices start at an ultra-affordable $36.


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