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Diaper bag decisions: My top six chic and practical bags

After using a messenger bag with B (with way too few pockets and it would burst open/spill out much too often), we have decided to buy a solid diaper bag for this baby. I think a diaper bag is our best bet with a 3-year-old and newborn, plus I’m embracing everything mama-related this time as this will likely be our last baby. I’ve been searching and searching because, although I care deeply about a bag’s look, I need something practical and useful.

After a ton of searching, asking other moms for their thoughts (and boy did I get some AMAZING help from friends and readers/Facebook followers), reading hundreds of reviews, I have narrowed down our search to these six oh-so-chic and practical bags. One of these is pretty much not going to happen because the price is just too high, but I still included it because of the reviews, the look etc… it makes the cut.

Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall in black. I included the yellow just so you could see the details better, but would purchase black to go with most everything in my wardrobe. This is probably one of my favorite options.

Skip Hop Duo in grey French Stripe. I’m worried it’s just too deep, but I like it and it gets decent reviews plus great reviews from friends. One negative-it doesn’t zip shut.

Timi & Leslie Rachel bag in Caramel.

Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel in black on sale now at Macy’s. A top contender for sure, this black bag features all of the great pockets and organization I’m looking for in a black stylish design.

Marc Jacobs Eliz-A-Baby Nylon diaper bag in black. Marc Jacobs. Diaper Bag. Enough said. Everyone who buys it loves it. It looks great. It’s classic. It’s also double (if not triple) my budget. Not happening, but dreaming. :)

Babymel Crossbody in navy stripes. This was the very first bag I had my eye on when I started searching months ago, but the reviews are quite mixed. The biggest complaint is the lack of pockets-something I care a lot about this time since it will stash stuff for our new guy, our big boy and me. I’d love to keep things organized well.

Tell me about your diaper bag experiences. Did you have a favorite? Did you hate the one you chose (like I did)? Did you go a completely different route-a regular bag? What about these? Does one stand out to you? Thanks for your thoughts!

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15 Comments on Diaper bag decisions: My top six chic and practical bags

  1. Jana
    March 18, 2014 at 9:31 am (218 days ago)

    Looks-wise I was also drawn to the Babymel but the lack of pockets would be a huge downside for me as well. I feel like the Nylon Marc Jacobs is super practical. My diaper bag always had spills on the inside (and out) and Nylon should clean up super easy.

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm (218 days ago)

      Isn’t it a great looking bag? I especially love it for summer, but I think it’s out of the running now. And of course, I’m too cheap for the Marc Jacobs bag. :(

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  2. Cassie
    March 18, 2014 at 10:02 am (218 days ago)

    Such a tough choice! LOVE the Marc Jacobs, but yes so hard to drop that amount of $$ on a bag! I have a skip hop that I use all the time (gift from ^ Jana :)) as well as a kenneth cole backpack style I use mainly when traveling with babes. Now that the littlest guy is almost 1 (!) I throw diaper/feeding supplies in my regular everyday MJ bag.

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm (218 days ago)

      So hard, but I do think the PPB option is a good second choice. I’ve heard great things about Skip Hop. Oh decisions, decisions…

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  3. Megan
    March 18, 2014 at 11:01 am (218 days ago)

    OMG…I think I wasnt the Timi & Leslie Rachel bag…does it matter that I’m not even expecting??!! LOVE that bag :)

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  4. Megan
    March 18, 2014 at 11:01 am (218 days ago)

    *want

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  5. Leah
    March 18, 2014 at 11:49 am (218 days ago)

    I think the petunia pickle bottom bag is my favorite!!! In grey. Although I have an obsession with black so my second favorite would be the Marc Jacobs bag! Although the tim and leslie bag in caramel is AMAZING. Oh boy, too many great options! Can’t go wrong! Good thing I don’t need to make the decision! :)

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm (218 days ago)

      I’m leaning more and more towards that one now too. I struggle with the price, but I think it may be a great option. Thank you!

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  6. Molly
    March 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm (218 days ago)

    I love the Marc Jacobs bag. I’m actually on the verge on buying it right now to use as a travel bag. They’re all very cute though. Good luck!

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm (218 days ago)

      Such a great idea for a travel bag! I always feel gross after traveling so having something very washable is perfect!

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  7. Molly
    March 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm (218 days ago)

    *of

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  8. Ann
    March 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm (218 days ago)

    Skip Hop. Hands down. Cute {not THE cutest, but still very simple, modern, goes w/ everything}. I have the duo which is my all time favorite. Used with with my first, still my favorite with the second {and I have a bag obsession and have a bunch!}. You don’t need the zip, it just means you can shove more crap in it and the pockets are heavenly! Also can use as a crossover which is great w/ 2 kids versus only a shoulder strap. I also have the skip hop grand central in black which is great for being gone all day. The space is amazing w 2 kids, but I think the duo is my favorite every-day-go-to bag! Good luck!!! :)

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm (218 days ago)

      So glad to hear you love it! The Skip Hop options are much better in terms of price. Struggling. So much.

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  9. Ashley
    March 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm (218 days ago)

    I own and LOVE the Marc Jacobs Eliz-A-Baby diaper bag in black and am obsessed…still…after 15 months of carrying it around. It is definitely a splurge in the pocketbook department, but extremely worth it in my opinion. It’s super functional. Has a ton of compartments and a zippered area inside, as well as a zippered closure at the top. I love the short and long strap, so you have the option to carry messenger style or just over-the-shoulder. Really easy to keep clean, since it’s nylon. And it makes hauling around a bulky diaper bag feel cute and fashionable! I am looking forward to seeing how it functions as both an infant and toddler bag when I have a second child, but I have a feeling it will do just fine. There are two bottle holders (one at each end of the bag), so that will work well for a toddler sippy and a bottle. If you can’t live without it, I say splurge away! Look at it this way, when you use it for a year, it’s basically only a dollar a day! And you’ll probably use it longer than that. Ok, that’s enough of an experiential/sales pitch from me! ;) lol

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    • Jessica
      March 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm (218 days ago)

      So good to hear you love it! I would definitely need to LOVE it if I got it, but I’m having a hard time with the price. Since I could buy two or three of some of the others for the price, it’s scary. Might have to stop by and go through yours one of these days. I’m ordering everything online to save myself time so seeing it in person would be really nice. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this!

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