By Tegan Taylor

I’ll be honest — I’m not a huge fan of the baby bag. They’re heavy and bulky and seem to act like Bermuda Triangles for odd socks, loose sultanas and rogue Duplo pieces. But my least favourite thing about baby bags this is that they tend to look like, well, baby bags. Which can make them a big expense that you have little use for once the kids are out of nappies.

With some shrewd shopping, however, it is possible to find a baby bag that you’ll still love to use, years later. Here are some of our favourites.


The “It” bag with more

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Kate Spade New York Stevie baby bag $499.60

Yes, it’s a splurge, but this is a bag that will hold you in good stead for years to come. Aside from the gorgeous print and all the practicalities you look for in a diaper bag (change mat, waterproof lining, plenty of compartments), it’s chic enough to coordinate with a work wardrobe and big enough to double as an overnight bag. It’s an investment — that’s what I’ll be telling myself, anyway.



Baby bag or beach bag

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storksak colourblock tote $189.30

This colourblock cutie will look great hanging from the pram handles — as well as slung over your shoulder packed with beach towels and sunblock in a few years’ time. You can even use the built-in change mat as a place to plonk down items that you don’t want to get too sandy.



One for the boys

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Diaper Dude shoulder bag $71.71

Get your man to shoulder some of the gear-lugging responsibility with this totally manly baby bag. Once the kids are past the point of bottles and nappies, Dad will still want to tote this baby as a gym bag, complete with separate compartments for sweaty socks and insulated pockets for sports drinks.


Click here for 14 things you’ll need in your baby bag, and here for 10 ways to know that the bag you’re keen on will make an awesome diaper bag.


What do you love or hate about baby bags? And what will you look for in your next one?

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  • i actually love looking at baby bags – and I have no kids or plans for kids! They’re just great functional bags – but only if you can find one that doesn’t look like a baby bag.

  • There are two things I’ve kept from the baby years but only one of them is still in use and that’s the baby bag. I bought a backpack type Gr8X baby bag when I had my first son seven years ago. It had a smaller detachable backpack on the front of it which I have also used regularly. It’s been a gym bag and now accompanies us still on family outings. Best investment ever.

  • For my 2nd child I decided against traditional baby bags and bought myself the large Louis Vuitton “Totally MM” tote. It had 2 shoulder straps, plus I bought an extra, longer shoulder strap so it could sit nearer to my hip on the occasions when I needed to be able to delve into the bag whilst holding baby etc. It had 2 large exterior pockets (perfect for tucking some nappies, wipes etc into) and a couple of large interior ones, and it’s massive. It’s been indispensable and when travelling as the amount of stuff I can fit into it is insane! A completely justifiable purchase which will be a great hand-me-down to one of my daughters one day…

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