I know I’m probably in the vast minority, but I’ve never been much of a purse lover. I could justify buying a zillion pairs of shoes or new tops, but I will rarely shell out money for a new bag. Nearly all of my purses have been gifts because I will seldom ever buy one for myself. Once I find one that I like, I usually carry it until it’s worn out or I’m gifted a new one. I know this makes my mom cringe because she’s a huge purse lover, but they’ve just never been my favorite accessory.
When I was pregnant with Hadley 2.5 years ago, I splurged on a Kate Spade diaper bag that closely resembled a purse (an important quality to me at the time) when it was on sale during their Kate Spade surprise sale (surprise.KateSpade.com <—- keep an eye out!). I’ve loved and carried it ever since, and though it’s still in remarkable shape, it’s time to be retired.
I need something that’s not only a little bigger now that’ll I’ll have gear for two girls on board, but I also want something that can either convert to a backpack or a cross-body bag. I find shoulder bags very uncomfortable when I’m toting around a day’s worth of toddler gear.
Because I know that whichever bag I pick will be “it” for a long while (probably a couple of years), I’m okay splurging a little bit more as long as I’m in love with it. A mother’s diaper bag becomes like an arm, so I want to make sure that I not only love the bag that I choose, but that it’s just as practical as it is attractive.
Here are a few I’ve narrowed my search down to.
1 . Petunia Pickle Bottom ‘Embossed Boxy’ Backpack Diaper Bag | 2. Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy Collection; First Lady | 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack in Central Park Special Edition; Black & Gold | 4. Timi & Leslie, Rachel 7 | 5. Waterproof Arrows 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag | 6. Dapper bag Longmont <—owned by my friend Lauren! Cool, huh?!
What qualities are “must haves” for your diaper bag? What’s your favorite line of purses in general?
Hi! I’m a proud Army wife and mom to two little girls (ages 1 and 4), and I love sharing our lives with you. I blog all about motherhood, our time in the military, our travels, our meals, my fitness journey, my fashion favorites, and so much more. I truly enjoy sharing it all! I can’t get enough of birthday cake ice cream, weekend sunrise runs, or making my girls belly-laugh. I write almost daily about my family’s lives, and though I like to keep things light, I also share the messy parts too. Welcome! So glad to have you around. I’m active on Facebook and Instagram and would love to communicate with you there!