11 Stylish (& Storage-Friendly) Bags for Moms, No Matter What Stage of Life You're In

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Did you bring the snacks? Extra diapers? Enough wet wipes to bathe you and your kid in if all hell breaks loose? Sure, your daily carry might look a smidge different than it used to, but that doesn’t mean you have to relinquish all style for utility. Here, ten fashionable handbags spacious enough for hauling your essentials.

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1. The Surprisingly Roomy Mini Backpack

  • Why We Love It: dirt- and water-resistant, weighs less than ½ pound, includes three pockets, available in several colors and patterns

Gen Z may be raving about Fjallraven’s backpacks on Tiktok, but in-the-know moms have been swearing by the mini size long before the app’s launch. It’s just the right size to stow diapers vertically, and you can comfortably fit four, a pack of wipes, a snack, a bottle, and your phone, keys, wallet and gloss without straining to zip it up.

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2. The Canvas Tote + Packing Cube Combo

Why We Love It: The tote’s available in four sizes and two depths, extra sturdy construction, packing cubes make transitioning to other bags easy

A thick canvas tote is the kind of go-anywhere bag every mom can use, whether she’s toting groceries, commuting from work or planning a full day out. But that massive compartment can equate to a lot of rummaging, which is why several editors say they pair their bags with a set of travel organizers: one for diaper needs, one for snacks, one for, well, whatever else you want to keep contained.

convertible backpack

3. The Convertible Backpack

  • Why We Love It: water-resistant, includes changing pad, multiple pockets

OK, so this one is technically a diaper bag. But it looks nothing like the clunky bags that scream “I have milk in here!” The straps convert it from a backpack into a crossbody or shoulder bag, and it has tons of interior pockets for things like bottles, snacks and diapers.

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Kate Spade

4. The Tidy Crossbody

  • Why We Love It: pebbled leather construction, three pockets, adjustable strap

Congratulations, Mom: You survived potty training! You’re also starting to tote less on each outing, which means you deserve to treat yourself to a stunning little bag that’s compact yet loaded with organizational options. At seven and a half inches wide, this Kate Spade number is just wide enough to hold your phone, keys and tissues, but where it really excels is its three pockets and six card slots. Sometimes less really is more—particularly when everything is in its place.

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5. The Zip-top Leather Tote

  • Why We Love It: adjustable shoulder strap, zip top to prevent spills, includes an interior smartphone pocket

Loved by moms and non-moms, this tote one-ups all your previous work bags with a convenient shoulder strap. Plus, it’s made with real leather, so it will last long after your diaper bag-carrying days are behind you.

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6. The “it” Bag

  • Why We Love It: made of vegan leather, available in several colors, structured shape helps you look polished (no matter what you’re hauling)

Dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin,” Telfar bags have become a status symbol for Brooklynites and celebrities alike, and for good reason: They look sleek, they’re roomy and they’re structured. The shopping bag styles sell out just as quickly as they’re dropped—look out for the bubblegum pink launch on May 5—but you can often snag one secondhand via resale sites like ebay, Poshmark and StockX.

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7. The Belt Bag

  • Why We Love It: keeps hands free, compact size, includes changing pad, vegan leather construction

You already spend enough time hunched over a screen—give your shoulders a break (and free up your arms a little) with a belt bag. Kibou’s hybrid diaper bag won in our inaugural Happy Kid Awards for its minimalist design, and we stand by its Mary Poppins-like ability to hold everything from Band-Aids to diapers and wipes in one 11-inch pouch. (Plus, the fold-out changing pad, while small, is great for last-minute changes.)

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8. The Insulated Backpack

  • Why We Love It: Includes insulated bottom pouch and bottle holder, large enough to hold breast pump, adjustable shoulder straps

The mod, color-block details make this a diaper bag you’ll actually want to carry; the roomy, insulated bottle pocket and bottom half make it one you won’t want to leave the house without, especially in those baby’s-perpetually-hungry first few months.

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Tory Burch

9. The Bucket Bag

  • Why We Love It: top handle and crossbody carrying options, ultrasoft microsuede interior, contains two pockets

You’ve crossed over to the phase where your nights and weekends are dominated by your kid’s games, practices and clubs. You deserve a roomy bucket bag that’s just large enough to hold an emotional support water bottle, snacks, a tablet and a good book, so you can avoid bouts of hanger (and, let’s be real) boredom, in case that Saturday morning practice runs long.

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Dare to Roam

10. The Ready-for-anything Belt Bag

  • Why We Love It: Sporty design, antimicrobial finish, three pockets, adjustable (comfy!) strap

Fact: Life is messy. That's why we love the Dare to Roam Outrider Belt Bag. Its made of 100 percent recycled nylon that's coated in an antimicrobial finish, preventing bacterial growth. Which makes it a godsend when that Gogurt in your bag springs a leak, or you're dashing through the rain (and don't have a chance to let the bag dry out properly), or a host of other problems that arise when you're always on the go. Plus, this roomy belt bag features a hidden zippered pocket on the back for keeping your cash and/or keys extra secure.

quilted tote
MZ Wallace

11. The Quilted Satchel

  • Why We Love It: easy to clean, nylon/leather construction, includes removable pouch and key clip

We get it: Messes are inevitable. And if it feels like everything you own these days is splattered with something (paint! Spaghetti! Slime!), this is your saving grace. The quilted nylon is easy to wipe down when things get wild. Oh, and it comes with a removable interior pouch (which is also easily washable), so you can transfer items from bag to bag without triple-checking that you have your kid’s favorite binky.

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