I’ve received a lot of questions about diaper bags, and what I’ve been using. I finally got the chance to take some pictures of my most frequently used bags for baby – and, since he’s now three months old, I feel like enough time has passed that I have some experience about what truly works for me as a baby/diaper bag.
The first thing to note here is that I did not buy a dedicated, actual “diaper” bag. I actually think these are really cool, and have bought a few as shower gifts (usually the Skip Hop Duo), but I’ve spent such a scary amount on my bags that I think it’d be truly wasteful not to try to incorporate some of my existing ones into the baby rotation. Below are the ones that I’ve been using most, since Baby Feather came on the scene!
First up – The Hermes Garden Party.
I love the Garden Party style from Hermes. The all leather versions are great work and casual totes, but I have a soft spot for the canvas and leather combinations. They’re just so light and easy!
Mine has definitely been a go to – it holds a ton, and can be hand held or go on the shoulder. The one drawback is that it’s just an open tote – no pockets, or anything else. But most of my baby stuff is in two pouches, which I easily throw into whatever bag I’m using for the day. The most important pouch? My Skip Hop mini changer – it holds diapers, wipes, an extra onesie and a bib. Basically everything I need for a quick trip out with baby. Here, you can see how much space it takes up in my bag.
Second is my most frequently used diaper bag/tote currently – the Daily Battle, by Faure le Page.
I first discovered Faure le Page a few years ago while walking doing some shopping nearby (it’s quite close to Goyard, Chanel, Hermes…you get the drift!). It had the most cool window display (there was a knight outfit!) and I had to go inside. I loved the classic “house” print that was used on many of the accessories and bags, and bought a few accessories. Last year, I added the Daily Battle above, in Medium, after I found out I was pregnant. It was just an excuse really to pick up a tote, but it’s been so useful ever since! I love my Daily Battle – the strap is adjustable, and the inside fits my diaper pouches easily, along with all the other essentials I need. I’ve never found it to be lacking space, and the tote is super light.
Faure le Page currently doesn’t have an online presence or a boutique in the USA, but you can order by contacting them through their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The final tote that I use, is one that likely needs no introduction – the Longchamp Le Pliage.
The Le Pliage is such a useful bag, and yes – I’ve also been using it as a diaper bag too! I love that it has a zip top and the fact that it’s super soft and flexible. That means that I can easily stuff it underneath the stroller when I need to, or toss it into the trunk without items falling out.
Those three just about cover the major diaper totes in my arsenal. There is, however, one other bag that I’ve considered indispensable in the past few months – this little Balenciaga Hip crossbody.
I love this little bag, and it perfectly stores my essentials – a wallet, sunglass pouch, iPhone, keys, and a lipstick. The leather is quite flexible too, and I can easily fit it into any of the three totes I mentioned earlier. I usually wear it on my body, but I can also tuck it into my bigger bag as well. Having it allows me to keep my essentials on me and easy to reach, and also makes it easy for me to transport them from tote to tote.
I’d highly recommend this little Balenciaga Hip to anyone looking for a small crossbody bag for the essentials – including new mamas!
I hope this post was informative to some of you out there looking for diaper bag options, and for those just plain interested in great totes and mini crossbody options (I know there’s been a few questions about Faure le Page, for example!). Please also share what you used for a diaper bag – I’d love to know!