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For Moms in Motion

For Moms in Motion
By Dasha Peipon

There are plenty of minor complications we, parents, face daily, when out and about with our little ones: locating clean bathrooms, preferably with a changing station, making sure the destinations are child-friendly, and stroller-accessible. Not to mention all the items to bring: enough food and drinks to last for the whole day (sometimes you wish there was enough for a week!), changes of clothes for everyone, blankets, towels (if it’s splash pad season – you KNOW you’ll encounter one when you are least prepared), diapers and wipes, sunscreen, sanitizer, bug repellent, first aid kit, age-appropriate entertainment for those times you wait in line or get stuck in traffic. And how are we supposed to carry all that and still keep up with busy toddlers?

The question is, how do we eliminate unnecessary stress factors to focus more on what really matters: enjoying our children, that is.

We asked a few local moms about the items they carry in their bags, the challenges of maneuvering all the baby-related essentials and the things they would like to do differently.

Tiina Bynum, a mom of three boys, carries two bags – a large purse for herself and a smaller diaper bag the boys can carry themselves. Even though the purse is supposed to be for “mom needs”, it ends up with a lot of kids’ items anyway, and there are just not enough pockets to keep everything organized.

Sarah Maruszak, a mom of a preschooler and a 6-month-old, carries a large tote for all the baby essentials, but has a hard time finding what she needs quickly. “I wish I had an organizer inside for better functionality. It’s also pretty inconvenient to carry a large heavy tote on one side and balance a baby on my hip on the other side”.

A mom of three, Kimberly Sumrall found what works for her: “My youngest is two, so we have moved from a traditional diaper bag to a backpack that she can carry herself. After the first child I decided to use a backpack style myself, because it gave me more freedom to move about as opposed to a shoulder strap bag”.

Kimberly’s solution sounded practical, so we decided to take a closer look and find the most optimal styles of backpacks, specifically designed for parents with young children. We hope these reviews of a few of our favorites will be helpful to moms and dads who like going places. Let nothing stop you from exploring the world. Certainly, not the inconvenience of a tote bag!

 

Dasha Peipon’s first diaper bag was a non-functional, non-practical and non-cute messenger style bag with cartoon elephants on it. Two kids and four bags later, she finally switched to a backpack.

 

Citi Navigator by Citi Babies

www.citibabies.com

What we love about it

It is stylish (for both mom and dad) and very lightweight. The fabric is durable and waterproof. It has a built-in insulated compartment for milk bottles and snacks. Parents will find this extra helpful: a side quick-access “tissue pocket” with a slot for those emergency nose wipes! Stroller straps and changing pad included.

Our favorite feature

Laptop pocket! (Perfect for a “business mom” who uses baby’s nap time in the park to get her presentation planned.)

 

Bodomint

www.bodomint.com

What we love about it

This one can be worn as a traditional backpack or as a messenger bag – the choice is yours. It is SUPER spacious and SUPER stylish, it has a cool urban vibe and comes in a variety of universal neutral colors that go well with any outfit. It doesn’t look like a diaper bag at all! The only thing giving it away: diaper changing pad inside (and we are so glad it’s there!). Stroller straps sold separately.

Our favorite feature

Hidden magnetic closures on pockets (no snapping or zipping – it’s like magic!).

 

Boundless Charm Diaper Bag by Humble Bee

www.humble-bee.com

What we love about it

It’s expandable! A regular-sized bag quickly transforms into a large bag (to 25% of its capacity, to be exact) by unzipping the bottom. Reflective accents increase nighttime visibility. Extra-large insulated pocket (with ice-packs included) is a great alternative to carrying a separate lunch box. Stroller straps, changing mat and changing kit for wipes and diapers included.

Our favorite feature

Built-in wet bag! (It solves the problem of wet swimsuits or dirty clothes.)

 

Boss Backpack by Itzy Ritzy

www.itzyritzy.com

What we love about it

This bag has the most comfortable straps and looks very pretty and feminine for a backpack. It is rather spacious and has 17 (!) pockets for efficient packing and organizing. It has two large insulated bottles holders and a special pocket for valuables that is felt-lined for extra protection.

Our favorite feature

Rubber-lined bottom. (You know how bags will frequently tear on the bottom from regular wear? Not gonna happen with this one!)

 

Robyn Backpack by Babymel

www.babymel.us

What we love about it

This one is super stylish, comes in a variety of colors and prints and is very functional for ultimate organization. It’s made from durable canvas and has a heart-and-dot embossed wipe clean lining inside. Included are machine washable padded changing mat and insulated bottle holder that keeps bottles warm or cool. Built-in easy-wipes side pocket with laminated Velcro flap keeps wipes clean and helps prevent drying.

Our favorite feature

So versatile! The built-in convertible multiway strap with integrated stroller straps is really convenient. Wear it on one shoulder, across your chest, in one hand as a purse or on your back. You can switch it up, depending on the style you prefer. With jeans and tennis shoes, wear it as a backpack. If you have your work suit on, carry it as a purse.

 

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