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Top 25 (Non-Ugly) Baby Diaper Bags That Don't Actually Look Like Diaper Bags (2015)

Top 25 Non-Ugly Baby Diaper Bags That Don't Actually Look Like Baby Diaper Bags

Choosing a Diaper Bag:

If you fall into the category of the type of mom (or mom-to-be) who does NOT want to stroll around town carrying an extra-large bag over your shoulder that screams, "THIS IS A DIAPER BAG! CAN'T YOU TELL FROM THE BRIGHT PINK AND YELLOW FLOWERS AND THE NYLON MATERIAL?", then this post is for you.  This post is different than the Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items because this post focuses exclusively on the diaper bag itself.

Is your diaper bag ugly?
You may be wondering how you can determine whether or not your diaper bag is ugly (and therefore determine whether it "screams" when walking into a room).  Your ugly diaper bag will distinguish itself from a normal purse or tote through its overly-stated patterns, pastel-colored designs and presence of animal characters and flowers.

The Real Reason That We Buy Ugly Diaper Bags:
Why do we buy such ugly diaper bags?  For whatever reason, by the time "baby registry day" comes around, our ability to distinguish between good fashion from bad fashion often has already disappeared when it comes to diaper bag selection.  Instead of picking a color or style that we actually like ourselves, many of us decide that we should incorporate those cute little pastel-colored zoo animals from baby's nursery into the theme of this brand new, and often expensive, diaper bag that we will be using every day for the next several months.  (I made this mistake when I picked out my first diaper bag, and if you are like me, then you WILL get tired of carrying around a bag with pink and purple giraffes on it, every day.)

Practical and Stylish Diaper Bags:
This last week, my good friend found out that she is expecting a baby and she asked me to put together her baby registry.  I have had so much fun putting it all together for her.  For the last three days, I have exclusively focused my time on "diaper bag research" (and yes, "diaper bag research" is an actual thing).  My goal was to find a diaper bag that doesn't actually look like a "diaper bag," and that was both: (a) practical and large enough, and (b) that disguised itself as an adorable and fashionable purse or tote.

Here are my favorite diaper bags:
(Note:  Don't forget to share your favorite diaper bag by commenting on this post!)

Top 25 Baby Diaper Bags

1. Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall

1.  Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall
Link:  Petunia Pickle Bottom Cafe Carryall

2. Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag
2.  Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag
Link:  Urban Mom Stylish Diaper Bag - Tote Style

3. Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag
3.  Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag
Link:  Kate Spade New York Basic Nylon Stevie Baby Bag

4. OiOi Carry All Diaper Bags
4.  OiOi Carry All Diaper Bags
OiOi Carry All Diaper Bag

5. timi and leslie Jessica Diaper Bag

5.  timi and leslie Jessica Diaper Bag
Link:  timi and leslie Jessica 7-Piece Diaper Bag

6. JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)
6.  JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)
Link:  JJ Cole Baby Bag (Cafe)

7. timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag
7.  timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag
Link:  timi and leslie Dawn Diaper Bag

8. Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag
8.  Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag
Link:  Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Legacy Collection Diaper Bag, First Lady

9. Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote
9.  Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote
Link:  Ju-Ju-Be Super Be Legacy Collection Zippered Diaper Bag Tote, Queen of The Nile

10.  JJ Cole Caprice Diaper Bag
Link:  JJ Cole Caprice Diaper Bag

11.  Babymel Cara Stripe Tote Bag
Link:  Babymel Cara Stripe Tote Bag

12.  Kate Spade Classic Spade Adaira Baby Bag
Link:  Kate Spade Classic Spade Adaira Baby Bag

Top 12 Must-Have Clothing Items for a Newborn and Baby

 Top 12

Must-Have Clothing Items for a Newborn and Baby
A critical element of surviving the first 12-weeks with your newborn baby (and maintaining your sanity) revolves around practical, efficient clothing for your newborn. If you're a first-time mom, knowing what those clothing items can be difficult to predict until you actually have a newborn, which is why we put together this list of newborn clothing items that made our life substantially easier. Don't waste your money and/or store credit on newborn clothing items that you will not actually use. Below is a list of clothing recommendations for your newborn. For more must-have gear for your newborn baby, see Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.

Top 12 Must-Have Newborn Clothing Items

1.  Footie Pajamas with Zippers
Links:   Organic Cotton Interlock Footie - With Zippers 

Footie Pajamas (With Zippers)

Emphasis on the zippers Using footie pajamas with zippers for your baby, as opposed to buttons or snaps, will make the world of a different to you in the middle of the night when you change your baby's diaper and don't feel like aligning and snapping ten different buttons.  Finding and aligning ten different buttons when you are sleep-deprived and standing in a dark room at 3:00 AM is annoying.  The Gerber Sleep N Play Zip Front Pajamas are a good, reasonably-priced choice, and the Organic Cotton Interlock Footie - With Zippers are great if you're looking for organic cotton material.

2.  Side-Snap Bodysuit Onesies, Long-Sleeve

Link(s):   Zutano Boys Side-Snap and Kate Quinn Organics Kimono Bodysuit and Zutano Girls Side-Snap


Side-Snap Onesie Bodysuits (Long-Sleeve)

Side-snap onesies, such as the Zutano Print Long Sleeve Wrap Body, help take the pain out of dressing your newborn because you don't have to worry about pulling a shirt over your newborn's wobbly little head.  Remember: they must be SIDE-SNAP onesies.  

3.  Side-Snap Bodysuit Onesies, Short-Sleeve

Links:   Zutano Short Sleeve Wrap, Jungle Dream  and Zutano Short Sleeve Wrap - Stars 
Side-Snap Onesie Bodysuits (Short-Sleeve)

Don't forget to grab a couple of short-sleeved side-snap onesies, such as the Zutano Unisex-baby Infant Stars Screen Short Sleeve Wrap.  I like to keep a few long-sleeved and a few short-sleeved on hand, but if your baby is born in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, I'd focus on the long-sleeved side-snap onesies; whereas if your baby is born in the middle of July in Phoenix, Arizona, then I would gear towards the short-sleeved onesies (depending how how cold you keep your air-conditioning unit).  Personally, I had a few of each the short-sleeved and the long-sleeved, because indoor heating and air conditioning can make a pretty big temperature difference.

4.  Nightgowns 

Link:  Baby Soy Kimono Bundler
Nightgowns (Side-Snap)

Nightgowns are great because they don't require buttons or zippers.  The Baby Soy Kimono Bundler has an extra bonus because they are side-snap (allow you to by-pass the scariness of dealing with your newborn baby's wobbly little head).

5.  Side-Snap T-Shirt

Link:  Babysoy Kimono Tee
Side-Snap T-Shirts

Clothing changes and diaper changes do not get easier than Side-Snap T-shirts.  The Babysoy Kimono Tee are fantastic summer outfits for days when a full outfit is not needed, such as days when you lounge around your house (which may very likely happen quite often when you have a newborn).

6.  Dresses With Built-In Bodysuit (for Girls)
Link:  Carter's Girls Bee Polka Dot Sunsuit Set

Dress With Built-In Bodysuit

Since I am not motivated nor organized enough to keep track on microscopic-sized baby bloomers, I really love and strongly prefer "rompers" (a.k.a., sunsuits), such as the Carter's Girls Bee Polka Dot Sunsuit Set, because the "bloomers" are sewed into the outfit (so it's basically a dress that is secretly a onesie).  That way, you never have to worry about loosing a pair of bloomers.  I love dresses for my daughter, but as she transitioned from a newborn to a toddler, I tried to make sure that I brought her out with "bloomers" underneath her dress whenever we went out in public.  I would order the Carter's Girls Bee Polka Dot Sunsuit Set at least one-size up - that way it will last all summer.

7.  SwaddleMe Velcro Blankets

Link:  Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets 
Summer SwaddleMe Blankets

My baby loved to be swaddled, so Swaddle Blankets are a definite must-have in my book.  Swaddle blankets with built-in Velcro, such as the Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blankets, are significantly easier to handle than traditional swaddle blankets - Velcro swaddle blankets are certainly more "user-friendly" when it comes to first-time, inexperienced moms.  I personally felt like the Velcro helped to make the blankets significantly safer than non-Velcro blankets because there was a lot less worry about the baby undoing the wrap.  The Velcro in the makes the swaddling process significantly faster and easier for tired moms and dads.  

8.  Summer Sun Hat (with chin tie)

Link:  Zutano Candy Stripe Sun Hat, Orange and Zutano Candy Stripe Sun Hat, Blue 
Chin Tie Baby Sun Hats

Don't forget to cover up your bald babies little head during the summer with a sun-hat.  I like sun-hats that have strings that have chin ties, such as the Zutano Sun Hat, Orange (or the  Zutano Sun Hat, Blue), because one of my baby's favorite things to do was to take her hat off and throw it (the ties help keep the hat on baby's head).

9.  Cozy Winter Hats

Links: Mud Pie Baby-boys Infant Football Hat (left) and Trumpette Minnie Hat - Pink (middle) and Zutano Cozie Fleece Hat (right) 
Cozy Winter Hats

Don't forget winter hats for your little one who is born in the winter season.  Again, I personally do not think you can go wrong with baby hats that have ears, but that could very well be a strange personal preference of mine.  The hats shown above are from Amazon, but I have found that has a ton of absolutely adorable hats that are reasonably priced.  

10.  Cotton Newborn Hats 

Link:  Baby Booties and Hat (Pooh Bear)

Cotton Newborn Hats

Don't let your newborn baby's head get cold!  Cotton newborn hats are part of the fun of having a baby!  I am personally obsessed with any baby hat that has ears - newborn hats with ears are so cute that whenever I see a baby wearing a hat with ears I experience a temporary moment of insanity and start considering having another child.

11.  Long-Sleeve Onesies (12-24 months)

Link:  Carters 24-Month Long Sleeve Bodysuits 
Carters 12-24-Month Long-Sleeve Onesies

Once baby gets older and you no longer fear the newborn his wobbly neck during changing time, it's time to graduate to "over-the-head onesies."  We love the Carters 24-Month Long Sleeve Bodysuits for Girls (and Carters 24-Month Long-Sleeve Bodysuits for Boys).  We love these bodysuits because they are (1) reasonably priced, (2) versatile (i.e., easy to match with most colors of pants), (3) easy-to-wash (i.e., easy to treat stains), and (4) have soft/comfortable fabric.  And (5) the neck of these onesies is wider than other onesies and easy to stretch which makes is easier to pull over baby's head during changing time.

12.  Short-Sleeve Onesies (12-24 months)

12-24 Month Cotton Short-Sleeve Onesies

For short-sleeved onesies, we like the American Apparel Infant Baby Rib Short Sleeve One-Piece (these are more pricey than Gerber, but sometimes go on sale), because the neckline makes for easy on-and-off changing.  A lower-priced short-sleeved onesie that we really liked was the Gerber Short Sleeve Onesie Variety Pack.  The Circo brand from Target is also great (economical and extremely soft).

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