Balancing Act

Check Out These Fashionable Backpacks that Make it Easier for Moms on the Go

By Annamarya Scaccia

If you’re a mom on the go, carrying a backpack is a necessity.

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to handle your infant in your arms while trying to dig through your gym bag to find their pacifier. You need a bag that allows you to store bottles, diapers, lunches, first aid kits, formula, food and so much more without being too bulky and heavy. Owning a rucksack that features cleverly placed pockets and a lot of inner space can make your life a lot easier when running errands or just simply going for a stroll through the park.

But if you’re also a stylish mom, you’re probably tired of the bland old mom-centric backpack that only takes convenience – and not fashion – into account. Never fear! There are a slew of chic backpacks out there for the mom on the go that combine panache with handiness. Just check out the list below for some ideas on accessories that will make mom and child look fabulous all year round.

calpakCalPak S Curve Polka Dot 18 Inch Lightweight Utility Backpack 

Available in deep red or sleek black with large white polka dots for both options, the comfortable CalPak S Curve Polka Dot 18 Inch Lightweight Utility Backpack features an air-flow back system, MP3 player earphone port, side mesh pockets for beverage storage, a large main compartment, self-repairing excel zippers for long-lasting use, and front organizer pocket for easy access to the necessities, like pacifiers or baby wipes.

Korus Aca De Grande Wheeled Backpack 

Constructed of newly-designed, lightweight fabric, the Korus Aca De Grande Wheeled Backpack makes carrying your important items during a trip to the park easy breezy – where it comfortably on your back or roll it around. It features an innovative easy-to-use wheel-to-hand mold that provides superior strength, and extra-long handles for taller moms. The bag includes a larger base for more space, a large main compartment and back pockets to keep shoulders straps safe when not in use, side pockets with Velcro closure to keep necessities safe, and two front pockets (one with a tabbed buckle closure, the other with a zipper) for easy access. Available in solids (navy, brown, beige and black) or plaid (blue pattern, pink pattern and black pattern).

J worldJ World Tiger Pink 18-inch Rolling Backpack 

The funky urban mom would just love the J World Tiger Pink 18-inch Rolling Backpack. Available in a multi-colored splatter-like tiger pattern, this hip rolling bag has a recessed three stage locking handle with push button for extra security, color-matched light weight rubber bottom for extra protection, padded grip handle, air mesh cushion padded shoulder strap and back with slip-in system for extra comfort, side mesh pockets, and organized front pocket with key fob, pencil holder and mesh pocket.

Amerileather Mid-sized Leather Backpack 

If you’re a chic city mom, then this Amerileather Mid-sized Leather Backpack is perfect for you. Made of top-grain cowhide leather with fully waterproof lining, the large, U-shaped top zipper opens to reveal a spacious interior. It also has a web carrying handle, fully padded attached back strap for comfortable transportation, two front zippered pockets, a mesh front pocket, key loop, and internal organizer. It can also be worn over the shoulder or on the back and is available in black or brown.

rock n momRock N Mom’s Bebe Mi Amour ‘Chic Blase’ Backpack/Diaper Bag 

Are you a rock star alter-mom? Then grab yourself the Rock N Mom’s Bebe Mi Amour ‘Chic Blase’ Backpack/Diaper Bag. With multiple inner storage pockets, insulated water bottle holder, large outside pocket with cell phone compartment, clear zippered pouch, and pacifier pod, this edgy bag can be used as a diaper bag or backpack (comes with adjustable, padded, hands-free shoulder straps and purse hanger). As for style, the outside is solid black and features an old school hearts-and-wings banner design on the top flap. Made of microfiber with a wipeable hot pink lining, this great bag also comes with lipstick holders for those moments when you need to refresh.

oioiOiOi Messenger Bag Diaper Bag in Black Floral Jacquard 

The poised and graceful mom would find a match in the OiOi Messenger Bag Diaper Bag in Black Floral Jacquard. Featuring internal pockets for wipes and nappies, this messenger diaper bag is an all-around simple piece with a gorgeous black floral design and yellow piping. As for convenience and durability, it has acacia interior and accessories, water and stain resistant woven jacquard fabric, a large padded micro fiber change made, insulated bottle holder, clear wipes bag, magnetic snap closure on front flap, water resistant nylon interior, carabiner key clip, protective metal feet on base, and two exterior insulated side drink pockets.

There you have it: six fashionable bags for the trendy mom on the go. Hopefully one (or more) of these choices fits into what you are looking for in a stylish but functional backpack.

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Friday, June 29, 2012
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