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8 Double-Duty Diaper Bags

We love a good bag. And we love a good bag that can do double duty even better, which makes these eight carryalls—from traditional diaper bags to souped-up carry-ons to versatile gym totes—some of our favorites. No matter your style, tend to your little one and to your fitness in equal measure.

  • Companion Satchel, TwelveLittle

    TwelveLittle’s roomy duffle-style quilted diaper bag ($200) has a sporty, broken-in feel and comes in a cheerful (and surprisingly neutral) teal hue. Made of water-resistant nylon with leather trim, it has pockets galore (six exterior, five interior, one on each side), a changing pad and a secure zip top.;

  • PureSport Sling Tote, Apera

    Apera, known for its antimicrobial technology, may not have created its PureSport Sling Tote ($110) with babies in mind. But with its waterproof base, easy to clean linings, ample venting, commodious interior and pockets that are as handy for holding, say, a swim cap and pair of goggles as they are a bottle, the bag goes both ways with ease. The top opens nice and wide; wear it on your shoulder or cross-body style.

  • The Kate, MZ Wallace

    Named for a mom of triplets, MZ Wallace’s the Kate ($395), which debuted in 2008, is a classic. Its water-resistant exterior made of coated Bedford nylon, zip top and gold hardware and zippers give it a chic feel, but the long straps (with a 10.5-inch drop), ample size (big enough to hold a 17-inch laptop) and pockets for everything make it utilitarian enough to hold all you need for a little one or the necessities for a gym visit.

  • Kessler Duffel, Tumi

    Tumi’s Kessler Duffel—available in olive (pictured here, $795) and hickory ($595)—is a splurge-worthy choice for holding baby items, gym gear and even the basics for a weekend getaway. Two large external pockets are perfect for flat items and an interior mix of open and zip pockets offers a variety of storage options. The look is streamlined and unisex. Carry it by the handles or sling it over a shoulder.

  • Eddie Bauer, Zen Tote

    Eddie Bauer calls its new Zen Tote ($70) the “ultimate gym bag,” and its configuration backs up that claim. Look for exterior side pockets, interior mesh pockets, an insulated inside pocket for a water (or baby) bottle and lashing straps to hold in a yoga mat or a changing pad. A detachable travel pouch can hold liquids and the like.

  • Duo Double, SkipHop

    A take on SkipHop’s Duo diaper bag, the Duo Double ($80) is designed specifically for a side-by-side stroller, attachable to the handlebars via the brand’s patented Shuttle Clips. Sixteen pockets offer a bonanza of stash-friendly real estate, which comes in ultra-handy whether you’re packing up the kids to go to the park or heading to a spin class. And the large size gives you even more room to play with.

  • Turbo Transit Pack, L.L. Bean

    We still have an L.L. Bean backpack from our college days, so it’s safe to say that the Turbo Transit Pack ($80) has the potential to a long time. Perfect for those who prefer a backpack style, it has a separate compartment at the base for shoes, workout clothes, bibs, blankets or even diapers. Made of ripstop nylon and constructed ergonomically (padded back panel, dual-density straps)—with a side handle for a third carrying option—it’s comfortable, too. The color pictured here (dark orchid) is available November 1.

  • Baby Travel Bag, LeSportsac

    Classically cute, the Baby Travel Bag ($150) has mesh inside pockets, a changing pad, outside pockets for diapers, insulated pockets for bottles and straps for stroller attachment. The charming animal print pictured here is a delight, but it also comes in an alternative zoo motif, hearts and simple black.

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