Whether you’re hitting the pool, the park or the zoo, these triedand-tested must-haves will help you enjoy your weekend better.
Weekend essentials for mums: diaper bags, water bottles and flip-flops.
JU-JU-BE B.F.F. IN FLOWER POWER, $230, FROM MATERNITY EXCHANGE, SOON LEE AND WWW.PUPSIKSTUDIO.COM Not the most chic-looking bag, but uber-practical. It’s easy to pack (diapers and wet wipes stay in place), comfortable to carry, and has well-positioned pockets. The bright yellow, not-too-deep interior also makes it easy to find things.
The compartments are in just the right places – my favourites are the small zippered one for my mobile phone and two inner ones for milk bottles. The outer pockets are not big, but they stretch to hold my rotund half-litre bottle snugly.
It’s the only diaper bag with detachable straps that turn it into a backpack. But it is more comfortable as a shoulder bag. It gets bonus points for its soft, waterresistant material and insulated bottle pockets, as well as for having the plushest changing mat.
GREAT FOR DADS
JJ COLE COLLECTIONS SYSTEM 180 IN NAVY DROP, $129.90, FROM MOTHERCARE This tall and geeky-looking bag fits an arsenal of books and a tablet, to entertain the little one. Made of coated nylon on the outside and polyester on the inside, it’s sturdy and holds up well. It also sports the biggest and most well-padded shoulder strap, although it lacks a short handle, which would be useful.
As the main compartment is deep, small items occasionally get lost in it. Its slim side pocket holds a tall milk bottle, but not a short and round one. It has card compartments too, and a changing mat with a handle and two pockets.
STORKSAK TANIA BEE IN BURNT ORANGE, $229, FROM MOTHERSWORK Made of light, water-repellent nylon, this bag is easy on the shoulders, especially for mums who need to put a lot in it. It’s roomy – and floppy – but comes with inner pockets to keep milk bottles upright. What we also like: it’s stylish enough to use as a casual tote.
It has two straps, including a detachable shoulder one which is a little too long for me even at its shortest. Useful accessories include an insulated bottle holder, a key chain clip (inside the bag) and a changing mat.
SKIP HOP DUO IN CHEVRON, $99.90, FROM KIDDY PALACE, MOTHERSWORK AND OG The stars of this bag are its pockets. The main compartment and two outer pockets have magnetic closures, so there’s no need to fumble with zippers. It also has two shallow zippered pockets that are just right for small items like your mobile phone, keys and hand sanitiser.
This polyester-canvas bag is heavier than the others tested, and deep enough to hold a tablet. It’s also sturdy and easy to pack things neatly into. A well-cushioned, detachable (easy to wash!) shoulder pad ensures that the rather rough strap doesn’t chafe your shoulders. Other practical touches include an unobtrusive short handle and a soft, easy-to-wipe changing mat.