ROAD TEST

Whether you’re hit­ting the pool, the park or the zoo, th­ese triedand-tested must-haves will help you en­joy your week­end bet­ter.

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Week­end es­sen­tials for mums: di­a­per bags, wa­ter bot­tles and flip-flops.

MOST MUM-FRIENDLY

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.

MOST LIGHT­WEIGHT

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.

MOST HANDY

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.

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