Don’t let

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim Cook

sticker shock de­ter your sec­tional pur­chase plans. Re­mem­ber, you’re not buy­ing one piece but sev­eral pieces that work as one, writes Marni Jameson.

In gen­er­a­tions past, the ar­ray of baby para­pher­na­lia needed by new par­ents was car­ried in cum­ber­some totes of heavy plas­tic, of­ten em­bla­zoned with prints and pat­terns that spoke more to in­fants than to adults.

But the style stork has de­liv­ered some smart-look­ing new op­tions for moms and dads, with clever features to match.

The di­a­per bag — what some have termed “the mo­bile nurs­ery” — typ­i­cally has a bunch of com­part­ments that are good if you’re su­per-or­ga­nized but can be frus­trat­ing if you’re in a hurry to find the wipes, teething gel or paci­fier.

Many new de­signs have fewer pock­ets, or con­sist of sev­eral sep­a­rate mini bags. The best de­signs still have clever places to stow damp and messy things, and your phone and keys.

Spill-proof pock­ets, a chang­ing pad and a few easy-to-ac­cess com­part­ments make any out­ing less rig­or­ous, so here are a few bags to con­sider: |

and chang­ing pad, all printed with a neu­tral­hued boho pat­tern that give it style chops be­yond baby­hood.

of­fers mul­ti­p­iece match­ing sets, avail­able at Wal­mart, that in­clude a padded chang­ing pad, var­i­ous ac­ces­sory and bot­tle cases, and even a small purse.

col­lec­tion in­cludes bags with hound­stooth, linen and her­ring­bone pat­terns, leather trim and a mono­gram­ming op­tion. Here, too, are designer op­tions from Justina Blak­eney and Monique Lhul­lier, as well as baby-gear life­style brand Skip Hop.

of Ven­tura, Calif., says that found­ing her brand, Pe­tu­nia Pickle Bot­tom, be­fore she had kids made the com­pany her first baby. The line in­cludes bags with global, flo­ral and col­or­block prints as well as solids. With an in­te­grated chang­ing pad, mag­netic clo­sures, and ma­te­ri­als like glazed can­vas or ve­gan leather, th­ese are trendy yet prac­ti­cal.

based in Costa Mesa, Calif., come in an ar­ray of fash­ion-for­ward ver­sions in­clud­ing anime pat­terns; saucy, black and gray flo­rals; cool coastal mo­tifs; and an artsy Chee­rios print. The ma­chinewash­able bags have two in­su­lated pock­ets so you can keep your own bev­er­age cool while baby’s bot­tle is in the other. Pock­ets are lined in light-col­ored, an­timi­cro­bial ma­te­rial so you can find things eas­ily. Tiny bot­tom pocket holes al­low crumbs to drain out. Quiet mag­netic clo­sures (in­stead of Vel­cro) won’t wake baby.

There are also bags de­signed for fa­thers. Th­ese are a lit­tle more ma­cho than a car­rier with danc­ing Dis­ney char­ac­ters or gam­bol­ing lambs.

Some dads like the back­pack style, which avoids sore shoul­ders and makes it eas­ier to lug the baby or other items up front. Plus you can ask your walk­ing part­ner to re­trieve some­thing from it with­out hav­ing to stop and drop.

Quik­sil­ver’s util­i­tar­ian black Daddy Day­bag has an in­su­lated front pocket for wa­ter or ki­dlet’s bot­tle, a tablet pocket and a fleece­lined hang­ing pocket.

An­other no-non­sense op­tion: Seat­tle-based Kin­built’s clean-lined di­a­per bag. With quiet-close zip­pers, no ex­tra­ne­ous buckles or flaps, a wa­ter­proof bot­tom, a clever stay-open de­sign struc­ture, and handy cards to list contact, medicine and al­lergy info, this bag also fits tidily un­der air­plane seats.

If you’re up for some­thing re­ally de­signed for tough baby-tend­ing bat­tles, check out Tac­ti­cal Baby Gear, founded by Bev Brodie in Bluffton, S.C. His mil­i­tary-styled Deuce 2.0 bag made of rugged ny­lon can be cus­tom­ized with patches, as well as pouches that at­tach with mil­i­tary­grade MOLLE web­bing. Bags are avail­able in black, gray, coy­ote brown and camo.

Other witty items in the line: a chang­ing mat printed with “drop zone” and a tar­get, and a com­pact, wash­able “dump pouch” for dirty di­a­pers.

POT­TERY BARN KIDS

Designer Justina Blak­eney’s Ti­gress di­a­per bag at Pot­tery Barn Kids pairs one of Blak­eney’s sig­na­ture boho prints with thought­ful features like a mag­netic clo­sure, dog clip, and both han­dles and shoul­der strap for car­ry­ing op­tions (pot­tery­barnkids.com).

BRIAN MARK PHO­TOG­RA­PHY/PE­TU­NIA PICKLE BOT­TOM

Pe­tu­nia Pickle Bot­tom’s Boxy Back­pack is pic­tured here. The brand’s features in­clude built-in chang­ing sta­tions, wash­able chang­ing pads, in­su­lated sec­tions and mul­ti­ple car­ry­ing op­tions (pe­tu­nia.com).

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