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What are some cute diaper bag alternatives?

Diaper bags are usually roomy tote or duffel bags designed to store the namesake diapers, baby bottles and more. The kind of bag that is right for you really depends on your baby's age and particular needs.

If you are worried that the available diaper bags out there put you in dowdy mummy territory, you should feel free to use non-baby-specific tote bags instead. Just look for roomy bags that are easy to carry and to access, and which suit your pre-baby style. After all, becoming a mother does not mean losing your sense of self, or style.

Here are five bags we think could work for your diaper bag needs.

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1. VAMASTYLE BAG

$65, from www.thewyldshop.com

This blue polka-dotted tote is designed as a beach bag but will work equally well as a baby bag. It comes in a waterproof coated canvas material with a bright pink interior, and features deep side pockets that would fit baby bottles easily.


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2. MOLTON TOTE

$210, from www.ka-pok.com

This roomy tan canvas tote has cool, dual-use rope handles that are both functional and interesting. Use the long handles to carry the bag over your shoulder come baby time, or hold the short straps when your hands are free.


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3. LE SPORTSAC BAG

$215, from B1-12A Ion Orchard, available by the end of this month

The tote is from the Le Sportsac's upcoming collaboration with Rifle Paper Co., the stationery label known for its sweet and whimsical illustrations. The floral tote comes in signature nylon, which means it will work as a nice and light baby bag.


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4. ALDO TOTE

$89, from www.zalora.sg

This geometric perforated bag has a very wide opening, which will make grabbing baby things a breeze. The cut-outs and the polyblend fabric also keep the bag light and easy to use.


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5. ALEXANDER WANG TOTE

£143 (S$287), from www.theoutnet.com

For those who prefer to carry less, this simple white tote may be a good option. It stores less but is made of a silicone material, which means spills or accidents can easily be wiped clean.

LESLIE KAY LIM