Babies require a lot of gear to go out, even for a few hours, meaning a quality diaper bag is an investment every new mummy needs to make. When preparing for my son's birth, I decided not to listen to the ladies who'd told me to invest in a great, classic bag and instead reached for a cheap bag with a childish print which I had to replace within a few months. Why? For one, it fell apart. Then there was the fact it had almost no pockets. And of course, it wasn't very stylish so I didn't like carrying it.
Like most things, diaper bags can range in price from the reasonable to the absolutely ridiculous. I've rounded up a bunch of bags for every price-point and style, because your diaper bag should be as cute as your baby.
At the end of the day, my best advice to any mom-to-be (or anyone gifting a mom-to-be) is this: If you'd never buy yourself a purse covered in teddy bears or airplanes, don't buy a diaper bag covered in teddy bears or airplanes. A quality bag in a classic style will take you well past the baby days and into the years of playdates, school book fairs and beyond.