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Meet Your New Mom Bag: These Are Our Favorite Totes and Backpacks

written by JESSICA WELSH

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mom approved totes and backpacks

I’ve been obsessed with bags for as long as I can remember. My mom always tells me that when I was little, my favorite things to play with were her purses—and grocery bags. Apparently, I loved to just walk around the house and put all my things in bags and then carry them with me wherever I went.

I have to say, even as an adult, I’m still obsessed. I love to shop for bags because no matter what season it is, no matter how you’re feeling on a particular day, and no matter what kind of outfit you’re wearing, a cute bag always makes your look *that* much better. All this to say, I would consider myself highly qualified to round up our favorite—mom-approved, of course—totes and backpacks that will fit everything you need (and more). Below, check out 20+ of the cutest bags to shop for right now.

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Totes

Nordstrom
Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet

If you're someone who can't decide on just one color, this 2-in-1 reversible tote is the perfect option.

3 colors available

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madewell leather tote
Madewell
The Zip-Top Medium Transport Leather Tote

Whether you're running errands or just out and about, you'll be reaching for this bag 99 percent of the time. It's easy, adjustable, and comes with a crossbody strap for when you need your hands free to help your littles.

2 colors available

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Cuyana
System Tote

You can never go wrong with a classic leather tote—plus, you can personalize this one with a monogram.

7 colors and 2 sizes available

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Amazon
Pebbled Leather Tassel Tote

If you're on a budget but want to look chic and put together, this bag is the one for you.

Tons of colors and styles available, and it's under $15!

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Target
Striped Straw Shopper Tote Handbag

Nothing screams beach vacation like one of these packed away in your luggage! It's perfect for a beach or pool day at home, too.

3 colors available

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Fawn Design
The Slouchy Tote

To be a woman who can carry very few things in her bag is a win. But looking pretty dang cute with a perfect-sized bag like this one is an even bigger win.

6 colors available

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Fawn Design
The Medium Carryall

This tote features a fresh take on a classic style by combining a modern structure with thoughtful functionality—it has a detachable messenger strap and roomy interior to hold all your daily necessities.

3 colors available

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Calpak
Haven Laptop Tote Bag

This chic tote has plenty of room for everything you need, plus an easily removable laptop sleeve to keep your computer safe.

4 colors available

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Madewell The Sydney Shoulder Bag
Madewell
The Sydney Shoulder Bag

This tote can also be worn as a crossbody and can fit just enough of your essentials without feeling like you need a full-size tote.

4 colors available

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Target
Triple Compartment Tote Handbag

This bag features three compartments, which means... more space to throw in everything you need!

4 colors available

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Target
Straw Tote Handbag

This would be pretty handy poolside, but pairing it with a coastal grandmother-inspired weekend look would be extra chic.

4 colors available

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Backpacks

Target
Square Backpack

If you're looking for a perfect bag to take with you on your next trip, this is the one. Not only does it have plenty of pockets (who doesn't love pockets), but it's made out of an easy-to-clean material.

6 colors available

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Fawn Design
The Mini Backpack

This small bag is as versatile as it gets—it can be carried as a backpack or a shoulder bag!

11 colors available

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Calpak
Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

If you want to step it up a notch in terms of work backpacks, this is perfect for you. It's also a great travel bag.

6 colors available

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Herschel Supply Co.
Classic Mid-Volume Backpack

Classics never go away and a Herschel backpack deserves a spot on that list. It's perfect for minimalist, everyday looks.

3 colors available

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Amazon
Laptop Backpack with USB Port

This budget-friendly backpack is perfect for carrying your laptop and even comes with a USB charging port.

6 colors available

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Madewell
Lorimer Leather Backpack

This vintage-inspired backpack is a tried and true choice that needs to be added to your collection ASAP.

2 colors available

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Nordstrom
Herschel Supply Co. Mini Orion Backpack

This simply chic mini backpack by Herschel is perfect for an everyday bag—plus it looks great with any outfit.

2 colors available

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Target
Soft Utility Square Backpack

At times, backpacks can feel pretty stiff and structured. Not this one, though! This bag offers so much space and is super cute to carry.

6 colors available

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Freshly Picked
Convertible Diaper Backpack

Diaper bag, who? If you're expecting a baby and looking for a bag that is cute yet versatile, be sure to add this to your cart (or registry) ASAP.

3 colors available

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Skip Hop
Diaper Backpack

Another undercover diaper bag, this adorable backpack is made of wipe-clean vegan leather, has enough pockets to keep you organized, and has built in stroller straps.

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This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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