The Mom Bag


My thanks to Sir Mix-A Lot for giving me the idea, and for borrowing his intro.

Oh my god

Becky look at her bag

it is SO big

She looks like one of those CT Working Moms

Who understands those ladies

They only talk to each other because they’re total mommies

I mean her bag

It’s just so big

I can’t believe it’s so deep


What can I say I like big bags?  Exhibits A  and B:

family pics 001

family pics 001-2
Both photos credit S. Fuss
Sorry for all the pics of my backside. It’s really hard to find pictures of yourself carrying a bag and Honey likes to take pictures of me walking away. Hmm…
Here’s a better look at the latest mom bag.
photo credit C. Fuss

Somewhere along the way I stopped carrying a diaper bag and gave up the dream of ever carrying a cute little bag again and so I embraced the “mom bag”.  More specifically, the mom tote.  There is nothing stylish about this accessory at all.  It’s purely utilitarian and I’m OK with it.  I used to try to cram everything I needed into cuter, smaller, more expensive styles but then I broke my $150 Boden bag shoving it full of the kids’ junk and that was the end of my dance with bag greatness.  My latest mom bag I got for $15 at Marshalls.  Most people would consider it a beach bag.  Not I, although I do like that people might think I’ve just returned from a sandy local.  Although that’s partially true if you count the sand box at the park.

I still have young children which means they come with stuff.  Thankfully we are mostly past the extra clothes phase, but Kitten is still in diapers so I have to put that stuff somewhere.  The problem with the mom bag is that I become the holder of the stuff.  And that stuff rarely gets taken out of the bag.  A recent look inside my bag for gum revealed: a slinky, a diaper (even though diapered child was not with me), the town pool pass, restaurant napkins, a bag of wipes, EOS lip balm, my phone, my sunglasses case, my distance glasses case, and the lanyard for my work keys and ID (even though I’m not working right now).  Ironically, there was no gum.

I’d like to think that when Kitten’s a bit older I can downsize back to a “real” bag.  Recently I’ve been coveting more sophisticated less momish totes like this:


Alas, it may have to wait awhile. Until then, when you need to smuggle snacks into the movies, or throw your quick  store purchase somewhere, I’m your girl.

Baggu doesn’t know I wrote this post, I just really like the bag.

6 comments on “The Mom Bag”

  1. I have slopey shoulders, and therefore cannot deal with a tote! I would need one hand to keep it from falling off my shoulder, and moms need as many hands as we can get! I wear a cross-body bag, and yes it’s a Mom Bag. I’ve gotten pretty good at streamlining what goes in there. I look for small, light “diversions” like stickers, that I can pull out when we’re at a restaurant and the wait is soooo long. The Dollar Store has these awesome 24-pc puzzles that come in a tin the size of a deck of cards, that are GREAT for restaurant diversions. I also am pretty good about inventorying the contents of my purse at the end of the day, and taking out what I don’t need to carry around for the next day. I have a mini first aid kid in a teeny snack-size ziploc bag that always stays in there. Fortunately, my kid is out of diapers, so I don’t need to carry those around, which also means I don’t need wipes and a change of clothes just in case. Although, when she was in diapers, I had the brilliant idea of getting her a toddler backpack (pink! kitty!) that I packed with two diapers, a few wipes, a change of clothes, some diversions, teeny first aid kit, etc. It _kind_of_ worked. A friend warned me that I would end up carrying the pinky-kitty backpack around, but mostly my daughter carried it. We wouldn’t always remember to bring it, but when we did remember, it was great to have her carting around her own diaper bag! ‘Bout time she started pulling her weight!

    1. Ooooooooooh, my husband tries that and I usually tell him “Carry your own f-ing cr*p!!!” I have even resorted to carrying a smaller pocketbook that barely carries the stuff that I need, just so that he won’t be tempted to shove his: keys, wallet. cellphone, you name it into my bag!!!! Hahah. I’m mean.

  2. I am the same way!! I love a good, big, ol’ mom bag. I stopped carrying a diaper bag at least a year ago, and I keep everything (diapers, wipes, wallet, phone, toys…) stashed in my giant purse. And mine was also about $15 at Marshall’s!

Share Some Comment Love

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s