While being out and about with children, whether it is via travel, a day trip, or simple when out running errands, mums always need to bring along many, many things that the children might need. So the needs of a handbag goes beyond just one woman’s essentials and moves into the requirements of a ‘Mary Poppins’ bag so every mum has her own items as well as items for her family with her.

A ‘Mary Poppins’ bag has a few defining characteristics: big but not too big, a long strap, and light weight on its own.   



Here are 3 kinds of bags that make for a perfect ‘Mary Poppins’ mum bag:



A backpack gives you plenty of space for storage and lets you distribute the weight evenly to both shoulders. A classic one-shoulder bag can get really heavy depending on how you pack it and cause back issues if you’re not careful, so if you want a cute and functional bag that will enable you to comfortably carry all your essentials a backpack is a great option. Plus, it frees up your hands! All mums could use free hands while out and about with their kids. There are many stylish and chic backpacks available: for example, online on websites like Mirta you can find gorgeous handmade backpacks for women, that are 100% made in Italy with high quality and durable materials.


Tote Bag

A tote bag is a stylish upgrade for the classic diaper bag. A large beautiful tote with extra pockets and thin straps that is built to last doesn’t look like a ‘mum bag’, but it gives you the space to fit all your essentials as well as things for your kids. If you choose leather or a faux leather material, it looks even more like a fashionable bag. A tote bag with side pockets gives you space to slip in your phone and keys so they don’t get bundled in with everything else. Some tote bags have a top zipper to close the bag and others don’t, so keep this in mind when shopping for a shopper/tote bag.



A multifunctional bag gives you the features of a diaper bag, insulated pockets, extra pockets, and adjustable straps. If you need temperature control for bottles and Sippy cups, this is a practical option for mums.

You can find multifunctional bags that serve as an updated and beautiful diaper bag such as the JJ Cole Caprice bag. There are many different designs and colours, such as grey, black and white stripes, and more. A major benefit of this bag is that you can fit in all your essentials without the bag looking bulgy and the bag itself is lightweight. 

The most important thing is to feel comfortable and also to choose something that you like – you should never have to sacrifice style! There are plenty of functional and beautiful ‘Mary Poppins’ bags to choose from.