New Parents New Trends - Design Your Own Diaper Bags

Today's new parents are used to having things their own way. From childhood, they've been told that they can "have it your way", and they've run with it. They can customize their phones, customize their computers, customize their cars - and now they can customize their diaper bags to suit their styles and their lifestyles.

Not too long ago, bags were pretty much one-style-fits-all. Oversize and clunky, they made no pretense at being stylish. Women who would have sold their souls for a Coach handbag found themselves carrying gingham-checked monstrosities that announce MOMMY in no uncertain terms. Just like the ghastly maternity styles that made every mother-to-be look like Smock-top Susie, the traditional bag made it clear that you were carrying luggage for two.

No more! These days bags are as varied in style as the mothers - and fathers - who carry them. The bulky oversize bag is a thing of the past, along with the overly cutesy wipe-clean vinyl fabrics. bags today come in a wide variety of styles and colors that will suit any fashionista. From rugged backpacks to sleek messenger bags, today's moms and dads can choose the style of diaper bag that works best for them in the colors and patterns they like the best. And while these bags may look like something else, they have all the accoutrements of the traditional diaper bag, and then some. These are some of the features you can expect to find in the latest bag trends.

Roomy compartments are a must for those baby necessities. A roomy center compartment holds a change of clothes or two, several diapers, a receiving blanket and even an extra shirt for mom or dad - because spills and drooling are inevitable.

Bottle compartments hold bottles so that nothing drips on all those clothes you've got packed for just in case. Some diaper bags even come with a thermal compartment to keep formula chilled so it doesn't spoil in transport.

Soiled clothing goes in a separate compartment, lined with plastic and zippered or held closed with hook and loop tape. This is especially important for parents who choose to use cloth instead of disposable diapers.

Cell phone pockets are nearly ubiquitous on the newest diaper bag styles. It might be on the outside of a flap, or sewn into the shoulder strap so that the cell phone is always within easy reach.