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In The Bag

Ahh, the Mama Shuffle. That dance we do to make sure we've got all of baby's accessories in tow. Not to mention the cell phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses. Here, we offer two locally-designed options that are sure to add grace to your shuffle.

When local mom Lindy Taylor's designer bag's leather was ruined by a spilled bottle, she made it her mission to save other moms from the same fate. Wanting to maintain high-end style, but recognizing the need for baby-specific function in a diaper bag, she created Pera. Bags come in two styles —o ring and rivet —made with exquisitely supple Italian leather. These fashionable bags have waterproof linings and spill-proof inserts with all of the necessary compartments. Not just for taking care of baby, the waterproof lining makes Pera bags perfect as gym bags, and they also work great as everyday shoulder bags and for travel. Matching wristlet wallets ($56) allow you to go without an additional purse.

Pera, $485
Available at Georgia Blu (West Seattle), Manhattan (Kirkland), and Clutch (Downtown) $485

The Sidekick Diaper Bag from Kemby
The Sidekick Bag from Kemby, designed by local moms Kimi Boal and Julia Young, is a baby carrier and diaper bag in one. Retro patterned fabric plays off of bright-but-sophisticated exterior colors for an eye-catching look. This superstar bag offers everything you'd expect in a diaper bag: plenty of compartments, changing pad, wipes case, easy-clean fabric, oodles of roomy interior and exterior pockets, cell phone pocket and key clip. Then there's that exceptional baby-carrying option. Just strap the bag around your waist, pull out the carrying flap, and secure baby against your body. You're ready to go hands-free.

The Sidekick, $172
Available at Kemby's web site.
Designed for babies with good head control, up to 35 pounds.


Baby, You've Got Sole:
We love the graphic-printed rain boots from Chooka for moms and daughters, especially the tattoo-esque swallows...
Oodles of Cozy Clothes:
IThe best kept kids' shopping secret in Seatttle? Cotton Caboodle's outlet store just West of Seattle Center...

Other tidbits....

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Seattle and Eastside parents rejoice. With the opening of the Tot Spot Cafe in Woodinville, there's a new place to hang your hat and let loose with the littles. Read more.

Kid-Friendly Woodinville & Redmond: Although some of the biggest high-tech companies reside here, there's a distinctive country flair in both Redmond and Woodinville. Read more.

Who's Your Mama? Perhaps it's our obsession with The Complete Jane Austen being aired on PBS, but we've been hankering for pretty little calling cards. Read more.

Best Services for Making Dinnertime a Piece of Cake: For time-starved, exhausted moms, thinking about le dinner is not a romantic undertaking. Read more.

Shop-O-Rama: When's the last time you had a choice between sucking on a sweet Cherryhead candy or chewing bazooka gum? Read more.

Joy to the World: We've found a fab new cure for sad walls; whimsical paintings by Seattleite Caroline Rivera. Read more.

Hush Hour You remember those first few months. You spent the wee hours propped up in a chair because Little One finally fell asleep on your shoulder and you were terrified to move. Read more.


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