Becoming somebody’s mom is hands down the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It far surpasses any academic, professional or personal achievement I’ve had in my life — but it ain’t no joke. If you let them, the sweet baby smells, cooing, awesome new developments and just all around goodness will consume you and you’ll completely forget you have another person to care for — yourself. In those few months leading up to my son’s birth, I thought a lot about who I’d become in this life-altering experience. A huge part of my identity has to do with my style simply because it’s truly how I express myself. While pregnant, I wondered what, if anything would inevitably change about how I presented myself to the world. I decided early on that my wardrobe wouldn’t take a hit. That if I did any shifting, it would be for the better, not the frumpier. While a pledge to have no frumpy days may have been ambitious, my diaper bag ($80, target) is the surprising go-to that’s helped me keep it cute.

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On days that my outfits were pieced together and my hair was questionable, I’ve was able to take solace in the fact that at the very least, my diaper bag is on point. And on the occasions that I was able to pull it together, and look like myself, I’ve been very satisfied that this new addition to my wardrobe and way of life has matched my fly. It’s a win all around, really. Aside from style, it’s been a lifesaver. My son and I are a busy pair. We split our time between D.C and New York, so we travel quite a bit. I’ve abused this bag, ok? Filled it to the brim. Put just one more blanket, toy or bottle in when it was obviously telling me it’s had enough. Through it all, it hasn’t let me down.

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the new mom in your life, or you’re a mommy-to-be looking to treat herself, this bag is for you! At $80, it’s worth every penny! Dominique Hobdy is a fashion & beauty writer living between Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, NY. She spends her time hunched over a computer feverishly typing while simultaneously swiping strange objects out of her 1 ½ year old’s mouth before he can ingest them. You can follow her shenanigans on Instagram @d_hobdy.

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