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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.

113_1When 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 (Business Closed), Manhattan (Business Closed), and Clutch (Downtown) $485

113_2The 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.