I've been a bag girl for as long as I can remember. In middle school I rocked Kate Spade with the best of them. In college it was all about Balenciaga. I've had a love affair with Marc Jacobs and Louis and, of course, Chanel. And most recently I've been obsessed with all things Celine. I'm a firm believer in the idea that the bag makes the outfit- even if the outfit is sweat pants and a tee, paired with a pretty purse dangling from a forearm. 

Unfortunately, this is hard to do when you're already down one arm. I've tried to juggle both baby and handbag; and I've failed miserably. Not only is it awkward and clumsy- and downright impossible if you want to carry anything else besides the two- but it's starting to hurt my poor 'ole back.  

So I've resigned myself to the fact that it's about time I go hands-free with handbags. I'm partial to cross-body bags; but on days when I'm in need of essentials for both mom and baby, backpack might be the way to go.  

Here are some of my faves- what are your hands-free go-to's?