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15 cross-body bags and rucksacks to help you go hands-free

When you’re juggling a pram, a child, shopping, snacks and a hundred other things, who has a hand free for a handbag? Backpacks and cross-body bags are every mum’s best friend, and – bonus! – they’re bang on-trend right now. Here’s our pick of the best investment buys on the high street this spring. 

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Sandy Tassel bag (£45,

The joy of a hands-free bag: pack it all in, zip it up, pop it on and off you go. All day. Easy. And this sleek tan version should get you added style points. 
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Leopard print (£15.99,

Tired, stressed and in need of a lift? This backpack should do the trick. Be prepared to wrestle the kids for it, though…
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Flowers (£29,

Liberty prints just a tiny bit out of budget? Make do with this lovely floral backpack instead. It’s made of lightweight canvas so won’t weigh you down.
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Bucket bag (£35,

We like the ‘global traveller’ look of this roomy bag, even if you’re only travelling to nursery and back…
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Gold rucksack (£35,

Plenty of pockets and a rather glam gold metallic finish make this the perfect blend of practicality and fashion.
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Buckle bag (£10,

You can’t go wrong with a tan crossbody bag. It’ll go with everything in your wardrobe and look good all year round.
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Laser cut bag (£40,

A fresh take on the bucket bag trend, this white leather laser-cut crossbody bag just says ‘spring’ (and ‘summer’ too).
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Saddlebag (£14,

The top flips up so you can rummage with one hand while carrying a tot in the other. Multitasking with added style…
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Denim blue (£18,

There’s a breezy summer feel to this denim blue crossbody bag and plenty of zipped pockets for your essentials too.
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Tan backpack (£29.99,

Move over Victoria Beckham, you’re not the only mama with fashion cred. We love the sleek lines of this expensive-looking rucksack, now in stock at selected TK Maxx stores.
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Blue trim (£28,

There’s more than a whiff of Ralph Lauren about this classic two-tone backpack. And there’s plenty of space for everything but the kitchen sink.
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Floral pattern (£35,

Ready for spring? You are now. This patterned crossbody will add punch to your weekend wardrobe. Looks cute with jeans (even those ones with the pureed carrot stains).
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Butterfly by Matthew Williamson backpack (£45,

There’s nothing mellow about this yellow bag, but it’s a great spring style statement and guaranteed talking point.
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Silver (£15.99,

Metallics remain a key trend on the runways and for mums everywhere who appreciate a bit of bling with their bag. 
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Silver messenger bag (£110,

Strictly a treat - or present – at that price, but this silver crackle leather beauty is so gorgeous you’d be bound to use it every day. Soft and supple so you can cram lots in, as well.

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