If you have a baby, a diaper bag is the one thing you wouldn’t want to leave your home without. You will need a bag not only to hold diapers, but wipes, extra baby clothes, toys and much more. A good diaper bag will hold all these and some mommy stuff without weighing you down. If you are not ready to down your stylish handbag yet, you will be happy to know diaper bags offer different styles and designs that will work just fine for you. There are also some simple but really useful diaper packing hacks that will enable you save more space and carry more in your diaper bag.
Today we look at ten of the best diaper bags that will come in handy for both you and your baby. We also touch on the essential features to consider when buying a diaper bag.
To find you the most stylish and functional diaper bag of 2020, we put 27 diaper bags to the test! We stuffed them with baby products, tossed them on the ground, tried out the insulated baby bottle pockets, spilled milk in them, forced the zipper open and shut, and put a 25-pound weight inside to make sure the fabric and straps were durable and comfortable. We found about a dozen great diaper bags, most of which come in several different colors and patterns – so don’t judge only by the picture we provide! Here are the top 5 diaper bags we found, followed by in-depth reviews of about a dozen different options.
The diaper bag is one of the most important baby essentials for a prepared parent. Once you leave the house, you will need to bring a ton of supplies like diapers, baby wipes, a changing pad, snacks, baby bottles, burping cloths, pacifiers, lotions, diaper rash creams, cloth diapers, and a change of clothes. Plus don’t forget your own stuff, like our wallet, phone and keys! The good news is that there are hundreds of baby diaper bags on the market designed to make your life much easier. The bad news is that some of them aren’t so great, and some of them are downright ugly! Here is our full diaper bag buying guide.
Here are the Best Diaper Bags of 2020!
From the moment we opened the box, we fell in love with this top-rated Skip Hop diaper bag! It perfectly demonstrates the intersection between style and functionality. For moms with style, it uses a classy New York style colors and black stripe pattern, with light brown leather accents. We loved the look of this tote diaper bag style. But we were even more impressed by the functionality. This baby diaper bag gets things done! It is big (just over 2 cubic feet of space in our measurements), well-made, and has a ton of pockets (11 to be exact). For pockets, let’s start on the outside: it has insulated side pockets that were big enough to fit even the widest baby bottles and keep stored at a nicely controlled temperature. Above those on the sides are some small pockets that were very easily accessible and perfect spot for keeping pacifiers. On the front, it has zippered pockets, which we thought were great for mom’s personal stuff: car keys, a small wallet, or cell phone. The inside is vast and well-lined for durability and easy cleaning. It has a huge center space, which is perfect for diapers, wipes, changing pads (it comes with a great one!), and toys. A clever divider is put in between the outside handles and the main inside space, which provides even more storage space. These were great for more upright things that you want to slide up & out quickly like diaper cream, sunscreen, and lotion. Overall, we absolutely loved this bag, and it performed very well in our testing for durability, and we think it is very deserving of this spot on our diaper bag list! Cons? A bit pricey, usually around $85. Highly recommended! Interested? Check out the SkipHop Grand Central diaper bag here.
Real talk: kids are unpredictable. Just when you think your child is full, minutes later they’ll want a snack. And it’s practically guaranteed that your super-regular baby who always poops in the morning will have an afternoon blowout if you’re anywhere inconvenient (think: on a plane, hiking, shopping, at that nice-ish restaurant).
Being able to tote around key essentials means you can deal with whatever scenario arises without having to pack up and head home. That being said, you can use a regular backpack or tote bag to cart around what your child needs. You can even slip a changing clutch—a folded changing pad you can tuck diapers and the bare essentials inside of—into your usual bag.
What Types of Diaper Bags Are There?
Diaper bags come in a variety of styles including:
- Backpacks: These let you have your hands free and can be even be worth with a baby carrier in the front.
- Tote bags: The most “purse”-like of the diaper bag bunch.
- Satchels: These often (but not always) have longer straps and can worn crossbody.
- Clutches: No nonsense, small and very portable.
Need help figuring out what kind of diaper bag to get? Check out the How to Choose a Diaper Bag guide for tips on what to consider.
How Long Will You Use a Diaper Bag?
You’ll likely use a diaper bag from birth through the toddler years, and maybe into the preschool days (hello: potty accidents). Since you’ll probably be using it for years, when you’re picking out a diaper bag, think about if the style and color/pattern will be something you’ll want to tote around three years from now.
To start your search, take a look at diaper bags that Babylist parents recommend.
How We Choose Our Best Diaper Bags Picks
We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight—as well as some our personal faves—to tell you about the best diaper bags.
BEST DIAPER BAGS
- Best Diaper Backpack : Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack
- Best Diaper Bag for Organization : JuJuBe BFF Convertible Diaper Bag
- Best Diaper Bag With Built-In Changing Station : Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
- Best Classic Diaper Bag : Vera Bradley Iconic Ultimate Diaper Bag
- Best Diaper Bag for Traveling : The Vianetic 16L Mini 5-in-1 Diaper Backpack
- Best Hybrid Diaper Bag : Momkindness Carry All Tote Trio
- Best Compact Diaper Bag : Twelvelittle On-the-Go Stroller Caddy
Picking a diaper bag is an opportunity to have a little fun on your registry. Sure, these bags are designed to hold baby’s gear and your essentials, but you get to choose one that fits your style — an important consideration, given that you’ll be toting your baby bag around most days.
And just as you have more than one handbag, you may also want to have more than one diaper bag, say a smaller one for running to the store and a larger diaper bag that holds everything but the kitchen sink. You may also want a unisex style so your partner will be more comfortable carrying it… or you could just get Dad a diaper bag of his own. Whatever you choose (and no matter how many you buy), keep these important factors in mind when shopping for a diaper bag.
What makes a good diaper bag?
Wondering if you really need a diaper bag — and if so, what features you should look for? Baby diaper bags come in all shapes and sizes, but choosing the best one for you can come down to preference. Here are a few features to think about before you make a purchase:
- Size: At the very least, you’ll want a baby bag that can hold diapers, wipes and a bottle or two. If you’re the type who likes to be prepared for anything and everything, you’ll want one that is large enough for a change of clothes, toys, snacks, a burp cloth and/or a swaddle, pacifiers, rattles and hand sanitizer.
- Pockets: Most parents find that a diaper bag with a lot of pockets helps to keep things organized. Some baby bags have specialty pockets, like one designed to hold your phone or tablet, insulated pockets to keep bottles cold, as well as pockets where you can stash any clothing that baby has soiled or dirty burp clothes.
- Stroller straps: Many diaper bags come with special straps that make it easy to attach the bag to the handlebar of your stroller.
- Changing pad: Some diaper bags include a changing pad that’s either removable or folds out right from the bag for an instant changing station.
- Easy to clean: It’s a fact of life that babies — and just about everything in their vicinity — can get messy, so you may want a diaper bag that is either machine-washable or can be quickly wiped down.
Types of diaper bags
- Diaper backpacks: This style offers the convenience of being hands-free and is easier to carry for long periods of time.
- Totes: These are ultra-roomy, which makes them the best choice for a day out or a weekend trip. Look for one with sections and pockets to help you stay organized.
- Messenger bags: These are worn with the strap across your body and can be more comfortable than a tote if you need to carry it for a long period of time.
- Convertible bags: Some diaper bags can work as a backpack, tote or messenger bag, depending on how you arrange the straps. These are good option if you want to be able to switch up how you carry baby’s gear, but they do tend to be on the bigger side.
Below, the best diaper bags, from classic silhouettes to trendy new styles.
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Best Diaper Backpack
Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack, you can’t do much better than this diaper backpack from Skip Hop, which combines the storage of a larger diaper bag with hands-free convenience. A 2019 What to Expect Award winner, the front pocket holds two packing cubes (one that’s insulated), so you can stash all your necessities (i.e. baby’s binkie) in an easy-to-reach spot. Like all Skip Hop bags, the backpack also comes with stroller straps.
“I got the Skip Hop backpack and it is life changing!” raves What to Expect community member robynrose. “Can’t believe it took me this long to get it, but either way Skip Hop is a great brand and great quality.”
Best Diaper Bag for Organization
JuJuBe BFF Convertible Diaper Bag
Available at JuJuBe starting at $95See NowWhy We Love It
This bag (another 2019 What to Expect Award winner) may look small, but with nine pockets — including a large interior pocket, two insulated bottle pockets and a padded “mommy pocket” to keep your essentials safe — you can stay organized to the max. Plus, it’s easy to keep clean, since you can simply toss it in the wash when it gets dirty (and germaphobes will appreciate that it’s lined with antimicrobial fabric that protects against mold and mildew).
Best Diaper Bag With Built-In Changing Station
Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
If you can’t decide between a backpack and messenger bag, this is the diaper bag for you — it can easily convert to both styles. We also love the removable changing station, refillable wipe case, stroller straps and the fact that, with a grand total of 11 pockets, there’s a place for everything you might need.