Babies require a lot of stuff. Even the briefest outing requires diapers, wipes, cream, back-up clothes, snacks, toys and more. After all, the last thing you want to happen while in line at the grocery store is a full meltdown because you didn’t bring one of those necessities. So it makes sense for parents to get the right bag to carry all the kiddie gear.
Along with diapers, clothing and a stroller, owning a diaper bag is likely on the top ten list for essential parenting items. And since it will get used daily, it’s important you choose one that can take a licking while making life with a little one easier. But you probably also want it to look good, too.
Here are the best diaper bags:
The Hatch (Anti) Diaper Bag
During my pregnancy, I spent a long time researching diaper bags, and this was the one I ended up choosing. And there were several reasons why I splurged on it. The black nylon is easy to clean, it has a flat base to stand upright (super-helpful for on-the-go-changes), a matching changing mat and, best of all, three clutches in varying sizes labeled “THIS,” “THAT” and “THE OTHER.” That made organizing a cinch and those clutches can easily be used on their own for quick trips. Best of all, it looks like a standard tote, comes with a removable shoulder strap and a multicolored monogrammed tassel.
Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag
For a bag that’s perfect for a man or a woman, you can’t go wrong with the Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag. The unisex-style backpack has nine pockets to simplify organization, easy-grab top handle, a padded pocket for your laptop, side bottle pockets, a changing pad and a lined pocket for your phone. It also comes with stroller straps making it easy to go hands-free whenever you need.
Eddie Bauer Back Pack Diaper Bag
A friend with two boys under two swears by the Eddie Bauer Back Pack Diaper Bag. As a brand known for making outdoor gear, this bag is in it for the long haul. It’s super-roomy to fit the entire family’s necessities, has 11 pockets for organization and two insulated pockets for items that need temperature control like bottles and snacks. A removable changing pad and wet/dry pouches are included, so accidents can easily be handled. The best part? It has a built-in wipes storage dispenser. That’s one less thing you have to unpack and repack when out and about.
The Honest Co. Everything Tote
Many parents trust The Honest Co. for diapering and bathing needs. But the health-conscious brand also created a diaper bag with the same chic wellness mindset. It’s made from 100% polyurethane vegan leather, has two interior insulated pockets perfectly sized for drinks and snacks, a travel bag to keep you organized, and the included changing pad has a zippered pocket to keep wipes and cream handy. Not to mention, its classic-tote look, which allows you to it bring to work or use for a night out.
Diaper bags a workhorse, letting parents get out and about with kids in tow without having to worry about hangry meltdowns and blowouts.
They tote bottles, snacks, toys, books, blankies, parent necessities and, of course, diapers and wipes, so you can take your family show on the road.
Do You Need a Diaper Bag?
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.
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.
Stylish, versatile, durable, high quality, and ethically-sourced materials? Sign us up! We got our hands on this awesome diaper bag in early 2020 and we’ve been super impressed with it. Out of the box, it feels super high quality with tough quilted fabric, thick padding on the shoulder straps and back, and solid zippers and clips. It has the look and feel to justify the relatively high price tag, and its features make this diaper bag really stand out. Let’s start with the diaper changing pad capability: this doesn’t simply include a changing pad that you unfold and stuff back in, the changing pad itself is fully integrated into the bag (and removable and washable too) so that it becomes a really innovative diaper changing station capability. Basically, you unzip a rear compartment and fold it down to reveal a thick and comfy changing pad with mesh pockets to store diapers, diaper rash cream, and baby wipes for easy access during changing. Maybe we’re late to the game here, but we’ve never seen something so cool in a diaper bag, and it’s one of the main reasons it holds this high spot on our list! When you’re done with the diaper change, you simply fold the pad back into the backpack and zip up the back. Easy peasy. And if you need to wash or use the changing pad separately from the bag, you can unbutton it easily. The “paperclip” moniker likely comes from the style of the clips used on the main compartment and the changing pad, with its shiny silver style and paperclip-inspired shape. These clips not only look nice, but they are so much easier to use than the typical plastic buckles that require two-handed operation. Additional features include a well-organized series of outside and inside pockets, some zippered and some not, and adjustable inside pockets to accommodate different-sized bottles, food or formula containers, etc. The inside is medium-large sized, with about 2 cubic feet of space (in our measurements), and a total of 7 inner pockets when you include the mesh diaper changing pad pocket that is accessible from inside the bag. Note that this backpack diaper bag stands on its own when full, and we found the shoulder straps very comfortable and adjustable, and appreciated the loops for attaching pacifiers or anything else you’d like to. Everything is awesome here, and we need to emphasize that this company is also very impressive in their use of Bluesign manufacturing standards, creating designer diaper bags with recycled ocean plastics and wipe-clean vegan leather, making you feel good about how they have sourced materials in an ethical and sustainable manner. Cons? Well, we wish the top opening were a big larger when spread open to help with access, and the price is a little (or a lot) steep. But if you can stomach the price, this is truly an awesome and innovative diaper bag option! We will update this review with longer-term test results in a few months. Interested? Check out the Paperclip JoJo diaper bag here.
Do you like the SkipHop Grand Central, but think it’s a bit too pricey? Then this tote diaper bag is definitely the next-best option for you. This awesome diaper bag, the SOHO Grand Central, is similarly styled with some very similar functionalities, but at about half the price. While the SkipHop has most features integrated right into the bag, this one takes a different approach and has them as separate pieces. There’s a separate zippered and insulated baby bottle bag, a separate diaper clutch (for disposable or cloth diapers, of course!), changing pad, toiletries bag, and a little wallet. It has 5 different little bags for various things, it took a while to figure out what it was all about. But once we did, we loved it. Being able to take everything out separately is a different style, but we got used to it and ended up liking it. Going to the register at Starbucks? Just bring the wallet part. Going to a bench to bottle feed? Just bring the bottle pouch. It made some sense, and also made cleaning a bit easier when you can wash each part separately. Like the SkipHop it has zippered front pockets, convenient side exterior pockets for pacifiers, and is overall about the same size as the SkipHop, though the opening did stretch a bit wider overall. It includes some stroller straps, which are a nice touch, though definitely use caution with a heavy diaper bag to prevent the stroller from tipping over backwards. The quality isn’t quite on par with the SkipHop, especially in terms of the inner liner, seams, and zippers, but we thought at about half the price it deserved a high spot on our best diaper bags list. Highly recommended! Interested? Check out the SOHO Grand Central diaper bag here.
This is an enormous and stylish black vegan leather diaper bag with every pocket, compartment, and nook and cranny you need to make for a perfect journey with your baby! In our testing, this designer baby diaper bag received the most attention from other moms – every time we used it we got comments about how nice it is and questions about where we found it. And we were not surprised given just how nice this bag is. It is designed as a large tote, coming in at about 19″ wide, 13″ high, and 7″ deep, meaning that it has nearly a full cubic foot of space inside, which is really cavernous! And it’s not just inside space that makes this diaper bag amazing, it’s also the two zippered outside pockets and the five additional outside pouches that are perfect for quick access to baby wipes, bottles, pacifiers, and the included changing pad (using the large back outside pocket). There is an amazing lined pocket on the front that can be used for anything wet – like a wet bathing suit or clothing, while keeping the rest of the bag and its contents dry. It also has two insulated pockets on the inside that are perfect for keeping a bottle or snack chilled during a trip, and a ton of additional space that is perfect for holding a nursing cover, blanket, change of clothes, and more. The changing pad comes with a little travel pouch that’s the right size for a diaper and wipes when you want something to quickly bring with you to the changing table. It also includes a shoulder strap that you can use to carry it across your chest, and it also includes stroller straps to help you attach it to your stroller (but be careful with that!). We loved nearly everything about this black faux leather diaper bag, and thought it was an amazing addition to this year’s diaper bag buying guide. The Honest Company also makes a backpack version of this bag, called the Honest Company City Backpack Diaper Bag, for about the same price, that is worth checking out if you prefer that style. Downfalls? Well if we’re being really picky, the zippers were finicky sometimes, and the tote straps were a good size for holding with your hand or forearm but not quite big enough to put on your shoulder. But those are relatively minor points that are about our subjective experience. But one big challenge with this bag is the price, coming in at around $150 or so which seems expensive for a faux leather diaper bag. If you love the styling but want to save some cash, check out the Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Bag that has a very similar look and functionality but is a little bit smaller and only about half the price. Interested? You can check out the Honest Company Everything Tote diaper bag here.
Sold at Nordstrom and other upscale retailers, the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags (and backpack diaper bags) are among the most popular, super-stylish, and high quality diaper bags available on the market. The styles are awesome and range from quilted black with gold trim, to flowers and abstract watercolors. The designs are subtle and give the bags a high-end look. And the price tends to reflect that, with this Boxy Backpack model coming in at just over $150, making it the most expensive diaper bag option on our list! Its price is almost justified by its high quality and functionality. The bag we tried, the Indigo model pictured to the right, was made right here in the USA of cotton canvas that has a durable glazed coating on it for stain and water resistance. For functionality, this bag is really large, coming in at about 0.90 cubic feet of capacity. For pockets, there are several inside (8 of them), including two with zippers, and 3 outside (two for baby bottles on the side, and one larger one on the front that holds the included diaper changing station and pad). So, there’s tons of space inside, and plenty of pockets for organizing baby care products, and the top opens up nice and wide for easy access. In terms of versatility, it also has several carrying options. You can carry it like a tote using the top grab handle, or use it as an over the shoulder diaper bag, backpack diaper bag, or attach to the stroller using the included stroller straps. It looks best as a shoulder diaper bag, but when you get sore it’s great to have the option to wear it as a backpack. In our testing, we found the bag to be generally high quality, stylish, versatile, functional, and really large. It stands on end on its own, which is really nice – in other words, it doesn’t tend to topple over like some other diaper bags. Maybe that’s why it’s called the Boxy model since the bottom is pretty boxy and stable. We also liked that it came with a sleek plastic baby wipe holder or diaper tote that made trips to the changing table much easier. There’s really a lot to love about this diaper bag – but is the price worth it? Well, there were some limitations to the bag we purchased for testing. First, we were surprised that there was no insulated pocket for bottles or foods, not even the bottle pockets on the sides have any insulation. Second, the fabric is available in cotton canvas, embossed stitching, and a plush chenille. We actually only tested the cotton canvas, but we made the mistake of putting it in the washing machine after a milk spill, and the bag fell apart a bit – some of the stitching came loose, and it seemed like the bag lost some of its water resistance. So that was a bummer. Finally, the backpack straps aren’t padded so they’re not the most comfortable straps in the world – same with the shoulder strap. So definitely some limitations that might make you reconsider whether the style and Petunia Pickle Bottom name recognition are worth the price? We’ll let you decide! Interested? You can check out the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack diaper bag here.
Skip Hop makes some excellent diaper bags, and this one is no exception. The Skip Hop Duo Signature has a slightly more modern styling than the classic lines and colors of the Grand Central models, and is shaped more like a tote or over-the-shoulder bag than it is a purse. It’s narrow and deep rather than wide and short, and a bit smaller overall than the purse-shaped models, so it’s good for someone who doesn’t want to be lugging around a truly enormous diaper bag. It’s also about the same width as most strollers, so it doesn’t stick out on the sides a lot when you hang it on the handlebars. But while it’s smaller overall, it’s still super functional. It has 10 pockets, a separate insulated bottle holder, a breathable side pocket, a key ring clip, diaper changing pad, and a great interior liner. The Skip Hop Duo’s main interior pocket is super deep and we loved the lining, it was soft but also rugged enough to make wipe-cleaning easy. The padded shoulder strap was comfortable, as were the padded carry-handles. We were able to fit everything in that we needed, including diapers, wipes, baby bottles, and cloths. Being relatively tall, we found that when it was fully loaded it did tend to topple over sometimes. We also found it less convenient to reach in and easily grab something, since things tended to get stacked on top of one another, so this design might not be for everyone. Also, the changing pad was a bit small relative to some others on this list. So, this Skip Hop Duo Signature model is an excellent diaper bag, with some minor drawbacks. Note that Skip Hop also makes a Skip Hop Duo Diaper Backpack that is very similar to this but in the backpack style, and is also very well-reviewed. Interested? You can check out this SkipHop Duo Signature diaper bag here.
This top-rated bag looks almost like a large purse, and might even be mistaken as something other than a diaper bag. But don’t hold your breath, that’s a tall feat. This bag has a stylish thick quilted exterior with tan leather, gold hardware, and red accents, which makes it look much more expensive than it actually is. Coming in at around $55, this bag is right in the sweet spot where you will get reasonable quality and high functionality, without breaking the bank. While it doesn’t convert into a backpack like some of the below models, it does have some great versatility: you can carry it as a hand-tote, use the shoulder strap, or use the included stroller straps to attach it right onto your stroller. Of course, we always suggest using caution with stroller straps, as a heavy diaper bag can cause a stroller to tip over backwards. The bag itself is big, and everything about it feels high quality and thick. The fabric is actually water resistant, and we tested it out by placing it into a shallow puddle and making sure the clothes we put inside were kept dry. They were, and we were happy to see that the diaper bag lived up to its claims. This bag has 10 different pockets, one mom pocket outside and one on the inside (for keys, phone, wallet, cash), two padded baby bottle pouches on the sides, 2 front pockets (with magnet closure) and 1 rear pocket (non-zippered), and a huge main compartment that is a bit more like a purse than a diaper bag in terms of how it’s divided. The diaper changing pad is well-sized and can be separately washed in the machine. It’s a big bag, but not too big so that it looks giant on a medium-sized mom, or sticks out too far when hanging on the stroller. Frankly, we think it’s the perfect size. We found the zippers, seams, and buttons to be high quality, and we think this bag will last you for several years. Our most popular diaper bag on Pinterest, moms love the look of this bag! Only two minor gripes: we wish the large exterior pocket was zippered or buttoned, so inquiring minds couldn’t look inside (and curious baby hands couldn’t reach in!), and that the bottle pockets were more thermally insulated. This bag appears to be either discontinued or on a brief hiatus, so we’ve pushed it down the list a bit until it comes back and we test the new batch. Interested? Check out the Maman Nappy Diaper Bag here.
This is one of the trendiest backpack diaper bags available on the market. One of our most popular Pinterest pins of all-time, moms are loving this diaper backpack’s styling, features, and versatility. And it’s not only available in the style we show to the right, it’s also available in black, an adorably flower petal design, and jersey grey. And they all look like really stylish diaper bags; in fact, if it wasn’t for their enormous size you might mistake it for a stylish little backpack. Of course, you’ll probably have baby bottles sticking up out of the side pockets and pacifiers hanging from clips, so dead giveaway there too. Anyway, this is a feature rich diaper bag that doesn’t just look great, it performs great as well. It has 7 pockets on the outside, including two insulated baby bottle pockets, zippered and lined top and side pockets for your keys and wallet, and convenient front pockets with flap closures. And when it arrived it was much bigger than we had assumed based on the pictures; the inside is really large and there are 10 different dividers and pockets for organizing all the stuff you’ll be lugging around. It’s really nice actually because the diaper bag stands on its own and the front zippered pocket opens up the entire front. But when you do so, it isn’t just a big waterfall of your stuff falling forward and out onto the floor. It has a mesh liner on the lower half of the interior to keep things from falling out, and when you combine that with all the different pouches and zippered pockets, you can really do a nice job organizing things in here. There’s enough space and dividers to separate diapers, wipes, extra clothing, pacifiers, extra bottles, and more. Speaking of changing diapers, it comes with a cute changing pad that folds up nicely, though it doesn’t include any type of diaper/wipe holder for when you want to scurry off to the bathroom with the changing pad, a diaper and a couple wipes. Some other things that it does have, however, include stroller straps (but be careful to only use these on a stroller that is loaded with a baby who weighs enough to counteract the weight of the bag!), the use of vegan leather on the pockets and tassels (so you can look good and feel good about not harming animals to make your bag), and a carrying handle up top. We also loved the bottom, with its thick rubber feet that keep the bag stable and able to stand on its own, while also keeping the fabric material from ever touching the ground. That was pretty clever! Overall, everything worked pretty well and felt decent quality. The zippers weren’t as rugged as you might expect from a bag that costs $150, and there are some reports online about seams splitting or ripping after several months of use. We haven’t had that issue, but we’ll update this review if we do. Also, the shoulder pads could be a bit more comfortable for when you’re carrying it for longer periods of time. So overall, if you must have this style and are willing to fork over the cash to get it, this is definitely a trendy diaper bag that is not only super cute but also surprisingly functional and well-designed. Interested? You can check out the Itzy Ritzy Diaper Bag Backpack here.
This is an excellent backpack diaper bag, and one of the all-around highest-rated diaper bags you can find in the US! And there are some great reasons for that. It’s an amazing diaper bag backpack that doesn’t stand out as a diaper bag: no excessive patterns or colors that make it obvious, just a simple and stylish diaper bag available in black or heathered grey. And is has features galore: it can be carried with the top handle, as a backpack, and it includes strong built-in straps so you can hang it on the back of your stroller. There are so many pockets, 14 of them in total, there is bound to be one that’s the perfect size for what you need to haul around! There is a very large insulated baby bottle exterior pocket on one side, pockets for little things like your phone and pacifiers, larger things like baby lotion and a stuffed animal, and there’s an awesome baby wipe dispenser on the side. You won’t realize how awesome that is until you fill it up and need to quickly grab a wipe while you’re out. Just reach back and pull one out. Simple, and we are starting to wonder why all diaper bags don’t have this awesome feature! One thing we were really surprised by is how deceptive the main compartment is: you think it’s going to be small but then you open it up and realize it’s actually really big. Big enough that we could fit in: The Spectra S2 breast pump and accessories, diaper rash ointment, the changing pad (it’s included), burp cloths, disposable diapers (or cloth diapers), and an extra change of clothes. And there was still room to spare. We really liked how large and versatile this backpack diaper bag was in our testing. We also thought the zippers and fabric were high quality, and the fabric seemed to do a decent job repelling water. We didn’t rest it in a puddle or anything, but we noticed that splashing it with water didn’t get into the bag at all. So, it should be good to go in a rainstorm. It also came with a small diaper tote that’s the perfect size to fit a diaper, a small tube of cream, and a couple wipes into; the perfect size for bringing to the changing table. So, overall this is an excellent diaper bag backpack that is versatile and highly functional. Only a couple of small drawbacks. First, there have been reports of quality control issues with this bag. We didn’t have any issues, but some moms report ripping near zippers, or the insulated pocket coming apart at the seams. But we want to point out that this company is very responsive to their customers, and they will replace the bag if you have any issues! So that’s reassuring. Second, the backpack straps and padding aren’t the most comfortable in the world, but we were happy to strap it onto our stroller after our shoulders got sore. We found it online for around $60, which we think is a good price for all this functionality. Interested? You can check out the Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack here.
The Freshly Picked line of diaper bags is becoming super popular this year, coming in both backpack and carry-all style and offering a wide selection of muted and stylish colors such as butterscotch tan, fig, birch, and desert rose. We got our hands on a butterscotch tan model for testing, and we really liked what we found. Let’s start with the fact that this is a vegan leather bag that helps lower your guilt without looking cheap or plastic. The material feels good and is stain resistant and can be wiped down with your favorite diaper wipe without any issues. In addition to the outer material, all of the hardware is high quality and stylish, including the YKK zippers that felt sturdy and reliable. Open up the large zippered top to reveal a truly cavernous interior with a perimeter of pouches and zippered pockets. There’s a ton of space in here and 6 pockets (one zippered). The large open center interior is great if you need to carry a breast pump, a cooler for expressed milk, or anything else that might be too large for a smaller diaper bag. Trying it on, it was more stylish than comfortable owing to the narrow shoulder straps and relatively rigid corners on the rear of the bag. But it did the trick, and for those looking for a designer diaper bag look, this could be a great option! Through continued use we found the diaper bag to be durable and user friendly. We really liked the metal feet on the bottom that kept the bag itself off the ground, and thought the stitching and seams were durable, and the zippers easy to use. The bag stands upright on its own, and the changing pad was nice to have included. It does include stroller straps as well as a shoulder strap to convert it from a backpack to a purse-style bag. Cons? The price is a bit high for a fake leather diaper bag, it doesn’t have any insulated pockets for bottles, and it’s not super comfortable to wear. But it does look great! Note that Freshly Picked also makes a mini version of this bag if you’re looking for something a bit smaller. Interested? Check out the Freshly Picked Convertible Backpack diaper bag here.