In the market for Brown Diaper Bags? If you are someone who will be coming into lengthy contact with infant children and assuming responsibility for their diapering needs over an extended period in the near future, then take my advice: you probably need to consider equipping yourself with the best diaper bags to conveniently carry the necessary supplies.
Brown Diaper Bags
What is the best diaper bag to buy?
Just like with any fashion accessory, diaper bags come in hundreds of different styles and shapes. Let’s take a look at some of the more common ones on the market and see which ones make the first cut.
Tote diaper bags
A tote is pretty much a giant handbag. By far the bulkiest of diaper bags (and that’s without even stuffing your baby gear inside), totes provide an organized and roomy solution for taking your baby’s gear with you when traveling.
Totes are the most popular diaper bag option on the market. Among the reasons people prefer them are their convenience and simplicity. As a result, totes are available in countless designs and are hugely popular among parents who want the functionality of a diaper bag with a strong focus on fashion.
Not So Manly
I’ll be honest: totes are well and truly the least manly of diaper bags. Even if you choose a (theoretically) gender neutral diaper bag in a plain black style, you will still hear groans if your other half has to wear it out in public. Lucky for you, we have a guide to the best diaper bags for dads!
- Lots of room inside
- Many different designs to choose from
- Have large compartments
- Can be bulky, even when empty
- Very few (if any) dad-friendly designs
- Cannot be accessed while carried
With the exception of backpack diaper bags that zip completely in half, totes have the widest opening out of all the diaper bags. That’s a good thing, since a larger opening will allow you to easily view and locate specific baby gear in a poop emergency.
Totes are by far the largest of the diaper bags and usually come equipped with internal segmentation, so if you are looking for a diaper bag with lots of compartments, this might do the trick. This can be both a blessing and a curse. If you have more than one child still in diapers (or twins) then you will be able to fit more than enough baby essentials to last the day. On the flip side, totes can be surprisingly bulky, even before you have filled them up with stuff. To access the contents of a tote diaper bag you will need to place it down. Best for: Moms who want an abundance of room to store enough baby essentials to last a full day out.
Messenger diaper bags
Flat, stylish and hang off your shoulder. Messenger diaper bags are conveniently travel-size containers also known as sling or satchel diaper bags. Identified by a single long strap that hangs over the shoulder; messenger diaper bags are generally slimmer than totes.
One major advantage of messenger diaper bags is that you do not have to take the bag off to retrieve your diapers or baby wipes from inside. With practice, you will be able to remove items with one hand while juggling a baby in the other. Impressive. Because messenger diaper bags hang from one shoulder they place a lot of weight on one side of your body, particularly if you like to stuff your diaper bag to the point of bursting. While this won’t be a problem for the majority of parents; if you are prone to sore backs then a messenger diaper bag probably won’t do you any favors. Important: When carrying a messenger diaper bag be sure to carry it so that the bag sits on one side of your body and the strap on the opposite side (the strap should rest diagonally across your chest). Why? Because the bag can easily slip off your shoulder if you carry it vertically.
- Retrieve items from inside without placing the diaper bag down
- Men and Women’s styles available
- Many designs look a little too manly
- Not suitable for twins or more
Listen up fashionistas: messenger bags are stylish. While raising a baby isn’t exactly glamorous (you know… poop) at least you can look the part. Messenger diaper bags come in a huge variety of styles. From bright floral to patterns that even the most mucho of Dads will be happy to wear. Yep; if you buy a unisex messenger bag, you will have a diaper bag that both parents will be happy to wear.
While messenger diaper bags vary a little in size, they are in no way a large diaper bag. Generally, you will be able to fit enough baby gear inside for a full day out for a single baby. If combining, say, an infant’s potty training with a strict schedule, working parents with full-time jobs might find this the best diaper bag to service their needs. These bags are a mainstay of modern single parenting. Best For: Modern parents who share a diaper bag and want to fit enough gear inside to last all day, or just for dads.
Backpack diaper bags
Perhaps the newest style of diaper bag on the market, backpacks allow you to lug around all your baby gear while keeping both of your hands free to carry your baby, for shopping, or to simply double high-five your best mate. From all outward appearances, diaper bag backpacks look like a regular backpack. If you take a look inside you will realize the backpack is anything but regular. Pockets, pockets and more pockets. If you want a diaper bag with lots of pockets, this may be the best way to go. Especially if some of those pockets are water resistant, a feature to look for in your choice of the best diaper bag to fit your needs.
Organizational parents rejoice!
You will have a single pocket dedicated to each item you want to take along. Some backpacks even include easy access pockets allowing you to quickly and easily access frequently used items. Popular easy access pockets include an insulated baby bottle pocket (to help keep your baby’s bottle warm or cold) and a diaper wipe pocket (because babies are always sticky). Important: Steer clear of backpack diaper bags that do not open the whole way or have very few pockets. You will find yourself using the bag like a junk drawer and just piling your baby gear inside without order making it incredibly difficult to find what you are looking for during an emergency poop cleanup. Loose things are hard to sort in any kind of emergency.
- Free up arms
- Weight is more evenly distributed
- A better option for those who suffer from back pain
- Men and Women’s styles available
- Can be worn while exercising
- Not overly fashionable
- Not suitable for twins or more
- Cannot be accessed while carried
Depending on how much you stuff inside them, diaper bags can quickly get heavy. While other backpack diaper bags are carried on one side of your body, diaper backpacks evenly distribute the weight across your shoulders and back. The even weight distribution helps prevent back pain that often comes with carrying a heavy bag around all day.
If you are the athletic type then you will like that the backpack is the only type of diaper bag that you can effectively wear while exercising (say jogging or bike riding). Fitness freaks be warned: since a backpack does not allow much air to circulate between the bag and back there is a good chance you will get a little sweaty in this area. Backpack diaper bags strength (looking like a regular backpack) is also its weakness. It looks like a backpack. Unless you are comfortable with that back-to-school look then you are most likely going to want to stick with a more fashionable diaper bag.
You may be wondering just how you will be able to fit every single thing you want to carry inside of a backpack. Long story short; you can’t. No bag is large enough to hold everything in your life. Sacrifices must be made! Backpack diaper bags have been designed to provide optimal storage room without being too bulky (you don’t want to look and feel like a turtle, do you?) making them ideal for short to medium day trips. Sorry parents of twins; if you have more than one baby in diapers then you will very likely need a bigger diaper bag. Suitable for: Parents who are less focused on looks and just want a very functional diaper bag that frees up both hands
Convertible diaper bag
What is this witchcraft? A diaper bag that has three different carry options? Fancy! Convertible diaper bags (also known as multifunction diaper bags) can turn into at least two of the three previously mentioned styles of bags:
If you are fickle or are not 100% sure as to which type of diaper bag is best for you, then a convertible diaper bag may be the way to go. If you find one style of diaper bag uncomfortable simply swap it over to another style.
Generally, convertible diaper bags come as a tote but have detachable straps. Depending on what style of diaper bag you want, simply add or remove the straps (making the Transformers sounds with your mouth is optional). Important: While versatile, a multifunction diaper bag will adequately fill the space of two or three different diaper bags but it will generally not perform the task as well as a dedicated-design diaper bag. This is particularly true of cheaper convertible diaper bags that simply use the feature as a selling point with no focus on the usability of each transformation. If versatility isn’t a prime concern, this may not be the best diaper bag for you.
Stroller diaper bags
As the name suggests, a stroller diaper bag attaches directly to… You guessed it… Your baby’s stroller. Rather than sit below the stroller in the storage compartment, these diaper bags hang from your stroller’s handles, allowing you to quickly and easily grab your baby’s gear. Now if you have been reading any other diaper bag guides then you will most likely have come along some advice similar to this: We advise against hanging anything on the handlebar of a stroller because the weight might cause the stroller to tip backward I hate advice like this. It’s generic and does not apply to everyone. In fact, if you were to strictly follow this advice then you may just miss out on an incredibly useful diaper bag that is perfect for your situation. Guess what? Stroller diaper bags are perfectly safe when used correctly Stroller diaper bags are one of those things that require an attention to detail on your part. How safe a stroller diaper bag actually is will depend entirely on two things:
- The weight of the diaper bag – You can’t expect to carry 50 pounds of baby gear in a stroller diaper bag
- The weight of your stroller – The heavier your stroller, the more weight it will take to tip it. A professional jogging stroller will be able to support much more weight than that cheap umbrella stroller you bought from Walmart.
Yep. Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? So as you can see, stroller diaper bags are not going to be suitable for everyone. However, if you are the type of person who wants a little more storage on their stroller and completely understands the above two points, then a stroller diaper bag may just be the perfect solution for you.
Small diaper bags are designed for shorter trips where you will only need a diaper or two and a small number of baby essentials. You don’t want to lug around a full sized diaper bag if you are only leaving the house for an hour or so, do you? Because of their purpose, small diaper bags are generally bought in addition to a larger one. This will provide you with a diaper bag solution for both short and longer trips with the baby. Small diaper bags is a very broad category that covers any diaper bag used for shorter trips. Let’s take a look at just a few of the diaper bags that fall under this category.
A small rectangular diaper bag that that is small enough to be held in your hand (that’s why it’s called a “clutch”, you get it?). Your clutch may come with a small strap that loops around the wrist to prevent you from dropping it. Diaper clutches will often have just enough room for a couple of diapers and baby wipes. Some clutches even fold out into a changing pad (also known as diaper changing kits). Be advised, however: some are so small that they sacrifice most functionality for convenience. You practically need an eye exam to find what you’re looking for in the smallest examples.
Also known as a waist bag (mostly by parents too embarrassed to admit that it is a fanny pack) this diaper bag straps around your waist; keeping your baby essentials nearby. You definitely won’t be winning any fashion awards with this diaper bag (unless you are entering an 80’s costume contest). Due to their small capacity, fanny packs are only suitable for short trips with your baby.
Designer diaper bags place a strong emphasis on fashion. These diaper bags look gorgeous; just expect to pay for it. Looking like they have come straight off the runway from Paris fashion week, these diaper bags will have other moms looking at you with envy. Recently many designer brands have entered the designer diaper bag market. Previously, becoming a mom meant that you would have to give up your Gucci or Louis Vuitton handbag. No longer a problem since these two (and more) designers now make diaper bags as well. Some designer diaper bags are only produced in limited runs. The scarcity can also add to the cost but you will be guaranteed that none of the other moms in your circle will be able to copy your style.
Less Expensive Options
For those of you that don’t have the budget to cover the cost of an incredibly expensive diaper bag then you will be pleased to know that you can fake it until you make it. If you keep your eyes peeled you will be able to find bags that look every bit as good as a designer diaper bag for a fraction of the cost. These diaper bags will use imitation materials like faux leather to keep the costs down while providing a similar look. Will the quality be as good? Probably not, but that is the cost of fashion.
Unfortunately, some designer diaper bags focus so strongly on fashion that it would appear the designer forgot what the purpose of the bag was. To hold baby gear; duh. Sigh. The things you put up with to look good. Did you know? Just because you are on a budget does not mean you can’t have a good looking diaper bag. Cheaper diaper bags that focus on style are known as fashion diaper bags.
How to choose the best diaper bag for you
With diaper bags, it’s personal. What is right for one parent won’t be right for you. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider when shopping around for a diaper bag.
The amount of space you need
The ideal capacity of a diaper bag will entirely depend on your personal situation. The first thing you will want to do is put a list of all the different things that you want to be able to carry inside your diaper bag. This list should include both your baby’s gear as well as your own.
Stuck for ideas?Don’t worry. I’ll help you get you started on this list with some common examples.
- Rash cream
- Changing pad
- Bags for dirty diapers
- Change of clothes
- Water resistant plastic bag to store dirty clothe
- Burp Cloths
- Nursing cover
- Baby bottle / sippy cup
- Hat + sunscreen
- Hand sanitizer
- Drink bottle
- A good book
- Makeup (for Mom)
- Beer (for Dad)
Phew… As you can see, the number of things you will need to fit inside a diaper bag can quickly add up. If you can, gather these objects together and see just how much room they take up otherwise, you will have to do your best at visualizing it in your head. If the amount of gear you want to fit inside a diaper bag borders on the ridiculous you may have to go through each item and decide whether it is essential or not. A second opinion will be a huge help here (the voice of reason). The diaper bag should fit all of your chosen objects in an organized manner (more on that in the section below) without having to resort to stuffing everything inside in a big mess. Still having trouble deciding on just how much space you need in a diaper bag? Maybe the below real-world examples will help you narrow your choice down.
Situations where you need a large space
- You have twins or more than one baby in diapers
- You want to hold enough baby gear for a full day out
- You have twins or more than one child in diapers
Situations where you need a small space
- You pack light and only take a select few baby essentials with you
- You only take your baby out on short trips
It is worth mentioning that capacity goes hand in hand with size. There are times when a smaller sized diaper bag will benefit you, such as when you are flying on a plane.
How much does it cost?
Whether you like it or not, the price is going to play a large role in what diaper bag you choose. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from different priced diaper bags.
- Low end: Less than a hundred bucks. In an effort to keep costs down, sacrifices must be made. Generally, a manufacturer will skimp on size, quality or durability to get the cost of a diaper bag as low as possible. These diaper bags may just last through a single child but don’t expect much more than that.
- Mid-range: Around a hundred bucks or so. If you are looking for value then it is worth spending a little bit more. Mid-ranged diaper bags offer a good mix of quality and storage, particularly towards the upper end of the price range. If you want your diaper bag to last through multiple babies then this then this is your starting point.
- High end: You are in designer diaper bag territory. Arguably, functionality does not improve once you get over a hundred bucks. After this, you are paying for the design or label (but dang, do they look pretty!).
Important: Unfortunately you simply can’t buy a low-end diaper bag and expect it to last the distance. If you can stretch your budget I strongly recommend jumping into the mid-range category. Remember, if your diaper bag lasts then you may be able to sell it once it is no longer needed.
Not too heavy
An often overlooked detail when choosing a diaper bag is how much it actually weighs when empty. Some empty diaper bags can weigh up to 3 pounds. To put it simply: The heavier the diaper bag is when empty, the heavier it will be once you have filled it with baby gear If you suffer from a medical condition that restricts you from carrying objects that are too heavy (stiff joints, sore back etc.) then you will have to pay particular attention to the area as you do not want to make your condition worse. Factors that can contribute to the weight of a diaper bag include:
- Material (Is it durable? Is it a machine washable diaper bag?)
- Design (additions of metal, etc.)
It can be a huge struggle to lug around a heavy diaper bag all day. Why not consider a heavier, spacious diaper bag for long trips and a light, compact one for short trips?
Organization is a touchy subject. Some of you will approach parenting by becoming organized to the point of color-coordinating clothes and alphabetizing your pantry. If you are more like me, you will take the “build-a-pile” approach to organizing, and find that more often than not what you need is on the bottom. How you choose to organize (or not) will impact greatly on the type of diaper bag you choose.
- Large compartments – Great for stuffers and those of you who couldn’t care less about organizing. A single large compartment will allow you to cram a great deal of gear inside. Unfortunately, this cluttered approach can make it difficult to locate items in a hurry.
- Pockets galore – Perfect for keepers of order (that would be a cool superhero team name). You can dedicate a pocket to each individual piece of baby gear which will keep everything neat and tidy. By being organized you will be able to efficiently locate baby gear at a moments notice.
Just remember…A leopard doesn’t change its spots. If you are a stuffer, buying a diaper bag with lots of pockets will not immediately make you an organized parent. Being organized can take a lot of effort. If it isn’t in you then you will quickly get frustrated at how little you will be able to squash into a small pocket. So whether you are a stuffer, shover, piler, crammer, jammer, packer or a squasher… simply embrace it. Your parenting style is your own. You are unique and deserve a diaper bag with a large compartment to accommodate your special way of organizing your baby gear.
How much does the diaper bag weigh?
An often overlooked detail when choosing a diaper bag is how much it actually weighs when empty. Some empty diaper bags can weigh up to 3 pounds, and that’s before you put anything inside. To put it simply: The heavier the diaper bag is when empty, the heavier it will be once you have filled it with baby gear Unless you are a weight lifter, you will more than likely grow tired carrying a heavy diaper bag around all day. If you suffer from a medical condition that restricts you from carrying objects that are too heavy (stiff joints, sore back etc.) then you will have to pay particular attention to the area as you do not want to make your condition worse.
Factors that can contribute to the weight of a diaper bag include:
- Design (additions of metal, etc.)
The best part about all of this is that you can mix and match for different occasions. It may take more than one diaper bag to be your BEST diaper bag. It can be a huge struggle to lug around a heavy diaper bag all day. Why not consider a comfortable, spacious diaper bag for long trips and a light, compact one for short trips?
Comfortable to carry
You will be carrying a diaper bag every time you leave the house with your baby, often for long periods of time. You’re having your best year and living your best life… you don’t want to suffer from aches and pains because you chose an uncomfortable diaper bag… do you? How comfortable a diaper bag not only depend on the bag itself but also your body type and preference. Some factors that affect just how comfortable a diaper bag can be will include:
- Your body size (small, medium, plus size)
- Existing medical conditions (sore back, allergies, etc.)
- Carrying preference
- The weight of the diaper bag
- Padded, adjustable straps
The good news is that diaper bags come in a huge variety of styles and shapes to suit different body types. If you already have a super comfortable bag hiding away in your closet why not get the equivalent version in a diaper bag? If you have never had a comfortable bag before then I strongly recommend that you take the time to figure it out now. You don’t want to waste your money on an uncomfortable diaper bag. So how do you find the most comfortable diaper bag for you?
Try before you buy
Go shopping and try all the styles until you find a comfortable diaper bag for your body type. Once you have found the perfect type you can go back home and order it online (where you will likely find cheaper prices and more designs).
It’s fashion, baby
Looks are important to EVERYONE. While some people will tell you they don’t care how they look; even these people will have mirrors in their home. Now, why would you need a mirror if you didn’t care how you look? Whether you like it or not the look of a diaper bag will play a major role in whether it appeals to you. You may choose a diaper bag that has fewer features than another just because it looks better. And that is just fine. There are few times as a new parent that you will feel glamorous. If a diaper bag helps you feel fashionable then, by all means, rock out with it. How a diaper bag looks is important to both men and women. Which brings me to my next point. Just how dad-friendly do you need your diaper bag to be? It’s not the 1960’s anymore. Your husband is more than likely help you raise your baby. You know what that means? You will have to share your diaper bag with your partner. This may surprise you but it turns out guys are not huge fans of bright pink floral print. If you are going to share your diaper bag then you may have to tone down the design and choose one that is a little more gender neutral If it turns out that you simply can’t come to a compromise on a diaper bag that both you and your partner will wear then why not buy one each? Now that you know how to find the right diaper bag for you it’s time to jump head first into diaper bag features
Diaper bag features
In this section, we are going to cover all the features that can be found on a diaper bag.
The material that your diaper bag is made from is the first thing that you see. An often-overlooked area of diaper bags is that the material is more than just a fashion statement. The material will actually contribute to just how easy to use your diaper bag is.
Easy to clean
You want to choose a material that is easy to clean. Your diaper bag will Get dirty. From mud to poop, there is absolutely no limit to the dirty things your diaper bag will come into contact with. Your fashionable new diaper bag won’t look so stylish if it’s covered in stains (or worse, mold and mildew). You want to choose a material that you can simply wipe down to return the bag to it’s polished look. It used to be that leather was the easiest material to clean and canvas would have you scrubbing for hours without success. Advancements in manufacturing mean that this is no longer the case with many diaper bags now being treated to repel water and stains, regardless of the material used. Some diaper bags go a step further and proudly claim that they are machine washable. Did a used diaper leak through your bag? Did baby spit up and splatter the outside of your diaper bag? Simply throw your diaper bag through a wash cycle to have it emerge as clean as the day you bought it. Being machine washable is a feature that is typically found in higher end bags. While it may seem like the easiest way to clean your bag you will still have to allow for drying time. Drying may take up to 24 hours, depending on the material of the diaper bag. In this time you will be unable to use the diaper bag which can be a problem, particularly if you are someone who uses your diaper bag on a daily basis.
Is the diaper bag material waterproof
Waterproof diaper bags rock! You can carry your diaper bag through the rain without worrying about soggy baby gear. Not only that but because the material doesn’t absorb water, stains have a much harder time taking hold.
Breathability of the material
There is a good chance your diaper bag is going to hold some pretty smelly objects. From used milk bottles to soiled cloth diapers, you may unknowingly be carrying around your own personal gas chamber. Trust me on this; you do not want a diaper bag that lets smells out. Passers-by in the shops will be giving you looks wondering whether or not you have showered in the past week. Ideally, you want the smells trapped inside the diaper bag. Because of this, you want to choose a material that does not breath (allowing bad smells to escape). On the topic of odors, some fabrics are even treated to resist odor. This means that you won’t have to air the diaper bag out for hours after carrying around a particularly smelly load.
Color of the interior
Check out the lining on the inside of the above two diaper bags. Notice a difference? Believe it or not, the color used to line the inside of the diaper bag can have a huge impact on whether or not you can easily locate your baby gear. Lighter colors provide more contrast, making the baby gear inside easier to spot. This is particularly important if you are rummaging around in poor light trying to solve your baby’s most recent diaper problem. While lighter colors may stain easier (depending on the fabric used) the benefit of being able to easily and quickly find the baby product you need far outweigh this negative.
A latch is essentially a closure that stops your diaper bag opening up (e.g. a zipper). A latch stops your diaper bag from opening up and spilling the contents on the ground. It is vital that the latch is not only easy to use but effective at holding everything inside (especially if you pack your diaper bag to the point of bursting) but easy to use as well. Let’s take a closer look at the different latches you will come across while shopping for diaper bags.
Zippers are one of the most commonly used methods of securing your diaper bag shut. Their ability to hold your diaper bag shut despite no matter how full (even bursting-at-the-seams full) is super impressive. Unfortunately, zippers can also become your enemy. Imagine this… Your baby has just unleashed the mother of all poop explosions upon his diaper. Frantically you throw down your diaper bag to look for your emergency poop tools. You go to yank open the zipper only to discover that it is stuck; locking you out of your diaper bag. Sounds like a horror story, doesn’t it? Zipper quality is, unfortunately, a commonly overlooked part of the diaper bag choosing process. Zippers; particularly ones on cheaper diaper bags, can run off the tracks or get stuck. When testing a diaper bag, open and close the zipper a few times. Be quick. Be rough. If the zipper constantly catches on the fabric of the diaper bag or is difficult to open, then it is probably best to steer clear.
Strap and Clip
Than two belts and a clip that come together to close the diaper bag (like the that goes under your chin on a bicycle helmet but larger). Some straps are adjustable; allowing you to pull them tight when securing a bulging diaper bag. While clips are easy to open with a two-finger pinching motion, they can a little more difficult to line up and close than other latches. Clips are more commonly found on messenger style diaper bags.
Velcro is usually found on cheaper diaper bags or used for securing individual pockets. Velcro allows you to quickly and easily open the diaper bags as opposed to searching for the beginning of a zipper or clip. Unfortunately, its ease of opening can also mean that you may find your full diaper bag opening on its own. Another problem with Velcro that it is noisy. Very noisy. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiip Each and every time you open your diaper bag. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiip Loud enough to wake your sleeping baby. Do you really want a diaper bag that you won’t be able to open while your baby snoozes away?
Closing with a satisfying “snap” sound, magnetic clasps are generally found on high end and designer diaper bags. When the diaper bag is closed, the magnetic clasp is hidden from view. This means that the latch will not interfere with the looks of the diaper in the same way that a zipper or and strap would. Like Velcro, magnetic clasps are incredibly easy to open and close. Also, like Velcro, the same problem arises in that you will have trouble closing a diaper bag that is over packed.
And the other latches
The above latches are most commonly found on the main compartment. There are other latches that are commonly used but these are generally reserved for sealing individual pockets on the bag. These latches include:
- Tensioned elastic
It is not uncommon to find diaper bags that contain multiple latches. You may find a zipper closing the main compartment while the pockets inside use Velcro or drawstrings to remain closed.
Number of pockets
You want enough pockets to organize all your baby essentials. Pockets are amazing. Rather than simply dumping all your baby essentials in a large bag, pockets allow you to find quickly the exact baby product you are looking for; no more digging through a pile of baby stuff just to find the baby wipes at the bottom. You want a diaper bag with enough pockets to allow you to easily sort your baby gear. While pockets on the outside of a diaper bag will make the bag look less fashionable, they are very handy for storing frequently used items (baby wipes, bottles, keys, phones, etc.). Now, this may surprise you: More pockets is not necessarily a good thing ”But doesn’t more pockets mean more ways you can organize?” I hear you say. Not necessarily. It all comes down to USABLE pockets. There is a difference between the number of pockets and the number of usable pockets. Some manufacturers try to lure you into buying their diaper bag by advertising an obscenely high amount of pockets. However, when you start filling these pockets up you may notice that some pockets will expand and overlap with other pockets, making them hold less than their maximum capacity or worse, making them completely unusable! This is a particular problem with pockets that are sewn into the lining inside the diaper bag. So the next time you see that diaper bag advertising 50 million pockets, don’t be suckered into this marketing gimmick. Double check and make sure you can use them all.
Becoming increasingly common are pockets and storage areas purpose made for specific items. Let’s take a look at the more common storage solutions you will come across.
Baby bottle pockets
Insulated bottle pockets
A pocket designed to regulate the temperature of whatever you put inside, whether that’s your baby’s bottle, water, tea or coffee. The pocket is lined with a layer of aluminum to help prevent warmth or cold from escaping.
Baby wipe pockets
Phone and tablet pockets
It can be difficult to go 5 minutes without checking your phone for Facebook updates or beating the latest level on candy crush. If you are addicted to technology, then you will love the fact that many diaper bags now come with a dedicated pocket for your phone or tablet.
A toy hook will allow you to keep your baby’s favorite toy or pacifier on hand for when your baby starts to cry. At a moments notice you will be able to hand your baby his favorite toy to soothe away the tears.
Built-in diaper change pad
With all of the fancy features that can be found you can easily forget what the main purpose of a diaper bag is; to carry around changing gear for when your baby goes poopy. Poop can strike anywhere. At any time. While sometimes you might find yourself near a public restroom, other times you may find yourself gracefully changing your baby on whatever flat surface is nearby (that picnic table over there looks good). That’s where a baby changing pad comes in. Changing pads provide a comfortable barrier between the flat surface for your baby to rest on while he has his diaper changed. Some diaper bags, like the one pictured above; can transform into a complete portable baby-changing-station. Other diaper bags take a simpler approach and provide a separate changing pad designed to fit perfectly into the diaper bag. Changing pads can be quite bulky and can quickly take up a large amount of real estate inside your diaper bag. Changing pads that come with your specific diaper bag have been designed to be completely functional while taking up as little space as possible.
Depending on your diaper bag, chances are you will have to place it down on the ground in order to retrieve baby gear from inside. Now the ground is a dirty place, not only do you risk coating your diaper bag in dirt and dust, but you may even scuff or tear the base if you are not careful. Some diaper bags will come with small feet sewn into the base of the bag. Rather than have the base of your diaper bag come into direct contact with the ground, the feet will keep the bag slightly elevated, helping to keep your diaper bag looking clean and new for longer.
Some diaper bags can convert between a carry bag and a stroller diaper bag by simply adding a couple of straps. The straps will either be included with the diaper bag or (much more annoyingly) available as a separate purchase.
Best messenger diaper bags
Easily the most gender neutral out of all diaper bags, messenger diaper bags are hugely popular among couples that share a diaper bag. Lets take a look at the leading messenger diaper bags on the market.
Sash Messenger Diaper Bag
- The updated Duo Signature boasts a bevy of new features that moms and dads have requested: zip-top closure ensures…
- New front panel design allows for more storage and stability while keeping items at the bottom of the bag easily…
- The redesigned Duo Signature still has all the classic components of the original including our patented shuttle clips…
Check PriceStyle: As pictured Brand: Skip Hop
- Padded strap
- Fits double strollers
- 16 pockets
- Two insulated pockets
Best diaper bag for twins or more (large diaper bags)
If you have been blessed with twins, triplets or more then you will need a diaper bag with a little more room than most folk. As you will no doubt be aware, double the baby means double the baby gear. With a strong focus on space, the following diaper bags would be perfect for twins but would also suit parents who are caring for two children still in diapers (like a baby and toddler).
Hold-it-all diaper bag
No products found.Style: As pictured Brand: Skip Hop
- Large capacity
- Fits double strollers
- 16 pockets
- Two insulated pockets
There is a reason that skip hop named this diaper bag the “hold-it-all”. Do not be fooled by the picture, the diaper bag is big. Unapologetically big. You know, the kind of big that stands in front of you at a live concert and ruins the show for you. Yep. Big. Fortunately, bigness is what you are after if you have twins or more. To give you an idea of the size, this diaper bag will easily fit across the handlebars of a double stroller (the side-by-side kind, not the tandem type). Yep, that’s a colossal diaper bag right there. With 16 pockets including two insulated pockets for bottles, you will easily be able to organize the abundance of baby gear you will need to take with you. Don’t like the idea of a stroller diaper bag? Not a problem. The hold-it-all also converts into a tote or slung over the shoulder messenger bag style. Just be warned that the size can make it a little bit bulky lug around. If you are expecting multiples and are weighing up your diaper bag options, then this is an ideal place to start.
8 Count Tote Bag
- 2 insulated pockets that will keep fluids warm or cool for up to 4 hours
- Large padded changing mat included
- Wipe clean interior
Check PriceStyle: Two color options Brand: Babymel
- Man friendly design
- Tote or Messenger
- Easy to clean
Who said a large diaper bag has to be heavy? If you have twins, then there is enough weight in the baby gear itself without the diaper bag contributing. Babymel has managed to create a huge diaper bag without the heft. With a design that is clearly more focused on males than females, This huge diaper bag contains 12 pockets in total. Five external pockets, five internal pockets and two external insulated pockets just for your baby’s bottle. The diaper bag can be carried tote style or thrown over the shoulder with the included strap. A changing mat is also included.
Be Prepared Diaper Bag
- Ultimate diaper bag for an over packer, mommy with twins or an overnight trip
- (17) smart friendly pockets making it easy to keep ultra-organized
- Includes Teflon treated outer fabric, Agion antimicrobial protected lining and 3M Thinsulate in the insulated bottle…
Check PriceStyle: Over 20 different design options Brand: Ju-Ju-Be
- Crumb Drains
- Machine Washable
- Wide mouth
- Teflon treated outer
While the previous two diaper bags are roomy enough for twins, they certainly are lacking in the looks department. Enter the Be Prepared diaper bag. With over 20 different designs (many of which look gorgeous), any fashion focused mommy will be able to find the perfect design to complete her outfit. Looking good while taking three babies on an outing? Now that’s impressive. While this is one of the priciest options out of the large diaper bags, it is easily the most durable on the market (with some nice features to boot). The mouth opens wide to allow you to easily locate any baby gear, even if it has been buried. At the bottom of the diaper bag are crumb drains (to let dust and bits out) and cleaning is as simple as throwing the bag in your washing machine. This was my go-to diaper bag while I had two babies in diapers and I still have it to this day. It is very well made and while it does not look as bright and fashionable as it once did, it is still more than up to the task of being filled to the brim with baby gear. I highly recommend this diaper bag.
Best diaper bags for air travel
These diaper bags are for the frequent flyers among you who bring baby along for the ride. A diaper bag that needs to be stored overhead is no good, particularly if you need to access your baby’s gear and the “fasten seatbelts” sign is on.
Be Prepared Diaper Bag
- Carry all bag
- Diaper bag
- Padded mat for changing
Check PriceStyle: 4 different color options Brand: Lug
- Crumb Drains
- Machine Washable
- Wide mouth
- Teflon treated outer
These diaper bags are not only fully functional but most importantly, fit underneath your seat on the plane for quick access. Trust me, a suitable diaper bag will make you and your baby’s airplane trip a whole lot smoother.
Best Diaper Bags 2020
Last Updated: 13 April 2020
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.
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- Top 5 Diaper Bags Comparison Table
- 1. Best Diaper Bag: Skip Hop Grand Central
- 2. Paperclip JoJo Diaper Backpack
- 3. Soho Grand Central Diaper Bag
- 4. Honest Company Diaper Tote
- 5. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy
- 6. Skip Hop Duo Signature
- 7. Maman Nappy Diaper Bag
- 8. Itzy Ritzy Backpack Diaper Bag
- 9. Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag
- 10. Freshly Picked Backpack Diaper Bag
- 11. HapTim Diaper Backpack
- 12. HaloVa Backpack Diaper Bag
- 13. Ju-Ju-Be BFF Diaper Bag
- Diaper Bag Buying Guide
|Model and Link to Amazon||Our Rating|
|#1. Skip Hop Grand Central|
|#2. Paperclip JoJo Backpack|
|#3. Soho Grand Central|
|#4. HapTim Backpack|
|#5. Honest Company Tote|
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.
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.
This is a great backpack-style diaper bag that is cheap, stylish, durable, convenient, comfortable, and feature-rich. It’s a medium-sized diaper bag that you can carry has a hand-tote or as a diaper bag backpack. It has a modern gender-neutral style, helped by the heather gray color, the leather accents, the asymmetrical front pocket, and its vintage style button. It’s the sort of bag that both mom and dad will be willing to wear, making it one of the only unisex diaper bags on our list. And it has some great features. First, we loved the side baby bottle exterior pockets, the zippered wipe dispenser on the side, and the hidden pocket on the back (up against your back) that can hold valuables without the risk of pick-pocketing. That’s great if you live in the city, or travel to urban areas where that’s an issue (like on the subway!). We also liked the substantial padding against the back, to keep things comfortable for longer excursions. It also includes stroller straps on the sides, though we warn you to be careful about attaching diaper bags to strollers due to the tipping hazard. In that regard, it’s definitely a good size for throwing into the stroller’s bottom basket, but still big enough to hold most of your stuff. Speaking of size, the main compartment is really quite large and is divided well into a mesh pocket area, a zippered pocket, and elastic pockets for holding smaller items. We were able to fit everything necessary into the bag without any issues. It’s great to have a nicely divided main compartment, to prevent things from sinking down to the bottom and remaining elusive in your desperate search for that last clean pacifier! We also want to point out that this company is very responsive to customer concerns. This is their third version of this great diaper bag, with improved stitching and reinforcements based on customer feedback (and if you have the older version with an issue, you can email them and they’ll send you the newer one for free!). And the price is right too, coming in around $40. Cons? Well, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s not the highest quality diaper bag in the world given the relatively low price. After about 1.5 years of testing, we’ve had issues with torn seams and broken zippers. To be fair, the company is VERY responsive so if you run into issues they will definitely work with you, but realistically we prefer not have any issues in the first place. So, if you’re looking for the comfort and convenience of a backpack, this is a great option given the low price, just don’t expect super high quality! Note that we also checked out the HapTim Multifunction Large Baby Diaper Bag Backpack, which is very similar and very highly recommended. Interested? You can check out the HapTim Backpack diaper bag here.
This is one of the biggest bang-for-the-buck diaper bags on this list, with great style and functionality. Note that if you don’t like the pinkish coral color, it comes in a ton of additional styles. This diaper bag is a hand-tote that converts into a comfortable diaper backpack. It’s very large, though not as large as the SkipHop or SOHO, but it’s definitely large and functional enough for most purposes. What we loved about it is that it’s only like 35 bucks, and it has some features that make it competitive with the best bags on this list. It has side pockets, one of which has a slit in it so it can dispense baby wipes! It also has a zippered mom pocket on the outside that can fit keys and a phone, and the top zippered compartment is really quite big and well-divided into a main space for diapers, cloths, clothing, toys, etc. It also has a zippered mom pocket on the inside, and an insulated zippered baby bottle pocket on the front that can fit up to 3 bottles (mostly the modern short and wide ones, not the classic tall and narrow ones). It has a clever way of dividing its space, as you can use the front pocket for just bottles, or you can push it back into the main compartment and use it for much larger things. That will end up being a separate space at the bottom of the main compartment, and this works out well because it brings the bottom of the main compartment up much higher (which makes it less likely to lose things in the depth). Overall, we found this diaper backpack to be really excellent for the relatively low price. Don’t expect super high quality hand-feel for the fabrics at this price, or expect anything fancy like stroller straps or removable zippered pockets, but we think you’ll be surprised with what they’ve pulled off! Interested? You can check out the HaloVa diaper bag here.
This is our highest-ranking convertible diaper bag, and we love the style and functionality of this versatile and relatively unisex diaper bag system. The bag converts from a regular over-the-shoulder diaper bag, to a messenger bag, and to a super comfortable backpack with soft shoulder pads. So just when your arm or shoulder is getting sore, you can untuck the backpack straps from the side pocket, and off you go, in style and comfort. But it’s not just versatile. This diaper bag is also super functional. It has outside and inside pockets, 3M baby bottle insulator pockets, and clever see-through plastic pockets inside so you can see what you’re looking for before you go searching. It’s relatively small, but we found it big enough for one baby, and the fact that you can open the main compartment nice and wide really helps you fit all your things in (and prevents you from randomly searching for things). But it does have a few drawbacks, given its high price (like $170). For this price, we would expect a bit higher quality on the fabrics and zippers. They’re good, but not quite on par with the heavier duty zippers of a SOHO bag, or the easy-clean fabrics of a SkipHop bag. So while it’s on our list of best diaper bags, and we think it’s worthy of inclusion, these drawbacks will keep it a bit lower in our reviews and ratings. Interested? You can check out this Ju-Ju-Be BFF diaper bag here.
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Note that there are a few diaper bags that we’ve tested and do not recommend, mostly due to concerns with quality control. These include the FIVEMAX diaper bag backpack, and the diaper bag by DoDo Babies.
When choosing the perfect baby diaper bag, there are several factors you should consider. Think about how you want to carry it. We suggest lugging around a 10-pound bag with you for an hour and see whether you find yourself wanting to throw it on your back. If so, then definitely consider one of the convertible diaper bags that can convert into a diaper bag backpack, like the Ju-Ju-Be (above). If your arms and shoulder feel fine, you might be OK with a more conventional bag. This might be a tote diaper bag that uses large handles and a shoulder strap, or a messenger style diaper bag worn across your chest. Better yet, check out the convertible diaper bags that can easily swap between a tote with shoulder straps and a diaper bag backpack. You’ll be thanking us when you take it to Disney! Also, think about what happens when you need to do other things, like pull your baby in and out of the car seat. Will it flop annoyingly off your shoulder, stay on like a baby diaper backpack, or can you place it on the ground and not worry about it getting ruined by some water or tipping over and spilling its contents? The water issue is why we don’t consider leather diaper bags in this article, given our less than stellar experience with liquids and leather bags (water, milk, lotions). But if you really want the stylish black leather diaper bag, check out the other faux leather diaper bags, like the Honest Company bag (above), a faux leather diaper backpack, or this faux leather Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag.
No matter which style you choose, you should think about how you’ll be able to put it onto one of our best strollers: down in the stroller’s basket, or would you like to hang it on the stroller’s handlebars? If the latter, you should go ahead and buy a diaper bag that includes stroller straps, like several of our top-rated bags. We suspect you’ll use that feature a lot. Of course, always use caution when hanging the diaper bag on the handlebars of your stroller: when you take your baby out, the stroller will flip over backwards (unless the bag is super light)! So definitely make sure that the stroller you choose has a nice large basket to fit your diaper bag.
To figure out how big of a baby diaper bag you’ll need, put some thought into how many things you’ll want to be carrying around. It’s not just for baby diapers and baby essentials (dont’ forget nipple cream, lotions, baby sunscreen, and maybe even one of the smaller best breast pumps), but the baby bag will also be responsible for holding the contents of your purse unless you plan on carrying both the baby bag and your purse around all day (which we don’t suggest!). So that means you’ll want to make sure the baby diaper bag is big enough to hold all of the baby essentials along with things like your wallet, keys, lip balm, tissues, makeup, sunglasses, and anything else you carry around in your purse on a daily basis. Otherwise it’s not really about finding the right diaper bags for moms, it becomes more about shoving in all the baby stuff and leaving mom’s things behind!
Also, pick a bag that will last you both in durability and style. If the bag only looks good with certain outfits, you’ll find yourself frustrated or wanting to buy multiple bags. A black or red bag, or one with relatively neutral colors/patterns can work with nearly any outfit. Of course, some of the really stylish baby diaper bags can also get really expensive; so maybe dig into some of those gift cards you might have hanging around from your baby registry, or put your favorite on a new baby registry (see our best baby registries here) if you haven’t had your baby yet! Finally, it’s worth considering a diaper bag that is water resistant, to protect the bag’s contents from damage during rain or accidentally being set on a wet surface. The Halova Diaper Bag Multifunction Waterproof Travel Backpack is a great example.