Is it possible to find a diaper bag that’s equal parts function and fashion? Or does room for a changing pad leave nothing left for style? We’re here to answer these questions with honest advice and reviews of the best diaper bags currently on the market.
Below you will find a list of top rated diaper bags together with an in depth buying guide. Who knew buying a diaper bag could be this complicated?
|Skip Hop Studio||Tote||6 x 17 x 12||12||1.8 lb||Zip, Magnetic, Snap||Female||$$|
|Storksak Olivia||Tote||5 x 17 x 12||12||2.0 lb||Zip, Magnetic||Female||$$$$|
|Okkatots Travel Baby Depot||Backpack||19 x 15 x 6||14||2.5 lb||Zip||Unisex||$$$|
|DadGear Backpack||Backpack||10 x 12 x 18||13||2.2 lb||Zip||Unisex||$$$|
|Fisher Price FastFinder||Messenger||14 x 6 x 14||11||1.5 lb||Zip, Velcro||Unisex||$|
|JJ Cole Satchel||Tote||6 x 17 x 13||11||1.5 lb||Zip||Female||$$|
|Skip Hop Duo Deluxe||Tote||4 x 13 x 14||9||1.6 lb||Zip, Magnetic||Unisex||$$|
|Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack||Backpack/Tote||5 x 13 x 13||7||3.0 lb||Zip, Velcro||Female||$$$|
Skip Hop Studio: Possibly one of the best designed bags on the list, the Skip Hop Studio is a favorite of mine and a regular best seller on Amazon. Despite looking more like a handbag, it’s got just about every feature you could want in a diaper bag. It’s ultra lightweight, contains 12 different compartments and has both metal stroller straps and metal feet to prevent scuffing. To top it all off, it can be had for less than 90 dollars. Read my full review here.
Okkatots Travel Baby Depot: Backpack diaper bags are well known for their superior comfort levels and the Baby Depot is a perfect example of this. Regardless of how much you need to carry, the adjustable, cushioned shoulder straps will keep your shoulders pain free. Available in four different colors, this low key backpack is designed with convenience in mind. Once opened, it’s endless compartments are immediately both visible and accessible. You can read my full review here.
Storksak Olivia: Available in seven different colors, this ultra stylish diaper bag from Storksak is as functional as it is eye catching. I love the combination of tote handles and removable shoulder strap. Made from nylon satin with a metal frame, it appears built to last. And despite it’s deceptively small size, it contains no less than twelve generously sized pockets. The only downside of this bag is the price. Read my full review here.
DadGear Backpack: Designed for men, the DadGear backpack is lightweight, spacious and highly functional backpack. Available in 26 different colours, it’s also one of the most stylish. It has ten interior compartments, two exterior bottle holders and one of the best designed wipe dispensers currently on the market. Choosing the best diaper bag for a women isn’t easy but for men, it’s a no brainer. Read my full review here.
Fisher Price FastFinder: Despite it’s low, low price, the Fisher Price FastFinder is a well built and feature rich diaper bag. It’s built in wipe dispenser is nothing if not convenient, and despite weighing less than 1.5 pounds, it has no less than 10 pockets. Being a Fisher Price product, it’s also very much built to last. Read my full review here.
JJ Cole Satchel: Offering designer looks on a shoe string budget, the JJ Cole Satchel is one of the best value diaper bags currently on the market. Despite looking nothing like a diaper bag, it has eleven pockets in total and can comfortable handle up to 12 diapers. It’s brightly coloured interior keeps everything easily accesible and its detacheable messenger straps makees it a comfortable carry. Read my full review here.
Skip Hop Duo Deluxe: Another Skip Hop favourite, the Duo Deluxe is a unisex messenger bag that’s even better value than the Studio. Despite its deceptively compact appearance, it’s got space for up to seven diapers. It’s also one of the very few diaper bags that are truly unisex, looking just as good on a man as it does a woman. Read my full review here.
Pickle Petunia Bottom Boxy Backpack: It would be hard to write a list of the best diaper bags without including at least one Pickle Petunia Bottom product. Their attention to detail and quirky design sense have garnered them a major following in recent years. My favourite PPB bag would have to be their Bottom Boxy Backpack. It’s not without its flaws however. Read my full review here.
With over 2000 different bags for sale on Amazon.com, it should come as no surprise that diaper bags come in a wide range of different shapes and styles. Most however, fit into one of five categories.
Tote: This is probably the most common style of diaper bag and it’s definitely the most popular. Tote bags typically come with either a shoulder strap or two short handle straps. Basic tote bags have just one large compartment but higher end versions are also available with dividers and additional smaller pockets.
Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are ideal if you’re looking for something a little more stylish. They are particularly popular with young moms and their primary selling point is that they don’t actually look like diaper bags. They generally have one long strap that can be worn either over the shoulder or across the chest.
Backpacks: Backpacks are the most functional choice. The two straps allow you to distribute weight more evenly and their hands free nature is also a definite bonus. They’re never going to score very many style points but they’re ideal for anyone who gets shoulder/back pain from dragging around baby gear all day.
Slings: A sling is similar to a backpack but instead of two straps, it has one that’s worn across the chest. Like backpacks they offer great weight distribution and keep your hands free at all times.
Fashion Bags: A fashion bag is basically any kind of diaper bag that’s designed to look like a hand bag. They’re known for being a little on the small side but they’re perfect for young moms who aren’t quite ready for that mommy label. Fashion bags come in a ridiculously wide range of shapes, styles and materials. There’s also no shortage of big name brands.
Regardless of whether you want a messenger bag or a tote, the best diaper bag for you will have the following six key features.
Sufficient Space: The first thing that you should look for in a diaper bag is sufficient space to carry all of your gear. Assuming, you’ve already had your baby, this should be pretty easy to estimate. If not, do a little research on diaper bag essentials and err on the side of too big rather than two small.
Not Too Heavy: While it’s important to purchase a diaper bag with sufficient space, you also don’t want to go overboard. The bigger the bag, the heavier it’s going to be. And if your diaper bag wears three pounds when empty, you can rest assured that you’re going to grow tired of carrying it pretty fast.
Easy Organisation: As a general rule of thumb, the more compartments and pockets the better. If all you’re dealing with is one big compartment, you’re going to spend more time trying to find things that actually changing your baby. If you’re willing to sacrifice on style, look for plenty of external pockets too.
Easy to Access: An often overlooked feature of diaper bags is just how easy they are to open and close. Avoid bags with complicated latch systems. When you’re hands are full, they’re the last thing you want. Velcro should also be avoided. It might be easy to open but it’s also noisy and you can probably guess why that’s a problem. Magnetic strips are ideal.
Comfortable to Carry: The most comfortable diaper bags are backpacks and slings but whatever design you go for, you’ll want to look for two things on the straps, cushioning and adjustability. Even the lightest of diaper bags can get surprisingly heavy when full and these two features can make all the difference.
Easy to Clean: Regardless of how careful you are, diaper bags get dirty. It doesn’t matter how stylish a particular bag is, if you can’t wipe it clean, it’s not a good purchase. Ideally, you’ll also want something that’s machine washable.
The following features aren’t exactly must haves, but they can make your life a lot easier.
Changing Pads: Most diaper bags come complete with their own changing pad. Some are designed to simply fold out while others just have their own compartment. If you’d prefer to purchase a changing pad separately, make sure that your bag of choice has room for it.
Stroller Compatibility: Provided your diaper bag is hands free, stroller compatibility isn’t absolutely necessary but it is useful. You have two options, it should either fit on your strollers handles or in the storage bin. The heavier your baby gear, the more important this feature is.
Daddy Compatibility: If you think Dad will be using your new diaper bag, try not to forget about him when making your purchase. These days, there’s no shortage of diaper bags that will look just as good on him as they do on you. Keep in mind however, that there’s also no shortage of bags that he won’t want to be seen dead with.
External Pockets: If you’re willing to lose a few style points, external pockets can be an organisational life safer. They allow you to keep all of your most used items on the outside and therefore easily accessible without opening the bag. They’re perfect for things like keys and cups.
Wipe Dispenser: These days, a surprising number of diaper bags come complete with built in wipe dispensers. The benefit of this, over purchasing your own, is that they’re typically accessible without actually opening the bag.
Brightly Colored Interiors: A surprisingly uncommon feature in diaper bags is a brightly colored interior. Black interiors might look nice but they have a nasty habit of turning diaper bags into black holes that you can’t find anything in. If you’re shopping for a particularly large diaper bag, look for one that’s colored for easy rummaging.
Metal Feet: Unlike handbags, diaper bags find themselves on the ground a lot and metal feet can prevent the bottom from getting scuffed. They add practically nothing to the weight of a bag but can keep it looking new for longer.
Eco Friendly: If you care about the environment, look for a diaper bag that’s made from eco friendly materials. Most of the top brands now produce bags that are PVC, BPA and phthalates free. Eco friendly bags are not only better for the environment, they smell better too.
Insulated Bottle Holder: Insulated bottle holders can obviously be purchased separately but a surprising number of diaper bags come with them pre installed. The advantage of this is that you always know exactly where the bottle is and it’s usually somewhere convenient.
Cell Phone Holder: Depending on your lifestyle, this will either be laughable or a must have, but these days, many diaper bags come complete with an external cell phone holder. Life safer or pointless gimmick, you decide.
How Much Space Do You Really Need?
One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing a diaper bag is underestimating just how much space they need. Your space requirements will depend not only on the number of children you have, but also on your parenting style. And there’s no easier way to regret your purchase than choosing a diaper bag that’s too small.
To get a rough idea of your space requirements, check out the following diaper bag checklist.
Are You Buying an Every Day Bag?
Some women look at diaper bags like they look at hand bags, you can never have too many. Others just want a single, high quality diaper bag that they can use day in, and day out. Before you make your purchase, try to figure out which one applies to you.
If all you want is a Saturday bag, feel free to go with something cute. But if you’re looking for an every day bag, make functionality your number one priority. Luckily, with a little bit of research, you can have both.