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Leaving the house with a new baby can feel intimidating — especially with needing to have diapers, bottles, pacifiers, diapers, lovies, more diapers, and clean clothes on hand. How can you be expected to manage all those needs and get through the grocery store?
Enter the perfect diaper bag. Finding the right combination of size, style, organization, budget, and usefulness can be a challenge. There are so many bags on the market, how can you know which one is right for you?
We’ve got you covered.
Best backpack diaper bags: Itzy Ritzy Boss Diaper Bag Backpack, Ruvalino Multifunction Travel Backpack
Best convertible diaper bags: JuJuBe B.F.F. Diaper Bag, Milkmaid Goods Brooklyn Backpack
Best tote diaper bags: Happ Paige Carryall, The Honest Company Everything Tote
Best diaper bags for the essentials: Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station, Munchkin Designer Diaper Changer
Best diaper bags for multiple kids: Skip Hop Duo Weekender Diaper Bag, Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
Best diaper bags that don’t look like diaper bags: Miss Fong Diaper Bag Backpack, Vera Bradley Ultimate Diaper Bag
Best diaper bags for dad/grandma/anybody: Ruvalino Large Travel Diaper Tote, Vianetic Smart 5-in-1 Diaper Backpack
Best sustainable diaper bags: Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag, Linda Diaper Bag
Best diaper bag organizer: ToteSavvy Original Bag Organizer
We’re also busy parents who appreciate the appeal of the right bag. Some of these are bags we’ve used. For those we haven’t personally used, we consulted reviews. We also talked with other parents, from those with newborns to those with preschoolers, parents to single babies and multiple kids, and parents with a variety of style and budget needs.
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
Best backpack diaper bags
Backpacks have the advantage of leaving your hands free for baby wrangling, stroller pushing, snack feeding, and all the other things that will keep you busy on the go.
We’re just going to start by saying this: 17 pockets. If you’re super into organization, you can bet there’s a pocket for everything in this bag.
In addition to the storage, this bag is a stylish option, thanks to vegan leather accents and gorgeous color options. The front section fully unzips for easy access to all your gear.
And for anyone who’s had to put their bag on a dirty bathroom floor — the base features rubber feet you can easily clean with a sanitizing wipe.
- includes stroller straps and changing pad
- variety of color options
- lots of storage and organization
- some small pockets
- no pouch for wipes
- heavier than many other bags
Tons of pockets, an included changing pad, and a simple, stylish design make this backpack appealing to many. Parents are big fans of the one-handed accessibility of many of the pockets, not to mention the design of the pockets and sections that allow for easy organization.
Many reviewers appreciate the company’s good customer service and the lower price compared with some similar options.
- slide pockets big enough for a water bottle
- wipes pocket included
- two large main sections (one can even hold your laptop)
- doesn’t include stroller straps
- some small pockets
- some reviewers report zipper issues
Best convertible diaper bags
These bags combine the great benefits of backpack-style bags with the benefit of being able to quickly convert to crossbody bags to hand carry bags or to hang from the stroller.
With a variety of gorgeous patterns, this one almost looks too nice to use as a diaper bag, but built-in crumb drains and the fact that you can machine-wash this bag means you totally can. The detachable straps allow you to shift from backpack to crossbody without the added bulk of extra straps in the way.
The bag comes with an included changing mat, but there are additional accessories — that you can find in matching fabrics — available for purchase if a coordinated set is your thing.
- multiple pattern options
- washable and durable
- lots of room for storage and organization
- small side pockets
- must purchase stroller straps separately
This vegan leather option comes with a coordinating changing pad and a matching wristlet. This simple design doesn’t have as many pockets or pouches as some others, but it’s not lacking when it comes to simple style.
The large outside pockets allow for easy access and can fit a water bottle. The patterned lining is a nice surprise.
- comes with useful add-ons like a messenger strap and wristlet
- easily wipes clean
- classic style
- no insulated pockets
- heavier than some other backpacks
- stroller straps sold separately
Best tote diaper bags
If you’re the throw-it-over-your-shoulder-and-go type, these totes will fit the bill. They allow for easy access to all the supplies you have on hand.
If you’ve always envied Mary Poppins’ bottomless satchel, this is the bag for you. The wide opening allows for easy access to the six interior pockets, including two bottle pockets.
The material gives the bag a unique, quilted look, and it keeps the unpacked weight under 2 pounds. There are a variety of matching accessories available for purchase. Hidden pockets make a great place to stash your phone or keys while on the go.
- comes with detachable stroller strap
- unique style
- changing pad sold separately
- doesn’t attach to stroller
This black, vegan leather option leaves out all the chemicals for a naturally stylish bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag — except for all the pockets (seven on the outside, along with two insulated pockets inside).
Additionally, there’s a zippered pocket that’s lined to store wet items. How useful is that? Interior stroller straps can be used or stowed away, as needed.
- includes shoulder strap and changing pad with pocket
- stylish design
- stain and water resistant
- heavy material
- not sized for multiple kids
- some reviewers report zipper issues
Best diaper bags for the essentials
Whether you want something to toss in your purse for a quick Target run or a smaller bag you can carry on an afternoon hike, these pint-sized options still pack functional punch.
This clutch folds up with its own wipe-off changing mat and room for a few diapers, wipes, and your essentials. You can easily toss it into the stroller basket for a jog around the neighborhood with your baby, or you can just grab it when you’re heading out for a quick errand and don’t want to lug all the things.
Heck, it’s a great size for packing up and leaving in the car for that inopportune moment when you finally get on the road for the day and realize that you’ve forgotten diapers. Or wipes. Or matching shoes.
OK, it won’t actually help with the last one, but hey, we’ve all been there.
- functional design
- must be carried in a larger bag for regular use
- somewhat large to keep in a purse
If you’ve ever had to try to navigate your stroller into a public restroom, you’ll be grateful for a diaper clutch that allows you to skip that part of the fun.
This super-compact clutch is just right for tossing into a purse or larger diaper bag. You can easily grab it, leaving someone else to watch the stroller and all the gear while you make quick work of a diaper change with the included mat and wipes container.
- small size makes it easy to keep on hand
- small changing mat
- have to restock often
Best diaper bags for multiple kids
Whether you’re jumping right into the multiple kids ring with new twins or triplets or you’re adding another baby while your first still needs diapers, snacks, and other toddler gear, these bags have enough space to manage it all.
Long distance travel may not be the first thing you’re thinking about as a parent of multiple kids, but the extra room this diaper bag offers will be appreciated even if you’re just taking a trip to the local park.
Two multipurpose packing cubes allow you to keep different children’s items separate. The insulated side pocket even holds two bottles, should you have two littles who both need milk kept cold.
It includes a machine washable diaper changing pad and detachable stroller straps. Should you decide you do want to brave some travel, a sleeve on the back slides over rolling luggage handles to make this diaper bag a breeze to get around the airport.
- includes two multipurpose packing cubes
- included diaper changing pad is machine washable
- has a luggage sleeve to free-up hands during travel
- bag is bigger and can be heavy when packed full
- some users wish it had a few more internal pockets
The included zip-out changing pad means that everything stays close at hand when diaper changing on the go. This large, backpack-style option can also be used with the included cross-body strap or stroller straps.
The deep interior holds a ton — one of the reasons this works great for multiple kids at once. It can also work for multiple parent: One reviewer shares that it was comfortable to wear for both her and her much taller spouse.
- variety of patterns and materials
- plenty of storage space
- easily adjustable
- no outside pocket for phones or keys
- reviewers say some fabrics don’t hold up as well as others
Best diaper bags that don’t look like diaper bags
Once upon a time your diaper bag options were limited to nursery-style cartoon prints and pastel options emblazoned with formula or diaper brand names. Now, you can shop a whole range of stylish bags that nobody would guess are outfitted for all your baby needs.
This faux leather convertible backpack offers functionality and style. Reviewers love the light-colored lining and seven inside pockets that mean things don’t get lost inside.
There are lots of color options to choose from, and each comes with a coordinating changing pad, shoulder strap, and stroller straps. This bag looks like similar, more expensive options with a much friendlier price point.
- multiple color options
- inside pockets help with organization
- comes with shoulder and stroller straps
- not as much storage as other bags
- need two hands to access zipper compartments
- some reviewers say it’s not the sturdiest option
This machine washable bag has all the pockets you need to store supplies, but looks more like a designer bag than a diaper bag. The bag is 100 percent quilted cotton and can be purchased in a number of signature Vera Bradley color and pattern styles.
It includes detachable stroller straps and a padded cross-body shoulder strap. The bag’s pockets include two insulated ones for bottles and a hidden one for keys, credit cards, etc. Additionally, the bag comes with a section for dirty items and a washable changing pad.
- machine washable
- includes changing pad and ditty bag
- some users feel this bag was a little small
- the colors and patterns can bright bright, which may not appeal if you prefer a muted bag
Best diaper bags for dad/grandma/anybody
Many families share child care duties, whether that means separate households or extended family members pitching in for day care drop-offs. If you’re looking for a bag that multiple caregivers can easily share, check out these options.
Despite the generous size, this bag is lightweight — only 2 pounds! You’ll appreciate this feature when you’re packing it up with all the supplies to send your little one off to a sleepover at grandma’s or getting ready for taking your infant on their first flight.
Did we mention that it can hang from the stroller and also has a luggage strap to allow you to easily navigate the airport? The neutral colors and variety of carry options make it easy to share. But one of the best features of this bag has to be the price.
- easy to clean
- includes plenty of pockets with zippered and insulated options
- might be larger than needed for everyday use
- some reviewers say it’s not structured enough
- smaller items may get lost inside
If you want to be sure whoever is with baby can always keep in touch, check out this option, which includes a USB charger! There’s also a padded laptop sleeve if you’re on the go and want to get some work done or shop online while baby naps.
The 5-in-1 refers to included features: In addition to the bag itself, you get a pull-out organizer, detachable diaper pad (which folds out from the bag’s cover), stroller straps, and an insulated thermal pack that can hold up to three baby bottles, multiple food containers, or… a bottle of wine!
Reviewers appreciate that the material is water resistant and that the two side bottle pockets are easy to access. One mom even points out that this bag allowed her to pack her breast pump for weekend getaways.
- lots of storage and pockets
- comes with many useful accessories
- magnetic closer can be tricky, according to some reviewers
- not fully washable
- not as much storage as other options
Best sustainable diaper bags
If you dream of making the world a better place for your child, you might already be a fan of products made with sustainable materials or that give back in some way. Here are a couple of diaper bags striving to make the world better.
This bag is made from water bottles, which helps decrease landfill waste. It also has a wet bag pocket to support the use of cloth diapers even on the go!
Available in blue and black, this bag has a top grab handle and backpack straps. Additionally, it comes with a removable messenger bag strap so it can be worn a variety of ways.
It includes a roll-out changing pad with built-in side walls for privacy.
- made from recycled water bottles
- includes changing pad with side walls for privacy
- includes a removable messenger bag strap
- an expensive bag
- not machine washable
This company started out supporting low income entrepreneurs overseas, but now hires women in the United States experiencing poverty and unemployment.
A customizable bag, you’ll choose the color, hardware, interior fabric, pocket fabric, and lining. You can even add on additional pockets for extra money.
- customizable with lots of color options
- supports individuals in need of a job with livable wage
- an expensive bag option
- takes several weeks to make and receive
Best diaper organizer
While not a complete diaper bag on its own, sometimes a diaper bag organizer is all you need to turn your favorite handbag or backpack into the diaper bag of your dreams.
This removable insert keeps supplies organized with 11 pockets (including an insulated pocket), key clasp, and changing pad. It also comes in a variety of colors, so you can find one that matches the lining of your bag (or just appeals to you!)
One thing to keep in mind is this is designed for larger bags, so you’ll want to make sure it will fit in your preferred one.
- has 11 pockets (including an insulated one)
- includes a washable changing mat
- lots of color options
- won’t fit inside all bags
- costs more than some full bags
- Overall size and weight. If the bag starts out huge and heavy, adding enough gear for a full day with your little one isn’t going to make it any easier to manage.
- Material. Babies are messy. You want a bag that isn’t too challenging to keep clean.
- Cost. There’s a wide range available, so you can find a bag that fits your needs no matter your budget.
- Included accessories. Some bags include changing pads, stroller straps, and other accessories. If those aren’t included, factor in what it’ll cost to buy separately.
- Closures. If the bag tips or falls, are you going to be chasing bottles and toys across the parking lot? Do you need two hands to be able to get to the pacifier pouch?
- Features. If you want carrying options or the ability to hang the bag from your stroller, make sure that those are available for your bag of choice.
- Usage. Are you looking for a bag for your cloth-diapered newborn or for your three under 3? Does the bag need to stand up to the outdoors? Consider your lifestyle and needs.
- Who’s using it? Is it yours and yours alone, or are you sharing the bag with dad, grandma, or another caregiver? Is it comfortable for everyone using it?
|Diaper bags||Price||What’s included||Best for|
|Itzy Ritzy Boss Diaper Bag Backpack||$$$||17 pockets (2 insulated ones), stroller straps, changing pad, vegan tassel, and rubber bag feet||people who want a vegan leather backpack|
|Ruvalino Multifunction Travel Backpack||$||16 pockets (including insulated ones and a diaper organizer) and 2 large compartments, changing pad||people who want a spot for their laptop|
|JuJuBe B.F.F. Diaper Bag||$$$||insulated pockets, crumb drains, memory foam changing pad, and lifetime warranty||people who hate crumbs at the bottom of their bag|
|Milkmaid Goods Brooklyn Backpack||$$||9 pockets, wristlet, detachable cross-body strap, and changing pad||people who want a vegan leather backpack and a wristlet|
|Happ Paige Carryall||$$$||10 pockets and detachable cross-body strap||people who want something lightweight|
|The Honest Company Everything Tote||$$$||9 pockets (including 2 insulated), shoulder strap and changing pad with zippered pocket||people who want a vegan bag that can fit in during the day and night|
|Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station||$||zippered and mesh pocket, changing pad and wipe case||people who want a quick way to change diapers|
|Munchkin Designer Diaper Changer||$||snapping strap, zippered and mesh pocket, changing pad, and wipe case||people who only need a few diapers and wipes|
|Skip Hop Duo Weekender Diaper Bag||$$$||2 multipurpose packing cubes, detachable stroller straps, and machine washable changing pad||people who travel frequently|
|Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack||$$$||6 pockets, top grab handle, built-in changing station, and stroller straps||people who want the option of a backpack or crossbody bag that can also attach to a stroller|
|Miss Fong Diaper Bag Backpack||$$||16 pockets (including 2 insulated), 2 stroller straps, 1 adjustable shoulder strap, and changing pad||people who want lots of outside pocket access|
|Vera Bradley Ultimate Diaper Bag||$$$||hidden pocket, 2 insulated pockets for bottles, removable stroller straps, padded removable cross-body adjustable strap, ditty bag, and washable changing pad||people who love a colorful designer bag|
|Ruvalino Large Travel Diaper Tote||$||14 pockets (including 3 insulated), built-in stroller straps, luggage sleeve, and adjustable shoulder strap||people who plan to fly or take longer trips|
|Vianetic Smart 5-in-1 Diaper Backpack||$$$||thermal pack, changing pad, pull out organizer, stroller straps, magnetic release lock, and anti-theft pocket||people who like all the latest technology|
|Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag||$$$||roll-out changing pad, wet bag pocket, and removable messenger bag strap||people who love recycling and want a built-in changing pad|
|Linda Diaper Bag||$$$||a customizable bag- you can choose the color, hardware, fabric, and even add additional pockets||people who want to customize their own bag|
|ToteSavvy Original Bag Organizer||$$||11 pockets (including an insulated one), key clasp, and a washable changing mat||people who already have a backpack or purse they love|
How is a diaper bag different from a regular bag?
In many ways, diaper bags are similar to any other bag you might have. However, diaper bags typically have more pockets and built-in organizational systems to make it easier to store many different items. Diaper bags also generally have easy wipe surfaces or are machine washable to make inevitable spills easier to clean.
Can I use any bag as a diaper bag?
Yes, almost any bag can act as a diaper bag. If you’re going to use a backpack or regular hand bag as a diaper bag, you may want to buy a diaper bag organizer insert or some extra storage containers to keep things organized and safe inside it.
How long do you use a diaper bag?
As long as your little one is still in diapers, you’ll probably need to have a diaper bag with you when you’re out and about. Even after your child is potty trained, you may find that a diaper bag is still useful for holding snacks, water bottles, hand sanitizers, and playground toys. You can use your diaper bag for as long as you want!
Ready to take your baby out and about? We promise a bag with plenty of pockets to hold everything can make it more manageable. With so many stylish options to choose from, you don’t even have to worry about the bag clashing with your favorite outfit!