What are the Best Diaper Bags?
Diaper bags are a parenting essential, and the best diaper bags can really help out a parent when out and about with a little one, should you find yourself in a sticky, sticky, wet, and/or screaming situation. Diaper bags come in many sizes, styles, colors, and forms including the traditional diaper bag, cross body bags, totes, and backpacks. While some may argue that a standard backpack or tote bag would suffice, there are several things that one should consider.
Why Do You Need the Best Diaper Bags?
Firstly, when out and about with a baby or toddler, you’re going to have messes. It never fails – the “explosion” of a diaper will occur in the middle of a grocery store or other outing (trust us). Or your toddler, who is still potty training, doesn’t make it in time and you happened to choose to allow them to go out without a pull up on that day. What to do with those soiled clothes? What about bottle or sippy cup spills? Having a spill like that inside of a tote bag or backpack can result in stains and the soaking of other items in your bag. Many diaper bags will offer compartments with moisture-protective layers, to keep the dry stuff dry and the wet/dirty stuff separate!
Secondly, your little ones are going to be hungry and/or thirsty. This is especially true for newborns and infants. If you are formula feeding or choose to pump and have bottled breastmilk at the ready when out and about, you’re going to need space for those items, and for baby bottles, you may want to ensure that they do not get too cold. How will you keep those items separate from soiled clothing? Most diaper bags will offer 5 or more organizational compartments to keep all of your items separate and sanitary!
Finally, will your backpack or tote bag have room for everything you may need? A change of clothes, plenty of diapers and wipes, bottles, formula, baby food, snacks, sippy cups, pacifiers, toys, wallet, keys… the list goes on and on! Diaper bags are designed with deep main inner compartments as well as several compartments for organization, allowing you to pack everything you need for any occasion!
Choosing the Best Diaper Bag
Think of the best diaper bags as the equivalent of Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. Most diaper bags are large enough to carry the essentials as well as the “just in case” items. Don’t let anyone ridicule you into thinking that packing those extras makes you “that” parent; that over-paranoid “first timer” or obsessive helicopter parent who just does “too much”.
Please take it from our experience – there is no such thing as too much. It never fails; when you really need it, you don’t have it. Then, if you’re lucky and happen to be in a store which has the thing you need that you didn’t pack because it was “too much”, you get to walk your screaming and/or soiled child to the aisle of need, find the item (or items), walk them to the front counter, purchase said items, and then utilize the items while attempting to get back to your original task.
If you don’t happen to be in a store, or anywhere near where the thing you need may be, well, may the odds be ever in your favor. With that being said, why don’t you save yourself some time and frustration and go over this list we have provided for you of the best diaper bags of 2018? We’ve included bags that fit any budget, style or need. Enjoy!
The Best Diaper Bags
This backpack style diaper bag boasts a multi-layer composite insulation outer compartment for storing up to 3 prepared bottles. Always have one ready for your growing little one! Two side pockets allow for additional storage, and include a handy tissue/wipe dispenser built into the fabric of the pocket!
The back of the bag features a lower, outside main compartment to allow storage of wet or soiled clothing or other like items. The large inner main compartment contains 5 pockets for optimal organization. The backpack is made with waterproof oxford fabric and is available in 8 colors! Not too bad for a very affordable diaper bag!
- Waterproof fabric
- Insulated compartment for bottles
- Two main compartments for separate storage of wet/soiled items
- Does not include a matching changing pad
This traditional style diaper bag offers a large main inner compartment with two inner pockets for organization, as well as two large outer pockets for the separation of items if needed. A matching diaper changing pad is included in the purchase of this diaper bag.
The two side pockets offer special features as well; one side is a tissue/wipses dispenser, whlle the other is a zippered, insulated compartment that holds one prepared bottle. This diaper bag offers simple convenience witha few surprises – all at a low price
- Traditional style
- Side pocket wipes dispenser
- Insulated side pocket for bottle
- Includes matching diaper changing pad
- Unclear if fabric is waterproof or not
SoHo’s highly fashionable diaper bag is made to look more like a large, stylish purse or tote than a diaper bag! To top it off, this 7 piece diaper bag set is available in 3 patterns and colors, and is loaded with features!
The bag itself features a deep, wide main inner compartment with several pockets lining the inside for organization. The outside of the bag includes two side pockets, a back pocket, and two front zippered compartments, one of which also has two additional pockets inside! There is more than enough room for everything you need with this bag, and organization is a breeze.
It doesn’t stop there, though. The set includes an insulated bottle case, two bags for storage of small items, and a small handbag for mom’s things! The set also comes with a matching changing pad and stroller straps!
- 7 piece set
- Includes matching changing pad
- Includes insulated bottle case
- Unclear if fabric is water proof
This backpack-style diaper bag is available in three colors. It offers padded shoulder straps, a padded back panel for comfort, stroller loops, and a top handle. It has a large interior compartment and 11 additional compartments and pockets for ultimate organization, including two insulated pockets for bottles or food.
Additional features include a matching wipes dispenser and diaper changing pad. This one is great for practicality and functionality.
- Multiple pockets and compartments for organization
- Two insulated pockets for bottles and food
- Matching wipes dispenser and changing pad
- Unclear if fabric is water proof
This diaper bag is designed to be worn as either a backpack or a messenger bag. The main inside compartment is lined with insulation material to keep bottles warm and keep items dry and contains two inner side pockets as well as three pockets for bottles.
The outside of the bag offers two zippered side pockets, a front flap with two pockets, and a bonus expandable bottom compartment for extra diapers, clothes, blankets, etc. The bag is made from water-resistant polyester. The bag comes with a matching diaper changing pad.
- Insulated inner compartment
- Water resistant polyester
- Expandable bottom compartment
- Matching diaper changing pad
- Some buyers stated the backpack straps needed re-adjusting often
This trendy bag is made with style in mind. This functional bag includes an extra large inner compartment with twelve pockets for optimal organization, including an insulated bottle pouch. Additional bottle pouches are located on the sides of the bag.
Also included is a diaper changing pad, and get this: it converts into a clutch! That’s right, for those quick trips to the store, the clutch holds mom’s wallet, 1-2 diapers, and a few wipes so that there’s no need to carry the whole bag if it isn’t necessary!
This bag combines fashion and function. It can be carried as a messenger bag, or carried on the arm with the top handles. It inclued stroller straps for your convenience!
- Includes changing pad/clutch combo
- Insulated inner bottle pouch
- Fabric is not water resistant
Vera Bradley’s designs have been very popular in the last few years, so there’s no way we could pass up adding their diaper bag to our list! The bag offers two side pockets, a zippered outer pocket, and five mesh pockets inside the main compartment.
Carry this bag over the shoulder with adjustable straps, or attach it to your stroller with the additional stroller straps. It includes a cotton diaper changing pad. This bag is great if you’re after a trendy, fashionable bag.
- Trendy designer bag
- 100% cotton
- Changing pad included
- Fabric is not water resistant
- Does not include insulated bottle pouch
This bag is complete with 13 organizational compartments, including two large main inner compartments! The ultimate tool for organizational, and great for multiple kiddos! Other features include an outer zippered pouch and three additional matching components – an insulated bottle holder, a small clutch for phone, keys, cash, and other mom items, and an easy-to-clean changing pad.
The bag is made from water resistant fabric, and can be carried as a messenger bag or as a tote. Removable stroller clips are included.
- Water resistant fabric
- Separate clutch and insulated bottle holder
- Includes changing pad
- Available in two colors
- A bit pricey
This messenger/tote style bag comes with removable shoulder straps and patented Shuttle Clips for strollers. Sixteen organizational pockets keep everything neat and tidy. The side pockets are perfect for holding bottles. An outer, zippered personal pocket allows you to store your phone, wallet, or keys separate from the baby’s items and right within reach – no digging around inside the bag.
- Durable fabric
- Removable shoulder straps and stroller clips
- Sixteen organizational pockets
- Stroller clips only work for double strollers
- Unclear if fabric is water resistant
- Diaper changing pad not included
- A bit pricey
Reviews show that parents are loving this bag! It’s great for organization and includes thoughtful details like a felt-lined zippered pocket for fragile items like glasses or jewelry, a zippered “mommy” pocket for your essentials, and two insulated bottle pouches.
The fabric is unlike any other. It’s stain resistant, machine washable, odor resistant and, the BEST part, it filters the crumbs out of your purse. Yes, you read that right. There are drains in the bottom of your bag to let crumbs fall through. We are in love!
Carry this stylish diaper bag as a messenger bag or a tote. We love this one and we hope you will too!
- Machine washable
- Drains crumbs out of the bag
- Odor and stain resistant fabric
- Felt pouch for fragile items
- Separate pouch for mom’s essentials
- Large main inner compartment
- Available in four colors
- Does not include diaper changing pad
Compare and Choose
Use this table to compare the best diaper bags and choose the right one for you!
|HaloVa Diaper Bag||$||Backpack style bag,|
Insulated bottle compartment,
Allows separation of soiled/wet items,
Multiple organization compartments.
|Carter's Fashion Twin Print Tote Diaper Bag||$$||Side pockets wipe dispenser,|
Insulated side pocket for bottles,
Matching changing pad included.
|SoHo Designs 7 Piece Diaper Bag Set||$$||Seven piece set,|
Stylish tote bag design,
Includes matching changing pad and insulated bottle carrier.
|Eddie Bauer Back Pack Diaper Bag||$$$||Backpack design,|
Multiple pockets and compartments for organization,
Two insulated pockets for bottles and food,
Matching wipes dispenser and changing pad.
|Lekebaby Expandable Diaper Bag Backpack||$$$||Backpack/messenger bag design,|
Insulated inner compartment,
Water resistant polyester,
Expandable bottom compartment,
Matching diaper changing pad.
|Designer Diaper Bag by MB Krauss||$$$$||Stylish messenger bag/tote,|
Includes changing pad/clutch combo,
Insulated inner bottle pouch.
|Vera Bradley Stroll Around Baby Bag||$$$$||Trendy designer tote bag,|
100% cotton material,
Changing pad included.
|Isoki Baby Diaper Bag||$$$$||13 organization compartments,|
Water resistant fabric,
Separate clutch and insulated bottle holder,
Includes changing pad,
Available in two colors.
|Skip Hop Duo Double Signature Carry All Travel Diaper Bag||$$$$||Durable fabric,|
Removable shoulder straps and stroller clips,
Sixteen organizational pockets.
|Ju-Ju-Be Coastal Collection B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag **Editor's Choice**||$$$$$||Messenger/tote bag design,|
Drains crumbs out of the bag,
Odor and stain resistant fabric,
Felt pouch for fragile items,
Separate pouch for mom’s essentials,
Large main inner compartment,
Available in four colors.