The diaper bag is one of the most essential elements of a prepared parent. Once you leave the house, you will need diapers, baby wipes, a changing pad, snacks, bottles, burping cloths, pacifiers, lotions, diaper creams, and a change of clothes.
The good news is that there are hundreds of 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!
To find you the most stylish and functional diaper bag of 2018, we put a total of 27 diaper bags through hands-on reviews. We stuffed them, tossed them on the ground, tried out the insulated bottle pockets, spilled milk in them, forced the zipper open and shut, and put a 25-pound weight inside to make sure the shoulder and hand straps weren't going to break. We found a ton of great diaper bags. Note that most of these come in several different colors and patterns, so don't judge them simply by the one photo we've included!
Here are the Best Diaper Bags of 2018!
This 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 stylish thick quilted exterior with gold 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, though 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 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 insulated bottle pouches on the sides, 2 front pockets and 1 rear pocket (all 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 a minor gripe: we wish the large exterior pocket was zippered or buttoned.
From the moment we opened the box, we fell in love with this diaper bag! It perfectly demonstrates the intersection between style and functionality. For style, it uses a classy New York style colors and black stripe pattern, with light brown leather accents. We loved the look. But we were even more impressed by the functionality. This bag gets things done. It is big, 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 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 pricy, usually around $75. Highly recommended!
Do you like the SkipHop Grand Central, but think it's a bit too pricey? Then this is definitely the next-best option for you. This second best diaper bag, the SOHO Grand Central, is similarly styled with some very similar functionalites, 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 bottle bag, a separate diaper clutch, 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 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!
This is an awesome backpack-style diaper bag that is 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 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! And it has some great features. First, we loved the side bottle 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. So if you're looking for the comfort and convenience of a backpack, this is a great option!
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 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 features galor: 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 bottle 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, diapers, and an extra change of clothes. And there was still room to spare. So 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 bag 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 backpack diaper bag that is versatile and highly functional. Only a couple 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.
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 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 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 bag 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!
This is our highest-ranking convertible diaper bag, and we love the style and functionality of this versatile 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 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 you 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.
SkipHop makes some excellent diaper bags, and this one is no exception. The 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 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, bottles, cloths, Being relatively tall, we found that when it was fully loaded it did have a tendency 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. Also the changing pad was a bit small relative to some others on this list. So this is an excellent diaper bag, with some minor drawbacks.
When choosing the perfect 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 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 backpack. You'll be thanking us when you take it to Disney!
No matter which style you choose, you should think about how you'll be able to put it onto your stroller: 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.
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.