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The Best and Most Stylish Diaper Bags for Mom and Dad

by Amy L. Hogan


The Best and Most Stylish Diaper Bags for Mom and Dad
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Babies. They’re cute but they require a whole lot of stuff, right? And when it comes time to leave the comfort of your own home, you’re going to want — dare we say, need — a bag that can hold all of the necessities. While they’re called diaper bags, the reality is that they end up holding a whole lot more than just diapers. You’re also going to load up your diaper bag with food and formula and bottles and breast milk, your breast-pumping supplies, changes of clothes, blankets, toys, pacifiers and a million other things that you never knew you needed.

 

Sure, you could shove all of that into a plastic grocery store bag, but good luck finding that favorite pacifier when your precious one is wailing in the middle of the doctor’s office. Diaper bags are a mommy must-have because they usually have a pocket for everything and are the easiest way to keep organized.

 

 

Best Overall Diaper Bag:Ju-Ju Be Be Right Back Backpack Style Diaper Bag in Queen Of The Nile

 

Best Affordable Diaper Bag: Baby Boom Duffel Diaper Bag

 

Best Splurge Diaper Bag: Coach Baby Tote

 

Best Backpack Diaper Bag: Vera Bradley Iconic Backpack Diaper Bag

 

Best Cross-Body Diaper Bag: Diaper Bag For Baby By Zohzo

 

Best Satchel Diaper Bag: Lily Hade Madeline Brady & Silver

 

Best Diaper Bag For Dad: Lillian Rose Daddy Military Diaper Bag

 

Best Eco-Friendly Diaper Bag: Honest Everything Tote

 

Best Designer Diaper Bag:Kate Spade Watson Lane Stevie Baby Bag

 

Best Diaper Bag For The Office: Freshly Picked Ebony Classic Diaper Bag

 

Best Diaper Bag For Air Travel: Travel Waterproof Laptop Backpack Diaper Bag

 

Best Roomiest Diaper Bag: Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

 

Best Tech-Friendly Diaper Bag: XLR8 Black Diaper Bag Backpack

 

Best Disney Diaper Bag: Petunia Pickle Bottom Mickey And Minnie Mouse Sketch Backpack Diaper Bag

 

 

 

Types of Diaper Bags  

You’re going to use this bag a lot. So you’re going to want one that fits your taste and needs. And just like purses or pocket books there are many different styles of diaper bags. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular styles.

 

        • Tote

A large, open diaper bag, usually with two handles and an open top

 

        • Backpack

A diaper bag with shoulder straps to allow it to be carried on one’s back

 

        • Cross-body

A diaper bag designed to be worn diagonally on one side of the body via a long strap

 

        • Satchel

A diaper bag, often with a strap, soft sides and a flap-top closure

 

        • Designer

A diaper bags created with high-end textiles by famous design houses that resemble their iconic handbags

 

        • Tactical

A military-inspired diaper bag with lots of outer pockets, popular with men

 

Many diaper bags are convertible and can transform from a satchel to a backpack, while others include high-tech features like built-in speakers and battery chargers.

 

What to Look for in a Diaper Bag

Diaper bags come in all shapes and sizes and, of course, price ranges. Most importantly, you want one that covers the basics and has plenty of room for some diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and a bottle. But after that, there are endless possibilities and options to fit every one of your needs. If you have a lot of phones and tablets and gadgets when you’re on the go, you’ll want to check out the high-tech bags that double as portable power stations and even have speakers.

 

For moms-to-be who are all about the latest trends and hottest labels, designers like Michael Kors and Coach offer diaper bags that look more like high-end handbags than sippy cup carriers. In fact, many moms we know swear that their Michael Kors diaper bag turned into their favorite purse long after the tots were potty trained! So that occasional splurge can be worth the investment in the long run. But for moms on a budget, there are a billion much-more affordable options from much-loved brands like Skip Hop and Eddie Bauer and JJ Cole.

 

So where to begin? Start with our list below! We’ve taken the difficulty out of picking a diaper bag by sharing our top picks for 2019.

 

Image Credits: Buy Buy Baby

Best Overall Diaper Bag

Ju-Ju Be Be Right Back Backpack Style Diaper Bag in Queen of the Nile

Price:$155.00

Diaper bags don’t get any more parent approval than this one. The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is “the ultimate hybrid diaper bag” that combines the comfort of a classic, comfortable backpack with all the latest fashionable amenities. Busy moms and dads love the ergonomically curved, padded straps and the easy-access top storage and cell phone pockets. Babies will coo with delight over the memory foam changing pad, which happens to be tucked away in its own zipper compartment. Plus, the lining is antimicrobial to keep germs, mold, mildew and fungus away.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This bag is amazing. I knew I wanted a backpack so that my hands would be free when carrying the baby and this didn’t disappoint. The zippers are excellent quality and move with extreme ease. The main pocket unzips and opens flat which is ideal for loading it up.”

“I love this bag! Since I am also breastfeeding mom, it can hold all of my covers and still has enough room for diapers and wipes and even a little zipper mesh pocket I can put clothes in.”

“I love this bag. I knew I would like it but it is so functional and cute to boot. I get lots of compliments on it and it is so much better than a traditional diaper bag. Lots of pockets and stores everything I need and I carry a lot of stuff.”

Image Credits: Walmart

Best Affordable Diaper Bag

Baby Boom Duffel Diaper Bag

Price:$21.00

This duffel-style diaper bag packs a lot for not a lot of pennies. The spacious main compartment can hold diapers and extra formula and a few changes of clothes and a coloring book and some pacifiers and a blanket. It also comes with a changing pad. The adjustable strap makes it a sure bet when it comes to comfort, no matter who’s carrying it around. And we love that adorable zebra print. It’s just the right amount of whimsy.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This bag has tons of space. I love the way the zipper at the top is two zippers that pull open with a strap attaching them together. The design is cute too.”

“This diaper bag is the perfect size to carry everything you need for your newborn.”

“I really like the pink, it’s so bright and cheerful and the fabric is pretty. The zebra is super cute and my daughter loves it for my granddaughter.”

Image Credits: Coach

Best Splurge Diaper Bag

Coach Baby Tote

Price:$295.00

The Coach diaper bag is all grown up and as useful as it is glamorous. We consider it to be way more sophisticated than most luxe options. Moms love this diaper bag, which is available in black and soft gold or navy and silver, because even after their babies are out of diapers they admit to using it for years as a laptop tote and carry-on bag. It’s got a plethora of pockets, included a changing pad and a detachable strap for shoulder or cross-body wear. No matter how you choose to use it, this Coach diaper bag will be a timeless addition to your accessories collection.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This looks way more like a trendy Coach bag than a diaper bag. I was really excited to have this.”

“I love this bag! I use it with both kids and have never had an issue.”

“This is the diaper bag I tell all my friends and co-workers to get. It’s trendy but functional. It doesn’t get messy and holds plenty of baby necessities.”

Image Credits: Vera Bradley

Best Backpack Diaper Bag

Vera Bradley Iconic Backpack Diaper Bag

Price:$150.00

There are so many features that make this Vera Bradley diaper bag the best of the backpack styles. It’s made of lightweight microfiber polyester. The exterior has two convenient side pockets and a front zip pocket, while the interior boasts a padded laptop sleeve and two elastic mesh pockets as well as a changing pad. The solid color, either black or blue, makes is ideal for use by both parents who appreciate having their hands free.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This diaper bag is so easy. So organized. I have tried every bag on the market and nothing compares to this one. I especially love that it has a mommy pocket to keep all of my own things easily within reach.”

“I have no cons about this Vera Bradley diaper bag. I only wish they made other prints because I’ve tried other diaper bags but this one is the best. It is the perfect size and has great features and a space for everything.”

“I absolutely love this bag. The straps are very sturdy and I’ve actually purchased a few of them because I’m so worried Vera Bradley will stop making them.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Bess Cross-Body Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag for Baby by Zohzo

Price:$29.00

A lightweight cross-body diaper bag is a must-have for most moms. This one has a removable stroller strap and 11 pockets, which makes sorting out all of your kids’ necessities a breeze. The thermal-insulated bottle pocket protects drinks and meals from temperature changes, and there’s even a protective pacifier pouch. Busy moms all agree that this Zohzo cross-body bag is the best for loading up and slinging over your shoulder for a day out with the little ones.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I purchased this bag to use as my hospital go bag and it was perfect. It’s deep enough to hold a couple outfits for me and all of the stuff I need for my newborn.”

“This is the perfect diaper bag. It’s super cute and even my husband doesn’t mind carrying it. I threw out the other two diaper bags I had when I started using this one. It’s great. Highly recommend this diaper bag.”

“I got this bag for my daughter. She likes the easy access for the wet wipes and loves all the pockets. This is her fifth child so she has been through some bags and knows what works and what doesn’t. She said she’d get this bag for all of her pregnant friends.”

Image Credits: Lily Jade

Best Satchel Diaper Bag

Lily Jade Madeline Brandy & Silver

Price:$345.00

Leave it to Lily Jade to transform a satchel diaper bag into a luxurious leather experience. The small-batch limited edition satchel diaper bag is tanned and finished with fine waxes and oils and is made by hand in New York state. Because of the nature of natural leather, no two of these bags are exactly alike, and this one has plenty of pockets to keep all of baby’s necessities within reach. This satchel has a secret, though: It can easily convert to a backpack or messenger bag in seconds, to suit every parent’s needs.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I love the horizontal packing and the other slip pockets. Now that my youngest is older I use this as a tote for weekend getaways.”

“I ordered this Lily Jade because I wanted to invest in a bag that will look nice, carry whatever we might need for a family outing and weather gracefully. I have not been disappointed.”

“Highly recommend this bag. Yes it’s pricy but the quality is so amazing that I plan to carry this as a purse forever. It actually gets better with age and wear. The leather of Lily Jade diaper bags is so supple and amazing, I never want another bag.”

Image Credits: Walmart

Best Diaper Bag for Dad

Lillian Rose Daddy Military Diaper Bag

Price:$61.00

Guys go nuts for this tactical diaper bag! This is the diaper bag for every dude with a little one on the way, as well as a perfect gift for the veteran dads who’ve been in the toddler trenches for a while. Its earthy, camouflage coloring makes it a sporty, fun and comfortable way to carry all of baby’s must-have items. The tactical diaper bag, made of durable cotton and polyester materials, has got a patch that reads “Daddy, Always Ready, Always There” and has been designed to be carried comfortably over the shoulder.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I got this as a gift for my husband, a Marine. The quality is great and I was impressed. Overall a great buy!”

“My son-in-law has no problem carrying all the baby gear around on outings with this bag.”

“So far this bag has been great. Made a whole military themed gift for my soldier husband and this worked out so well with the theme. Highly recommend. He loved it.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Eco-Friendly Diaper Bag

Honest Everything Tote

Price:$170.00

The Honest Company created the cutest handbag-style diaper bag with 100% polyurethane vegan leather. The structured design is timeless, and two interior insulated pockets are the perfect size to hold drinks and snacks. The main body of the water-resistant bag is roomy enough to keep a change of clothes, plus diapers, wipes and toys. Lovers of the environment and stylish accessories agree that this eco-friendly diaper bag is a smart pick.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This bag is extremely durable and because it is made of vegan leather it never scratches. Vegan leather means it is also stain and water resistant. Which anyone with children can sympathize with me when i say i LOVE anything that can be wiped down with a diaper wipe.”

“I LOVE this diaper bag. It is so nice looking and all the pockets are so convenient. I love that it looks like an oversized purse rather than a diaper bag.”

“This is such a great diaper bag! I really wanted something that didn’t scream “BABY BAG!” I am a working mom and I wanted something a little more professional looking.”

Image Credits: Kate Spade

Best Designer Diaper Bag

Kate Spade Watson Lane Stevie Baby Bag

Price:$398.00

This Kate Spade diaper bag looks a lot more like a designer purse than a Pampers pouch, which is exactly what we love about it. It’s as elegant and perfectly made as it is practical, with a wipeable interior and handy stroller strap. The Watson Lane Stevie is crafted from sturdy jersey-backed nylon and features exterior bottle pockets and a section just for the changing pad.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I got this Kate Spade diaper bag as a shower gift from my mom and I loved it so much that I got one in a print! It’s got lots of pockets and side pockets. And I like that you can hang the bag low on a stroller.”

“I have used this Kate Spade diaper bag for the past four years with two kids. And it still looks brand new and is in great shape. It is very roomy and allows me to use one bag for both boys when we go out.”

“I love, love, love this diaper bag. It’s roomy and has a spot for everything you can think of for baby. Attaching it to a stroller handles is an added bonus.”

Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Diaper Bag for the Office

Freshly Picked Ebony Classic Diaper Bag

Price:$175.00

The Freshly Picked Diaper bag in Ebony slips seamlessly from the playground and play dates to boardrooms and business lunches. Working moms and dads appreciate the large capacity of the central space and the 10 separate pockets that hold every essential for work and play for the whole family. It’s functional as well as beautiful and can be easily wiped clean. The durable materials and luxe hardware make this a diaper bag that anyone would be proud to carry into the office.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Beautiful and stylish diaper bag. Could wear alone as back pack purse. Gender neutral enough that my husband will carry it. The top flap zips and buttons. Inside is nylon, easy to wipe down with spills. Converts from back pack to shoulder bag easily.”

“This backpack can fit tons of stuff for baby! I love all the details in the components of the bag - the key ring, insulated bottle pocket, & diaper changing pad pocket slip. This bag was definitely designed by a mom for moms. Also, love how trendy and chic it looks!”

“It's so deep that it fits everything I need for all three kids and even when I stuff it to the brim its never boxy looking. Keeps it's shape. LOVE the insulated interior pocket. I found that a lot of other backpacks didn't offer that.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Diaper Bag for Air Travel

Travel Waterproof Laptop Backpack Diaper Bag

Price:$43.00

When you’re vacationing with your family, you have enough to worry about besides whether or not your diaper bag is up to the task and travel standards. This sleek grey backpack by KidsPro is waterproof and easy to clean. It’s large and sturdy and has 18 pockets, which is plenty to keep multiple kids and both parents organized. We love that the grey fabric is unisex and timeless enough to transition straight from the newborn phase to the empty nester years without ever going out of style.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This bag is excellent, top quality. The best. I love everything about it.”

“This bag has so many pockets but the best thing is that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag. My husband doesn’t even complain about carrying this one. It’s large and it keeps me organized.”

“With our third on the way we wanted to get a new diaper bag that is stylish and had room for tons of items. This bag is spacious. Don’t hesitate to get this. It is great quality, fashionable and durable.”

Image Credits: Target

Roomiest Diaper Bag

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

Price:$47.00

This is the diaper bag to load up with everything your baby could possibly need or want when away from home. It’s got a giant zip closure compartment and a whopping 10 pockets, two of which are elasticized to fit most bottles and sippy cup sizes. It can even hold tablets and laptops as big as 15 inches. Thanks to the grab handles and adjustable shoulder strap, this chevron Skip Hop diaper bag is as easy to tote around as it is to stuff full of baby necessities.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This bag is durable and cute for boys or girls. My baby is a newborn and this bag is super cute and holds everything I need.”

“I love this bag. I do love all the pockets but my favorite part is probably the stroller buckles/straps. It’s a lifesaver.”

“I love this bag. It’s everything it says it is. Nice outside pockets and snaps to the stroller. It’s everything it says it is and a great buy.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Tech-Friendly Diaper Bag

XLR8 Black Diaper Bag Backpack

Price:$180.00

Welcome to the future of diaper bags! Besides having a place to store every diaper, bottle, wipe, burp cloth, pacifier, onesie, blanket and favorite toy, this powerful backpack-style diaper bag also has a 7800 mAh power bank to charge all of your gadgets as well as a Bluetooth speaker to play baby’s favorite lullabies anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re commuting across town or hiking across America, this is the one diaper bag that can tackle all of your tasks while keeping your items tidy.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Love the many pockets and the charger came in handy for my phone. Love that I could have the charger in the backpack and put the cord through the holes it had and use my phone for the GPS while it was charging.”

“Love that there are lots of pockets! I am able to store baby supplies and personal items without having to empty the entire bag to get a particular item out. I love the pacifier pocket! It's stylish and doesn't completely look like a diaper bag.”

“OMG this diaper bag is amazing I purchased it for a friend and he is beside himself he uses it even when he doesn’t need a diaper bag.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Disney Diaper Bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom Mickey and Minnie Mouse Sketch Backpack Diaper Bag

Price:$215.00

Disney fans and new moms and dads alike will be delighted by the stylized sketches of the famed mice on this cool backpack diaper bag. The iconic Mickey and Minnie, who celebrate their 90th birthday this year, add a touch of Disney magic to this bag, which is part of the collaboration between Disney Baby and the lifestyle brand Petunia Pickle Bottom. The water-resistant interior and genuine leather trim are nice, but the wider zip-open top and exterior bottle pockets are the biggest assets to this diaper bag backpack. It’s equally perfect for Disney trips and grocery store runs.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This diaper bag is the diaper bags of all diaper bags. The pattern is cute and true to picture. The outside fabric is very heavy duty and easy to wipe clean making it worry free of where you set it down.”

“It’s so spacious where it fits clothes for my 4yo and infant! Diaper changes are a breeze in public bc of the foldout, I simply place the backpack down, unzip and lay my baby down effortlessly. I also keep baby food jars (four to be exact) in one of the outside pockets while I store the squeeze spoon, hairbrush and a teething toy on the other.”

“This has been a great diaper bag for us! It comes with stroller straps, which we really like. It has a good amount of space for looking so compact, and also has a good number of storage segments inside the main part. The changing pad has also come in handy for us numerous times. I highly recommend this bag!”