Get a bang for your buck or splurge away — you’ll be getting plenty of use out of your diaper bag! Don’t settle for pastel hues and cartoonish characters if that ain’t your thing. Trust us, diaper bags can be quite fashionable. And when it comes to style and functionality, we’ve got you covered. We know you’ll feel confident loading up your baby’s essentials into one of these fab picks — from colorful carryalls to neutral totes. More at www.brandreviewly.com.
How we chose our best picks
We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the weight best diaper bags.
Hip Cub Weekender Tote
From a daily diaper bag to a weekend tote for your kids’ sleepover with grandma and grandpa, this 9-pocket canvas favorite features an on-trend pattern that is “totes adorbs.”
Dads won’t even mind transporting it when needed. It’s not too bulky but big enough to handle the accessories of more than one child and its wipeable interior makes sticky spills a breeze to clean.
We loved our winners so much and we even had a chance to prove just how useful they are by taking them with us on vacation to Hawaii! The Skip Hop Chelsea, Skip Hop Forma, and Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel further cemented their award winning status as we tested their tensile on the road.
Arrows Weekender Diaper Bag by White Elm
You’re going to love this diaper bag if you want to look stylish, yet laid-back, like a Cali or Colorado mom! The nature-inspired print works year-round, and this affordable bag features double vegan leather straps. The bag has six deep pockets for anything you’ll need to bring along with you. So chill!
Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag
The Duo has lots of pockets – four on the inside and six on the outside – to keep all your odds and ends organized, including a fast-access cell phone pocket for you. But what Babylist parents appreciate most about this over-the-shoulder tote is how easily it clips onto a stroller.
“It holds a lot and has lots of pockets. The stroller clips are a really great feature.” – Liz
SoHo Collection Grand Central Station
For mamas who love extra accessories, this affordable 7-piece set is exactly what you’re looking for.
In addition to the roomy tote that looks like it belongs on a trip to the Hamptons, there’s a small purse with carrying strap for mom, a changing pad, two different size accessory bags for keeping things separate (and clean), an insulated bottle bag, and handy stroller attachments.
Skip Hop Chelsea
It was a close race for our Editors’ Choice Award, but ultimately the top scorer was the Skip Hop Chelsea.
We loved the versatile carrying options and how easy it was to switch from carrying it like a handbag to a shoulder bag and attaching it to a stroller was a breeze, although BabyGearLab does NOT recommend this as it poses a risk for strollers to tip over backwards. More at www.brandreviewly.com/choosing-best-baby-diaper-bag.
The metal hardware looked crisp juxtaposed against the faux leather and other fabrics used on the bag. There are plenty of pockets, but alas, no insulated ones for keeping a bottle warm/cold. We were glad to see metal feet and a quality, washable changing pad. While we did run into a small problem with the zipper pulls (one detached!), this gave us an opportunity to investigate the warranty process at Skip Hop which proved extremely valuable. Without a doubt, this bag is durable, easy to organize and stylish.
You could save money by using a bag you already own. Some parents find a structured tote like a laptop bag works well. But bags designed for hauling baby paraphernalia usually have more pockets—some up to 14. Plus they usually come standard with a washable diaper-change pad, insulated bottle pockets, compartments for baby wipes, and lightly padded shoulder straps. If you want to use your own bag, you can purchase something like the Pronto changing station from Skip Hop, which has a foldout changing pad and a pocket for wipes.
Keep your partner in mind when choosing a best baby diaper bag. One parent might prefer a backpack style to more evenly distribute the bag’s weight, while another might like a messenger style. When it comes to fabric patterns, get one that neither of you will mind carrying. If you can’t agree on one bag, get a second one—and stock them so you’re both ready to head out the door.