The diaper bag becomes an essential part of a new parent's life—only when it's packed properly can the family leave the house. It'll be stocked with everything you could need on the go, such as wipes, a changing pad, diapers and toys. (Feeling overwhelmed? Hit up our newborn checklist to make sure you have all these items ready.)
A diaper bag, just like a purse, can also be an extension of your style. We did the research so you don't have to: check out this list of some of the best diaper bags available for new parents.
Above all, diaper bags should be lightweight and easy to clean, says Abby Ludwig, the VP of creator relations and parent education at Gugu Guru, a baby gear expert and mom of multiples. "They'll be thrown everywhere: the floor of the car, the bottom of the stroller, into shopping cart, etc," she says.
She recommends looking for a vegan leather, nylon or polyester blend which will make cleaning easier over time, and one that isn't heavy when empty. "Parents love the idea of getting large diaper bags they can stuff with everything, but you'll end up frustrated that you can't find anything in the bag and your back will hurt!" she says.
As far as features go, you'll want to also look for storage capacity, storage organization built into the bag and whether or not the bag matches your taste.
"If you don't want to carry it, you're never going to grab it to begin with," she says of how to choose a diaper bag. She's partial to bags that allow you to be completely hands-free, like a backpack or crossbody, but it's up to you what you'll carry most, and bags that have external storage pockets for last-minute additions like your phone or an extra bottle.
Ludwig loves Skiphop's diaper bags, especially the Forma, and it's easy to see why: it's lightweight, hands-free, easy to clean and comes with packing cubes to fit all the gear in nicely. There's a two-way zip closure to make getting in and out easy with one hand and several external pockets, including two for bottles and one for a phone, for easy access.
An extra wide opening to the main compartment ensures things fit in easily. The changing pad pocket holds changing pads, as well as laptops up to 15 inches. Padded straps and a top handle make it easy to grab, and the built-in stroller straps keep things nice and together while in transit.
A bag that can do it all and for under $50 is hard to find, but KeaBabies's diaper bag delivers and over 10,000 people on Amazon agree. It's waterproof, easy to clean, fits comfortably, has a waterproof diaper changing mat, has external side pockets to hold everything from bottles to toys to diapers, and is available in eight colors.
It stores diapers and wipes, plus all your other essentials, with ease. We love the high-quality finishes at an affordable price.
Beis calls this style "the anti-diaper diaper bag backpack" because it looks almost too good to be true: high style combines with functionality in a chic way. It comes with a changing pad, a wipes pocket, an odor-proof pouch to keep waste safe, a teething ring and a pacifier pouch.
Five exterior pockets hold everything you need, while padded backpack straps add comfort. It's made from nylon and vegan leather and comes in three neutral colors. Details like metal feet on the bottom, a laptop compartment and a key leash show that the brand understands new parents.
Minimalists or those with older toddlers who don't need bottles will love the look of this crossbody bag. It features two compartments: a diaper bag for all your kid's essentials and a purse for all yours. There are multiple zippered and open pockets, a key leash, a detachable pacifier clip, a wipe pocket and a foldable, wipeable changing pad.
Its crossbody style keeps everything hands-free and the vegan leather makes for a sustainable and stylish exterior. We love that it's one of the few shoulder bags on the market that genuinely features enough clever storage for moms on the go.
Lovers of luxury will adore this wipeable quilted nylon bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs, which looks so similar to other bags in the collection that no one will know it's a diaper bag. It has a top zip closure we love. This bag includes striking gold hardware and internal and external pockets.
The padded top handle straps make wearing it over the shoulder comfortable, and a long strap makes it wearable as a crossbody style.
Almost 25,000 people have rated this bag on Amazon, raving about everything from its spaciousness to its comfiness. Ludwig's also a fan. It has tons of storage in two main compartments, five insulated pockets that fit all major baby bottle brands, a wipes pocket and a changing pad.
There's a pocket for laptops and a pacifier holder and many external pockets to keep important things close. It's made from a water-resistant, tear-resistant fabric that's easily wipeable and comes with cushioned shoulder straps and a padded back panel for comfort. Stroller clips are included.
For parents who want a diaper bag to be a true extension of their style, Caraa's Cirrus is a top choice. Lightweight and made from 100% recycled water-repellent nylon, it's water-resistant and antimicrobial. While not specifically intended to be a diaper bag, parents love it because it has 11 total pockets and fits a 13-inch laptop.
This bad also has a luggage sleeve, an internal power bank and even comes with a wet bag.
Dads will love the rugged, clean look of JuJuBe's diaper bag. The backpack style features a padded, breathable mesh back panel to keep you from getting overheated and cushioned shoulder straps. It has 17 pockets to keep everything organized. There's a memory foam changing pad, a cell phone pocket, a key leash, insulated bottle pockets and a top and front large storage pocket for larger items.
There's even a nylon mesh pocket perfect for storing extra clothes. The backpack is machine washable, too.
Dagne Dover's bags are made from wipeable fabric made from 15 recycled bottles and come in stylish colors like mauve, camel and heather gray. The Indi Small Backpack fits small tablets and most breast pumps. It includes a washable zipper bag and wipeable changing mat and features an insulated neoprene water or milk bottle holder.
It's lightweight at only 3 pounds and has two exterior zippers, two exterior pockets, two-way zippers and an adjustable top. There are also stroller clips, cushioned straps, and a dedicated cell phone pocket.
Freshly Picked is known for its wipeable, vegan leather products and its diaper bag is no exception. It can be worn three ways: as a backpack, crossbody bag or purse, with options for top handle carrying, backpack straps or a long strap for crossbody wear.
Ten pockets and a magnetic front flap that closes on itself make it easy to use, and it comes with a changing pad and electronics sleeve. This backpack-style diaper bag is lightweight and includes a keyclip and insulated inside pocket with ample space. It's one of the chicest diaper backpacks on the market.
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