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The Best Diaper Bags of 2024—With Style, Organization and Budget In Mind
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February 29, 2024

The Best Diaper Bags of 2024—With Style, Organization and Budget In Mind

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The Best Diaper Bags of 2024—With Style, Organization and Budget In Mind

Gone are the days of leaving your house with just your keys and your phone. For such tiny people, babies and toddlers sure do require a lot of stuff: diapers and wipes, of course, but also bottles, snacks, toys, books, blankets. A well-stocked and organized diaper bag is truly a must-have whether you’re just running a quick errand or spending the day out.

But you don’t need to sacrifice your personal style or comfort in the name of being prepared for blowouts and snack meltdowns while out and about. Diaper bags have come a long way—–with so many options available, you’re sure to find something that both works for your family and that you won’t mind lugging around.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Diaper Bags

Babylist’s Picks for the Best Diaper Bags

Best Diaper Bag Backpack

A bestselling favorite among Babylist parents, the quilted Forma backpack diaper bag from Skip Hop is utilitarian but stylish and has a place for everything. Parents love all the pockets and compartments, especially the front two that hold two storage cubes—one insulated and one mesh. There are also pockets for cups or bottles, a laptop sleeve, padded backpack straps and a changing pad included.

For another similarly functional and popular option, check out Skip Hop’s Mainframe style. It’s a bit more structured than the Forma and opens wide so you can fill it with all the things—and actually find them.

Best Minimalist Diaper Bag

Freshly Picked, maker of some of our favorite baby mocs ever, also makes one of our favorite (and most beautiful) diaper bags. Their classic bag is made from vegan leather and is 100% wipeable and spill-resistant inside and out. The clean, unfussy lines give it a stylish, minimalist look, the metal feet on the bottom keep it upright (and prevent it from touching the ground) and there are 10 pockets to stash all of your stuff. The bag can be worn as a backpack, crossbody or purse.

For a similarly minimalist but slightly sleeker look, check out the brand’s neoprene Seoul Diaper Bag style.

Best All-In-One Diaper Bag

This backpack diaper bag from Béis literally has it all. It’s packed with convenient features to make being out and about with a baby a bit easier. There’s a removable fanny pack you can use as a quick-grab bag and the back unzips to reveal a whole fold-out changing station. There are a ton of pockets for organization, including an insulated pocket and a place to store wipes for easy access.

Best Diaper Bag for 2 Kids

There’s a lot to love about this roomy bag (other than just its good looks) that’s perfect if you’re toting around stuff for two (or more!) kids. The messenger-style shape means it’s large enough to hold lots of stuff, and parents like the top flap’s magnetic closure that you can open and close one-handed. It’s made from a durable cotton canvas so it’s sturdy enough to hold up to years of wear and tear and easy to wipe down. And it can be carried five ways: backpack, shoulder bag, crossbody, clipped onto the stroller or by the short grab handles.

Are you a Disney fan? Petunia Pickle Bottom makes a range of Disney-inspired diaper bags you’ll want to check out. We love the Disney Meta Diaper Backpack.

Best Affordable Diaper Bag

The Babbleroo Original backpack diaper bag is a great combo of style, function and price. Parents love the streamlined design and the many pockets (two big compartments and 18 pockets, to be exact) and the comfortable padded straps. It’s available in a few fun colors and super affordable when compared to other similar bags.

Other budget-friendly bags we love: Keababies Original Diaper Backpack and Eddie Bauer Bridgeport Diaper Backpack.

Best Diaper Bag Fanny Pack

Yes, fanny packs are back! This “deliberately minimal” diaper bag is can be worn around your waist, crossbody or over the should and hold all of the essentials you’ll need when you’re out and about with your baby. It may look small, but you can pack few diapers, small pack of wipes and your phone in the larger compartment and some cash and your credit card in the front zip pocket. We also love the included change pad.

Best Washable Diaper Bag

The standout feature of this oversized diaper bag backpack (other than its good looks and incredible functionality) is washability. The whole thing is machine washable; just pop it right in your machine when it starts getting yucky and it will soon be as good as new. Other thoughtful details include lots of interior and exterior pockets, a main compartment that opens completely flat (for easy packing and access to all of your stuff), an insulated bottle pocket and integrated stroller and luggage straps.

Best Sustainable Diaper Bag

This gender-neutral, laid-back diaper backpack boasts more than just good looks. It’s made from recycled water bottles, so it’s just as stylish as it is sustainable. The oversized main compartment stores a ton of gear and features a frog-mouth opening that unzips all the way for easy access to all your stuff. There are lots of interior and exterior pockets, zippered pouches and a padded compartment for your laptop, plus a removable changing pad. There’s even a key clip to hold your phone and wallet. This bag can be worn as a backpack or carried by the top handles.

Best Lightweight Diaper Bag

Sometimes a simple, functional diaper bag is all you need (or want). This lightweight diaper backpack is all of those things and is beautifully designed, as well. There are plenty of pockets both inside and out plus two expandable side pockets that fit water bottles up to 32 ounces. The straps are padded for extra comfort and the backpack is available in six trendy colors.

Best Vegan Diaper Bag

For something with a lot of style—and vegan-friendly—this diaper bag from Luli Bebe is a good mix of casual and a little more formal. There are nine pockets and a quilted magnetic flap front pouch for easy access to all of your stuff. You can wear it as a crossbody, over your shoulder or as a backpack and the largest pouch is big enough to hold a 13” laptop.

Best Diaper Bag That Doesn't Look Like a Diaper Bag

Made from neoprene and featuring clean lines and a minimalist look, this diaper backpack doesn’t look like a diaper backpack at all—and that’s what we love about it. It’s super comfy to carry and holds just about anything in its numerous pockets and pouches, and comes with clips to attach to your stroller as well as a mini changing mat and a few extra pouches. It’s available in three different sizes depending on how much stuff you need to tote around.

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Best Stylish Diaper Bag

Not all diaper bags need to be stuffed back into your closet when the baby days are over. This vegan leather bag easily passes for an everyday or work bag, meaning you’ll get lots of use out of it long after you’re done with the diaper days. There are 12 pockets (six interior and six exterior) to stash your things and you can wear it as a backpack or messenger-style. This bundle also comes with a Changing Clutch, Stroller Hooks, Bottle Bag and a Paci Case.

Another Trendy Option

On-trend and so much more, this backpack diaper bag is spacious and boasts 19 total pockets—13 interior and six on the exterior. It stands on its own thanks to the rubber feet and can convert to a shoulder bag using the included strap. It also zips open all the way, a helpful feature when you want to spend less time rummaging around in your bag and more time going about your day.

Best Diaper Bag Clutch

This compact changing clutch works either on its own or as an insert in your current diaper bag or purse/tote. It’s a great alternative for when you don’t feel like lugging around a ton of stuff or if you have a kiddo who’s past the baby days and you no longer need to pack half the contents of your nursery when you leave the house. It has a fold-out changing pad and is large enough to hold a few diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and a few smaller items and can be carried as a wristlet or clipped to your stroller.

Best Designer Diaper Bag

If you’re looking for luxury in your diaper bag—look no further. This backpack diaper bag from LA-based designer Mina Baie (“the diaper bag company for moms who hate diaper bags”) could easily be mistaken for a gorgeous everyday bag. The Harper is just the right size, not too big but not too small, and is made from beautiful pebbled leather. There are tons of storage pockets to keep everything organized and you can even change out the shoulder strap for a different color.

Best Leather Diaper Bag Backpack

And speaking of designer bags, if you’re looking to splurge on a luxe leather diaper bag, the Storksak Alyssa is a classic choice. Made from responsibly sourced leather, this beautiful bag can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag. The large square opening provides easy access to all your things and there are nine pockets to stash your stuff. The bag comes with an insulated food and bottle bag and a padded changing mat.

Best Diaper Bag Organizer

The ToteSavvy isn’t a diaper bag—but it’s the perfect alternative for parents who would prefer to use a bag they already own instead of buying something completely new just for baby. This removable insert slides right into your existing tote and features 11 pockets to store your stuff, including one insulated pockets for bottles. Just make sure to measure your current bag before you purchase so you’ll know it fits.

Best Tote Diaper Bag

A tote-style diaper bag is easy to sling over your shoulder and can be used long after your diaper days are done. We love this one from TWELVELittle thanks to the water-resistant coating (inside AND out), lots of pockets and super fun prints. It also includes a crossbody strap to attach if you prefer to carry it messenger-style.

Best Travel Diaper Bag

Traveling with kids also means traveling with a ton of STUFF, and this backpack is the perfect place to stash it all. Designed specifically for parents traveling with babies and kids in tow (why didn’t we think of that?), the Getaway Bag is packed with thoughtful features—and more pockets than we can count. Our favorite is the center compartment with customizable “shelves” for organizing things just the way you like them. We also love the diaper compartment, the odor-resistant and waterproof pocket designed specifically for anything wet or dirty (because what would a plane ride with a baby be without a diaper blowout?) and the concealed security pockets for passports and other valuables.

Best Large Diaper Bag

Need a place for ALL THE THINGS? (Who doesn’t, really.) The Family Bag is your answer. This roomy tote is ideal for using as a diaper bag for one or more kids, an overnight bag or even a hospital bag. We love how versatile it is and that it can be repurposed to take just about anywhere.

Best Diaper Bag That Gives Back

Momkindness was started by two moms with the goal of giving back and paying it forward. The brand partners with Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers around the world, and donates a portion of its proceeds with every sale. The Duo Backpack is made from waxed canvas and vegan leather and is just the right size for holding all of your stuff. We love that the zippered front is easy to access and the 10 pockets. There’s also a removable diaper clutch included.

Best Gender-Neutral Diaper Bag

The neutral style of this diaper bag backpack makes it easy to carry for just about anyone. It’s large enough to hold what you need but not oversized, features adjustable straps and multiple storage compartments and includes an insulated bottle case and a changing pad.

Best Small Diaper Bag

Sometimes less is more. If you don’t need to carry around a lot of stuff, or simply prefer the minimalist approach, the Midi-Go is just the right size. This diaper bag backpack still has plenty of storage capacity, pockets and pouches but won’t weigh you down. And you can always size up to the full-size On the Go if you need to.

Best Diaper Bag for Twins

Double the babies, double the stuff. We love the Martine for multiples because of its XL size and the super wide opening, making it easy to store and access everything you need. It also features plenty of pockets, a few zippered and magnetic compartments and a removable changing pad.

How We Chose the Best Diaper Bags

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many diaper bags.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Is a Diaper Bag Worth It?

Real talk: kids are unpredictable. Just when you think your child is full, minutes later they’ll want a snack. It’s practically guaranteed that your baby who always poops in the morning will have an afternoon blowout if you’re anywhere inconvenient (think: on a plane, hiking, shopping, at that nice-ish restaurant). Having key essentials at the ready means you can deal with any scenario without having to pack up and head home.

If you want to skip the diaper bag, you definitely can use a regular backpack or even a tote to cart around whatever you need. (You can even slip a diaper changing clutch—a compact changing pad that can hold a few diapers and other bare essentials—into your usual bag.) But lots of parents choose to register for a diaper bag since they’re specially designed for organizing baby and kid gear and often feature extra compartments, insulated pockets for bottles and other helpful perks.

What Type of Diaper Bag Is Best?

Diaper bags come in a variety of styles:

  • Diaper bag backpacks let you have your hands free. They can even be worn on your back while you’re wearing your baby in a carrier on your front. Backpack diaper bags often include features like zippered pockets, insulated bottle pockets, padded shoulder straps, laptop pockets and more.
  • Diaper bag totes feature two long straps so you can carry the bag over your shoulder. Most totes offer plenty of space and have many of the same features as diaper bag backpacks such as internal pockets, zippered compartments and insulated bottle holders.
  • Messenger bags have one long strap. They can be worn crossbody or over one shoulder.
  • A diaper clutch is small and portable. Clutches fit the bare minimum: think a few diapers, wipes, a small tube of diaper cream and maybe enough room for one small set of extra clothes.
  • A diaper bag belt bag (aka a fanny pack) is just what it sounds like: a fanny pack with diaper bag capabilities. Like a diaper clutch, diaper bag belt bags only hold the essentials.

Figuring out which diaper bag is best for you is a matter of personal preference and can also depend on how much stuff you’ll want (or need) to carry around when you’re out with your baby.

Need help figuring out what kind of diaper bag to get? Check out How to Choose a Diaper Bag for tips on what to consider.

What to Look for in a Diaper Bag

What sets a diaper bag apart from a standard bag or backpack is its features. Diaper bags are designed with babies and toddlers in mind, complete with plenty of pockets, compartments and other accessories to contain all the things you need when you’re on the go with your family. Many are often extra durable to withstand spills, stains and heavy use. Here are a few features to look for when shopping for the best diaper bag.

  • Plenty of storage space. A place for all the things is what most parents are after when choosing a diaper bag. Look for a bag with plenty of space to store items like diapers and wipes, of course, but also a change of clothes, bottles, bibs, a blanket, pacifiers and more.
  • Pockets, pockets and more pockets. If you’ve ever owned a bag that resembles a black hole, you know how frustrating it is to spend five minutes rooting around every time you need something. Add in a screaming baby or toddler, and things really start to heat up. Look for a diaper bag with both lots of storage space and plenty of pockets and compartments to organize all of your baby essentials. Things like lots of pockets (including external pockets, outer pockets and mesh pockets) insulated side pockets for bottles or other cold or warm items, a pacifier pouch, and a key leash are all helpful. Other nice-to-have special features might include pockets for diapers and baby wipes, a wet bag for dirty diapers or other soiled items, a removable diaper caddy, stroller straps, a luggage sleeve and a laptop compartment.
  • Durable, easy-to-clean material. Most parents use their diaper bag daily for at least several years, so they can really take a beating. Look for a bag made from sturdy, durable material that’s also easy to clean. (Some diaper bags can be thrown right into the wash, while others are wipe-clean only.) A waterproof or water-resistant interior is also a nice perk.
  • Comfortable straps. Since you’ll often have your hands full, a comfortable way to carry your diaper bag is essential. If you’re using a backpack-style bag, padded, adjustable shoulder straps are key. 
  • Style. If you have to carry around a bag packed with baby gear each day, it may as well be one you like. There are so many diaper bag styles; have fun choosing one that matches your personal style.

What Should I Pack in a Diaper Bag?

You’ve figured out which diaper bag you love—but now what are you supposed to pack inside of it? Figuring out how much (or how little) to stuff into your diaper bag is a matter of personal preference and will depend on the age of your child, but this is a good list of basics to keep in mind.

  • Diapers. Pack enough to last the duration of your outing, plus a few extra in case of emergencies. Also, throw in a travel-size container of diaper rash cream and a small hand sanitizer.
  • Wipes. You can never have too many, so pack whatever you can fit.
  • Changing pad. A portable changing pad means you’ll always have a clean and comfortable surface for diaper changes.
  • Extra clothes and burp cloths. Pack a change of clothes for baby and some burp cloths in case of spills or accidents. Pro tip: babies grow quickly, so dig through your diaper bag every few months and be sure the extra clothes you have stashed inside are size-appropriate.
  • Other extras. Pacifiers, a bib, a small toy or teether, a lightweight blanket, a small first aid kit, sunscreen and a sun hat, a wet bag and a nursing cover if you’re a nursing parent are other items to consider.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will you use a diaper bag? 

You’ll likely use a diaper bag from birth through the toddler years and maybe even into the preschool days. Since it’s going to stick around for a while, be sure you’ll think through if the style and color will be something you’ll still want to tote around several years from now.

Is a diaper bag considered a carry-on?

It depends on the airline. Airlines typically allow passengers to bring one carry-on bag along with a personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag, onto the plane, and a diaper bag would fall under the category of a personal item. Some airlines will count a diaper bag as a personal item, while others will not, so it’s always recommended to check the specific policies of the airline you’re traveling with before you depart.

What materials are best for a diaper bag?

The best materials for a diaper bag are durable and easy to clean. Some popular options include nylon, polyester or canvas. These materials are waterproof or water-resistant, making them ideal for storing diapers, wipes and other baby essentials. 

Do you need two diaper bags?

No, you don’t need two diaper bags—but most parents do find themselves with two (or more) diaper bags along the way. Sometimes this is because each parent wants a separate bag, or you need an extra diaper bag for a grandparent or caregiver. Another common scenario is owning one large diaper bag and a second smaller bag, like a diaper belt bag.

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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