16 Best Diaper Bags of 2021
Best Diaper Bags of 2021
September 28, 2021

Best Diaper Bags of 2021

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From backpack to budget to chic designer favorites for all kinds of parents, these are our fave diaper bags. Best Diaper Bags of 2021

Gone are the days of leaving your house with just your keys and your phone. A diaper bag is a must-have for toting diapers and wipes, of course, but also bottles, snacks, toys, books, blankets and alllll of the other things you’ll need to take your family show on the road.

Do You Need a Diaper Bag?

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 whatever scenario arises without having to pack up and head home.

If you want to skip the diaper bag, you can definitely 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 + kid gear and often feature extra compartments, insulated pockets for bottles and other helpful perks.

What Types of Diaper Bags Are There?

Diaper bags come in a variety of styles including:

  • 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.
  • Totes feature two long straps so you can carry the bag over your shoulder.
  • 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 a change of clothes.

Need help figuring out what kind of diaper bag to get? Check out our How to Choose a Diaper Bag guide and video for tips on what to consider:

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 about if the style and color will be something you’ll still want to tote around several years from now.

How We Choose Our Best Diaper Bags Picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best diaper bags.

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Bestselling Favorite

A bestselling favorite among Babylist parents, the Mainframe backpack diaper bag from Skip Hop is utilitarian but stylish and has a place for everything. It opens wide so you can fill it with all the things, and it has lots of pockets—interior, side, tech, insulated and more. It also comes with carry handles, backpack straps and stroller straps.

Sustainable Style

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, and the camo-inspired color is exclusive to Babylist and only available here.

Function Meets Beauty

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 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.

Practical Versatility

If you’re in the market for a stylish yet functional bag, check out the Birch Bag from Parker Baby Co. It features over 10 pockets (yay pockets!) to hold everything from bottles and diapers/wipes to your keys and phone, and includes a changing pad. It’s versatile too; it can be worn as a backpack or strapped right onto your stroller handles. And we love the neutral colors.

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Five Ways to Carry

There’s a lot to love about this roomy bag (other than just its good looks). 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. 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. And it can be carried five ways: backpack, shoulder bag, crossbody, clipped onto the stroller or by the short grab handles.

Stylish and Vegan-Friendly

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.

Highly Rated

Over 11,000 (and growing) Amazon reviewers can’t be wrong. The Ruvalino 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 16 pockets, to be exact) and the comfortable padded straps. It’s available in lots of fun colors and super affordable when compared to other similar bags.

Maximally Minimal

If minimalism makes your heart beat a little faster, the Kibou is for you. This “deliberately minimal” diaper bag is designed to be worn around your waist 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 in about 20 wipes and a diaper or two in the larger compartment and your phone, some cash and your credit card in the smaller pocket. There’s also a detachable changing pad and a hook for your keys or a pacifier.

Fun and Functional

There are lots of thoughtful details packed into this fun backpack-style diaper bag from Ju-Ju-Be, making it a popular choice for new parents. All the zippers feature two-way closure and the magnetic front flap pocket has a key clip as well as a photo and cell phone pocket. There are insulated bottle pockets and a memory foam changing pad as well as an antimicrobial lining. And when your bag starts to look icky, you can toss the whole thing into the washing machine for a good scrub.

Not Done After Diapers

Not all diaper bags look like diaper bags. 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.

Great on the Go

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.

Minimalist Collab

This exclusive Babylist Store collab brings together two of our favorite brands: Birdling and Gathre. This diaper bag + changing pad combo features a canvas Birdling Backpacker bag and an easy-to-clean Gathre bonded leather changing mat. Everything is beautifully minimalist and a great combination of style and function.

Travel (and Environmentally) Friendly

There are two unique features in this innovative diaper bag. The first is that it’s made from recycled water bottles, making it super environmentally-friendly. The second is the integrated roll-out changing station complete with built-in side walls for privacy; it’s perfect for changing baby on the go, especially when you don’t have access to a bathroom or other changing station. Lots of parents love this bag for travel but it works well for everyday use, too.

Luxury Leather

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 Diaper Bag Alternative

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.

Camo Cool

We’ve never met a camo bag we didn’t love. This versatile tote is XL and can pack in a ton of stuff. There are plenty of zip, slip and elasticized pockets for keeping everything organized as well as a hidden exterior zip pocket. Everything is water resistant and the tote comes with a convertible shoulder strap if you want to carry it as a crossbody bag.


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