Best Diaper Bags of 2017

Best Diaper Bags of 2017

Last Updated: February 23, 2017
Take your family show on the road (or at least to the park) with the ease and style of the best diaper bags.Best Diaper Bags of 2017

Diaper bags are the workhorses of the carryall world - letting parents get out and about with kids in tow without having to worry about hangry meltdowns and blowouts. They tote bottles, snacks, toys, books, blankies, mom-and-dad necessities, and of course, diapers and wipes, so you can 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 she’ll want a snack. And it’s practically guaranteed that your super-regular baby who always poops in the morning *will *have an afternoon blowout if you’re anywhere inconvenient (think: out on a boat, in a plane, hiking, boutique shopping).

Being able to tote around some key essentials makes most parents feel better about dealing with whatever scenario arises without having to pack up and head home. That being said, you can use a regular backpack or tote bag to cart around what your child needs. But a well-designed diaper bag - with a spill-proof lining, loads of pockets and a changing pad - is often a more convenient option.

Diaper bags come in various styles from backpacks and tote bags to satchels and crossbodies. Some are concealed as stylish purses while others don’t try to hide the fact that they’re hardcore multitaskers.

You’ll likely use a diaper bag from birth through the toddler years, and maybe into the preschool days (hello: potty accidents). Making sure you find one you absolutely love is smart since you’ll be using it for years. To start your search, take a look at the bags that make Babylist parents swoon.

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.

Babylist Best Picks

A Stroller’s Best Friend

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag - $65.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

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.

KEEP IN MIND

The side bottle pockets aren’t insulated.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It holds a lot and has lots of pockets. The stroller clips are a really great feature.” - Liz

The Everything Bag

Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F Convertible Diaper Bag - $180.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

The B.F.F. is the superhero of the diaper bag world. It transforms from an over-the-shoulder tote to a messenger bag to a backpack in an instant. Not only is it incredibly versatile to carry, but it has everything a parent could ever want: loads of storage pockets, a wide-but-not-too-deep main compartment, insulated bottle storage, and memory foam in the shoulder straps and changing pad.

And the biggest bonus? It’s Teflon coated to repel dirt and stains and machine washable.

KEEP IN MIND

Because the B.F.F. features a lot of zippers, it’s harder to open some compartments with one hand. Also, for those who need a ton of space for cloth diapers, twins or pumping equipment this bag could run small.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love how wide the bag opens - it makes it so easy to find stuff. This bag holds a lot, but isn’t too big.” - Marie

Looks Like a Purse

JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag - $69.95
WHY WE LOVE IT

If you want a diaper bag that could double as an oversized purse, the JJ Cole fits the bill. It has plenty of pockets to stash must-haves. And it’s a good price point for a diaper bag that can keep it’s schlepping capabilities top secret.

KEEP IN MIND

You won’t find any insulated areas in this diaper bag. It’s also a lot harder to convince men to haul around a diaper bag that looks like a purse.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“This diaper bag has been with me for two years and is holding strong. I like that I can carry what I need for me, my toddler and my baby without any fuss.” - Kat

Changing Station Champ

Boxy Backpack from Petunia Pickle Bottom - $189+
WHY WE LOVE IT

Like the JuJuBe B.F.F., this diaper bag converts from a backpack into a shoulder tote or a crossbody. But it’s standout feature is the built-in changing station. It folds out long so you can change your little one’s diapers anywhere without stressing about germy surfaces.

KEEP IN MIND

The backpack comes in adorable prints, but they do all scream diaper bag.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“There’s a good amount of storage and the attached changing pad is a lifesaver. I love that I can switch between shoulder and crossbody straps and backpack mode too.” - Eliza

Excellent Organization

Skip Hop Forma Pack and Go Diaper Bag Backpack - $70.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

You know what’s more annoying than frantically searching through a deep, black-hole of a diaper bag? Nothing. That’s why Babylist parents love the storage cubes that keep things squared away inside the Forma.

The insulated cube (great for bottles and food) and mesh cube (for clothing, sunscreen or snacks) sit side-by-side in the front zippered compartment. The side pockets are insulated too, and the main compartment has plenty of space for additional items.

KEEP IN MIND

The straps aren’t padded, and they can run too short if you’re tall.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s so handy to be hands free! And there’s lots of room for everything.” - Lindsey

Super Spacious

Vera Bradley Stroll Around Baby Bag - $128.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

It’s the roomiest bag on this list with enough space to accommodate cloth diapers, a breast pump, and gear for two littles. It’s especially great if you have twins. And since the fabric is either cotton or microfiber, you can throw it in the washer as needed.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents wish this big bag had more pockets. It’s so deep that it can be hard to find things in the main compartment.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love the changing pad, pockets for wipes and diapers, and extra room for clothing and nursing blankets.” - Carly

Designer Splurge

Kate Spade Watson Lane Stevie Baby Bag - $398.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

Beyond being straight-up gorgeous, this classy number is roomy and comes with a large changing pad. It’s structured bottom keeps it from toppling over when you set it down, and it’s nylon construction holds up to spills. Plus, no one will ever know you’re carrying a diaper bag.

KEEP IN MIND

It has eight storage pockets, but most of them are in the main compartment. Some parents find it difficult to keep everything organized in that one, big space.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love my Kate Spade diaper bag. It looks like a stylish handbag, yet has all the functions needed in a diaper bag. I feel confident and trendy carrying it, just like how I felt before having my daughter.” - Allison B.

Practical Pick

Eddie Bauer Backpack Diaper Bag - $49.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

This is a diaper bag that both men and women can get behind. Besides its gender-neutral look, it offers thoughtful features like an insulated bottle pocket and a side pocket that dispenses wipes.

In fact, because you can store diapers and wipes in the outside pockets, during a diaper change you don’t even need to open the main compartment.

KEEP IN MIND

It’s not as durable as you might expect this brand to be.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s lightweight and has lots of room. I love all of the storage options.” - Ashley J.


Choosing What’s Right for You

When selecting a diaper bag, be sure to give thought to how you (and your partner) want to carry it.

Many parents prefer a backpack because it lets them have their hands free - especially good for when you have a small child and a baby - and it can be easily used in conjunction with a baby carrier in front. Some moms prefer a fashionable purse that won’t drag down their chic ensembles when out and about.

Choosing a diaper bag really depends on your lifestyle and taste. Ultimately, every diaper bag aims to provide the functionality and convenience parents need to enjoy getting out of the house with their kids.