24 Best Diaper Bags of 2022, According to a Real Parent
Best Diaper Bags of 2023, According to a Real Parent
February 1, 2023

Best Diaper Bags of 2023, According to a Real Parent

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Best Diaper Bags of 2023, According to a Real Parent

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 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 + kid gear and often feature extra compartments, insulated pockets for bottles and other helpful perks.

What Is the Best Diaper Bag?

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.
  • Diaper bag 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.
  • A diaper bag fanny pack is just what it sounds like: a fanny pack with diaper bag capabilities. Like a diaper clutch, diaper fanny packs 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 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 through 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.

Best Diaper Bag Backpack

A bestselling favorite among Babylist parents, the quilted Forma backpack diaper bag backpack 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.

Practical, Versatile Diaper Bag

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.

Best Washable Diaper Bag

Another popular diaper bag among Babylist parents, the standout feature here (other than the bag’s fun sense of style and its 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 (including a quick-reach one for your phone, which we love), convertible straps to wear it as a shoulder bag or a backpack and tons of space for all of your stuff.

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 in a Disney fan? Petunia Pickle Bottom makes a range of Disney-inspired diaper bags you’ll want to check out. Two of our favorites are the Disney Meta Diaper Backpack and the Disney District Diaper Backpack.

Best Affordable Diaper Bag

Over 30,000 (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.

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

Best Diaper Bag Fanny Pack

Fanny packs are back! 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.

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 17 total pockets—10 interior and seven on the exterior, including a felt-lined pocket for valuables. 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 Ju-Ju-Be thanks to its awesome style, stain-resistant exterior, light weight and tons of pockets. And like a lot of the brand’s parent-friendly diaper bags, it’s fully machine washable.

Ju-Ju-Be also makes an eco-friendly version of the BFF, made from 36 single use plastic bottles—just keep in mind it’s not machine washable.

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 Unisex Diaper Bag

The gender-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.

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s 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. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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