Like any fashion accessory, there are many different types of diaper bags on the market and they are available in various styles and shapes. Whether it’s for an emergency diaper change or a weekend away, diaper bags should fit everything you need to take care of your baby. Besides diapers and wipes, it will hold your baby’s clothes, snacks, toys, and other essentials. Read our guide on what to pack in a diaper bag.
You can save money by using a bag you already own but if you want to purchase a diaper bag, choose one that is most convenient for you. Keep your partner in mind when choosing a bag. One parent might prefer a tote diaper bag while another parent might prefer a backpack style to evenly distribute the bag’s weight.
Below is a list of different types of diaper bags on the market.
Backpack Diaper Bags
Diaper backpacks are convenient because you can carry around all your baby gear while keeping both of your hands free. They are suitable for parents who are less concerned about looks and want a functional diaper bag that frees up both hands.
From the outside, these baby bags look like regular backpacks, but if you look inside, they have a lot of pockets. You will have a single pocket dedicated to each item. Some backpacks have easy access pockets, such as an insulated baby bottle pocket and a diaper wipe pocket. These easy access pockets allow you to quickly access frequently used items. If the diaper backpack bag does not open all the way or have very few pockets, you may find it difficult to find what you’re looking for.
Advantages of diaper bag backpacks:
- Free up both hands
- Weight is more evenly distributed across your shoulders and back. The even weight distribution helps prevent back pain that may come with carrying a heavy bag on only one side of your body.
- Men and women’s styles are available
- Can be worn while exercising – you can effectively wear a diaper backpack while jogging or bike riding without having to worry about it sliding off your shoulder.
Disadvantages of diaper bag bookbags:
- Not overly fashionable. You may feel like you are going to school
- Not easily accessed while carried
Below are top diaper backpacks highly rated by parents:
1) Graco Gotham Smart Organizer System Back Pack Diaper Bag
This is a simple, yet stylish backpack, making it ideal for both moms and dads. It has a smart organizer system which features multiple exterior zippered compartments, insulated bottle pocket, and wipes dispenser. It also includes a diaper changing pad, allowing parents to change baby on a hygienic, plush surface wherever they are.
2) Vera Bradley Backpack Baby Bag
This is an affordable, nice designer diaper backpack. The front has a slip pocket with a hidden magnetic closure and a larger zip-around pocket with a detachable changing pad and 2 mesh pockets. This style is available in black and gray colors.
3) Okkatots – Travel Baby Depot Diaper Bag Pack
The Okkatots Travel Baby Depot Bag’s roomy design allows you to carry everything you need for your little one, while staying organized. It comes with a diaper station with soft changing pad, removable wipe dispenser, and space for 16 large diapers. There is a waterproof pouch that locks in moisture to keep everything else dry – perfect for wet clothes or food. It opens two ways for convenient access: like a regular backpack from the top or unzips all the way around to open like a book.
Tote Diaper Bags
Totes are the most popular diaper bags. As a result, they are available in countless designs and attracts parents who want a fashionable diaper bag.
Tote diaper bags are pretty much giant handbags with a lot of room inside. They have a wide opening, allowing you to easily view and locate specific baby gear in a poop emergency. Some diaper tote bags come with detachable straps so you can turn it into a messenger bag, or simply grab the tote handle on the top.
Advantages of diaper bag totes:
- A lot of room inside
- Available in many different designs
- Have a large opening
Disadvantages of tote diaper bags:
- Can be bulky
- Few designs suitable for dads
Below are top diaper totes highly rated by parents:
1) Diaper Bag by Hip Cub – Weekender Tote
This baby tote bag is as stylish as it is functional. With 9 secure pockets, it is one of the largest and most spacious changing bags on the market. This popular diaper bag comes with stroller straps and a portable changing mat. The universal stroller straps allow you to convert your baby bag into a stroller organizer. It also has an adjustable strap so that you can wear it as a crossbody bag or throw it over your shoulder. This chic tote bag can be used as a diaper bag or just as an everyday tote. It is available in 3 colors: gray, black, navy.
2) Skip Hop Baby Grand Central Take-it-All Diaper Bag
Skip Hop’s Grand Central bag has 3 large, divided sections that allows you to carry everything you need for your baby and yourself, while staying organized. It is sturdy, lighweight, and has a water-resistant lining. It also comes with a cushioned changing pad. Wear it over the shoulder or hang it neatly on your stroller.
3) Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote Diaper Bag
This stylish, classic bag looks like a fashionable purse. The Petunia Pickle Bottom bag has a roomy interior with 6 open pockets and an exterior zippered back pocket. It comes with a removable, water-resistant baby changing pad. It can attach easily to most strollers with Valet Stroller Clips, which are sold separately. It is available in many trendy patterns, colors, and fabric.
Messenger Diaper Bags
Also known as sling or satchel diaper bags, these have a long strap that hangs over the shoulder. Messenger diaper bags are generally flat and slimmer than totes. With many unisex designs, these are popular diaper bags for dads.
Many parents like the messenger style diaper bags because they do not have to take off the bag in order to retrieve their baby gear. With practice, you can take items out from the bag with one hand while carrying your baby in the other. However, since it hangs only from one shoulder, they place a lot of weight on one side of your body. This may be a problem if you are prone to sore backs.
It is easier to carry the messenger bag crossbody where the strap rests diagonally across your chest. If you carry it vertically, the bag can easily slip off your shoulder.
Advantages of diaper messenger bags:
- Easy accessible while carried
- Men and women’s styles available
Disadvantages of messenger diaper bags:
- Weight is not evenly distributed – placed on one side of your body
Below are top diaper messengers highly rated by parents:
1) Skip Hop Baby Dash Signature Messenger Diaper Bag
This is a newer version of Skip Hop’s best-selling diaper bag, Duo Signature Diaper Bag. Baby Dash has 11 roomy pockets for all baby’s essentials, including a zippered compartment for mom and dad’s personal items. It includes their patented Shuttle Clips, which allows it to quickly and easily convert from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag. It includes a cushioned changing pad.
2) Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag
Diaper Dude Messenger bag is a great diaper bag for dads. It has many compartments with enough space to hold all of your baby’s essentials as well as your own personal items. It has 3 large front pockets designed for wipes, food, bibs, and more. The main compartment has a special place for diapers and is big enough to hold clothes, toys, and more. A bottle holder is at arm’s reach so you can easily grab milk or juice. This sling style diaper bag is super comfy and comes with a changing pad.
Convertible Diaper Bags
Also known as multifunction diaper bags, these can turn into at least 2 of the 3 styles of bags:
If you are not sure which type of diaper bag is best for you, consider purchasing a convertible diaper bag. If you find one style to be uncomfortable, simply switch to another style. Many convertible diaper bags come as a tote but have detachable straps.
1) Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag
The Ju-Ju-Be BFF comes with multiple carrying and storage options to help you stay organized. This versatile diaper bag can be carried using its top handle, over-the-shoulder strap, or backpack straps. The bag’s lining is protected with Agion natural antimicrobial treatment, which reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria and mildew. It also comes with crumb drains and a Teflon fabric protector, which is a stain repellent that helps eliminate the stress of unwanted stains. It is machine-washable, making this one of the easiest diaper bags to clean.
Its exterior bottle pockets are located on both sides of the bag and come insulated with Thinsulate by 3M to keep your items hot or cold. It includes a cushioned memory foam changing pad. JuJuBe is a highly fashionable diaper bag, whether you want to wear it as a backpack or a messenger bag,
2) JJ Cole Backpack Diaper Bag
The JJ Cole Backpack is not only super stylish, but fully functional with its 3 carrying options and multiple pockets. With its removable and adjustable shoulder pad, you can wear it as a backpack or messenger bag, or simply attach it to your stroller with the included no-slip Grips. You can carry all of your baby’s essentials in the bag’s spacious interior and use its easy-access front zippered pockets for your own personal items, such as keys, cell phone, and more. It comes with a wipeable changing pad and is available on Amazon in a different style.
Stroller Diaper Bags
Instead of having your bag sit below the stroller in the storage department, these diaper bags attaches and hangs from your strollers handles, allowing you to quickly grab your baby’s gear. It is basically a tote style diaper bag with longer straps to fit on the back of a strollers’s handlebars.
Depending on your stroller, you may not want to carry a lot of baby gear in your diaper stroller bag. If you have a lightweight stroller and you are carrying a lot of gear, its weight might cause the stroller to tip backwards. If you’re carrying a lot, consider placing the bag in the basket below, not on your stroller’s handlebars.
Designer Diaper Bags
Designer baby bags place a strong emphasis on fashion at a higher price. Many top designers, such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton, make diaper bags. If you are on a budget, you can still find bags that look just as good as a designer diaper bag but for a fraction of the cost.
1) Michael Kors Jet Set Large Baby Diaper Bag
This Michael Kors baby bag is as practical as it is stylish. It is made out of durable, lightweight nylon and has a snap tab closure, 2 exterior pockets, 7 interior pockets, and a clip-on stroller strap. This designer bag also comes with a changing pad. It is available in several different colors.
Small Diaper Bags
Small diaper bags are made for shorter trips where you are only leaving the house for an hour or so. These are designed to carry a few diapers and a small number of baby essentials. Small diaper bags are typically bought in addition to a larger diaper bag. Below are a few types of small diaper bags.
Clutch Diaper Bag
This is a small rectangular bag that can easily be held in your hand. Some clutches come with a small strap that loops around the wrist to prevent you from dropping it. Diaper clutches generally have enough room for just a few diapers and baby wipes. Some clutches even fold out into a changing pad, also known as diaper changing kits.
1) JJ Cole Changing Clutch Stone Arbor
For short trips away from home, skip your bulky diaper bag and grab this fashionable changing clutch instead. This handy clutch holds wipes and multiple diapers, making it easy to change your baby anywhere. It comes with a small strap that you can easily loop around your wrist. You can also fit this slim design neatly in your diaper bag or purse. When unfolded, the changing pad measures 19 x 28 inches.
Fanny Pack Diaper Bag
Also known as a waist bag, a diaper bag fanny pack straps around your waist, keeping your baby essentials closeby.
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