I think I speak for most women when I say that the last thing I want to be carrying around in my purse is a changing pad and spare diapers. Baby wipes are one thing; Huggies are another.
That’s why there exists this thing called diaper bags. They’re basically a handbag that’s designed for carrying baby wares. They aren’t strictly for diapers, either.
If you’re breastfeeding as a working mother, chances are you’re familiar with breast pumps. But they’re not the sort of thing you can leave at work on the weekend, and they’re rather clumsy to haul around.
So diaper bags aren’t just for diapers. They are designed to carry everything your baby needs. Many of them even have special insulated holders to keep your breast milk warm/cool.
Maybe you’re here because you’re new to parenting and you don’t have a clue how to shop for these things. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with a subpar product and need a better recommendation.
Whatever your reasons for coming here, I’m happy you decided to join me as I discuss the ten best diaper bags on the market.
Things to Consider
There are a few things you need to keep in mind before buying a baby bag. Things like material, roominess and general comfort are all important to keep in mind, but there are other things to consider as well. Here are five points to mull over as you weigh your options.
When it comes to a diaper bag, comfort is paramount. Whether you wear it for a ten minute elevator ride or a three-hour stroll through the park, you don’t want something that’s digging into your shoulders and making you miserable.
Another critical element to a diaper bag. It doesn’t matter how cute or how comfortable a bag is if it doesn’t have the room to store all the things you need it to. Everyone has different expectations, so there’s no surefire answer here, but it’s always better to have too much room than too little.
One of the things that separates a good bag from a great bag is what it’s made out of. Is it stain resistant? Does it clean up easily if there’s a spill – from breast milk or anything else? This is a little more important for back-pack style diaper bags, but it’s something to consider here as well.
Fashion isn’t important to everyone. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of women with new children aren’t overly concerned with looking their best. Try to remember that you’ll likely be using this bag for several years. Make it worth your while.
Diaper bags typically vary anywhere from $20-$100, although you might end up paying a little bit more for a more designer-oriented bag. The good news is they’re not nearly as expensive as a purse.
The Best Diaper Bags
Best Diaper Bags Under $25
Jewel Woods Planet Wise Wet Diaper Bag
Maybe you’re on a tight budget, or maybe you just really want a diaper bag with zero frills and a minimum of fuss. If simple is what you’re looking for, than I’ve got just the diaper bag for you. The Jewel Woods Planet Wise Diaper Bag is really simple – it’s really just one large 17 x 21 inch single-compartment bag. But it gets a lot of little things right.
First off, the design is simply adorable. The exterior of the bag is populated by a colorful woodland scene, with flowers, trees, squirrels, bunnies and foxes. The materials are also high quality. The outside of the bag is made with cotton, and the interior of the bag a waterproof fabric. The bag is also treated with anti-microbial elements to fight off bacteria. And because the bag is cotton, it can be machine washed and dried.
There are a couple of downsides to a simplified design. There aren’t a lot of compartments for organizing, and there aren’t any bottle holders either. But the design is adorable and the price affordable, and that’s good enough for me.
Best Diaper Bags Under $50
Skip Hop Duo Signature
The next diaper bag on our list isn’t nearly as cute, but it’s got a lot more going for it in terms of side compartments. The Skip Hop Duo Signature diaper bag offers a simple Charlie-Brown-T-shirt aesthetic, and provides plenty of room for your baby care needs.
Measuring 13 x 13.75 inches, the bag isn’t nearly as large as the Jewel Woods bag, but it’s a lot easier to organize. It has four exterior multipockets and seven interior compartments, so you can fit all the basics and keep important things separate for easier finding. The bag includes two elastic mesh holders that should fit water and baby bottles, but they aren’t insulated.
The strap is functional, but not overly comfortable. It’s one of the biggest ways where the low price really makes itself obvious. The bag is BPA- and Phthalate-free, and includes a cushioned changing bad. It’s neither the best-looking nor the best-made diaper bag, but it’s very good quality for the price.
Diaper Bag by Hip Cub
“Where fashion meets practicality.” That is the motto for the Hip Cub diaper bag, and it lives up to the hype pretty well. The design is simple, with thick vertical black and white stripes, but the elegant design and classy, purse-like handles make this a diaper bag to recommend.
One of the things I like about this bag is that it isn’t overly cutesy or feminine, so most men shouldn’t feel uncomfortable using it. It has plenty of pockets, including two side pockets, two internal compartments and two holders for bottles. The bag measures 13.5 x 14.5 inches, so it’s spacious without being cumbersome.
There is no warranty to speak of, but the bag does come with a 90-day money-back guarantee, so if you aren’t thrilled with the way it looks or how much room it affords, there’s no risk in trying it. The main problem with the bag is that the colors tend to fade after a while. That said, this is still a cute, practical diaper bag.
Best Diaper Bags Under $75
Diaper Bag, Nappy Bag by Maman
The dual-purpose diaper/nappy bag by Maman is not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. The top half looks great, but the insulated lower half looks a little bulky. But this is a nice, large bag with plenty of space and even better, insulated bottle holders.
One of the main problems with cheaper diaper bags is that the bottle holders usually aren’t insulated. This might be fine for carrying a water bottle, but it’s no good for holding breast milk, at least for feeding purposes. Since the bottle holders are insulated, it keeps the breast milk up to temperature for a while, so if your baby gets hungry while you’re out, you’re covered.
The bag has plenty of space to store and organize, with 10 different pockets and compartments (including the bottle holders) to square everything away. The bag has several ways you can carry it as well, with hand straps, shoulder straps and stroller straps. This isn’t the best looking diaper bag by a mile, but it is large and is quite efficient.
Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Diaper Bag
I’d consider it highly unlikely that you’d ever convince your husband to wear this rose-colored diaper bag out in public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The Simply Chic Greenwich diaper bag looks more like a purse than a diaper bag, so this is a great way to avoid a fashion faux pas.
Measuring 13 x 9.25 x 18 inches, this bag is quite large, and with nine pockets offers all the space you need for diapers, breast pumps, baby wipes, baby powder, a changing pad and any other accessories you might need. It’s made with vegan leather and includes a cushioned changing pad for convenience.
The main problem I have with this bag is that it doesn’t have a strap of any kind. It just has a standard handle – and not a very good one, I might add. The bag itself looks and feels great, and it’s definitely stain- and spill-resilient. But without a strap, it might be hard to juggle the bag and a baby as well.
Best Diaper Bags Under $100
Ju-Ju-Be Classic Collection: “Dancing Dahlias”
Ju-Ju-Be specializes in designer diaper bags, and their “Dancing Dahlias” is no exception. In fact, this bag is downright gorgeous. The bag is adorned with cute, colorful flowers and is sure to earn you plenty of compliments.
The bag itself is on the smaller side. Measuring 14 x 12 x 6.5, this bag isn’t going to be large enough for everybody, so if you’re looking for a spacious container you’re best looking elsewhere. But there are plenty of compartments and pockets, including three zippered pockets, four gusseted pockets and two insulated bottle holders.
The bag is made with 100% polyester, is machine washable and has been treated with teflon to render it resistent to germs and bacteria. It’s smaller size and higher price may not be for everybody, but if you’re looking for a fashionable diaper bag, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Sarah Wells Lizzy Breast Pump Bag
The Sarah Wells Lizzy breast pump bag is a gorgeous accessory. It is spacious has both long handles and a convenient shoulder strap and features an attractive design.
Although the bag is designed with portable breast pumps rather than diaper bags in mind, it is perfectly acceptable to use it for either purpose. The bag has several pockets and compartments for convenient storage, but the big draw here are the insulated breast milk pockets. These pockets can keep breast milk cool for up to six hours, making this an ideal bag for use at work.
Thanks to its refined, understated design, this bag isn’t going to attract any strange looks, and it’s comfortable to use as well. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have more compartments, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of this bag.
Best Diaper Bags Under $125
Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection: “The Heiress”
I talked about “The Heiress” diaper bag from Ju-Ju-Be briefly in the editor’s pick. Like the “Dancing Dahlias,” this is a gorgeous, refined designer diaper bag from a company that specializes in making attractive accessories.
Like the “Dancing Dahlias,” this bag enjoys a floral design theme, but it’s quieter and more understated, making this an even more refined bag. Like the previous bag, it features a good number of pockets and compartments both internal and external, as well as two insulated exterior bottle holders.
Like all Ju-Ju-Be bags, this is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, which is unusual for diaper bags. If you like the quality and reputation of Ju-Ju-Be but are looking for a more subtle design, “The Heiress” is an excellent choice.
Best Diaper Bags Under $200
Sarah Wells “Abby” Breast Pump Bag
One of the things Sarah Wells bags excel at is making diaper bags and breast pump bags that fit perfectly at ease with your handbag collection. The Sarah Wells “Abby” bag is no exception. It boasts an innovative design that features major compartments on both the top and side of the bag, making it super easy to stay organized.
The bag is made out of pure nylon, inside and out, and is easy to clean. IT has real leather shoulder straps as well as a cross-body strap. It features thermally lined pockets for your breast milk on both sides of the purse, as well as other nifty pockets and evelopes to hold credit cards and other small items. At 16.8 x 15 inches, it’s large enough to carry diapers, a breast pump and even a laptop all at once.
The bag is available in three different designs: black, navy blue, and white-and-blue stripes. Thanks to its discreet design, no one will ever guess you’re carrying a breast pump inside, which makes it an ideal choice for professional women. The price is a little high, but the quality of the diaper bag is top notch.
JuJuBe Be Prepared Diaper Bag
Ju-Ju-Be never fails to deliver an excellent product, and their JuJuBe Be Prepared Collection is their best bag yet, making it an excellent way to round out our reviews. With three large main pockets, this is one of the largest and most versatile diaper bags on the market.
Like all Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags, the Be Prepared is treated with Teflon to protect the outer fabric, and features inner linings with anti-microbial protection and two insulated bottle pockets. In addition to its three main pockets, it also has seven smaller minor pockets and a “mommy” pocket to hold all of your personal effects.
The JuJuBe Be Prepared is backed by a 90-day guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied with the bag, returning it is simple and easy. Like all Ju-Ju-Be bags, this is an excellent product. It’s a little more expensive than other Ju-Ju-Be bags, but its larger size makes it well worth the investment.