I’ll admit it. I have never been a fan of the idea of a traditional diaper bag. I’ve always been a “carry a big tote and toss everything in” type of gal. But now with my second babe, I’ve become a tad more strategic in my preparedness-before-we-leave-the-house. One thing’s for sure: the diaper bag backpack is king. Without further ado… Here are the best diaper bags in 2019.
1. Little Unicorn Rambler Satchel ~$64
A 2016 ABC Baby Show discovery. Beautiful and affordable(!!) bags for men and women. Here are a few that stood out to us:
The perfect neutral diaper bag. We like that this bag can be used years after the last diaper. Also – backpack.
2. Rebecca Minkoff Knocked Up Baby Bag ~$345
Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers and gets extra points with me because she’s also a mom (currently pregnant with her third child, so she knows what’s up!).
This bag is on the smaller side as diaper bags go, so be forewarned. But despite its small stature, it should still fit your necessities with ease. It has a fold-out changing pad and a number of labeled pockets for organization.
Leopard print is a awesome neutral pattern that pairs well with nearly any outfit. This bag is beautiful and functional; inside you’ll find the perfect pockets to tote around all the necessities, as well as a great foldout changing pad. It also has the perfect strap to wear the bag comfortably across your body.
I am a huge fan of TWELVElittle’s water resistant nylon (I am a Seattleite, after all). It’s durable and never feels saturated on wet days. Is leopard print not your thing, but you love this tote? No worries: this bag comes in simple black, pewter, and plum options too!
4. Vilah Bloom Cafe Crossover ~$170
Our Social Media Maven, Heather, cannot stop raving about this bag. It can be worn in four- YES four – different ways.
Vilah Bloom bags are known for their exterior access wet wipe pouch, which we love. Those wet wipes are front and center for easy access during the messiest moments in parenthood. This bag is sleek and doesn’t scream diaper bag, for the parent who also prefers a more discreet bag choice.
5. Skip Hop Duo ~$65 ($35 on sale)
Skip Hop is an affordable, crowd-favorite brand. They have really stepped up their fashion game over the last couple years, making these “basic” bags anything but.
Basic but wonderful because of the stroller straps. Its counterpart, the Dash (~$65) is equally simple and utilitarian.
6. Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic ~$99
This bag looks more like a purse than a diaper bag, and we think it’s very chic and fabulous. *Meg used the previous version (the Studio bag) for years, and it held up very well.
What’s really nice about Skip Hop, is that you can get matching diaper bag accessories: changing station ($29), insulated bottle bag ($10), wet and dry bag ($15) – I (Melissa) use mine all the time – and pacifier pocket ($8).
7. Ju-Ju-Be “B.F.F.” Diaper Bag ~$180 ($141 on sale)
Ju-Ju-Be is on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for. Their bags boast features that moms need, like metal hardware instead of plastic, insulated bottle pockets, luggage style feet, multiple carry options (back, shoulder, stroller, etc.), tons of prints, cell phone pocket, anti microbial lining and, best of all, you can WASH THESE BAGS in the WASHING MACHINE! Huh? Awesome. People are nuts over these bags.
Debatably their most popular bag, the B.F.F. is a convertible backpack that comes in many beautiful designs. I highly recommend.
8. TWELVElittle Fanny Pack ~$39-$49
Don’t call me Urkle, this fanny pack is on fleek!
I love this small alternative to a traditional diaper bag. It’s sleek and unexpected. I was able to fit a travel pack of wipes, four diapers, lip glosses, a bib, a wallet and my cell phone with ease and room for more. It’s the perfect grab and go essentials carrier when you’re not able to schlep around your big diaper bag. Its sits nicely across your body and doesn’t have to be worn like a traditional fanny pack.
What Goes In a Diaper Bag?
What to carry in your diaper bag?
- a changing pad (usually comes with the bag) and a disposable pad (for use in public restrooms)
- a few diapers
- a travel wipes case or resealable wipes
- diaper rash cream
- diaper sacks
- a spare outfit (in case of a blowout), a sweater or jacket for baby, and – depending on your baby’s spit up situation – a spare top for you
- a nursing cover and/or muslin blanket — or a bottle, formula, etc. in an insulated bag
- a couple of pacifiers (one is bound to end up on the ground)
- a couple of toys perhaps
- a snack and water for your older kiddo… or you 😉
And check out our other favorite diaper bags.