Updated February 2019
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…
Favorite Diaper Bags for 2018
01. Affordable Luxury ~
Skip Hop is an all-time favorite brand of ours here at LL. This bag comes in an array of earthy tones and is sooooo gorgeous. The faux leather looks rich and not plastic-ey, a big must for me with faux materials.
Functionality-wise, I love the exterior bottle pocket for a quick fix. I also love how the whole front unzips for complete access to the inside compartments.
02. Splurge Worthy ~
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.
03. The Lifer ~
Fawn Design ~ $160
I have all the 😍 for this gorgeous bag. There are 10 — YES, 10! — pockets in all. I love how the front of the bag is rounded, which gives you some added space. The faux leather is supple and super easy to clean when spills happen – and they will.
It can be worn as a messenger style bag or backpack, and both options are super comfy. This diaper bag is so chic (hello, gold hardware), I can see myself using it long beyond diapers.
04. Prints, please ~
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!
05. Victor of Versatility ~
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.
06. The Slick Rick ~
Ju-Ju-Be XY Base Diaper Backpack ~ $80 ($64 on Amazon)
This is a sound, nondescript choice, and a popular one amongst dads. This bag is super sleek and streamlined. I love the attached insulated bottle pocket (if you couldn’t tell by now, I am a fan of this feature!). The fabric is water-resistant and stain repellent and there’s even a laptop sleeve, making this bag a great multitasker.
07. Tiny Multitasker ~
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.
08. The Organizer’s Paradise ~
This is the bag I am currently using to manage my 1 and 4 year-old toddler dictators. I’m completely obsessed with the pockets, both interior and exterior. I’m also using the interior “Inter-Mix System” for premium organization (perfect for my OCD’ness).
This system uses smaller zippered pouches the brand calls “pixels.” There’s a place for everything, and everything has a place. A pixel for each child’s needs and my own as well. I also slip my laptop into the back zip pocket when traveling. There’s very little this bag can’t do (or carry). The Inter-Mix Starter Kit (see below) comes with a cool pack “pixel,” which is amazing, though I wish there were a built-in insulated pocket for cold/warm needs in the main space.
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