Is it possible to find a diaper bag that’s equal parts function and fashion? Or does room for a changing pad leave nothing left for style? We’re here to answer these questions with honest advice and reviews of the best diaper bags currently on the market.
Below you will find a list of top rated diaper bags together with an in depth buying guide. Who knew buying a diaper bag could be this complicated?
Table of Contents
- List of 8 Best Diaper Bags Reviews in 2020
- 1. Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote Bag
- 2. Storksak Olivia Diaper Bag
- 3. Fisher-Price Fastfinder Diaper Bag Backpack
- 4. JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag
- 5. Skip Hop Baby Duo Signature Diaper Bag
- 6. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag
- 7. DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag
- 8. Okkatots – Travel Baby Depot Diaper Bag Pack
- Five Main Diaper Bag Types
- How to Choose the Best Diaper Bag For You
- Top Ten Diaper Bag Features
- FAQs & Other Factors to Consider
List of 8 Best Diaper Bags Reviews in 2020
1. Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote Bag
Skip Hop have long been a leading manufacturer of diaper bags and the Skip Hop Studio is probably their best product to date.
Despite being easily mistakable for a hand bag, it contains just about every feature that a mom could want. Available in three different colors, it’s the perfect combination of high street style and effortless functionality.
My favorite thing about this bag is the attention to detail that’s clearly been paid during the design phase. It’s full of minor little touches here and there that combine to make it one of the most ultra usable diaper bags on the market.
At the bottom, it’s got nickel feet that keep it off the ground. This is a nice touch that will keep the bag scuff free no matter how many times you leave it down. This has been a problem for me in the past with many bags. Not so, with the Skip Hop Studio.
Like most diaper bags, it has two insulated pockets. But unlike most diaper bags, those pockets are located on the exterior. This creates easy access to your child’s food and drink. As any busy mom will agree, this is a major bonus.
In total, the Studio bag has 14 pockets, most of which are surprisingly roomy considering the bags deceptively small appearance. It’s spacious, but not bulky. It’s not going to be bumping off people every time you walk down the street.
The straps are equally well designed, being both comfortable to hold and long enough to fit over your shoulder. They’re not adjustable however and this makes the absence of a detachable messenger strap a little disappointing.
The stroller straps, on the other hand, are adjustable and are click on, click off. Unlike some diaper bags that I’ve tried, the bag fits snugly against the stroller with minimal bouncing around. It’s also high enough to be within easy reach at all times.
The Studio also comes complete with a soft nylon, fold-able changing pad. This is a nice touch considering the pads in their Dash and Duo lines are made from vinyl. The interior is made from 100% polypropylene which is also a high quality choice.
Speaking of materials, the bag is made primarily from woven, patterned nylon. The entire bag is also both eco-friendly and PVC free. It’s not machine washable but it is both wipe clean and water resistant inside and out.
From holding the Skip Hop Studio, you do get the impression that it’s both well built and durable. Multiple customer reviews have also commented on the fact that it stands up to daily use quite well.
In terms of weight, the Skip Hop Studio also scores highly, or should I say, lightly. At just 1.8 pounds, it’s over a pound lighter than many of its competitors.
Overall, the Skip Hop Studio bag is a well constructed, well designed and effortless to use every day diaper bag. And unless, you want to spend more on something with a designer label, it’s probably the best diaper bag currently on the market.
2. Storksak Olivia Diaper Bag
Storksak have been a big name in the baby gear industry for some time now. Their most popular product this year is the Storksak Olivia diaper bag.
Available in six different colors, the Storksak Olivia is effortlessly stylish. Looking more like a designer bag than a diaper bag, it’s perfect for any young mom who’s not willing to sacrifice fashion for functionality.
It’s tote handles are both eye catching and comfortable. It also comes with a detachable, adjustable messenger strap for days when your carrying a little too much for comfort. This is a nice touch considering the fact that the bag is big enough to easily hold up to sixteen diapers.
Despite it’s outward appearance, the inside is carefully designed to accommodate a wealth of baby gear. It has a total of seven compartments, six of which are open, and one that zips close.
The outside of the bag is equally functional with a total of five external pockets. Each one is generously sized, with external storage being almost equal to what’s available on the inside. Despite this fact, at first glance, the outer pockets are barely noticeable.
The bag also comes complete with both an insulated bottle holder and a foldable changing pad. The former is easily accessible on the outside, the latter is neatly stored at the bottom. It also has a small accessory pouch perfect for diaper cream and/or makeup.
The Storksak Olivia is made primarily from nylon satin which is wipe clean. The interior lining is both plush and brightly colored making its contents easily accessible at all times. The faux leather trim is also a nice touch.
From holding it, you do get the impression that it will easily outlast a child’s diaper wearing days. And from looking at it, you get the impression that you’ll want to keep using it a long time after that.
Overall, the Storksak Olivia is a stylish diaper bag that’s equal parts well designed and well made. For some, the price will be too much to swallow. But Storksak have certainly made a good case for it being justified. And if you’re willing to pay it, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
3. Fisher-Price Fastfinder Diaper Bag Backpack
The first thing that you’ll notice about the Fisher Price FastFinder Diaper Bag is its generic, unisex appearance. The transparent wipe case is immediately noticeable and with it, the bags purpose.
Unlike most diaper bags, it doesn’t look like a handbag, backpack or regular messenger bag. The FastFinder looks like a diaper bag, and nothing else.
For some, this won’t be a problem. After all, you’re a parent now, why hide it? For others however, the complete lack of fashion will be a major turnoff. With the likes of Skip Hop for women, and DadGear for men, there’s no shortage of diaper bags that can easily pass as fashion accessories. And this simply isn’t the case with the Fisher Price FastFinder.
If the FastFinder’s generic appearance doesn’t bother you however, there is also a lot to like about the bag. For a start, there’s the price tag. Considering the bags quality and features, a price below fifty dollars is incredible value. Most bags at this price point have serious design/durability problems, not so with the FastFinder.
Made primarily from Nylon, the FastFinder is a sturdy, well built bag that appears to have been built to last. Multiple customer reviews have claimed that it holds up nicely even under sustained use.
In terms of accessibility, the FastFinder does indeed live up to its name. The bag has a total of ten pockets, four of which are on the outside. The interior is both well designed and covered in brightly colored lining, keeping everything easily visible. In terms of space, it can easily handle up to ten diapers.
The outer pockets are particularly well designed and one of them even has an insulated bottle holder. The fact that the bottle holder is on the outside rather than the inside is also a nice touch. I particularly like the front pocket too which is ideal for quick grab items.
The FastFinder’s wipe case mightn’t look great but it’s nothing if not convenient. Wipes can be accessed with the push of a button and it can store about a third of a packet. Personally however, I think they should have taken a few design pointers from DadGear. Their wipe case provides all the convenience in a far less obvious package.
Overall, the Fisher Price FastFinder is a lightweight, highly functional diaper bag. If you can get over its lack of style, its very much recommended. But if you’re looking for something a little less obviously full of diapers, look elsewhere.
4. JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag
The first thing that I like about the JJ Cole Satchel is its exterior pockets. Despite looking more like a hand bag than a diaper bag, it has a total of seven. When combined with the four on the inside, you have a surprisingly large satchel that can carry just about anything you throw at it.
The inside lining is brightly colored and the bag is a lot longer than it is deep. These two characteristics combine to make even the smallest of items easily accessible. And to be honest, the wealth of exterior pockets means that you’re unlikely to use the interior for anything other than diapers anyway.
The straps along the top look deceptively expensive and more importantly, they’re comfortable to hold. The satchel also comes complete with a detachable messenger strap. This allows the bag to be worn over your shoulder on particularly busy days. This is a surprisingly rare feature in diaper bags and one that I’m always happy to see.
Unlike many of its competitors, an insulated bottle holder isn’t included but there’s more than enough room to add your own. A changing pad, on the other hand, is included and I was very pleased with the quality. It’s soft to touch and is designed to match the bags exterior.
Speaking of its exterior, all three styles are made primarily from nylon that’s both PVC and phthalate free. This not only makes the bag eco friendly, it prevents any nasty smells the day you get it.
For an extra twenty dollars, you can add faux leather but I personally think it’s unnecessary. The standard versions look fantastic as they are, particularly, the Onyx version which is my personal favorite.
In terms of weight, the JJ Cole Satchel also scores highly, with a total weight of less than one and a half pounds. Considering the amount of gear that you can carry, this is a definite achievement on Cole’s part.
Another nice feature of the JJ Satchel is its stroller grips. Unlike traditional stroller straps, the grips are made from rubber and can be attached directly to your strollers handles. This keeps the bag closer to your hands and is actually easier to get on and off.
Overall, the JJ Cole Satchel Bag provides designer quality at a wallet friendly price. It’s good looks are backed up by sound design. And the quality of its materials suggest a bag that you’ll still be wearing long after your child stops wearing diapers.
5. Skip Hop Baby Duo Signature Diaper Bag
Available in twelve different styles, the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe is Skip Hops best selling diaper bag. It’s also one of its most versatile. Designed for both men and women, it offers a decent amount of space in a deceptively small package.
The interior consists of one big compartment, two easy access zip pockets and two smaller organizer pockets. The primary compartment is big enough to comfortable hold up to seven diapers and the zip pockets are neatly attached to the very top.
Another nice touch is the magnetic closures along the top. They not only make opening and closing the bag as easy as possible, they make it a silent process. And if you don’t know why this is great, you obviously haven’t had your baby yet.
My favorite thing about the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe however would have to be its external pockets. It has a total of four, with two at the side, and two at the front. The two at the side aren’t anything special but the two at the front are absolutely huge.
They’re perfect for storing your most used items, and as a result, the Duo Deluxe isn’t the kind of diaper bag that you’re going to have to keep opening every minute. This is obviously ideal when your hands are full.
Another thing that I like about the Duo is that its very compact. Despite offering bucket loads of space, it doesn’t look very big. And as a result, it’s perfect for days when you want to travel light. You’re not going to look like you’re carrying a huge empty bag around.
The Duos messenger strap feels equally well designed. It’s easily adjustable and it’s long enough to be worn either over your shoulder or over your chest. The strap also has some padding which can be removed if you’d prefer.
If you don’t feel like carrying the Duo, it also comes complete with two well designed stroller straps. Like all Skip Hop bags, the Duo fits snugly against the stroller keeping it within easy reach at all times.
The Duo also comes complete with a changing pad. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with it, I was disappointed to see that it isn’t the same changing pad that’s included in the Studio bags and it appears to be of lower quality. It’s not a big complaint, but it is a complaint all the same.
Made primarily from polyester, the Duo is both easy to clean and eco friendly. It feels like a very durable bag and this is something that’s been echoed in multiple customer reviews. For the price, you’re definitely going to get a lot of wear out of it.
It’s worth noting that while the Duo is designed as a unisex bag, some of the colors have clearly been designed for women. So if you’re after something your partner can wear, it’s important to choose appropriately.
Overall, the Skip Hop Duo is a well constructed, well designed alternative to the ever popular, Skip Hop Studio. And if you’re looking for something that your babies father can wear too, it may well be the perfect purchase.
6. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag
In terms of style, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack is absolutely gorgeous. In terms of comfort and functionality however, things could be better. Is it still a good purchase? That depends on what you’re looking for.
I’ll start with what I like about the bag before moving on to talk about its obvious design flaws.
The first thing that I like about the Boxy backpack is that it doesn’t actually have to be worn as a backpack. Its unique shape, and adjustable straps, allow it to be worn just as easily as a shoulder or messenger bag.
The Boxy backpack isn’t cheap but it genuinely feels like a luxury product. The craftsmanship is top notch and I have no doubt that it will last me many years.
Like most diaper bags, the Boxy Backpack comes complete with a changing pad. Unlike most bags however, it’s literally built in, folding outwards from the front. This is a nice touch.
The changing compartment is also kept separate from the rest of the bag which is ideal for keeping dirty items separate from clean items.
The interior is well designed, offering easy organisation. In total there are two diaper pockets, four bottle holders, two general purpose pockets, a pacifier pocket and a detachable dirty diaper pouch.
Made primarily from coated canvas, the entire bag is easy to wipe clean. The diaper pouch is also machine washable.
It may well be the nicest looking diaper bag on the market. Available in four different styles, it’s nothing if not eye catching.
Overall, Petunia Pickles latest creation is certainly a beautiful bag. In fact, it’s so beautiful that, despite its obvious flaws, I can’t quite bring myself to dislike it. I’m happy that I bought it and do enjoy using it.
If you want a stylish bag to wear on Saturdays, it’s stunning good looks may well it an excellent choice. But if you want an every day bag whose looks are backed up by solid functionality, you should probably look elsewhere.
7. DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag
As its name suggests, the DadGear backpack diaper bag is targeted primarily towards men. It’s spacious, functional and comes in no fewer than 26 different styles. Is it the best choice for men? Read on to find out.
The first thing that struck me about the DadGear Backpack is the ridiculous style range. With 26 different options, it’s clearly been designed for men who don’t want their style to be cramped by a bag full of diapers.
According to DadGear, the backpack was designed to look exactly like a hiking backpack. And I have to say, you’d have a tough time differentiating between the two.
Inside the selection of compartments is equally impressive. The backpack itself has a clam shell opening, revealing two large pockets. This mightn’t seem like a lot but each pocket is further divided into over 5 different compartments each.
The result is a bag that keeps everything both organised and easily accessible. The brightly colored lining also helps with this.
On the outside, there’s a front pocket, and two bottle holders, capable of carrying four bottles each. One downside of the bag is that those holders are not insulated so you may wish to add your own insulated version. A changing pad, on the other hand, is included.
Arguably the most impressive feature of the DadGear Backpack however would have to be the Quick Access Wipes Case at the lower front. It opens easily, closes easily and keeps wipes close on hand at all times.
It’s currently an exclusive feature to DadGear products but I reckon other companies will soon follow suit. It’s nothing if not convenient.
Another DadGear exclusive is called the Diaper Hammock. This is simply a specialty pocket located at the very top of the bag to keep your diapers in.
This keeps them easily accessible at all times and allows you to get them out without completely opening the bag. Again, this is a very novel and useful feature.
On the comfort front, I’m pleased to report that the backpack also scores highly. The fact that it’s designed for men hasn’t been used as an excuse to cut corners. The straps are both adjustable and cushioned and make for a comfortable wear regardless of whether you use one strap or two. The backpack also comes with integrated stroller straps.
At 2.2 pounds, it’s not the lightest diaper bag on the market but it is the lightest you’re going to find in the backpack style. It’s made from Polyester too, making it one of the more eco friendly diaper bags on the market.
Another thing worth noting about the DadGear backpack is that despite its name, it wouldn’t look out of place on a woman’s shoulders. So if you’re looking for a diaper bag that both parents can use, it might be ideal. Although you’d probably want to skip the skull and bones design in that case.
Overall, the DadGear Backpack is a well designed, well constructed diaper bag that comes highly recommended. It has more than enough novel features to stand out from the crowd and unlike some “product innovations”, they are genuinely useful
8. Okkatots – Travel Baby Depot Diaper Bag Pack
Aimed at Moms on the go, the Okkatots Travel Diaper Bag is a surprisingly spacious backpack designed for tantrum free travel. It has room for just about everything you could need on a long journey and its endless compartments allow for easy organisation.
The first thing that you’ll notice about the Baby Depot is the length of the primary zip. It covers the entire edge of the bag and as a result, the bag can be opened both like a clam and like a suitcase.
Once opened, you’ll be greeted by 10 different compartments and enough space for 16 large diapers. This is on top of the changing pad and removable wipe dispenser, both of which are included.
The Okkatots Baby Depot also includes a diaper dispenser, something that’s still surprisingly rare. The benefit of this is that your diapers come out neatly folded rather than squashed up.
Arguably the best thing about the Okkatots travel bag however is simply that everything you put in it is easily accessible. Once opened, every single item is immediately visible. This is in contrast to many diaper bags which you pretty much have to turn upside down to get what you want.
In terms of external pockets, the Baby Depot also scores highly. It only has four, but each one is spacious, and functional. The two side pockets, in particular, are surprisingly deep and each one is covered by a net for additional storage.
Arguably the most novel feature of the Baby Depot is its built in stand for a portable DVD player. Keeping a child occupied on long trips isn’t easy and considering the affordable nature of portable DVD players, this might be an excellent solution.
The pocket is located at the front of the bag and can comfortably fit most players. Once opened, the pouch sits horizontally, allowing you to place the DVD player open against it. The result is a portable media center for your child that may prove a life saver.
As you can see from the picture, the backpack is also quite stylish in a low key kind of way. Unlike some diaper bags, it’s purpose isn’t immediately apparent. One complaint that I do have however is that I’d like to see a few more colors available.
Being a backpack, you’d expect the Baby Depot to be comfortable to carry and I’m pleased to report that it does indeed score highly in this regard. The straps are both padded and adjustable and will serve you well regardless of how much you are carrying.
This brings us to the one downside of the Baby Depot; its size. It’s perfect for long trips. It’s also perfect if you need to carry a lot of gear around on a day to day basis. But if you tend to travel light i.e. with six diapers instead of sixteen, you may want something a little smaller.
It is worth noting however that despite its size, the backpack only weighs two and a half pounds. A figure that many smaller bags manage to reach despite offering a fraction of the storage.
Another benefit of the Okkatots Baby Depot is that its made of polyester rather than PVC. Due to the potential health risks of PVC, this is always a positive in my book. It also makes the bag more eco friendly.
Overall, the Okkatots Baby Depot is the perfect travel bag for anyone with a small child. It has more storage space than just about any bag I’ve ever reviewed. And its design allows that storage space to be put to maximum use.
Five Main Diaper Bag Types
With over 2000 different bags for sale on Amazon.com, it should come as no surprise that diaper bags come in a wide range of different shapes and styles. Most however, fit into one of five categories.
This is probably the most common style of diaper bag and it’s definitely the most popular. Tote bags typically come with either a shoulder strap or two short handle straps. Basic tote bags have just one large compartment but higher end versions are also available with dividers and additional smaller pockets.
2. Messenger Bags
Messenger bags are ideal if you’re looking for something a little more stylish. They are particularly popular with young moms and their primary selling point is that they don’t actually look like diaper bags. They generally have one long strap that can be worn either over the shoulder or across the chest.
Backpacks are the most functional choice. The two straps allow you to distribute weight more evenly and their hands free nature is also a definite bonus. They’re never going to score very many style points but they’re ideal for anyone who gets shoulder/back pain from dragging around baby gear all day.
A sling is similar to a backpack but instead of two straps, it has one that’s worn across the chest. Like backpacks they offer great weight distribution and keep your hands free at all times.
5. Fashion Bags
A fashion bag is basically any kind of diaper bag that’s designed to look like a hand bag. They’re known for being a little on the small side but they’re perfect for young moms who aren’t quite ready for that mommy label. Fashion bags come in a ridiculously wide range of shapes, styles and materials. There’s also no shortage of big name brands.
How to Choose the Best Diaper Bag For You
Regardless of whether you want a messenger bag or a tote, the best diaper bag for you will have the following six key features.
1. Sufficient Space
The first thing that you should look for in a diaper bag is sufficient space to carry all of your gear. Assuming, you’ve already had your baby, this should be pretty easy to estimate. If not, do a little research on diaper bag essentials and err on the side of too big rather than two small.
2. Not Too Heavy
While it’s important to purchase a diaper bag with sufficient space, you also don’t want to go overboard. The bigger the bag, the heavier it’s going to be. And if your diaper bag wears three pounds when empty, you can rest assured that you’re going to grow tired of carrying it pretty fast.
3. Easy Organisation
As a general rule of thumb, the more compartments and pockets the better. If all you’re dealing with is one big compartment, you’re going to spend more time trying to find things that actually changing your baby. If you’re willing to sacrifice on style, look for plenty of external pockets too.
4. Easy to Access
An often overlooked feature of diaper bags is just how easy they are to open and close. Avoid bags with complicated latch systems. When you’re hands are full, they’re the last thing you want. Velcro should also be avoided. It might be easy to open but it’s also noisy and you can probably guess why that’s a problem. Magnetic strips are ideal.
5. Comfortable to Carry
The most comfortable diaper bags are backpacks and slings but whatever design you go for, you’ll want to look for two things on the straps, cushioning and adjustability. Even the lightest of diaper bags can get surprisingly heavy when full and these two features can make all the difference.
6. Easy to Clean
Regardless of how careful you are, diaper bags get dirty. It doesn’t matter how stylish a particular bag is, if you can’t wipe it clean, it’s not a good purchase. Ideally, you’ll also want something that’s machine washable.
Top Ten Diaper Bag Features
The following features aren’t exactly must haves, but they can make your life a lot easier.
1. Changing Pads
Most diaper bags come complete with their own changing pad. Some are designed to simply fold out while others just have their own compartment. If you’d prefer to purchase a changing pad separately, make sure that your bag of choice has room for it.
2. Stroller Compatibility
Provided your diaper bag is hands free, stroller compatibility isn’t absolutely necessary but it is useful. You have two options, it should either fit on your strollers handles or in the storage bin. The heavier your baby gear, the more important this feature is.
3. Daddy Compatibility
If you think Dad will be using your new diaper bag, try not to forget about him when making your purchase. These days, there’s no shortage of diaper bags that will look just as good on him as they do on you. Keep in mind however, that there’s also no shortage of bags that he won’t want to be seen dead with.
4. External Pockets
If you’re willing to lose a few style points, external pockets can be an organisational life safer. They allow you to keep all of your most used items on the outside and therefore easily accessible without opening the bag. They’re perfect for things like keys and cups.
5. Wipe Dispenser
These days, a surprising number of diaper bags come complete with built in wipe dispensers. The benefit of this, over purchasing your own, is that they’re typically accessible without actually opening the bag.
6. Brightly Colored Interiors
A surprisingly uncommon feature in diaper bags is a brightly colored interior. Black interiors might look nice but they have a nasty habit of turning diaper bags into black holes that you can’t find anything in. If you’re shopping for a particularly large diaper bag, look for one that’s colored for easy rummaging.
7. Metal Feet
Unlike handbags, diaper bags find themselves on the ground a lot and metal feet can prevent the bottom from getting scuffed. They add practically nothing to the weight of a bag but can keep it looking new for longer.
8. Eco Friendly
If you care about the environment, look for a diaper bag that’s made from eco friendly materials. Most of the top brands now produce bags that are PVC, BPA and phthalates free. Eco friendly bags are not only better for the environment, they smell better too.
9. Insulated Bottle Holder
Insulated bottle holders can obviously be purchased separately but a surprising number of diaper bags come with them pre installed. The advantage of this is that you always know exactly where the bottle is and it’s usually somewhere convenient.
10. Cell Phone Holder
Depending on your lifestyle, this will either be laughable or a must have, but these days, many diaper bags come complete with an external cell phone holder. Life safer or pointless gimmick, you decide.
FAQs & Other Factors to Consider
How Much Space Do You Really Need?
One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing a diaper bag is underestimating just how much space they need. Your space requirements will depend not only on the number of children you have, but also on your parenting style. And there’s no easier way to regret your purchase than choosing a diaper bag that’s too small.
To get a rough idea of your space requirements, check out the following diaper bag checklist.
Are You Buying an Every Day Bag?
Some women look at diaper bags like they look at hand bags, you can never have too many. Others just want a single, high quality diaper bag that they can use day in, and day out. Before you make your purchase, try to figure out which one applies to you.
If all you want is a Saturday bag, feel free to go with something cute. But if you’re looking for an every day bag, make functionality your number one priority. Luckily, with a little bit of research, you can have both.