When heading out with a baby, a diaper bag is a necessity. Choosing from the best diaper bags is as personal — and important — as selecting a baby name. You’ve got to choose the one that works perfectly for you, because you’ll be using it all the time.
It may sound overwhelming, but we’ve made the search easy for you with our top five picks of diaper bags and backpacks.
How to Pick a Diaper Bag for Your Baby Registry List
Like so many other baby products, you have hundreds of diaper bags to choose from. You can narrow down the list if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s a few categories to think about before you start:
- Style: Messenger bag, backpack, or other design
- Size: Small for a quick outing, or larger for a full day away
- Budget: Prices range from $30-$300, or more
- Material: Stylish leather or easy-to-clean nylon
- Straps and Clips: Ability to attach to stroller or luggage
- Insulated Compartments: Keeps bottles and baby food cold
- Parent Pockets: Handy spaces to put your keys and smartphone
- Accessories: Portable changing pad, luggage feet, or a wet bag
Most parents use a diaper bag for the first year or two, at least. If you have twins, or kids who are close in age, you’ll want a bag big enough for two.
1. JuJuBe BFF Multi-Functional Convertible Diaper Backpack/Messenger Bag
JuJuBe has been a captain among diaper bags for years, and with the BFF bag, it’s easy to see why. Moms need versatility, and this bag has it. The convertible style allows you to turn it into a messenger bag or backpack with ease. The built-in crumb drain keeps the bag clean and clear. If you ever have a spill, don’t worry – just throw it right into the wash!
2. Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag
When you’re on the go with baby, stopping to hoist the bag back on your shoulder is no fun. That’s why you’ll enjoy the Forma Backpack Diaper Bag from Skip Hop. The quilted fabric keeps up with the trends without compromising functionality. Organization is the best part of this bag, with multipurpose interior cubes to help you keep everything in order. The large, dual-zipper top pocket puts everything right within your reach.
3. SoHo Designs Grand Central Station
Diaper bags can be expensive. Luckily, the SoHo DesignsGrand Central Station bag is perfect for the budget-conscious. At around $35, you won’t find too many bags that cost less.
However, the low price doesn’t equate to cheap quality. The design features everything you need, like a changing pad, stroller straps, and mommy pocket. This bag makes it easy to use for work, travel, and more.
4. Petunia Pickle Bottom Work + Play
When both parents use the diaper bag all the time, it’s good to get one that looks great for everyone. From the outside, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Work + Play appears like any other work backpack.
The stylish exterior comes in a variety of neutral colors. Inside, you’ll find everything a busy parent needs. Padded shoulder straps make it easy to wear for a long day, with separate compartments for a changing pad and wipes. There’s even a pocket for your laptop, perfect for the busy parent on the go.
5. HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-Function Waterproof Travel Backpack
For many parents, the ultimate test of the best diaper bag is when you take it to the airport. This is the HaloVa Travel Backpack’s time to shine. Don’t get overwhelmed by the large size. This bag weighs about a pound and will hold everything you need to get from Point A to Point B.
The roomy insulated pockets can accommodate up to three bottles for milk or formula, with a wipes dispenser built into the side of the backpack. A huge selection of colors makes quick work out of locating the bag in the overhead compartment. If you travel frequently, this is the bag for you.
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