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12 Best Diaper Bags According to Real Moms and Experts

Mary Poppins would be jealous over these bags that hold way more than you can imagine.

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Once you become a parent, your days of leaving the house with a small clutch with a wallet, keys and phone are over. Any parent knows that leaving home with a baby takes 100 times longer than when you're by yourself, and requires a ton of additional bag space to store all of their odds and ends from diapers to snacks. Nothing is more stressful than being out and about and encountering a diaper emergency just to realize you left something important at home. There's so much to pack for when your infant or toddler needs to eat, swap clothes or get their diaper changed. The good news is the right diaper bag can make all the difference and reduce stress when you're out and about.

The experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab review parenting products of all kinds, from maternity clothes t0 diapers to kids' backpacks and more. To find the best diaper bags, we looked at both the newest and most popular styles to see which are spacious, convenient, comfortable and actually look good to wear. Whether you're looking for something perfect for tossing over your shoulder on a quick trip to the grocery store, or need something a bit more heavy duty for a set of twins while on a trip to Disney World, this guide has it all. From luxurious leather totes to nondescript backpacks, the perfect diaper bag for dad, mom, grandma, grandpa and any other caregiver is here.

Our top picks:

Head to the end of this guide to find more information about whether or not you need a diaper bag, which type of diaper bag is best for your lifestyle and what to look for when shopping. Looking for the other odds and ends that any parent needs? Head to our 2022 Parenting Awards to take a look at some of our favorite products that make parenting a breeze.

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Best Overall Diaper Bag
Dagne Dover
Indi Diaper Backpack
Dagne Dover
Dimensions 10” x 6” x 11”
Weight 2.9 lbs
Bag type Backpack
Changing pad included includes mini changing mat
Materials Neoprene and Performance Air Mesh
Color options Available in 5 colors and styles
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Best Value Diaper Bag
RUVALINO
Nappy Changing Backpack
Ruvalino
Dimensions 11.8" x 7.8" x 16.5"
Weight 1.78 lbs
Bag type Backpack
Changing pad included Includes a 23" x 15" pad
Materials Polyester
Color options Available in 8 colors and styles
Item Dimensions LxWxH 11.8 x 7.9 x 16.5 Inches
Item Weight 1.78 Pounds
Weight 1.78
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Best Diaper Bag for Newborns
Pottery Barn Kids
Classic Diaper Bag
Pottery Barn Kids
Dimensions 17" x 7" x 13"
Bag type Convertible
Changing pad included Includes a 22" x 14" changing pad
Materials Polyester, nylon
Color options Available in 5 colors and styles
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Most Discrete Diaper Backpack
Mancro
Diaper Bag Backpack
Mancro
Dimensions 11.8" x 6" x 15.5"
Weight 1.85 lbs
Bag type Backpack
Changing pad included Includes a 22" x 16" changing pad
Materials Polyester and nylon
Color options Black
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Best Diaper Bag for Toddlers
Freshly Picked
Convertible Diaper Backpack
Freshly Picked
Dimensions 13" x 7" x 15"
Weight 2.3 lbs
Bag type Backpack
Changing pad included Nylon changing pad included
Materials Vegan leather, nylon
Color options Available in 17 colors and styles
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Best Diaper Bag for Two Kids
Skip Hop
Duo Weekender Diaper Bag
Skip Hop
Dimensions 17.5" x 9" x 14"
Weight 3 lbs
Bag type Convertible
Changing pad included Includes 23.5" x 12" changing pad
Materials Polyester
Color options Gray
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Best Convertible Diaper Bag
JuJuBe
BFF Convertible Diaper Bag
JuJuBe
Dimensions 14” x 12” x 6.5”
Weight 2.8 lbs
Bag type Convertible
Changing pad included Memory foam changing pad included
Materials Polyester
Color options Available in 9 colors
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Best Diaper Bag for Travel
Herschel
Baby Strand Sprout Shoulder Bag
Herschel
Dimensions 17" x 5.5" x 14.25"
Weight 3.17 lbs
Bag type Convertible
Changing pad included Folding changing mat included
Color options Available in 6 colors and styles
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Best Luxury Diaper Bag
Leatherology
Zippered Downtown Diaper Bag
Leatherology
Dimensions 18"x 6" x 13"
Weight 3.75 lbs
Bag type Tote
Changing pad included No
Materials Leather
Color options Available in 11 colors
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Best Diaper Fanny Pack
Storq
Quick Change Fanny Pack
Storq
Dimensions 18.5" x 8.5"
Bag type Fanny pack
Changing pad included Includes a 21.5" x 14" changing mat
Materials Nylon
Color options Available in 2 colors and styles
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Best Diaper Clutch
Skip Hop
Skip Hop Pronto Changing Pad
Skip Hop
Dimensions 11.75" x 4" x 8.25"
Weight 0.75 lbs
Bag type Clutch
Changing pad included Includes a 23.5" x 21.75" changing pad
Materials Polyester
Color options Available in 6 colors and styles
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Most Durable Diaper Bag
Bag Nation
Diaper Bag Backpack
Bag Nation
Now 30% off
Dimensions 13.3" x 8.3" x 16.8"
Weight 2.4 lbs
Bag type Backpack
Changing pad included Includes 24" x 13" changing mat
Materials Polyester twill
Color options Available in 2 colors and styles
Do you really need a diaper bag?
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Yes. Even if you decide to skip buying a diaper-specific bag, you still need a spacious carry-all for when you leave home with a baby. If you prefer to repurpose a bag you already own, it helps to use packing pouches or an organizing bag insert so you aren't scrambling to find the essentials in your bag. Otherwise, it's certainly worth investing in a new diaper bag because they're designed specifically to use with infants and toddlers.

How we test diaper bags
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Our textiles lab and parenting experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute review parenting gear of all kinds from diapers to baby strollers. We've read hundreds of reviews to discover which diaper bags were worth considering, then spent over seven years testing dozens of bags for every preference — from spacious totes that carry everything you need to lightweight backpacks that let you go hands-free to stylish leather bags that don’t even look like they’re carrying baby gear.

We’ve reviewed classic styles that have stood the test of time to newer, trendy models with unique features. While picking our favorites, we consider things like comfort of carrying, ease of packing/spaciousness, ease of access to zippered sections and compartments, material quality and more. We also evaluate each bag on durability, style, price, whether it can attach to a stroller, whether it includes useful add-ons like a changing pad, and any other notable benefits like insulated pouches.

We based our recommendations on extensive research of the market, assessing brands and materials, reviewing styles in real life and testing in-lab and with consumer testers.

What to look for in a diaper bag
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  • Interior space: Don't be fooled by appearances; what matters most is what's on the inside. (Yes, we're still talking about diaper bags.) Bags that don't look huge can still be surprisingly roomy once you open them, and bags that do look big don't necessarily have a lot of packing space. If you want a diaper bag that can hold diaper changing supplies, clothes, blankets, bottles and more, make sure you look at the inside compartments.
  • Organizational pockets: Most diaper bags have large elastic pouches to hold diapers and bulky items along with smaller zippered compartments so you don't lose the little things. Some even have bottle and wipe holders for easy access. You can also find bags that come with extra pouches in addition to the built-in pockets.
  • Stroller hooks: Unlike regular styles, diaper bags often have discreet rings or straps that you can attach onto the stroller's handlebar and be bag-free while you walk. Some bags can be clipped on directly, but oftentimes you need to add hooks onto the stroller separately. Just be cautious of how heavy the bag is to prevent the stroller from tipping over.
  • Strap comfort: If you're worried about holding a heavy bag for a long period of time, look for straps that are wide and padded to help offload the weight. You can also look for adjustable straps to help find the right fit.
  • Accessories: The majority of diaper bags come with a changing pad so you don't have to purchase your own, but the size and thickness of the pads will vary. Some also come with extra containers, straps and more add-ons for a better value. Others, especially the ones that are lower priced, may be sold as the bag alone, so don't always assume you're getting the changing pad.
  • Style: Don't forget to make sure to pick a bag you'll actually enjoy wearing. There are tons of options to choose from and you certainly don't have to sacrifice fashion for function. Also consider who will be using it; many styles are unisex so all parents and caregivers can share the same bag.
Types of diaper bags
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  • Backpacks: Your best bet if you want to be hands-free, diaper backpacks are popular because they're comfortable to wear on long outings and stay put as you move. Unlike regular backpacks you'd carry for travel or work, these look like diaper bags on the inside with baby-friendly organizational compartments.
  • Totes: With two long straps to wear over your shoulder, these are convenient if you need to reach inside for something while you're carrying it. They also tend to be even more spacious than diaper backpacks and have bigger compartments, making them ideal for younger babies that need more items when you're out.
  • Messenger or crossbody bags: Similar to totes, these bags are roomy and easy to access. The difference is that they have one long strap and hang lower, so they may be more comfortable to wear if the bag feels bulky under your shoulder or if your arms are occupied with a baby. You'll often find removable long straps that come with tote diaper bags so you can also wear them across your body.
  • Convertible bags: As the name suggests, these diaper bags can switch from one of the above styles to another, and sometimes even can be worn all three ways. Depending on the shape there may be one ideal way to wear it – i.e. if it's taller it's best as a backpack, but if it's wider it's best as a tote or messenger – but removable and adjustable straps let you choose how to carry it an any given time.
  • Clutches: If you don't need to carry as much in your bag, clutches hold just the basics you need for diaper changes. They're also ideal for holding the essentials together so you can toss it into larger bags when it's time to head out.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has been providing expert reviews and advice on everything a new parent needs, including diaper bags. Lexie Sachs is the Executive Director of the Textiles, Paper and Apparel lab. She wrote and vetted all of the picks above. For more than 15 years, Lexie has used her degree in fiber science to research, test and write about fabric-based products. Plus, as a mom, she's personally tested some of the products GH recommends in this article.

In her role as Parenting & Pets Reviews Analyst, Jamie Spain brings years of journalism experience to the Institute, having reviewed products for Good Housekeeping, from the best new toys to baby humidifiers. She updated this guide to include the most recent products on the market.

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