The 7 Best Diaper Bags, Tested and Approved by Parents

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At first glance, buying a diaper bag seems simple: You need something that isn’t totally hideous that can carry diapers, wipes and a bottle, right? Oh, and it shouldn’t be too bulky, since you’ll also be toting said bebé. But it can’t be so small that you’re constantly leaving things behind. And then your parent friends all have extreme opinions on the right styles and brands (don’t even get them started on baby carriers). Suddenly, that simple add-to-registry got way more complicated than you ever thought possible. Well, we’re here to help.

We put seven of the most popular diaper bags to the test, getting honest reviews from parents in order to compile a curated list of the best diaper bags, no matter what your needs are.

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The Best Diaper Bags at a Glance


Best Overall

Béis Backpack Diaper Bag

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Best for Travel

Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack

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The Best Compact Bag

Kibou Belt Bag

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Best Backpack

Petunia Pickle Bottom Meta Backpack

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The Most Stylish Bag

Freshly Picked Diaper Bag

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Meet the Experts

  • Dr. Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP is the founder of Total Performance Physical Therapy, a leader in the field of sports physical therapy and a mom-of-three. She is a nationally recognized doctor of physical therapy who has spent her career in outpatient orthopedics, treating thousands of athletes, from professional (she is part of of the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Team) to collegiate to weekend warriors to high school to amateur. 
  • Evie Vlahakis, PT, is a physical therapist, and an orthopedic, neurological and rehabilitation specialist. Her 30+ year career has spanned the gamut of treatments from traditional to virtual, experience in hospitals, clinics, private practices, gyms and startups inside fitness centers for symbiotic relationships. She is also a mom-of-two in New York City.
  • Cheryl Hall is the Executive Director of Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) and has over 13 years of dedicated oversight of the organization's doula program. Under her leadership, the CWHA Doula Programs have flourished, now standing as the premier provider of doula services in New York City.

How We Choose the Best Diaper Bags

When selecting the best diaper bags, we first reached out to our experts to determine what exactly to look for in a bag. The most important tip? Opt for something “lightweight and ergonomical,” says Vlahakis. And the closer to the body the diaper bag is able to sit the better, advises Moore. “The diaper bag should fit snug to the waist or back,” she tells us. After getting specific criteria from our physical therapists and doula (all of whom are parents themselves), we spent hours researching top sellers (and their reviews) to compile a comprehensive list of the best diaper bags, taking budgets and changing needs into consideration. We then put these bags to the test, taking them out on daily outings, car rides, trips to grandma's house and even air travel. The end result is a list of diaper bags you can tote with you just about anywhere, whether you’re an expecting parent or an experienced caretaker.

Best Overall

1. Béis Backpack Diaper Bag

What We Like

  • stain-resistant material

What We Don't Like

  • pricey


From the celeb-approved travel brand, comes this undeniably chic diaper bag. Let's talk style first and foremost. PureWow’s VP of Editorial and mom-of-two Candace Davison reports: “‘You'd never notice it's a diaper bag!’” is basically the marketing equivalent of a bride telling you, ‘you can totally wear my bridesmaid dress again and again!’ I'm usually like, ‘OK, suuuure.’ But in this case, I want to keep using this bag after my butt-wiping days are over. The bag is a little slouchy, offering a casual cool vibe that's only complemented by its matte combo of black vegan leather pockets on a black nylon base. I'm...not a regular mom, right?!”

And this beauty is no slouch in the storage department either. With a staggering 14 pockets (!), there's no shortage of room or organization from this diaper bag. “It's the Mary Poppins of bags,” says Davison. “I'm amazed at how much I can pop in this bag without feeling like I'm wearing a hiking backpack. Here's what I keep in it for my day to day: six diapers, a pack of wipes, two changes of clothes, an extra bib and burp cloth, diaper cream, my wallet, my phone, a pacifier, keys, a teether (which came with the bag), a changing pad, a book, my planner and pens, earpods, a snack, three bottles and a formula refill container.” That’s... a lot.

The exterior pockets in particular deserve a shout out, since they can hold wide bottles, like Tommee Tippee—something Davison couldn't do with the Kibou, Huhu or Amazon bags she tried. “I was surprised at how many other bags were designed for tall, narrow bottles (like Dr. Brown's) only.”

We also love all the included accessories, like the aforementioned tether inside (“soft enough for a kid to actually want to gum on it”), a sleek black pacifier holder that clips onto the bag (or can be removed), the removable, odor-proof clutch that can hold blowout/spitup clothes and the changing pad with a pocket for holding a spare diaper (“standard, but it's thick and large enough to actually be used; some are more like a glorified foam napkin”).

Fast Facts

  • Material: nylon twill (body), vegan leather (trim), jelly PVC (accessories), silicone (teething ring), poly lining
  • Dimensions: 12 x 7.75 x 15 in.
  • Weight: 4 pounds

Best for Travel

2. Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack

What We Like

  • lots of storage
  • sleek, gender-neutral design

What We Don’t Like

  • only comes in two colors (black and taupe)


A PureWow Happy Kid Award winner, this bag is ideal for parents of twins or multiple kids close in age, because it can hold half a nursery inside. Seriously—it took our reviewer a second to get used to all of the dividers and organizers, but once she did, she realized you can hold a day's worth of bottles and sippy cups, diapers and wipes, changes of clothes, toys, snacks and her stuff, all in one bag. Davison raves: “There's a stiff divider inside that lets you compartmentalize the bag, and I literally can keep three bottles, a 20-ounce jar of formula, 10 diapers, a full pack of wipes, a baby thermometer, Desitin, two changes of clothes, burp cloths, a swaddle, pacifier, snacks, my keys/wallet/phone/travel docs and a baby toy inside!”

The magnetic closure makes it easy to open one-handed too, because let's be honest: In that first year, are you ever not holding a baby while rummaging through your diaper bag? The Huhu comes with a changing pad, two storage pouches (with clear sides so you can see what the heck you threw in there) and an optional bottom compartment to separate wet from dry. Another bonus: The bright blue interior makes spotting items much easier than with a black interior.

“This bag is like a sleek hiking backpack or travel bag,” Davison adds. “Guys seem to like how minimalist and unadorned it is, though TSA loves it the most—seriously. I've gotten multiple compliments from TSA agents who raved about how easy it is to check bottles/formula and see everything in the backpack without getting things disheveled. And it slides neatly under airplane seats. The 100 percent recycled water resistant PFAS-free polyester fabric exterior has been awesome for wiping off stains...including one that got dried on for DAYS and I swore would never come off. A little scrub with a baby wipe and boom! Gone.”

Fast Facts

  • Material: water-resistant recycled PFAS-free polyester
  • Dimensions: ‎‎18 x 11.5 x 5.5 in.
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds

The Best Compact Bag

3. Kibou Belt Bag

What We Like

  • lightweight
  • portability
  • eight color options

What We Don’t Like

  • not ideal for newborns


There comes a point—typically once your baby hits the one-year mark—when roominess isn’t as crucial to you as portability. You need to get out the door, quickly, and you don’t need to haul a replica of your kid’s nursery on your back anymore. This bag, another Happy Kid Award winner, is for that phase: It features a fold-out changing pad, a wet pouch for storing 20 wipes, a separate compartment for your cell, wallet and keys, and a main section that can hold diapers, a snack, hand sanitizer and bandages (because you never know when you’ll be taking care of a boo-boo). And it’s surprisingly chic, too. “The minimalist belt bag design feels high-end—and nothing like a diaper bag. The vegan leather is thick with a slight sheen, and it doesn't scuff easily. You'd think it's any other trendy belt bag at first glance...then a full changing pad rolls out,” says Davison.

In terms of storage, this one obviously isn’t going to fit as much as the other picks on our list, though Davison notes that it’s actually pretty spacious for a belt bag (just not so much for a diaper bag). “This is great for toddlers and babies over a year old, when you have a little less to travel with (more like diapers, sippy cup and snacks instead of the whole swaddles, bottles and formula jars rigamarole). I could hold a slim pack of wipes, three to four diapers, a travel-size Desitin, a snack, my cell and keys. (It has a pacifier hook and a detachable changing pad that pops out of the back.) On road trips, I'd need to refill it when we stopped to go in a restaurant or something with extra diapers/wipes in the car. It had just enough for such a small-sized bag.”

Davison also loves how easy this one is to wipe clean. The one con? At 11 inches wide, there’s no way you’re fitting a bottle or sippy cup in there, so that’s something to keep in mind as you’re on the go.

Fast Facts

  • Material: recycled vegan leather
  • Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 4 in.
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds

Best Backpack

4. Petunia Pickle Bottom Meta Backpack

What We Like

  • easy-to-clean and stain-resistant
  • gender-neutral design
  • magnetic closure
  • phone pocket

What We Don't Like

  • stroller clips sold separately
  • our reviewer wishes that the straps had elastic to secure the extra length when you adjust them to avoid straps dangling by your arms
  • reviewer also found the branding conspicuous

Petunia Pickle Bottom

This sleek and spacious bag features nine pockets, including two interior mesh pockets, a front zippered pocket with antimicrobial lining for snacks, a felt-lined back pocket for small items like a phone, and a hidden insulated bottle pocket. The backpack straps are padded and it comes with changing mat. Extra cool feature: The main compartment zipper extends all the way to the bottom of the bag, making is easy to pack and grab items. There's also a magnetic closure.

PureWow’s Senior Food Editor Katherine Gillen was a big fan: “The bag is very sleek. The material looks like leather but is a coated canvas—nice for cleanups but I worry about the durability long-term. It's nice enough that think it could pass as a work backpack, which is great if that's your style! This bag looks small but actually holds quite a bit. There's an outer insulated pocket that would hold one bottle (maybe two smaller ones if you stacked them), an inside laptop sleeve that fit my 13-inch Macbook, and an outer pocket for a phone. I was able to fit a few diapers, a small pack of wipes, an extra onesie and adult T-shirt emergency outfit changes, hand sanitizer and three pacis. (I never go out with less than three!) There's a small changing pad inside too, but it's not really large enough when your baby decides diaper time is also rolling time.”

Fast Facts

  • Material: coated canvas
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 6.3 x 13.8 in.
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds 

The Most Stylish Bag

5. Freshly Picked Diaper Bag

What We Like

  • can be worn three stylish ways
  • portable changing pad
  • insulated pockets
  • magnetic closure + zipper

What We Don’t Like

  • feminine style may not work for dad
  • pricey

Freshly Picked

This stylish vegan leather bag with gold accents boasts wipeable surfaces and 10 pockets (including a tech sleeve and an insulated pocket), plus a large main compartment. But what our reviewer Liana, mom to a 7-month-old baby boy in New Jersey, really loved about it was how versatile it is—it can be worn over the shoulder, as a crossbody bag or as a backpack. “I think the coolest thing about this diaper bag is that it can be worn in three different stylish ways!" she raves, adding that it’s very comfortable to wear. “As someone who is known to slouch, I feel like it even helped my posture when I wore it as a backpack—I really appreciated the padded adjustable straps. I also loved using it as a cross-body bag for a more stylish look.”

The bag also comes with a changing pad as well as a top handle so you can hang it from a stroller. In terms of storage, it can fit pretty much all of your daily needs. “The bag is very spacious for every day usage. It easily fits toys, several bottles, a can of formula, bibs, diapers, butt cream, wipes, an extra outfit! However, I did need to pack an extra bag when going somewhere overnight in order to fit extra necessities such as a sound machine, sleep sack, etc.” Liana also noted that while the bag and enough space and pockets to fit everything she needed for her son, it didn't quite allow any extra room for her own items. “I do wish the front pocket was a bit more spacious. It was not easy to fit items in there once the bag was packed up with everything I needed.” Other cool features include metal feet on the bottom (so your bag doesn’t have to touch the questionable bathroom floor at Target), plus over 20 color options to choose from including go-with-everything neutrals and look-at-me shimmering shades.

Fast Facts

  • Material: vegan leather exterior, nylon interior
  • Dimensions: ‎‎15 x 13 x 7 in.
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds

Best Value

6. Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag

What We Like

  • affordable
  • lightweight
  • packing cubes
  • easy-to-clean
  • stands open on its own

What We Don't Like

  • not as roomy as other bags on the list

Skip Hop

One of the lightest bags on the market (it weighs just 1.4 pounds), this budget-friendly pick packs a powerful punch with its eight pockets, two packing cubes, included changing pad (that's slightly narrower than most others on the list but does the job) and built-in stroller straps.

“It's very simple and structured,” says PureWow’s Operations Director and mom-of-one Rachel Gulmi. “I wanted something that was unisex so both me and my husband could use it and I actually like that it doesn't overtly look like a diaper bag. The fabric is nice and heavy—it can definitely stand up to being thrown around.”

When it comes to storage, the Forma has a lot to offer although Gulmi notes that it’s best suited for organized types. “There's a sleeve for a laptop and it has a bunch of different pockets. It comes with two packing cubes that fit in the front pocket which are super useful for keeping things organized. I think to use this diaper bag you need to be a good packer because if you are the type to just throw stuff in then you probably won't be able to fit as much as you could if you were more strategic about it. You can for sure fit all the basics like extra clothes, wipes, diapers, bibs/burp cloths, a bottle, cell phone, small toys, etc.”

Gulmi also loves the fact that it’s super comfy (“even when I had it packed out, my back never felt like I was holding too much or it was sagging down” and that it stands open on its own. “You can place it down, open the main flap and use one hand to dig around for stuff as opposed to having to hold it open.” And to top it off, doula Hall says it’s a great pick, noting that it’s an “affordable and feature-packed backpack with multiple compartments, stroller attachments and a changing pad.”

Fast facts

  • Material: polyester
  • Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 14 in.
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

Best for Multiples

7. Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

What We Like

  • stroller hooks included
  • lots of storage
  • multiple sizes available

What We Don't Like

  • pricey

Dagne Dover

Another sleek pick that doesn’t look or feel like a diaper bag, the Dagne Dover features 10 pockets (including a magnetic-closure pocket on the front and a padded Velcro-closure one on the back for your laptop or tablet) and two extra zippered bags (one smaller neoprene one that our tester used for hand sanitizer and tissues, and a larger waterproof bag for soiled items). It also comes with multiple hooks and fobs so you can clip it on to your stroller or add other items to it (like pacifiers and toys).

PureWow Executive Editor and mom-of-two Alexia Dellner says this has been her favorite diaper bag out of all the ones she’s tried. “I’ve had a few diaper bags over the years, but this one is a clear winner for both me and my husband. There’s tons of space inside to fit everything you need (I can fit all my 1-year-old’s diaper stuff in there, plus snacks, toys and spare clothes for my 4-year-old) and it’s nice-looking enough that I can definitely see myself using it after my youngest is out of diapers. It’s also so comfortable to wear, thanks to the padded straps and super soft material. While I haven’t had any issues so far, I do worry that the material will stain if, say, a blueberry pouch were to explode all over it. But the brand says the bag can be washed with a mild detergent in cold water so should hopefully not be an issue.”

The bag also gets doula Hall’s seal of approval. “[It’s] stylish and functional, with ample compartments and thoughtful features,” she tells us.

The bag comes in three sizes—small, medium and large—depending on your needs. While Dellner tried the medium size, the small (10 x 6 x 11 inches) would be great for older kids and don’t need to lug around as much stuff. The two larger sizes come with a luggage sleeve (because when it comes to traveling with kids, we’ll take all the help we can get). It’s also available in five colorways.

Fast Facts

  • Material: neoprene and performance air mesh, recycled REPREVE® lining (made from recycled plastic bottles)
  • Dimensions: 11.75 x 6.5 x 12.75 in. (for the medium size)
  • Weight: 3.3 pounds (for the medium size)

What to Look for in a Diaper Bag

  • Material: You’ll want to pick a bag that's made out of durable and water-proof materials, like nylon or polyester, that can easily be cleaned in case of spills or accidents (because there will be spills and accidents). “Accidents happen!” says Hall. “It is suggested to choose a wipeable material like nylon or neoprene that can handle spills and messes.”
  • Size and capacity: Even if you’re only going out to grab a coffee or pick up some groceries, you always need more diapers than you think. Choose a bag with enough space to hold essentials like diapers, wipes and bottles (plus extra clothes in case of a blow-out situation), without being bulky. But bigger isn’t always better, cautions Hall. “Consider your baby's age and your typical outing length—a manageable size prevents overloading.”
  • Compartments and pockets: Multiple compartments and pockets will help keep things organized and easily accessible, something you’ll definitely appreciate when making diaper changes on-the-go. And be sure that there’s space for your essentials, and not just baby stuff. Per Vlahakis: “No one wants to carry two bags. This will be your daytime/ going out backpack with everything in it that you need for the baby and for you all in one.”
  • Comfort: You’re going to be toting this bag around a lot, so look for comfy and ergonomic features like padded shoulder straps and even weight distribution to ease the burden of carrying the bag for extended periods of time. “The best type of diaper bag is one that distributes the weight of the bag evenly across your body,” says Moore, noting that backpacks and waist bags are her top picks for support. “Holding children and nursing or bottle feeding puts a great amount of stress on the body, the diaper bag should not look to add to stress on the joints, muscles and ligaments but rather to help reduce the risk of injury to the neck and shoulders. A diaper bag that goes around the waist is a great option for moms who maybe suffering upper back and neck problems,” she adds.  
  • Affordability: Just like everything else on your registry, there’s a big price range when it comes to diaper bags. Set a budget and find a bag that meets your needs without breaking the bank.
  • Frequency of use: “When looking for a diaper bag you should look for two different ones,” advises Moore. “One that is smaller for when you are taking a quick trip to the store and may just need a small pack of wipes, a couple diapers and possibly a change of clothes (ideally this either goes around the waist or on your back but it smaller). The other diaper bag is one where you know you are going to be out for the better part of the day.  This one should be one that is comfortable for you to have on your body all day long.”
  • Accessories: Some bags come with a built-in changing pad, which can be a convenient option when your kid needs a diaper change in a less-than-ideal location (say, a fast food restaurant or in the car). And then there are other accessories, like packing cubes, wet bags and even teethers. “Make sure there’s a strap attachment or a place on the stroller for it,” says Vlahakis, noting that this is especially important for city moms. “We city moms usually carry a lot more with us, and do much more outside of the home. We’re not going to 'throw things in the car' for 'just in case.'” 
  • Style: “Choose a bag that fits your aesthetic and lifestyle,” advises Hall. “Backpacks offer practicality, totes provide easy access, and crossbody bags are handy for quick trips.” You may also want a gender-neutral style if others will be sharing the bag with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a diaper bag?

Like most things when it comes to babies, you don’t really need much. And diaper bags technically fall into that category—they’re not absolutely essential but they sure are nice to have. “While one may manage without a dedicated diaper bag, I strongly recommend getting one,” says Hall. “It streamlines organization, keeps essentials readily accessible, and frees your hands to tend to the baby. It can be considered as one place for all your baby's needs, making outings and travel smoother," she adds.

Does a diaper bag count as a carry on?

You should always check with your airline carrier before you travel, but know that most U.S. airlines will allow passengers to bring a diaper bag (and also a breast pump or milk storage) on board in addition to their carry-on bag and personal item. American Airlines, United Airlines, Jet Blue and Spirit Airlines are just some of the ones that offer this perk. You can see the full list of airlines that allow a diaper bag as an additional item for free here.

How should I organize my diaper bag?

When it comes to packing your diaper bag, the key is to pack strategically. “Place frequently used items like wipes and diaper rash cream in easily accessible pockets,” says Hall. “Store bulkier items like spare clothes and blankets towards the bottom.” And make sure you take advantage of all those pouches and organizers, she adds. “Separate essentials like toiletries, medicines, and snacks in small pouches for easy identification and grab-and-go convenience.”

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