For me, choosing a diaper bag was like studying for the SATs. There are messenger bags and shoulder bags and backpacks, and a broad definition of the
perfect amount of pockets and organization. Does a diaper bag have an insulated bottle holder? A zipper for valuables? Neoprene lining for spills? Finding the perfect chic (and practical) diaper bag to add my wardrobe was a big task for me, but ultimately it came with big rewards.
Instead of cramming diapers, creams, snacks, toys, pacifiers, etc. into one endless Mary Poppins bag, I actually found the perfect bag with a place for
each and every item. For me, that was the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared, but while I was on the hunt for something cute and functional (which involved hours of internet searches, asking other moms for their thoughts, and reading hundreds of reviews), I found some incredibly stylish and practical diaper bags on the market. Here is a carefully curated list of the best stylish and practical diaper bags out there today. Check them out in the slideshow.
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Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel
Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel in black is a top contender for me because of the practical interior organization combined with a chic design and a budget-friendly price tag. This black bag features all of the great pockets and organization I’m looking for.
Marc Jacobs 'Biker' Nylon Baby Bag
Marc Jacobs 'Biker' Nylon Baby Bag is a bit of a splurge for some, but everyone who buys this bag loves it. It's a classic bag that could easily transition into toddlerhood or even to the days when no true diaper bag is needed.
TWELVElittle Companion Backpack Diaper Bag
Looking for something stylish and a little different? I'm all over the super-fab
in pewter. It's got tons of zippered pockets (both exterior and interior), it's water resistant, it's padded all over for extra comfort, and did I mention it's TWELVElittle Companion Backpack Diaper Bag pewter and awesome?!
Photo: Toys R Us
Kate Spade Stripe Stevie Baby Bag
You can't go wrong with Kate Spade or black and white stripes. The
is a gorgeous diaper bag option with beautiful red lining on the inside plus a matching changing pad. Kate Spade Stripe Stevie Baby Bag
Ickadybag Diaper Bag
To be honest, the
is not Ickadybag Diaper Bag technically a diaper bag—it's kind of an all-purpose bag—but it's so cute, I had to add it to the list. This bag is water resistant and it has three compartments, fleece-padded straps, easy-access bottle pockets, and a stroller strap.
Timi & Leslie Rachel bag
I couldn't help but include the
Timi & Leslie Rachel bag since it looks like a great handbag or work bag. I love when a bag can easily go from outings with the baby to a night out with friends or a work meeting. Versatility is a big plus for busy moms.
The Ultimate Diaper Bag by Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn calls this
for a reason—it's got a hidden magnetic closure, metal zipper, tri-glide buckle, dog clop, D-ring, and four bottom feet. The whole bag is super stylish yet durable in a gray/aqua yarn-dyed polyester, and it has plenty of pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap. "The Ultimate" Diaper Bag
Photo: Pottery Barn Kids
Babymel Crossbody Bag
was the very first bag I had my eye on when I started searching months ago. I love the fabric, especially for a summer baby, and I love the fact that it's a messenger-style bag, making it easy to carry with a baby and toddler in tow. Babymel crossbody bag in navy stripes
Baby Essentials Striped Diaper Bag Tote
Baby Essentials Striped Diaper Bag Tote has a jazzy red interior lining, which actually makes it easier to help find items inside (and chances are there's a lot of baby stuff jammed in there!). The black-and-white stripey pattern is cute and water resistant, and the bag comes with ample pockets and zippers for all of baby's essentials.
Ju-Ju-Be Be Light Legacy Bag
Ju-Ju-Be Light Legacy bag is the most budget-friendly option of my picks and features a very simple design. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the others, this bag is a functional option with a lovely herringbone pattern for a mom looking for something that won't break the budget.
OiOi Poppy Red Hobo Diaper Bag
OiOi Poppy Red Hobo diaper bag is another fabulous option that is both stylish and functional. It's water resistant, has roomy, elasticized pockets (so you won't be wrestling to shove stuff in) and zippered pockets, and comes with a handy clip for keys or pacifiers. In addition to a padded changing mat and wipes case, it also comes with an insulated bottle holder, which is pretty awesome.
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Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo Bag
Like all things PPB, the
Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo in Glazed Blooming Brixham is as cute as it is functional. If you still want to look like a lady (and not just a slave-to-baby), opt for this stylish, lightweight handbag that comes with plenty of pockets and zippers to discreetly haul all your baby's gear.
Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared TokiDoki Collection Diaper Bag
First of all, we love the print on the
Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared TokiDoki Collection diaper bag. Called "The Kings Court," this pattern is super fun and cute and gives baby something fun to look at during a diaper change. This bag comes with seventeen pockets (whoa!), insulated bottle pockets, padded straps, and a changing pad.
Photo: Ju Ju Be
Daddy Diaper Slide Bag By Daddy & Co
There's no reason the
Daddy Diaper Slide Bag by Daddy & Co has to be just for the dads. It's a stylish option for any parent on the go, and I'm especially excited about the wide strap that distributes weight evenly across shoulders and back. It comes with angled bottle pockets for easy access, a changing mat, a wipes sleeve, and an optional main-compartment organizer.
Photo: Daddy n Company
Urban Mom Diaper Bag
Urban Mom diaper bag has all the bases covered. It comes with tons of organizational pockets (nine interior and two exterior—one with a zipper!), a changing pad, and a clip-on shoulder strap, and it comes in a super cute floral pattern. It's super durable and stylish, too.
Precious Little Tot Black Arrow Diaper Bag
Precious Little Tot Black Arrow diaper bag is a great choice if you're looking for something a little less traditionally bulky, yet still functional. There's plenty of storage, and it has shoulder as well as stroller straps for easy switch-over.
Photo: Etsy/Precious Little Tot
Phil & Ted's Diddie Diaper Bag
and Dad will both be excited about the sleek and urban Phil & Ted's Diddie diaper bag. It's a super stylish on-the-go bag that has plenty of compartments and a removable storage bag (handy for dirty diapers!). It's described as having "hip-hugging" comfort, which makes it super easy to lug around, and it's also great for body-to-stroller adaptability.
Photo: Phil & Ted's
Charlie Bag by Timi & Leslie
Charlie bag by Timi & Leslie has become one of my favorite diaper bag options. Filled to the brim with organization for any mom on the go, this bag also comes in many colors. I love that it comes with a long messenger-style strap and shorter straps.
Petunia Pickle Bottom's City Carryall
Petunia Pickle Bottom's City Carryall in Union Square Stop, a yellow tone, is a bold choice for a new mom and comes with all of the benefits of every PPB bag, including an attached changing pad, pockets, and beautiful fabric.
Skip Hop Duo in Grey French Stripe
Skip Hop Duo in grey french stripe gets great reviews from most moms on several websites, and I've heard wonderful things from all of my friends who've used this bag. The grey french stripe fabric is perfect for summer and would work well for most outings.
Storksak's Elizabeth Quilted Bag
Storksak's Elizabeth Quilted bag in fawn or black is a high end option for a busy mom. The stylish diamond-quilted leather includes a removable insulated bottle holder, a changing mat, and plenty of pockets and compartments.
Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue