Types of Diaper Bags

There are many types of diaper bags available for moms. Of the products we tested we found there were three distinct styles: the handbag with optional shoulder strap, the backpack, and the messenger bag.

The Handbags

It quickly became clear that the “handbag style” has the corner on the market geared towards women. Almost all of the bags we tested featured the handbag carrying method, including the Skip Hop Forma, Skip Hop Chelsea, Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel, Babymel Amanda Mini, BEABA Stockholm, LeSportsac Ryan Baby Bag, Storksak Bobby, and Timi and Leslie Marie Antoinette. In fact, all of our award winners came out of this category. Most of these bags also sported the ability to be converted to a carry-over-the-shoulder style as well.

Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Diaper Bag — Queen of the Jungle

Are you a hot mama? This diaper bag is bold, spacious, and keeps motherhood feelin’ fierce and fun! Features like a Teflon-lined interior — treated with antibacterial Agion — help keep this reliable diaper bag fresh. Not to mention, there’s literally a crumb drain. Shouldn’t that be in every purse?!

Newlie Lily Tote Diaper Bag

Not only is this bag the punch of metallic that every new mama would love, but it’s extremely functional. The bag features two exterior pockets and six interior pockets. What’s also included? A matching water-resistant changing pad. The detachable cross-body strap is a huge plus, too!

TWELVElittle Unisex 3-in-1-Foldover Tote

Planning a family vacay? Don’t you dare leave home without this diaper tote. The utilitarian design won’t turn off Dad, so he won’t have an excuse to not help you with heavy lifting at airport or in the thick of the lines at Disney. The water-resistant tote can be carried in three different ways using a single strap, going from a handheld tote, to a folded messenger bag, or a backpack in seconds. More at https://bestrateddiaperbags.com/best-types-messenger-diaper-bags-dads/.

Compact Mommy Tote Bag
Why we love it: Perfectly patterned for preppy moms, this compact canvas carry-all will hold exactly what you need for your toddler or older child.

The zip-top closure will keep it all in, but the sectioned pockets on the interior and exterior are perfectly placed for easy access. A detachable shoulder strap, stroller attachments, changing pad, and insulated interior bottle pocket are added bonuses that will make your life easier.

These look like a larger handbag, but have extra pockets and sections for holding all of your baby items.

While some totes are more about functionality than fashion, there are some models that are definitely quite nice looking and fashionable, too!

Some totes have removable/adjustable straps, letting you turn it into a backpack diaper bag or a messenger bag.

What might be a downside to some parents (or a bonus) is that most tote bags have to be held in the hand or slung over one shoulder. Backpack diaper bags will spread the weight over both shoulders, so if you have a problem with one of your shoulders, a backpack-style bag might be the better choice.

Storage/Ease of Use
As a new parent, you might notice you start feeling like a pack animal. Pre-baby jaunts to the grocery store have now become journeys where you must be prepared for end of days. Trust us, you will find a balance between over and under prepared for venturing out, it just might take a few tries to get there.

When it came to evaluating the bags, storage and ease of use were the most important criteria we looked at. Because this item is going to be one of the keys to your success in leaving the house with baby, we think it is vital you have enough space to accommodate what you think is important, and that it is easy to do so. This is why we awarded the category a sizable 40% of the total evaluation score. When you compare the scores of bags in our ratings matrix, you will find that some of the larger bags actually scored lower in this category, and here’s why: despite their ability to hold more, they quickly became less manageable and more difficult to keep organized. In our testing we found a sweet-spot definitely exists between size and organizational options. We also wanted to ensure that some of our other top-rated products could be utilized in these bags and we are proud to say both the Comotomo bottle and Thermos Foogo Phase 3 Insulated sippy cup fit nicely into both the outer pockets and inner insulated pockets.

A quality bag can come at a cost, but this can and should be viewed as an investment. However, this does not mean you should just blindly buy the most expensive bag on the market. In fact, when you click on our price vs. value tab above, you will find some of the best bags we tested were in fact, the least expensive. This is because high-quality bags are not exclusive to high price points. More at https://bestrateddiaperbags.com.

We think that having a well-made bag that can withstand the rigorous daily use dished out by parents is extremely important. That is why we are awarding 15% of the total score for these bags based on their quality. This category includes what materials they are made with, the hardware, stitching, zipper pulls, and feet on the bottom of the bag. Of course, not all the bags we tested included all of these great features, and were therefore scored accordingly.

Choosing the right diaper bag for you and your baby is a complicated decision. Our hope is that our review has helped you narrow down your selection to a few finalists, that will eventually lead to the perfect bag for you. If you’re still stuck, consider giving our buying advice article a read, as it may help you step back and consider what really matters.