When you first become a mom, it can seem like your whole world order shifts with a series of swaps: Lingerie gets traded in for mesh hospital underwear and nursing bras, novels are put aside for board books, and sleeping is replaced by, well, not. And of course, your handbag is more than likely substituted for a diaper bag — it’s not just your stuff you need to tote around anymore.
Luckily, finding the best diaper bag for your new lifestyle doesn’t have to feel like a total identity crisis. Plenty of options are not only stylish enough that you won’t be embarrassed to carry them, but boast the functionality that’ll meet your — and your baby’s — rapidly evolving needs. While loads of interior pockets for stashing extra clothes, diapers, wipes and toys are a given, some diaper bags now even come equipped with a changing pad, while others include insulated pockets for bottle storage.
Other noteworthy features to look for include spacious pockets big enough to fit your iPad or a laptop, removable inserts meant for mom’s belongings (think keys, lip balm, feminine products, etc.), and conversion straps so you can wear the bag as a backpack, tote or sling it over your stroller.
In other words, your regular purse doesn’t stand a chance when stacked against these high-performing picks. And once you’re relieved of the panicked feeling of rooting around a bottomless abyss for your cell phone, dare we say you might never look back?
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1. Ruvalino Modern Diaper Backpack
This modern diaper backpack is the size of a normal backpack, but features handy pockets in every possible spot imaginable, and then some. With two large zipper compartments and 16 pockets — one of which is padded for laptops — you’ll never be struggling to fit any of your or your child’s on-the-go essentials. The bottom of the bag features two insulated pouches that can hold bottles up to seven inches tall, which is a plus. What’s more, this diaper bag comes in six colors (gray, army green, black, dark gray, navy blue, and a fun floral print) and is also convertible, so it can be used as a backpack, handbag, or hung on a stroller, depending on whatever is most comfortable for you.
2. HODAR Diaper Bag Backpack
This waterproof diaper backpack has two compartments and 13 pockets, which gives you plenty of room to stash all of your baby’s stuff. There are wet and dry compartments and an insulated pocket for storing two 15 oz. bottles. There is a pocket for your laptop, along with a USB charging port if you have to charge on-the-go. The shoulder straps are even adjustable, so you can attach this stylish bag to the stroller, so you don’t have to carry it.
3. Sensyne Diaper Bag Backpack
As a new parent, you know how much stuff your baby needs. When this backpack is jammed to the brim and you can’t even fit one more diaper, you’re able to expand it an extra 10 percent. This bag is designed to be durable, and the zippers won’t snap under the pressure. There’s a total of 13 compartments in this convertible bag, including an insulated pocket for your baby’s bottles. This diaper bag can either be carried like a handbag or a backpack or you can attach the included straps to strap it securely to your stroller.
4. Mancro Backpack Diaper Bag
This diaper backpack certainly doesn’t look like a bag. It just looks like a normal backpack. If that’s what you’re going for, you should consider this option. This diaper bag has a built-in changing pad, so you don’t have to put your little one on unsanitary bathroom changing tables. There’s one main compartment, one mesh pocket, three inside pockets, four side pockets and two front pockets. This ergonomic backpack will feel comfortable on your shoulders, and if it does get heavy, you can attach it to your stroller with the included straps.
5. Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag
For a slightly more traditional style, this messenger diaper bag pulls out some very important stops. For one thing, it includes a matching changing pad, so you don’t need to worry about locating a clean surface in public spaces. You’ll also find 10 pockets in total, including mesh side bottle holders, a front zip pocket, and an easy access tech pocket for your devices. The bag is also machine washable, which will come in handy the first time you experience a diaper blowout outside of the house. Lastly, it features patented shuttle clips that convert the over-the-shoulder bag to a stroller bag in seconds.
6. Ticent Diaper Bag Backpack
This fashionable diaper bag has a huge main compartment that is easy to access. You won’t be fumbling with the zipper when your baby needs an emergency diaper change. There’s even a special hidden back pocket for wet wipes. You can put three bottles into the insulated pocket. This bag is designed so everything is easy to grab, unlike other diaper bags. When your baby turns into a toddler, you can repurpose this bag as a travel backpack.
7. SoHo Designs Grand Central Station Diaper Bag
You’ll never find a more complete set than this seven-piece diaper bag. Available in four patterns (all with neutral color palettes), this diaper bag bundle includes a matching personal purse, changing pad, organizer and accessories bags, an insulated bottle bag, and straps for quick and easy shoulder-to-stroller conversion when your body starts aching from the weight of it all. The multilayered fabrics are waterproof and stain-resistant, but for tough stains that don’t easily wipe away, feel free to toss these components into the washing machine with cold water, and hang to dry. It’s also roomy enough to store breast pumps, and small pockets are incorporated throughout for seamless organization.