Diaper Bag Buying Guide
Diaper bags are the perfect way to carry your baby's essentials for on-the-go changing
What to consider
Messenger, Tote, or Backpack?
Backpacks are sturdy and distribute weight. Totes are stylish and convenient. Messenger bags are useful when you need your hands free.
If you plan on wearing your bag for a long time, opt for one with adjustable and/or padded straps
If you have more than one baby or tend to overpack, opt for a bag with many storage compartments
If you want to attach your bag to your stroller, choose one with hooks
Changing pads are essential and come with your bag. They can be placed on a public changing table for easy and hygienic diaper changes.
If you plan on carrying bottles for long durations, choose a bag with insulation to keep them warm.
Prone to spills and dirty surfaces, diaper bags must be easy to clean. Machine washable bags are easy to wash and bags made of canvas are easy to wipe-down.
|Popular brands||Ju-ju-be||Skip Hop||Storksak||Lassig||Petunia Pickle Bottom||Okiedog||Le Sportsac||Insular||Kate Spade|
|Model||Be Right Back Classic||Forma Pack & Go Diaper Tote||Noa||Green Label Neckline Bag||Sashay Satchel||Trek||Baby Travel Bag||New Mom's Changing Bag||Stevie|
|Style||Backpack||Tote||Tote & Messenger Bag||Tote & Messenger Bag||Tote, Backpack, Messenger bag (clip sold separately)||Backpack||Tote & Messenger Bag||Tote & Messenger Bag||Tote|
|Comfort||Curved, padded, adjustable shoulder straps. Breathable mesh backing.||Padded side straps||adjustable shoulder straps, antislip leather handles||padded shoulder straps, adjustable||padded shoulder straps, backpack straps||adjustable padded shoulder straps||ajustable shoulder strap (detachable)||adjustable shoulder strap||Leather handles|
|Space||main compartment with 3 elastic pockets, 2 front pockets, 2 insulated pockets, top storage pocket, back pocket, cell phone pocket||main compartment with side pockets, 2 front pockets, 2 side pockets, back pocket||mini organizer bag, main compartment with pockets and zip, outer compartment||main compartment with side pockets and zip, outer pockets, cell phone pocket||main compartment with 3 pockets, 2 exterior pockets, 2 side bottle pockets||main compartment with 3 elastic pockets, two outer compartments||main compartment with 4 mesh pockets, 2 outer pockets, 2 side pockets||main compartment with elastic pockets, 2 outer pockets, 2 side pockets||main compartment with zip pocket and 5 open pockets, adjustable exterior side pockets|
|Stroller-hook||yes||no||yes, sold separately||yes||no||yes||yes||unspecified||yes|
|Water Resistant||yes||no||no||no, water resistant wet pocket only||yes||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Changing pad||yes, memory foam||yes, padded||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Insulation||2 exterior insulated pockets||detachable insulated pocket for 2 bottles||insulated side compartment||detachable insulated bottle holder||no||detachable insulated bottle pocket||no||no||no|
|Material||AgION anti-microbacterial lining||Polyester||Coated canvas||100% recycled polyester||matte coated canvas exterior||polyester||polyester & nylon||polyester||woven nylon with crosshatched leather trim|
|Cleaning||Machine wash, air dry||Hand wash, air dry||Hand wash, air dry||Hand wash||hand wash||not machine washable||hand wash||hand wash||hand wash|
|Where to buy||Pupsik||Lazada||Motherswork||Motherswork||Pupsik||Lazada||Le Sportsac||Lazada||Kate Spade|
- Be careful not to attach heavy diaper bags onto strollers, as they can cause the stroller to tip over.
- Designate a 'mommy pocket' to store your items (phone, keys, etc) for convenience.
- Place liquids in plastic or ziplock bags to prevent leaks from inside your bag.
- If you already have a tote or large bag, convert it into a diaper bag by buying purse dividers.
- If you and your partner both plan on using your diaper bag, choose a unisex color and style.
- Pack depending on how long your excursion is. Make sure to bring: at least 5 diapers, 1-2 outfits, bottles, a blanket, a pacifier, and changing essentials (disposable wipes/plastic bag for soiled diaper/changing pad).
- It can be useful to also carry tissues, hand sanitizer, and a spare t-shirt, in case of any mess or accidental spit-ups.
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