The Best Diaper Bags of 2018

By Sarah Kovac

When you become a mom for the first time, you say goodbye to all your cute little purses and hello to a diaper bag that covers half of your body and can hold every baby product under the sun. That, or you stash a few diapers and wipes in your purse only to be without a backup onesie when the inevitable blowout occurs. Finding the best diaper bag for you means finding a bag that has enough room for all your baby stuff (and your stuff too!), is easy to use, and isn’t so big that it’s heavy or unwieldy.

We spent three weeks toting around seven of the most-loved and highly-rated diaper bags on the market and found ourselves reaching for the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. (available at Amazon for $136.37) every time we got the chance. Yep, even my husband loved the B.F.F. despite the print being a very girly flowers-and-plaid combo.

Here are the best diaper bags we tested ranked in order:

  1. Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F.
  2. HaloVa Land
  3. KiddyCare
  4. DadGear
  5. Skip Hop Duo Backpack
  6. Skip Hop Duo Signature
  7. Eddie Bauer Rainier
— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated August 02, 2018

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Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag

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Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag

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The B.F.F. diaper bag by Ju-Ju-Be is the most expensive bag we tested (depending on the print you choose, the prices can range from $94 to $189), but it really delivers. When I first unpacked the B.F.F. and started examining it, I yelled to my husband in the other room, “Oh my gosh, these zippers slide like butter!” The bag sits upright like a piece of luggage, the hardware is all metal, the main compartment opens wide for great access, and the outer fabric repels stains with a Teflon coating.

With all these quality materials, it’s no surprise that this bag was one of the heaviest we tested. Luckily, it comes with padding on all of its straps: the detachable backpack and messenger straps as well as the top carrying handle. The B.F.F. feels like it was designed to be a mom’s everything-bag. There’s a “Mommy Pocket” on the front that has ample space for a phone and credit cards, and it even has a key leash and lens-cleaning sunglasses pocket. A phone pocket above that is lined with anti-scratch fabric and fit my iPhone X perfectly, although anything larger might need to go below in the Mommy Pocket.

The main compartment was a perfect fit for my laptop on days I was out without the kiddos, and I could see myself using this bag as a carry-all or even luggage well beyond my diaper-toting years.

This bag is amazing for parents, but don’t worry, baby is covered too. The B.F.F. includes a changing pad lined with memory foam. Yep, an easy-to-wipe, super comfy memory foam changing pad that folds up thin and slips into a dedicated pocket on the back of the bag so that there are three layers of foam against your body when you carry it. Brilliant! Side pockets are insulated to keep bottles cool, and inside the cavernous main compartment are several pockets, with and without zippers. We felt like it was just enough organization to keep track of the little stuff and enough open space to fit the bigger stuff.

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HaloVa Diaper Bag

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HaloVa Diaper Bag

Best Value

The HaloVa Land diaper bag impressed us from the start with its stay-open top and its ability to stay upright as we dug through it. One of the external side pockets is designed to make tissues easily accessible through a slot, but we tried it with a pack of wipes and that worked well. The front pocket offers three insulated slots that will fit bottles up to nine ounces perfectly. Pockets throughout the interior and exterior are sufficient for all the baby supplies we packed in, plus several parent items (wallet, keys, phone, etc.).

An issue we ran into with several of these backpack-style bags was rummaging around to see and retrieve items at the bottom. The HaloVa remedies that issue by including a thoughtful zipper opening toward the bottom of the back panel of the bag so that parents can access the contents of the bottom of the bag without disturbing the items on top. That secondary opening is also lined with a waterproof compartment and functions as a (small) wet bag to transport wet clothes back home.

Though the HaloVa doesn’t look big at all, it could have held much more than we put in it. It’s deceptively large on the inside. While the materials can’t touch the luxurious feel of the Ju-Ju-Be, we found this bag pleasant to use and more than capable of storing everything we needed to take with us.

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I’m Sarah Kovac. I’m a mama of three, and over my nine years of parenting I’ve had several diaper bags and learned what works and what doesn’t. I need a diaper bag that I don’t mind being seen with in public. I need zippers that can be operated one-handed. I need a bag that holds it all without killing my shoulders. I need a place to stow my wallet, phone, and keys where they won’t get buried under diapers or in the folds of a blanket.

The Tests

To find out how these diaper bags stacked up, we rotated through them for everyday use with our toddler for three weeks. Then we loaded each of them with six diapers, a pack of wipes, a bottle, a spare outfit, a container of Vaseline, a rather large toy, a blanket, and a burp cloth. I wore each bag for a 15-minute stroll around the block to test comfort, took each item out and replaced them to test how accessible each item was, and in the case of the machine-washable Ju-Ju-Be, ran it through the wash — straps and all.


Other Diaper Bags We Tested

KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack

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KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack

The KiddyCare and HaloVa are almost identical by the numbers, but somehow the KiddyCare wasn’t quite as pleasant to use. Despite being slightly smaller, it’s actually heavier. The extra weight was noticeable when I wore one right after the other, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say the KiddyCare was uncomfortable in comparison. The elastic on the insulated bottle holders was much tighter and difficult to get bottles out of, and the tissue pocket was just enough smaller that the opening to our wipes packet didn’t line up like it did in the HaloVa. The subtle differences added up to us preferring the HaloVa, but a lot of the things we loved about the HaloVa still apply to the KiddyCare, so you wouldn’t be disappointed with either.

DadGear

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DadGear

If you’re on the hunt for a bag that’s not pink and covered with flowers, you’ll love the DadGear. While I found the tactical-gear look uninspiring, my husband was immediately drawn to this bag. It comes in several very masculine prints, but it’s more than just a handsome diaper bag. Wipes hide behind a flap on the front to allow quick access, and a zippered enclosure called a “diaper hammock” keeps the diapers in their own easy-to-find spot at the top of the bag. The main compartment unzips all the way down each side so it lays completely open to prevent any digging around. That same feature was a bit bothersome because, from the totally unzipped position, the zippers often got stuck and made it difficult to close the bag. Our other gripe was that the zippered compartments all look alike, so we often ended up opening a couple of compartments before getting what we needed.

Skip Hop Duo Special Edition

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Skip Hop Duo Special Edition

Despite the lack of backpack straps, we found the Skip Hop Duo Signature very comfortable to carry thanks to its lightweight construction and slip-on shoulder pad. What we didn’t like was how difficult it was to access items at the bottom of the bag. A design like this just isn’t going to be easy to rummage through. Magnetic closures on the front pockets were a nice touch, and something we didn’t find on the other bags. The included changing pad was decent and we had no trouble fitting what we needed into the main compartment… but in everyday use, it was a bit of a hassle overall.

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Backpack

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Skip Hop Duo Diaper Backpack

The Skip Hop Duo Signature Backpack left us feeling pretty “meh.” The first thing we noticed was how difficult the zippers are. They do not slide easily at all, and any use of this bag would have to be a two-handed operation. Several Amazon reviewers had complaints about the zippers having issues after a very short time. Reviewer Danielle Yuen said, “Within just a couple days of use one of the zipper pulls on the main pocket broke. Since there are 2 we just pushed the broken one all the way to one side and only use the other. The second one lasted about a month. When the 2nd broke I was able to replace it with a keychain loop. That has worked fine until about a week ago when the zipper itself came open while the pulls were in the closed position. After messing with it a while I was able to get the zipper back on its track, but I have to do it every couple days now. That is very inconvenient.” Indeed.

Eddie Bauer Back Pack Diaper Bag

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Eddie Bauer Back Pack Diaper Bag

The one thing we really loved about the Eddie Bauer Rainier was the included wipes case that can be accessed from the side pocket without removing the case, thanks to a cutout. Unfortunately, it only took a day for the wipes case to break when my 4-year-old tried to open it. (Yeah, she was probably rough on it, but she wasn’t trying to break it, and you’d hope for something a little more durable.) Overall, we weren’t fans of this bag. It’s heavier than the others, the changing pad is huge and doesn’t tuck away nicely inside, and the zippers weren’t especially smooth.

Additional Diaper Bags We've Reviewed

These diaper bags were part of our original roundup by Reviewed's Executive Editor TJ Donegan compiled in 2016. For our update, testing protocols were slightly different so we chose not to integrate them into our recent rankings, however, we still stand behind these reviews.

Graco Gotham Backpack Diaper Bag

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Graco Gotham Backpack Diaper Bag

The Graco Gotham smart organizer system is very inexpensive as far as diaper bags go, but it's got some brilliant little design touches that make it a great choice for some parents. At first glance it looks like an ordinary black backpack, with a few zippered pockets and a main compartment that houses a changing pad. But look inside and there's an insulated bottle pocket and a special wipe-dispensing pocket on the side, letting you access your wipes with a single hand without having to pack a specific "travel pack" of wipes.

The backpack design is a bit different from the messengers, and there are some positives and negatives. On the positive side it's huge and very well built, and the design makes it easier to access everything since there are larger individual pockets. The bag also better distributes weight across both shoulders, so it's easier to carry this than a shoulder bag if you've also got your baby in a front-facing carrier. On the negative side, the backpack's straps likely won't fit across most strollers, though the black design will appeal to some buyers who don't like designer prints.

Hip Cub Weekender Tote

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Hip Cub Weekender Tote

The Hip Cub Weekender Tote is similar to the Skip Hop Duo, as it is similar in price, design, and style. It's available in mostly neutral colors, is well-built, and is just big enough to hold all of the essentials. It's a tad heavier than the Skip Hop Duo, but still under two pounds so you're unlikely to mind that too much. It's a fantastic bag that I see everywhere. (Once you start reviewing diaper bags, you see them everywhere)

The Weekender's main advantage is the sheer number of pockets; it's got four exterior pockets, including two cinched bottle pockets that are perfect for holding bottles of water, an exterior back pocket with a zipped closure, and lots of internal organization as well. The Duo got the nod for us based on the wider array of designs and styles, as well as the stroller clips which we found compatible with a wider array of strollers.

Skip Hop Grand Central Take-it-All Diaper Bag

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Skip Hop Grand Central Take-it-All Diaper Bag

The Skip Hop Baby Grand Central bag is massive. If you want a bag that can hold literally everything you think you might need, this is the way to go. The bag has eleven pockets in total, including three massive central compartments, zippered front pockets, and two large bottle pockets on either side. When reasonably packed, the bag isn't that bulky, and at just over two pounds it isn't that heavy, either, though it's extremely well-built.

The problem? It's hard to reasonably pack only what you need when you've got a bag that's the size of an SUV. You can very easily fit 3-4 small toys, teethers, 5-6 changes of clothes, a dozen diapers, two packs of wipes, and everything you'd need for Mom and Dad and still have room left over. That makes this a great choice if you're going on a trip and just want everything in one place, but if it's your only daily driver you may find that you spend just as much unpacking things before you go out as packing what you need. Still, if you want one bag to rule them all, this is the way to go.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Boxy Backpack

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Boxy Backpack

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack is a popular, stylish diaper bag that can be worn as either a shoulder bag or a backpack. As the name suggests it's got a boxier backpack style, but unlike most backpacks it's very well structured and will stand up easily on its own. It's got plenty of room for all of the essentials, and it includes one of the nicer changing pads we saw.

The best things about the Boxy Backpack are the stylish prints and the outer material, which is easy to clean but feels great. There are some notable downsides, though. The biggest one is the price, since it's definitely among the most expensive diaper bags out there. It's also fairly heavy at almost three pounds when empty, which a lot of users also complained about. It also lacks an insulated bottle pocket, though that's easy enough to work around.

Lekebaby Backpack Diaper Bag

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Lekebaby Backpack Diaper Bag

The Lekebaby is a cool backpack-style diaper bag that ticks just enough boxes to be worth considering, but has some downsides to be aware of. From a design standpoint it's stylish, with a neutral gray tone and a water-repellent polyester coating. In most respects, it's like any other backpack, with two main zippered enclosures and two elastic side pockets for quick access to water bottles.

One big difference between this and the other bags is that it does not include a changing pad, so you'll want something like the Skip Hop Pronto (below) to go with this. The inside is well-organized otherwise, with room for multiple bottles and all the other essentials. One weird quirk is that the wipe pocket doesn't accommodate the travel packs for most brands of wipes, which are quite thick. You may need a separate wipe pack that you fill periodically as a result, but if want a neutral, stylish backpack this isn't a bad option.

Skip Hop Grab & Go Pronto Changing Station

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Skip Hop Grab & Go Pronto Changing Station

While not exactly a diaper bag, the Pronto is an essential accessory to any of the diaper bags listed here. It's cheap, small, and has a great roll-out changing pad that is very easy to clean. It's got a zipped compartment for wipes and a netted pocket that is big enough to hold 2-3 diapers and an extra change of clothes.

The Pronto is awesome because it is cheap, while still carrying the bare essentials while being as small as possible. We toss this on the stroller all the time when we are just going for a short walk and we even put this inside our other bags when we go out. If you have some shoulder bags or backpacks that you love and you don't want to go all-in on a diaper bag, you could even just get a Pronto and use it to "convert" any other bag into a diaper bag.

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