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The Best Diaper Bags of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack
Best Overall

Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack

The Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack is more backpack than diaper bag aesthetically, giving it a gender-neutral appeal that our testers loved. Read More

Pros

  • Great for day trips
  • Laptop and wallet storage
  • Gender-neutral aesthetic

Cons

  • Flimsy zippers
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Editor's Choice Product image of JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag
Best Upgrade

JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag

Seemingly designed with both baby and mommy in mind, this bag has a pocket for everything needed for a long day out. Read More

Pros

  • Incredible amount of compartments
  • Fabric repels stains
  • Zippers don't snag

Cons

  • Heavy
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Editor's Choice Product image of HaloVa Diaper Bag

HaloVa Diaper Bag

It's amazing how much stuff can fit into this deceptively compact bag. We especially love the zippered access on the bottom for hard-to-reach items. Read More

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Aesthetically attractive
  • Opens wide
  • Lots of storage compartments
  • Waterproof outer fabric

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Items fall out
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Product image of KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack

KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack

A pleasantly designed bag with several great features, but they could all use a few tweaks. Plus, we're surprised how heavy this small bag is. Read More

Pros

  • Pleasant design
  • Convenient baby wipes slot
  • Insulated bottle holders

Cons

  • Surprisingly heavy
  • Difficult to remove bottles and wipes
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Product image of Itzy Ritzy Boss Backpack Diaper Bag

Itzy Ritzy Boss Backpack Diaper Bag

The pockets and body of the backpack are made with vegan leather, and the backpack itself is a lot bigger than expected—in fact, it contains 17 pockets. Read More

Pros

  • Large size
  • Many options for color combos
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Materials feel inexpensive
  • Shows scratches
  • Uncomfortable straps

Becoming a parent means saying goodbye to regular purses and backpacks, and saying hello to schlepping around a diaper bag full of baby essentials. You’ll need diapers and baby wipes, of course, and an extra outfit for that inevitable car seat blowout. Wipes and diaper creams are a must. And as they get older: toys, snacks, bottles, extra mittens and hats, and maybe even a portable sound machine. Count your blessings if you can fit your wallet in a side pocket before you sprint out the door.

Finding the best diaper bag means finding a bag that has enough room for all of your baby’s stuff—and your stuff too. It also needs to be easy to use and not so big that it’s heavy or unwieldy. They get bonus points for being attractive, easy to pack, and easy to clean.

We really like the Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack . It’s attractive for parents of any persuasion, plus it holds everything you need to keep your baby (and you) happy.

For parents who prefer a luxury brand and a more traditional diaper bag shape, the JuJuBe BFF Convertible (available at Amazon) is an excellent choice.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

A sage green Ruvalino backpack-style diaper bag on the shoulder of a parent pushing a stroller.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsy Goldwasser

The Ruvalino diaper bag backpack is the best we've tested.

Best Overall
Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack

The Ruvalino Backpack is more backpack than diaper bag, aesthetically, giving it a gender-neutral appeal that my husband and I loved. No matter who was on baby duty, the Ruvalino was a non-embarrassing option that drew the admiration of our parent friends, too.

Beyond looking good, it’s functional. The backpack has plenty of pockets and two large compartments, which meant we could easily fit a full load of supplies inside—diapers, wipes, diaper cream, a change of clothes, toys, snacks, and several bottles.

The Ruvalino comes with a changing pad and insulated bottle pockets on the inside of the bag, plus two exterior pockets that fit both wallets and taller baby bottles. One contains a wipe slot, if you want to use the outer pocket for easy-access wipes. The Ruvalino even has a laptop pocket for the days when you’re headed out on your own.

The Ruvalino doesn’t open as wide as some of the other diaper bags we tested, which means items do occasionally get lost in the bottom, but the organizational pockets help with this. We especially appreciated the diaper pockets, which tucked the diapers off to the side to provide more room for digging.

You can wear the Ruvalino as a backpack, thanks to the padded shoulder straps, or you can carry it as a purse, using the two small top handles.

It’s not machine-washable, but you can use a warm rag with a small amount of soap to scrub the interior, should you end up with spilled snacks or milk. And a big bonus: The Ruvalino is inexpensive, running you just over $40.

Pros

  • Great for day trips

  • Laptop and wallet storage

  • Gender-neutral aesthetic

Cons

  • Flimsy zippers

A parent pushing a stroller with a JuJuBe diaper bag slung over their shoulder
Credit: Reviewed / Betsy Goldwasser

The JuJuBe diaper bag is an attractive option.

Best Upgrade
JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag

At more than four times the price of the Ruvalino, the B.F.F. Convertible Bag by JuJuBe is one of the most expensive bags we tested. That said, it really delivers for the price. The bag comes with straps that can be attached in many configurations, allowing for a messenger bag carry or a backpack carry that keeps your hands free. It comes in a variety of patterns.

The outer fabric of the B.F.F. is made with Teflon, which makes it ultra-stain repellant; it was the only machine-washable option in our testing lineup, too. The zippers are like butter, the straps are padded, and the included changing pad is made with memory foam, which easily slides into the back of the bag for extra padding against your hip while you’re carrying it.

Like the Ruvalino, the B.F.F. has a “mommy pocket” for adult items, with plenty of space for a phone and credit cards. It even has a key leash and lens-cleaning sunglasses pocket.

When it’s open, the B.F.F. sits upright like a piece of luggage, and it unzips wide open which makes it easy to load and unload. Because of its durability and all-metal hardware, the B.F.F. is heavy. It can sometimes slide off your shoulder, although the padded straps help. There are dozens of pockets for bottles, diapers, and snacks throughout, including insulated side pockets to keep milk cool. While it’s an upgrade option, we think it’s worth the money for the high-quality durability and state-of-the-art features.

Pros

  • Incredible amount of compartments

  • Fabric repels stains

  • Zippers don't snag

Cons

  • Heavy

Product image of HaloVa Diaper Bag
HaloVa Diaper Bag

The cheapest bag on the list turned out to be one of our favorites. Similar to the Ruvalino, the HaloVa is an attractive backpack that you might want to use when you’re not taking care of a small human, too. It has many handy compartments, but the zipper drops down deeply on each side, which means items will fall out if the bag is overpacked.

Thankfully, the HaloVa has 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.

The inside of the bag opens into a square shape, with side pockets for diapers, which keeps them from falling into the bottom of the bag. There are also three therma-lined bottle compartments in the front pocket, which fit bottles up to 9 ounces. One of the outer pockets has a slot to make wipes accessible, too.

The big downside of this bag: It doesn’t last for long. After just a few uses, the strap broke.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

  • Aesthetically attractive

  • Opens wide

  • Lots of storage compartments

  • Waterproof outer fabric

Cons

  • Not durable

  • Items fall out

Product image of KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack
KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack

The KiddyCare is similar to the Ruvalino, but less pleasant to carry. Despite being slightly smaller, it’s actually heavier. The extra weight was noticeable, but not uncomfortable, especially compared to the other bags on this list.

The elastic on the insulated bottle holders was much tighter and difficult to get bottles out of, and the tissue pocket’s opening was small enough that our wipes packet didn’t line up like it did in the HaloVa. These subtle differences added up to us preferring the Ruvalino. However, a lot of what we loved about the Ruvalino still applies to the KiddyCare, so you wouldn’t be disappointed with either.

Pros

  • Pleasant design

  • Convenient baby wipes slot

  • Insulated bottle holders

Cons

  • Surprisingly heavy

  • Difficult to remove bottles and wipes

Product image of Itzy Ritzy Boss Backpack Diaper Bag
Itzy Ritzy Boss Backpack Diaper Bag

If you’re looking for a style-forward bag, the Boss Backpack might be a good fit. It’s still a backpack but comes in a variety of color combinations. The pockets and body of the backpack are made with artificial leather, and the backpack itself is a lot bigger than expected—in fact, it contains 17 pockets. A divider in the main compartment keeps things separated out—a good idea that falls short when the bag is full—and there are lots of nooks and crannies where you can tuck smaller items.

However, the straps are thin and uncomfortable, and the zippers feel a bit cheap, as does the faux leather. We wished that the bag opened more widely, to make it easier to pull items out or put them back in, and we worried that the leather would show scratches and rips quickly. Another downside: The bag’s look is quite feminine, and may not appeal to all parents.

Pros

  • Large size

  • Many options for color combos

  • Stylish

Cons

  • Materials feel inexpensive

  • Shows scratches

  • Uncomfortable straps

Product image of HapTim Multi-function Large Baby Diaper Bag Backpack
HapTim Multi-function Large Baby Diaper Bag Backpack

Our original tester used this diaper bag backpack for six months, so she has plenty to say about its pros and cons. It’s comparable in price to the Ruvalino and HaloVa, but less stylish than either. There’s also the issue of durability: A strap broke after about six months of use.

The color scheme feels fairly gender-neutral, and the bag is big enough to hold a weekend's worth of baby gear—but the gear often gets lost in the bottom of the bag, and sometimes you have to dump everything out to find a particular item. Inside the bag, there’s a larger pocket for a changing pad, plus several smaller pockets for diapers.

The front pocket is a good place for a wallet and keys, and the side pockets offer room for even the tallest bottles—but they’re not cooling and can be tough to clean out.

The HapTim excels during long schleps with its wide, comfortable straps and a cooling panel that keeps the bag away from your back. But overall, this bag is all about basic function, no frills.

Pros

  • Many pockets

  • Affordable

  • Comfortable straps and articulated backing

Cons

  • Not durable

  • Hard to find items at the bottom of the bag

Product image of Kibou Vegan Leather Fanny Pack Diaper Bag
Kibou Vegan Leather Fanny Pack Diaper Bag

The deliberately small Kibou diaper bag looks like a fanny pack with added features for baby and parents’ needs, like a credit card holder, waterproof wipes pocket, and included changing pad.

We like the idea of using a fanny pack during quick trips to the park or while hiking, but found that the Kibou is really best for parents of toddlers and older children. You can adjust it to wear around your hips or over your shoulder, but the bag is too small to fit many diapers and it also doesn’t have space for a bottle.

And if you stuff your own cell phone and credit cards into the front of the fanny pack, you’ll find that you don’t have room for much more than a granola bar and some wipes for your kiddo. Still, the Kibou’s stylishness might make it appealing for parents who want a minimalist vibe with a bit of extra storage.

Pros

  • Minimalist design

  • Made with vegan leather

  • Included changing pad

  • Waterproof wipes pocket

Cons

  • Too small to fit much baby gear

  • No way to carry a bottle

Meet the testers

Sarah Kovac

Sarah Kovac

Editor, Accessibility

@sarahkovac

Sarah Kovac is an award-winning author and accessibility editor for Reviewed. Previously, she worked with a multitude of outlets such as Wirecutter, TIME, PCMag, Prevention, The Atlantic, Reviews.com, CNN, GOOD, Upworthy, Mom.me, and SheKnows.

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Jenni Gritters

Jenni Gritters

Contributor

@jenni_gritters

Jenni Gritters is a Seattle-based freelance journalist who covers health, psychology, business, and travel. You can find her bylines in The Guardian, Wirecutter, Outside magazine, 538, Mindbodygreen, and beyond. When Jenni isn't working with words, she's teaching yoga and mindfulness; hiking, camping, and snowshoeing in the Pacific Northwest mountains; and running with her husband and puppy.

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