BEST OVERALL DIAPER BAG: Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack
It's no surprise why moms love the Boxy Backpack. This Petunia classic offers new moms everything you want in a diaper bag. The versatile bag offers four different hold options - as a backpack, over your shoulder, across your body or attached to your stroller with stroller clips (sold separately) - allowing it to adapt to changes in scenery or your child's stage. The front panel of the bag zips down to reveal a changing station complete with a detachable changing pad, pockets for diaper and wipes, and even a pacifier pocket. The practical design of the bag ensures it won't tip over while you're changing baby and provides easy access to everything you need. Inside the bag you'll find a roomy compartment with three pockets, two bottle pockets and a no-digging key clip. On top of all the Boxy's features are Petunia's fabrics. Petunia Pickle Bottom releases new fabrics for their collection twice a year - just like a fashion designer - ensuring a wide array of colors and patterns to drool over. We love the Glazed collection for its combination of durability and style, but the Boxy Backpack is also available in soft chenille, embossed solids, or the new signature jacquard collection. Whichever you choose, you'll find that the Boxy Backpack is the perfect blend of practical and pretty. BUY: Amazon or Nordstrom
BEST DIAPER BAG FEATURES: All of the diaper bags we've featured in our Must-Haves will carry diapers and wipes, but some diaper bags go above and beyond, impressing us with their innovative and creative features. Here are a few that caught our eye.
Accessories galore: timi & leslie Convertible Collection - You know how some diaper bags come with a wipes case while others might throw in stroller straps? timi & leslie takes the cake for the most included accessories with their line of convertible diaper bags. Whether you choose the Abby or Jessica, Rachel or Kate, all ten of the convertible diaper bag styles come with the following list of accessories included - a changing pad with a built-in mesh pocket to hold diapers and wipes, an insulated bottle tote, a zippered clothes bag, a pair of stroller straps, a detachable shoulder strap, and a coordinating clutch to keep your essentials separate in the diaper bag or to use on its own. Everything you need without having to purchase separately. BUY: Amazon or Nordstrom
Packable pods: PacaPod - One growing trend in diaper bags are packable, portable pods that are designed to store inside your diaper bag. These pods help you organize your diaper bag and make it easy to grab what you need. We love the sleek designs by PacaPod, a popular European brand recently introduced in the U.S. With a range of styles and price ranges from coated canvas to designer leather, PacaPod's diaper bags offer moms a simpler way to stay organized. A similar concept can also be found in the new affordable SkipHop Forma. BUY: Pacapod or Buy Buy Baby
Easy clean interior: Kempton & Co. Hatherleigh Carryall - Fish crackers, baby bottles, sunscreen. There's a long list of things that has spilled inside our diaper bags. Luckily with the Kempton Hatherleigh Carryall, you can simply zip out the inside liner when it gets dirty and wash it! Brilliant. The waxed coated canvas gives this bag a rugged sophistication while features like an iPad pocket, plenty of interior storage and included stroller straps keep us organized and ready for parenting. This bag fall squarely in the splurge category, but we love its versatility long after baby is grown. BUY: Kempton & Co or Amazon
BEST AFFORDABLE DIAPER BAGS: Don't want to break the bank over baby? You don't have to spend a fortune to get a fabulous diaper bag that is chock full of features and style. Our two top picks - both new releases in 2014 - will keep you and baby organized while satisfying your need for affordable style.
JJ Cole Camber - This new bag from JJ Cole is simple, yet smart and comes in seven pretty prints that have us swooning. The Camber offers three carry positions - tote handles, shoulder strap or included stroller clips. We love the double zippered pockets on the outside to keep our keys, gloss and phone easy to access and separate from each other, and the two long pockets on the front and back for our wallet and the included changing pad. Dual bottle pockets keep mom and baby hydrated while the roomy interior and four internal pockets keep diapers, wipes and other necessities organized and within reach. JJ Cole knows we're going to load down the bag with bottles, snack bags and diapers so we love that the Camber itself weighs just 1.3 lbs and makes our pocketbook only $60 lighter. BUY: Amazon
Skip Hop Duo Signature - We love when brands improve their products based on feedback from real parents. Ten years after its initial launch, Skip Hop introduces the updated Duo Signature diaper bag, featuring many requested upgrades including a "no-tip" design, tote handles, a zip closure to the top, and a new tech pocket. The Duo still comes with 10 organization pockets, an adjustable shoulder strap, and shuttle clips that easily convert it to a stroller bag. We also love that the Duo Signature can fit up to a 15" laptop to work with our multi-tasking lifestyle and that it comes in a collection of simple solids and modern prints for just $60. BUY: Amazon (Hint: Ensure you're getting the updated Duo by looking for the bags with the newly added tote handles.)
BEST DIAPER BAG PRINTS:Petunia Pickle Bottom Collection
Spit-up on your shirt. Pureed peas on your pants. And who even knows what that is stuck in your hair. Motherhood can be messy and unglamorous, but a diaper bag in a pretty print can raise our spirits and put a little lift in our surviving-on-no-sleep step. From its start, Petunia Pickle Bottom has designed bags that are as fashionable as they are functional. No cutesy animal prints here. Petunia's prints remind moms that they are carrying the bag, not baby. From sleek and sophisticated to vibrant and modern, Petunia Pickle Bottom earns its designer street cred by releasing two collection every year just like a fashion label - something no other diaper bag company we know does. Whether you go with their classic Boxy Backpack, sleek Sashay Satchel, the new Hideaway Hobo or another silhouette, you can be sure it will come in an array of gorgeous, grown-up prints and patterns. BUY:Nordstrom or Petunia
BEST DIAPER BAGS FOR TWINS: Moms of twins need twice the space for bottles, binkies and blankets, but that doesn't mean they want to sacrifice style in the process. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, we've found the best ways to carry gear for your duo.
MOST AFFORDABLE TWIN DIAPER BAG:Skip Hop Duo Double - This Skip Hop diaper bag has everything we love from the Duo times two. The Duo Double has an amazing 16 pockets including a zip pocket for personal items, places for your cell phone, pens, wipes, bottles and all of your babies other needs. The durable canvas design only comes in two colors (all black and black/white), but offers three carry options (tote, messenger or stroller) to adapt during your day. Our favorite feature might be the three easy-access pockets across the front making it simple to quickly grab bottles for two or wipes for a diaper blowout. And no, you're not seeing double - this bag is just $80. BUY: Amazon or Zappos
BEST SPLURGE TWIN DIAPER BAG: Petunia Pickle Bottom Abundance Boxy Backpack - Just because moms of multiples need more space doesn't mean you want to sacrifice your sense of style. If you still crave a pretty print and don't mind spending a bit more, we love the Abundance Boxy Backpack by Petunia Pickle Bottom. This larger version of their classic Boxy Backpack has their patented fold-out changing station to make diaper changes a breeze, lots of pockets for bottles and diapers, and comes in nearly a dozen prints in Petunia's Glazed fabric that is easy to keep clean while still looking cute. Plus you still get the Boxy's three carry options - backpack, shoulder strap or stroller (sold separately) BUY: Amazon or Nordstrom
BEST NEW DIAPER BAG FOR TWINS:JJ Cole Parker - This new release from JJ Cole isn't technically a bag for twins, but we love that the Parker has the space for multiples without being an overwhelming bag to carry. The Parker isn't as deep as the others on this list (10.5" instead of 13.5") which makes it slightly smaller, but also easier to carry and find that binkie tucked into the bottom of the bag. A zip pocket on the front is the perfect place to stash our phone or keys, and the two long pockets on front and back can hold our make-up bag, diapers and the included changing pad. The Parker has plenty of pockets (2 bottle, 5 interior, 3 exterior), a light-colored interior to keep items easy to see, and an extended zip top to provide easy access - a must when you need to deliver snack cups to your duo on the double. BUY: Available November 2014
BEST DIAPER BAG CLUTCH: Minimalists moms and those who like to pack light may want to consider a diaper clutch instead of a traditional diaper bag. These pint-sized purses often have just enough room for a few diapers and wipes, a changing pad, and a few mommy essentials and are perfect for quick errands around town or to keep in the car or stroller.
MOST AFFORDABLE DIAPER CLUTCH: Skip Hop Soho Cross-Body Diaper Clutch - Skip Hop's new Soho bag looks cute and keeps diapers and wipes close at hand in a compact clutch. The laminated fabric resists grime and comes in two sophisticated prints - a blue and white French Stripe or a black and white Herringbone, a Babies R' Us exclusive. The affordable clutch costs just $30 and comes with a wipes case, changing pad, an adjustable strap, and three interior pockets. Perfect for carrying just what you and baby need. BUY: Amazon or Babies R Us
BEST SPLURGE DIAPER CLUTCH:Evie Bett Katharine - Believe us when we tell you that no one will know this is a diaper clutch. Available in camel or black, the vegan leather, simple silhouette, and decorative stitching of this bag belie what is inside - a fold-out, neoprene changing pad, zippered compartment for personal items, and an interior just big enough to fit in the bare essentials for baby - or a night on the town. You won't mind using this one long after your little one graduates out of diapers. BUY: BlueFly
DIAPER BAG MOST LIKELY TO BE MISTAKEN FOR A TRENDY HANDBAG: Don't want to sacrifice your love of trendy purse for a frumpy diaper bag? Never fear, ladies - you can have your cake and eat it too with these incognito diaper bags that will satisfy your need for style and hold everything you need for parenting on the go. No one will ever guess you have diapers, wipes and pureed peas hidden inside these head-turning diaper bags.
Love a big slouchy statement bag? Choose the Amy Michelle Zebra bag that has subtle zebra embossing across the soft faux leather in black, deep turquoise or eggplant. The Zebra comes with everything you need for baby (changing pad, bottle pockets and stroller clips) as well as everything you want in a stylish handbag - a light-color interior to find what you need, ample pockets to stay organized, a key fob, and metal feet. BUY: Amazon or Kohls
Like a more structured bag? Choose the Charlie from timi & leslie. From the outside, it looks like a modern handbag with interesting design detail and sophisticated hardware. Inside, this secret diaper bag comes packed with mom-friendly accessories including a detachable cross body strap for a hands-free hold, changing pad with mesh pocket for storing wipes and diapers on the pad, a zipper bag for soiled clothes, a separate clutch to use on its own or to keep your essentials separate, an insulated bottle tote, key fob, plenty of pockets and matching stroller straps in the same faux leather material. We love this trendy metallic bag, but you can choose your Charlie from nine different color options. BUY: Amazon orNordstrom
BEST SPLURGE INCOGNITO DIAPER BAGS - Petunia Pickle Bottom's Cake Collection Café Carryall and OiOi Leather Slouch
Willing to spend a bit more? No one will guess there's a teething toy and diaper cream hidden inside the gorgeous new Café Carryall from Petunia Pickle Bottom's Cake Collection. Choose from European cut velvet in sophisticated black on black or eye-popping dragonfruit pink, or the bag in sleek black nylon. The Carryall comes with a changing pad, wipes case, leather stroller straps, and plenty of interior room, but all anyone else will see is the stylish silhouette, leather trim, and custom hardware. BUY: Nordstrom or Amazon
You'll probably have to convince friends this OiOi Leather Slouch is indeed a diaper bag by pulling out the included changing pad or wipes case to prove it. This gorgeous bag also comes with an insulated bottle holder, zip top wet bag, four interior pockets and one zippered pocket on the outside. Carry this slouch over your shoulder, with the tote handles, or attached to your stroller with the included leather stroller straps - a detail we appreciate unlike some high-end brands that provide less sophisticated webbing straps with their leather bags (tsk, tsk). If this ivory seems too bold of a move for a diaper bag, the slouch is also available in tan. BUY: Amazon orModern Nursery
BEST DIAPER BAG FOR DADS: These days, dads are just as likely to be staying home with baby, dropping off at daycare, and doing the day-to-day duties of parenting. So why make him suffer by carrying around your cute diaper bag? These dad-friendly diaper bags (that moms can rock too!) will keep him organized and prepared for fathering on-the-go.
BEST AFFORDABLE DIAPER BAG FOR DAD: Diaper Dude Messenger - Even if you're not a fan of the name, this Diaper Dude Messenger keeps diapering simple and convenient. The bag comes with a changing pad, stroller clips and a bottle pocket, but our favorite features is the easy access it provides to your gear with the three zippered pockets in the front. The diaper bag also comes in a wide variety of colors, dad-friendly prints like camo and pinstripe, and sport-themed bags with his favorite team's logo, all for just $60 BUY: Amazon
BEST BACKPACK DIAPER BAG FOR DADS: Quiksilver Daddy Day Pack - While most dads are proud to carry the title and ready to be a hands-on parent, few want to hit the park with a bag that screams "I HAVE DIAPERS INSIDE!!" Quiksilver to the rescue. This sleek bag looks like a traditional backpack but the inside is pimped out to be baby ready with an included changing pad and dedicated wipes pocket as well as two insulated pockets for keeping bottles and food cold. Best of all - this is just an all-around, well-made backpack - padded air mesh on the back, a shoulder strap phone holster, sternum strap for added support, tons of storage room, and two fleece-lined pockets for sunglasses, phones or keys. This backpack will last dad from baby to beyond. BUY: Nordstrom
BEST SPLURGE DIAPER BAG FOR DADS: OiOi Jungle Leather Satchel Diaper Bag - If dad likes the finer things in life, we love this gorgeous leather satchel diaper bag from OiOi The supple leather is ruggedly handsome and only gets better with each passing year. The Jungle includes a changing pad, zip top wet bag, OiOi wipes case and insulated pockets for bottles as well as a key rob and stroller straps. The bag also fits a laptop making it able to do double duty as a work bag. BUY: Amazon orPishPoshBaby
BEST DIAPER BAG BRAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF: Evie BettStarted just over a year ago, the bags from Evie Bett blew us away with their chic style, function and features, and attention to detail. The three diaper bags in their collection are the Vivien Tote, Katharine Clutch, and Convertible Lana that transforms into a backpack (they also make a line of matching insulated coolers). All three bags are made from soft vegan leather and work just as well for a night on the town as they do for work or a day with baby. We love the structure and large interior space of the Vivien, the compact design of the Katharine Clutch, and the convertible convenience of the Lana diaper bag. BUY: BlueFly
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