There are likely plenty of items on your registry or on your must-have list that revolve around your baby. And while a diaper bag is necessary when welcoming a baby into your life, it doesn’t need to be all about them. This item can actually be more about you, your style, and your needs.
I had the hardest time deciding on a diaper bag. There were so many options and along with that, so many opinions. Some friends said I should just use any old backpack, other friends said I should choose something unisex that my husband wouldn’t mind carrying, and others said I should pick what I want and not care about if my husband wants to carry it because it’s mine and my opinion and style overrides his. In the end I took that last piece of advice to heart and ignored my husband’s selection (sorry not sorry!) and chose a fashionable bag that I was excited to carry around. Because let’s be real, as a mom now for almost two years, I wear this bag more than any other bag (or truly more than any other item) that I own.
When choosing a bag, consider how big you want it be, think about if you’ll use it for travel, if you will be carrying a laptop, whether you prefer a backpack or tote style (or perhaps a hybrid), if it has enough pockets, and if the material is capable of staying clean (reminder: kids are messy). Consider your lifestyle and what aspects will be most important to you.
It’s a lot to think about, so we wanted to share our list of stylish diaper bags below; from investment options to budget finds. Everyone has their own set of priorities, so read on to see our favorite functional and chic diaper bags.
Engineered by a team of parents, The Beyond Diaper Bag grows with your family—from newborn to toddler to kid (even a gym bag for mom!). Worthy of your investment, this chic bag is made with high-quality pebbled leather and features a waterproof/wipeable interior.
You’ll appreciate the backpack style, easy-access opening, and Mary Poppins magical storage almost as much as you’ll love the elevated design. Finally a bag for people with kids that you’d carry even if you were flying solo!
also available in biscotti
This high-quality diaper bag looks good and will stand up to the demands of motherhood. The bag can be worn as a backpack or crossbody, or can easily be draped over stroller handlebars. There's plenty of space to fit everything you need without feeling overwhelming or too big.
more colors and a mini version also available
Fawn has fashionable yet functional diaper bags and we love The Original thanks to all the pockets (12!), the fact that it can be worn as a backpack or messenger style, and, simply put, it looks good.
several colors available, plus a mini size option as well!
Adventuring families, look no further than Rafi Nova, a brand all about encouraging parents to continue going on adventures with little ones in tow. The bag has ample space for all your necessities. There are plenty of pockets, including an exterior laptop pocket.
There's a lot to love about this bag, but most notably, it has a zip-out diaper changing station (genius!). It's also water-resistant, has plenty of space and pockets, and a wide zip top for easy access to contents. Wear it as a backpack or crossbody/shoulder bag.
more colors available
If you're looking for a bag that doesn't scream diaper bag, here's a good option. The bag can be worn over the shoulder, crossbody, or as a backpack, includes a luggage sleeve for travel, and fits a tablet or laptop up to 13 inches. These are just a few of the stand-out highlights, but this bag pretty much does it all.
This post was in partnership with Poppy Barley but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.