Remember the days before diaper bags when you could leave the house with just a wristlet? Even for minimalists, motherhood means walking out the door with a lot more stuff—but you don’t have to forsake style to fit your new army of add-ons. Whether you’re buying a traditional diaper bag (or standard bag that simply rocks as a diaper caddy) keep the five rules below in mind. Then check out our 10 favorite bags for stylish moms on the move!
1. Avoid leather.
Spilled milk and formula do not bode well for your new leather bag. Look for bags with cotton or polyester lining. Bonus if they’re machine washable!
2. Polyester interior lining is key.
You’ll find snacks, pouches, napkins, and who knows else in the floor of your diaper bag. Anything with an easily wipeable interior will make your life a bit easier.
3. Avoid velcro
It’s super hard to clean, and you’re not going to want to rip that bag open with a sleeping baby nearby!
4. Pockets are great but not crucial.
The more pockets, the better. You’ll feel more organized being able to have a place for everything baby needs. However, don’t let that cute open tote with no pockets steer you away from purchasing. You can drop an insert like the ToteSavvy right in for extra organization.
5. The lighter the better.
You’re going to be carrying quite a bit in your diaper bag — change of clothes, bottles, snacks, diapers, wipes (you get the idea). The lighter the bag, the more stuff you’ll be able to comfortable carry!
1. Everlane Modern Snap Backpack ($68) | 2. Fawn Design ($111.99) | 3. Honest City Backpack ($149.95) |4. Fjall Raven Totepack No.4 Wide ($145) | 5. Dagne Dover Landon Carryall ($175) | 6. STATE Bags Wellington Baby Bag ($255)
Everlane Modern Snap Backpack ($68)
Featuring a water-resistant exterior (hello, bottle spills) and two side pockets for bottles, this gender neutral backpack has spots to organize just about anything. The bag is built to last and will last for years after your little ones no longer in diapers.
Fawn Design ($111.99)
This faux leather diaper bag can easily be transformed into an everyday bag. The bag is easy to clean and opens wide so you can see all of your everyday essentials. Wear as a backpack or messenger bag
Honest City Backpack ($149.95)
Ok, so this bag is technically a “diaper bag” but it looks nothing like one! The cleverly designed backpack works as both a super chic, spacious bag as well as a multi-functional diaper bag. Made from 100% vegan leather, it features a large insulated pocket for snacks and bottles, five interior pockets to keep you organized and a changing pad.
Fjall Raven Totepack No.4 Wide ($145)
This organic cotton timeless tote has space for everything you’ll need to carry along for your little one. It features two zippered pockets inside and adjustable straps allowing the bag to be carried on your shoulders or back to keep hands free.
Dagne Dover Landon Carryall ($175)
Dagne Dover’s new Airmesh collection is perfect for the mom on-the-go. It’s hand-washable, tear-resistant and super versatile. The nearly weightless backpack is just big enough to hold anything you need.
STATE Bags Wellington Baby Bag ($255)
Everything you need in one super cute convenient tote. The bag features wipeable lining for easy cleaning and is equipped with three detachable interior pouches and a washable changing pad.
Herschel Co Barnes Tote ($79.99)
This super sporty tote features a zippered closure with a water-resistant and lightweight fabric.
Anthropologie Gwendolyn Diaper Backpack ($98)
This nylon backpack has five inner slip pockets, so you can keep your keys, phone, and oh yeah—bottles and snacks—at the ready.
Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Backpack ($100)
Stroller straps make it easy to hang with this vegan leather backpack on long walks. Extra points for the machine washable and cushy changing pad included.
Rosie Pop Highbury Hill Diaper Bag Backpack ($160)
The drawstring closure on this diaper bag keeps all your essentials secure—and oh-so easy to reach. (When you’re desperately grabbing a paci, access is everything.) A changing pad and insulated bottle cooler are included.