When you first become a mom, it can seem like your whole world order shifts with a series of swaps: Lingerie gets traded in for mesh hospital underwear and nursing bras, novels are put aside for board books, and sleeping is replaced by, well, not. And of course, your handbag is more than likely substituted for a diaper bag — it’s not just your stuff you need to tote around anymore.
Luckily, finding the best diaper bag for your new lifestyle doesn’t have to feel like a total identity crisis. Plenty of options are not only stylish enough that you won’t be embarrassed to carry them, but boast the functionality that’ll meet your — and your baby’s — rapidly evolving needs. While loads of interior pockets for stashing extra clothes, diapers, wipes and toys are a given, some diaper bags now even come equipped with a changing pad, while others include insulated pockets for bottle storage.
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Other noteworthy features to look for include spacious pockets big enough to fit your iPad or a laptop, removable inserts meant for mom’s belongings (think keys, lip balm, feminine products, etc.), and conversion straps so you can wear the bag as a backpack, tote or sling it over your stroller.
In other words, your regular purse doesn’t stand a chance when stacked against these high-performing picks. And once you’re relieved of the panicked feeling of rooting around a bottomless abyss for your cell phone, dare we say you might never look back?
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1. Ruvalino Modern Diaper Backpack
Ruvalino’s modern diaper backpack is the size of a normal backpack, but features handy pockets in every possible spot imaginable, and then some. With two large zipper compartments and 16 pockets — one of which is padded for laptops — you’ll never be struggling to fit any of your or your child’s on-the-go essentials.
We especially love that the bottom of the bag features two insulated pouches that can hold bottles up to seven inches tall. What’s more, this diaper bag comes in six colors (gray, army green, black, dark gray, navy blue, and a fun floral print) and is also convertible, so it can be used as a backpack, handbag, or hung on a stroller, depending on whatever is most comfortable for you.
2. HaloVa Diaper Backpack
This diaper bag from HaloVa covers all the basics, but does so discreetly. For example, the first pocket contains three multi-layered composite insulated pockets to keep bottles cool, while one of its two side pockets doubles as a tissue dispenser.
Additionally, the diaper bag was designed to include a compartment specifically for stashing wet clothes, and if you unzip the main part of the backpack, you’ll find five interior pockets for outfits, toys, and more. Not a fan of bright pink? No worries: there are 13 other colors to choose from.
3. Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag
For a slightly more traditional style, Skip Hop’s messenger diaper bag pulls out some very important stops. For one thing, it includes a matching changing pad, so you don’t need to worry about locating a clean surface in public spaces. You’ll also find 10 pockets in total, including mesh side bottle holders, a front zip pocket, and an easy access tech pocket for your devices.
The bag is also machine washable, which will come in handy the first time you experience a diaper blowout outside of the house. Lastly, the Duo Signature features Skip Hop’s patented shuttle clips that convert the over-the-shoulder bag to a stroller bag in seconds.
4. SoHo Deisgns Grand Central Station Diaper Bag
You’ll never find a more complete set than this seven-piece diaper bag from SoHo Designs. Available in four patterns (all with neutral color palettes), this diaper bag bundle includes a matching personal purse, changing pad, organizer and accessories bags, an insulated bottle bag, and straps for quick and easy shoulder-to-stroller conversion when your body starts aching from the weight of it all.
The multilayered fabrics are waterproof and stain-resistant, but for tough stains that don’t easily wipe away, feel free to toss these components into the washing machine with cold water, and hang to dry. It’s also roomy enough to store breast pumps, and small pockets are incorporated throughout for seamless organization.