If youâ€™re a modern mom on the go, then your diaper bag should reflect your personality and style. Iâ€™ve combed through a number of different makers of diaper bags and come up with a list of the best diaper bags that donâ€™t scream â€œdiaper bag.â€
The price point is between $75 and $400 â€“ a reasonable amount to spend for style, though admittedly expensive for a bag to carry baby things. However, I justify this expense by reminding myself it is a bag for MOMMY not for the baby, no matter what goes in it. There are a ton of choices for over $500, but that gets into dangerous rationalization territory for me.
One more thing â€“ Iâ€™ve chosen bags that masquerade as purses, as that is where the style is. There are a number of cloth bags, messenger bags and stroller bags out there and maybe one day Iâ€™ll comb through those. For now, itâ€™s all about the diaper bag as accessory.
On to the diaper bag reviews. In general, it should be big but manageable. Also, inside pockets are a MUST unless it doesnâ€™t bother you to constantly be rifling through your stuff to find the one thing you need RIGHT NOW! I made this mistake. I bought a very cute bag from Pottery Bark Kids that is basically a large catch-all with one tiny pocket and Iâ€™m constantly fumbling for stuff. It sucks.
Now, for the list:
1. Amy Michelle Red Patent Gladiola Diaper Bag $175
Internal AND external bottle pockets, key ring holder, phone pocket PLUS a quick release pacifier holder â€“ man, these guys thought of everything. If Iâ€™d have known about the quick release pacifier holder from the get-go I wouldnâ€™t have ever looked anywhere else. Weâ€™re over the pacifier now, but man oh man, what an invention.
2. The Nest $339 Whipstitch Elliot leather diaper bag is ooh so nice. Even Heidi Klum thinks so! It has a built-in diaper changing station – very cool. It also features a water resistant wipe-able lining for easy clean up. Did I mention it has metal studs? Tastefully done, of course, but talk about hip!
3. Timi and Leslie Liz Lange Marlena Leather Diaper Bag$250
As featured on the Martha Stewart show (I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s a good thing or a bad thing)! Regardless, this bag has all the usual compartments and what-not but as an added bonus, there is a special pouch for mom. Kinda cool. Plus, itâ€™s just beautiful.
4. Fleurville Luxe Diaper Bag (Pink) $197
Now, in all honesty this is really a purse that can act like a diaper bag only when you need it to, thanks to the removable, insulated bottle holder. The water-proofed pebble grain leather on the outside looks classic and the seam sealed in the interior is great for spills. I chose pink because it just feels so luxuriously girly without being too frilly.
5. Oioi Black Leather Hobo $250
If itâ€™s good enough for Cate Blanchette, who calls this bag a â€œgodsend,â€ then itâ€™s good enough for me. This bag screams fashionable but still has the essential compartments for mom and baby. Plus, it has stroller straps and zebra lining!
6. Kalencom Monique $80
For the environmentally conscious mom, the Kalencom is the way to go. Itâ€™s laminated outer layer is both beautiful and useful â€“ think about the easy clean up. They have fun colors to choose from. Oh, and yes it has all the essentials a diaper bag should come with.
7. Storksak Emily Diaper Bag $375. You know, the one made famous by Angelina Jolie. It has all the compartments youâ€™ll need. Among the best features is the insulated pocket and wipe clean lining! Gotta love the wipe clean lining (another thing my bag doesnâ€™t have).
8. Timi and Leslie Parisien Baby Bag $300 (found it on Amazon for $119 – follow the link!)
Red Patent leather will spice up any outfit you have on, even if itâ€™s a sweats kinda day. This is a tote but it does have a shoulder strap for those days when your hands are just too full. It has a key fob and stroller straps and something called a wristletâ€¦I donâ€™t know what that is, but it sounds cool.
9. Maelee The Chloe Diaper Bag $254
This bag opens flat and has two way zippers for quick access. A key hook, water resistant lining and pockets for 2 bottles, this bag not only has space for all things baby, but it even can fit a computer. Imagine that. Donâ€™t know how heavy that would make it, but it is nice to know you can carry everything.
10. Noimoy by Baby Kaed $138
This bag is the perfect size â€“ not too big, not too small. Lots of pockets, an extra drawstring bag, plus a place for keys, pacifier, bottles, wipes, yadda yadda yadda. You know the drill by now. This little number in quilted faux leather is a great choice for this fall! Oh, and as an aside, the name comes from a nickname the designer has for her momâ€¦
Hope this list helps narrow down the choices on your diaper bag hunt. You should know that Amazon has these bags at lower than the retail price I found…just follow the links and you’ll find the savings!
Unfortunately for me, looking at all these bags has only heightened my â€œneedâ€ for yet another bag. One word of warning, though, and itâ€™s a biggieâ€¦if you buy a purse diaper bag your husband WILL NOT carry it. So, on those days when you want to/have to carry the baby and you turn to your husband to hand him the diaper bag, donâ€™t be surprised if he flat our refuses to sling that purse over his shoulder. Itâ€™s just a guy thing.