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Babies come with a lot of stuff. And when you're out and about, a roomy diaper bag is the place for everything you need to be prepared for whatever the day throws your way. Blow outs, meltdowns, snack attacks–anything can happen, right? And even though you're carting around a ton of stuff, is it too much to ask for a cute, stylish diaper bag that doesn't scream, well...DIAPER BAG?
It's not, mamas. In fact, with all the completely fabulous options out there, the harder part is deciding which stylish diaper bag to choose.
Well, that depends on the way you roll. Evaluating the following features based on your needs is the best way to lock in a style you love.
Are you a diapers, wipes and snacks minimalist who can't be bogged down with 25 pounds of stuff in addition to a baby? We see you. Prefer to be prepared for the apocalypse with multiple wardrobe changes, toys, a blanket, hat, sunscreen and a bottle collection? No problem. There's a bag for that.
One thing that sets diaper bags apart from standard bags is that they generally offer tons of organization. Consider the specialty pocket features like insulated spots for bottles, pacifier pouches and built-in storage for wet stuff.
Many styles come with a changing pad included. Others require a separate purchase. And in some cases, it's built right in.
It's no surprise that diaper bags get heavy fast. If you're hauling around a ton of stuff, a shoulder tote may not be your best bet. Luckily there are alternatives like diaper bag backpacks or even super convenient stroller straps.
Ok. Now onto the fun stuff. We've rounded up our favorite diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags, but instead like the cute, super chic bags you might have carried before the days of finding crushed-up puffs at the bottom of your purse. From diaper bag backpacks to stylish diaper bags that you'd feel great carrying even without baby in tow, there's something here for every kind of mama. (Looking for something smaller to carry just the essentials? Check out these mom-friendly fanny packs instead!)
From stylish diaper bags to diaper bag backpacks, these diaper bags prove you can get the job done—and look darn good while doing it.
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A version of this post was published in November 12, 2021. It has been updated.
Rebecca Brown and Jennifer LaBracio also contributed to this post.