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If there's one thing you can count on when welcoming a new baby into your family, it's the reality that you're suddenly going to have a lot of stuff to lug around with you. Where are you supposed to put all those bottles, burp cloths, and bibs? In your newly purchased diaper bag, of course! A quick perusal of Amazon may find you completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of options, which is why we've test-driven the models on the market and come up with the 15 best diaper bags and backpacks.
The best diaper bags to buy in 2023:
A diaper bag is one of the most impactful purchases you'll make when planning for a baby. This bag will go everywhere with you. Milk and/or formula will leak on it. Pirate's Booty will be crushed into its inner seams. It will probably even get poop on it. The diaper bag will eventually become your best friend, so you must choose wisely. Bag or backpack? Minimalistic or over-the-top? Mini or full size? Freshly Picked or Itzy Ritzy?! Only you can answer those questions for yourself, but we can help inform you with our suggestions below, based on testing from real parents.
What to look for when shopping for a diaper bag
✔️ Durable fabric: Cotton is great for a onesie, but when it comes to diaper bags, you want something water-resistant. Nylon and polyester are your friends!
✔️ Space and pockets: There's never going to be a bag big enough to hold all the diapers, wipes, binkies, blankies, and stuffies, but they can try. Think about the types of things you'll be carrying and count the number of pockets you'd ideally like to have. Maybe it's 19, but maybe it's closer to five.
✔️ Comfort and wearability: If you don't like carrying handbags before kids, you're certainly not going to like it while juggling a newborn. Pick the style (backpack, tote, handbag) that you're most comfortable wearing.
✔️ Weight: Your baby is going to be heavy, and all of his or her things (plus your things) are going to be heavy, too. Select a lightweight bag that won't weigh you down once all the stuff is in it.
- Do I really need a diaper bag? In short, no. You can use a purse from your before-times, a tote from the market, or even an aforementioned gym bag. However, diaper bags are designed for the exact things you need to carry around when you have a small child, and do you really want to risk leaking formula onto your Telfar?
- At what age can I stop using a diaper bag for my kids? Whenever. Some parents use one until their kids are out of diapers (ages vary), but many continue to use it for years after. They're handy!
- Do mom and dad both need a diaper bag? No, just make sure that both partners are comfortable carrying around the one you buy.
- How much should I pay for a diaper bag? Your budget is entirely up to you, but you can expect to pay at least $30. If you have your eye on a more expensive model, consider putting it on your baby registry.
After over a decade as a digital editor, Maggie Panos is navigating freelance writing and full-time parenting. She covered entertainment for POPSUGAR from New York and San Francisco before setting down roots in tree-covered Portland and focusing on local journalism. A self-proclaimed "okay baker", Maggie is interested in all things lifestyle — especially if those things involve Bravolebrities.
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