Every new parent needs a diaper bag. Raising kids isn’t cheap. In fact, the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, per the Department of Agriculture. So call us crazy, but spending a fortune on a diaper bag, something you’ll use for about two years, doesn’t make much sense if you’re not rolling in it.
Think of all the luxuries you’d splurge on: a trip to the Amalfi Coast for your anniversary, or a pool table, or tickets to a playoff game? And, now, consider diaper bags: that is a place to tighten your budget and still get baby bang for your buck.
Whether you want a baby backpack with all the pockets for toys and gadgets, or a subtle city tote that doesn’t scream dirty diapers inside, there are reasonable options that will help you save money for the big-ticket items that really matter. Like your kids’ 529 college fund.
You get both style and function with this rugged diaper daypack that costs well under $50.
Pros: The #1 bestseller on Amazon gets a lot of love from consumers for its roomy interior, gender neutral and dad friendly styling, and its thick, durable fabric construction. It’s big enough to hold a changing mat, has 16 pockets, and insulated pockets for baby bottles.
Cons: A minority of consumers complain of broken zippers and rips.
You get a seven-piece diaper bag set, for a price you can't beat.
Pros: With all those pieces, there’s a place for everything you can think of – and plenty of Goldfish crackers. It comes in a handsome sporty stripe and three other patterns. It has tons of convenient pockets, is water resistant – and some people even skip the diapers and rash cream and use it as a tote.
Cons: The straps can really weigh a shoulder down and limit mobility if you’re not just throwing it in the back of the car on the way to the grandparents’.
With rugged handles plus backpack straps, this bag looks pitch-a-tent camping-ready
Pros: It’s waterproof! It comes in 17 colors including shades that would please a sober banker. And it’s ready to take everywhere with a roomy interior, lightweight fabric and highly-functional pockets,
Cons: The stitching and finishes aren’t equal to the higher-price point bags.
Once your kid no longer needs a diaper bag, use this multifunction one for work or travel. It has four mesh pockets in its main compartment; a quick-reach cell phone pocket; a padded media pocket; and is made from fabric treated to resist bacteria, mold and mildew.
Pros: A great price for a great brand, this JuJuBe Ballad backpack is everything you need in a diaper bag. It’s basic black, with a ton of pockets, includes a changing mat, and has a detachable/adjustable messenger strap.
Cons: It’s polyester, which may not be to your liking.
If you prefer prints, this Skip Hop messenger bag is for you. Just throw it over your shoulder and go.
Pros: The Skip Hop messenger diaper bag has 11 pockets, plus two side pockets for bottles. It fits tablets and laptops, and has an easy-t0hold top handle. It also includes a cushioned changing pad.
Cons: There is no zipper on the main pocket, which means things tend to fall out.
Throw on your sporty backpack (sorry, we meant diaper bag) and use it to tote around everything your kid needs. The floor of the main compartment is treated with Microban to protect against bacterial odors and stains, which is a bonus.
Pros: This is the diaper back for the dad on the go. The main compartment includes multiple organizer pockets, a pacifier pocket, and the secondary compartment features a padded, elasticized tablet/accessory pocket and a portable, padded change mat.
Cons: It’s smaller in size, so if you have multiple kids, or like to tote around your entire nursery, this one isn’t for you.
This is the diaper bag if you leave your house fully loaded. It has 17 internal and external pockets for endless organizational options.
Pros: The HapTim backpack has 17 pockets, a 3D breathable padded back, plus a changing pad, stroller straps, and three insulated pockets. It’s also water-repellent
Cons: It can easily tip over.
This roomy diaper bag holds diapers, extra clothes, blankets, formula, and water. It can be used as a stroller bag, a messenger bag, or a backpack.
Pros: This multi-use diaper bag converts into a messenger bag, tote bag, or backpack. It has a handy waterproof compartment at the bottom for storing wet, dirty clothes.
Cons: At almost three pounds, it’s not the lightest diaper bag we’ve found.
Prepare to be shocked by this tricked-out diaper bag, which is so cheap. It has a front insulated pocket that fits up to three bottles. It has 12 total pockets, including padded tablet and cellphone pockets. It comes with stroller clips, too. You just wipe it clean. And of course, there's the requisite changing pad.
Pros: Roomy without being bulky, this diaper bag is a great all-purpose solution for those of us on a budget.
Cons: There are reports of the seams coming apart.
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