When it comes to managing the schlep, the right bag makes all the difference. Bag too small? The laws of physics say you’ll inevitably need the one thing you remove to make it zip. Bag too big? Good luck finding those wipes. But finding the right bag, with a few key accessories, makes mobile momming a breeze. Ok, maybe that’s an over promise.
Best For Newborns
The Ju-Ju-Be BFF, $180: Ju-Ju-Be has a thing for details, and the BFF features oodles of interior pockets for diapers, wipes, and that extra-extra change of clothes. But your heart will beat for the mommy pocket, perfect for your must-haves—including a special place for your shades. Did we mention it’s machine washable?
Skip Hop Duo Special Edition, $70: Everyone loves the Duo, and for good reason. The ten (!) exterior pockets keep must-haves for you and baby in easy reach, and the lightweight design and easy to use stroller clips make for easy stroller hanging.
Best for Toddlers
Freshly Picked City Pack, $150: Perfect for toddlers in or out of diapers, this has enough space and compartments for toddler must-haves and a nifty back pocket that is perfect for your phone and keys.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Intermix Collection, Axis Backpack $139: When it comes to packing for toddlers, snacks are key. The Inter-Mix Axis backpack features an insulated base for an ample (and did we mention completely customizable?) snack stash.
If You’ve Got Two (or Three!) In Diapers
Twelve Little Everyday Tote Plus, $135: Spacious never looked so organized. As versatile as an oversized tote, with just the right amount of pockets to keep it from turning into a black hole. Major plus: It comes with a diaper clutch. Major major plus: There’s a hidden bottom compartment to stash all the gross things that comes with having multiples in diapers.
Pacapod Firenze, $475: Nothing says “I deserve a splurge” more than wiping multiple bottoms. The Pacapod Firenze isn’t all looks, though— their award winning 3-in-1 organization system will keep you all systems go, even in the craziest of situations. Double blow outs, anyone?
If You Need A Total Workhorse
Baby K’Tan Weekender, $89.95: This bag had us at hello. It’s got a compartment for everything, without feeling like it’s got a compartment for everything. Read: built-in wet bag, laptop compartment, XL insulated pocket, and exterior wipes dispenser. It’s the Weekend Warrior of diaper bags.
storksac cabin carry on $230: Flying with babies is made easier with this wheeled carry on, featuring an interior organizer that will keep all the must-haves within reach on the flight, and then pulls out to become a hanging organizer once you’re at your destination, no unpacking required.
Ju-Ju-Be Be Set, $50: If we could give every mom a Be Set, we would. The three sizes will meet the needs of just about everything you need to pack, from an extra set of clothes to a hand sani-tissues-chapstick-hairbrush pouch (we know you need one, too) and a mini first aid kit.
Ju-Ju-Be Fuel Cell, $30: The fuel cell is perfect for packing just that, snacks, but really, it’s efficient design makes its a go-to for so much more. Think extra clothes, toys, or even a makeup bag.
PackIt Freezable Classic Lunchbox, $19.99: We’ve done the bottle cooler bags, and nothing compares to the staying power of the Pack It. It keeps things just cold enough and packs way more than it looks like it should.
Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station, $30: Why bring the whole bag into the bathroom when you can bring all the essentials? Skip Hop’s version includes all the bells and whistles (read: pockets and pouches) of products twice the price.
Golden Child Sunny Diaper Bag Insert, $55: We end up using this modular system inside diaper bags, Matrix Style. The pieces allow for complete customization.
Twelve Little On-The-Go DiaperCaddy, $118: A quick stroll doesn’t have to mean a major schlep. Keep the essentials right where you need ‘em.
Bambino Mio Wet Bag, $14.99: Wet bags have bailed us out of more situations than we care to admit. Stock up, stash everywhere, thank us later.