New mothers will know that a crying baby could mean just about anything. The baby might be hungry and need a feed; she might have soiled her diapers and needs a change immediately or she may just need a pacifier to suck on or a toy to fiddle around with and keep busy because she is bored.
To be ready for all such situations when you are traveling is no easy task. Here is where a diaper bag comes in handy. It can hold fresh nappies, a new set of clothes, baby food or formula and even toys that your baby loves to play with, in an organized manner.
However, choosing the right diaper bag for you and your baby depends on many different factors. You’ll need to make sure it is not too bulky and yet holds everything your baby needs; it stores your odds and ends too in addition to the baby’s essentials in its numerous pockets and what’s more, it should be good looking too!
In this article, we’ll help you find your way through the large variety of diaper bags available in India, along with a list of the best diaper bags to buy online this year. A simple buying guide is also provided below to help you shortlist just the right bag to suit your needs.
Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing a Diaper Bag
A diaper bag is not just any bag you can buy off the shelf to stuff things in. Certain aspects need to be kept in mind while choosing the ideal diaper bag for your baby since you’ll be carrying it along quite frequently while away from home. Here’s a buying guide which could be helpful.
1. Types of Diaper Bags
A number of different types of diaper bags in all shapes and sizes can be found on the market today. Here are the five most common ones which are readily available online.
- Backpack diaper bags: Looks like a regular backpack with additional pockets and pouches to store your baby’s stuff. An advantage is that it distributes the load on your shoulders evenly, keeping your hands free. However, you will need to take the bag off from your shoulders every time something from it is required.
- Messenger/Sling/Satchel diaper bags: As the name implies, messenger or sling diaper bags are relatively flat and have one long, usually adjustable strap that can be hung on one shoulder or diagonally across your chest. An advantage is that you can take out items from the bag with one hand without having to take the bag off, with your baby comfortably positioned in your other free hand. However, this may also be a disadvantage since it tends to place a good amount of weight on one side of the body, which can lead to sore backs in the longer run.
- Tote diaper bags: These are like giant handbags with large handles and are quite bulky, though spacious. They generally have a wide opening to help you fill in your baby’s stuff easily but could prove to be quite a heavy load to carry around. These also cannot be accessed while carrying them, since you need to remove at least one handle off your shoulder to reach within the contents of the bag.
- Stroller diaper bags: This attaches directly to your baby’s stroller, the advantage being that you don’t need to carry it on your shoulders at all. It hangs from the handles of the stroller and is easily accessible at all times. Just make sure the diaper bag is not too heavy and the stroller is sturdy enough to bear the weight of it and not tip over.
- Convertible diaper bags: These are multifunctional diaper bags which can turn into backpack, messenger or tote bags. They usually come as a tote bag with adjustable and detachable straps which can be added or removed as required.
2. Space – for both baby’s essentials and mother’s accessories
A diaper bag is more of a travel bag which should have enough organized space to hold everything you need while on the go. This could include baby’s diapers, food, clothing and toys along with the mother’s wallet, keys and other accessories as well since the mother will generally not carry an additional purse along with it. Hence, a spacious diaper bag with a large number of pockets of all sizes works well to keep stuff organized when you travel with your baby.
3. Size & Weight
It is important to opt for a diaper bag that is not too heavy while empty. This is because it will only grow much heavier once it is filled up with all odds and ends. While the bag needs to be large enough to carry everything your baby needs, it also must not be excessively bulky once filled up which makes it difficult to lug around.
4. Type of Carrying Handles
This depends on the particular type of bag you buy (from the types listed above). A tote bag’s handles should be short enough to be able to carry it like a briefcase without the bag touching the ground, but long enough to be easily carried on the shoulder as well. A backpack should have ergonomic shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly while a sling or satchel bag needs to have a durable and adjustable strap to suit your body type.
5. Material of the bag
The key here is to buy a bag which is water resistant, easily washable and dries up quickly. Canvas and nylon bags are long-lasting, light in weight and durable. Modern vegan leather bags are more stylish in looks but can only be wiped clean and not washed while genuine leather bags are usually heavier than others.
6. Additional features
Adjustable straps that are broad and padded, zippers with large teeth and no Velcro (because it may startle a sleeping baby) are additional features that are useful in a diaper bag. A good number of bags include a diaper changing mat as well that fits into the pocket of the bag itself. That is a very useful addition which is recommended when opting for a suitable diaper bag for your baby.
Top 10 Diaper Bags in India 2018
|Diaper Bags||Product Dimensions||Item Weight (approx.)||Buy Now|
|My Milestones Duo Detach Diaper Bag||Large bag: 44 cm x 28 cm x 20 cm|
Small bag: 35 cm x 24 cm x 6 cm
|1.46 kg||Check the Price|
|Littly Designer Multipurpose Diaper Bag/Mother Bag||42 cm x 29 cm x 20 cm||499 g||Check the Price|
|Iris Blue Print Large Multipurpose Diaper Bag||Large bag: 39 cm x 27 cm x 14 cm|
Small bag: 29 cm x 24 cm x 9.5 cm
|980 g||Check the Price|
|Generic Diaper Handbag||35.6 cm x 35.2 cm x 4 cm||499 g||Check the Price|
|Tinny Tots Baby Diaper Bag||Large bag: 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm|
Small bag: 30 cm x 24 cm x 10 cm
|600 g||Check the Price|
|My Milestones Studio Diaper Bag||33 cm x 15.2 cm x 29.2 cm||948 g||Check the Price|
|Baby Bucket Diaper Changing Bag||38 cm x 32 cm x 16 cm||499 g||Check the Price|
|OffSpring Outing Mama Shoulder Diaper Bag||30.4 cm x 23.4 cm x 6 cm||408 g||Check the Price|
|Baby Bucket Diaper Bag||Large bag: 40 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm|
Small bag: 30 cm x 25 cm x 15 cm
|989 g||Check the Price|
|Baby Bucket Nappy Changing Bags Set||Large bag: 38 cm x 28.7 cm x 17.3 cm|
Small bag: 23.9 cm x 21.6 cm x 10.2 cm
|730 g||Check the Price|
The first product on our list is the Duo Detach Diaper Bag by My Milestones, a local-global company with its headquarters in the United States. It is available in seven different trendy colors –grey/green, grey/red, grey/yellow, navy blue, coffee, orange, and pink.
Ideal for mothers who travel frequently, this diaper bag is a 2-in-1 detachable dual bag system. The larger main bag is spacious and comes with multiple compartments, while the smaller bag is detachable and convenient to hold toys or essentials for shorter trips. These two bags snap on together to form the dual bag.
The large pockets at the back of the bag hold the changing mat, which is water resistant, light in weight and pH free in nature. The bag also contains a detachable swipe wipe case with a zipper, along with a separate handy pacifier pocket, key and cell phone pockets.
Other useful features of this My Milestones bag include mesh compartments for wipes, a milk bottle holder, diaper pouches and an insulated single-bottle warmer as well. Comfortable to handle, this polyester fabric bag has a top zip closure with two side pockets along with one zipped pocket each in the front and back.
- The 2-in-1 detachable snap-on spacious dual bag system
- Water-resistant lightweight pH free changing mat
- Detachable zippered swipe wipe case, pacifier, key & phone pockets
- Mesh compartment for wipes, milk bottle holder and insulated warmer
- Top zip closure with two side pockets along with front & back pockets
- Available in 7 trendy colors
- Slightly heavy
This Multipurpose Diaper Bag/Mother Bag is a Littly product and can be used to store quite a large number of baby accessories in addition to diapers. It is available in three different colors –sky blue, pink and red.
A good number of spacious compartments along with conveniently positioned side pockets make this a very useful product for new mothers. The bag is divided into one main big zippered compartment at the top, a separate front compartment with multiple smaller sub-compartments and a long back pocket with two exterior side pockets.
Made of good quality waterproof material, this multipurpose bag is durable and long-lasting. Be it diapers, baby blankets, soft toys, clothes or other baby supplies, this large bag easily fits within it baby accessories of all kinds.
The feeding bottles or sippers fit snugly into the two exterior side pockets of the bag. The shoulder strap is adjustable and the bag is also equipped with two small handles for easy portability.
- Large and spacious multipurpose bag
- Multiple compartments with useful side pockets
- Made of durable water resistant material
- Exterior side pockets for feeding bottles and/or sippers
- Adjustable shoulder strap with handles for easy portability
- Available in 3 different colors
- Slight plastic smell
- No sub-compartments in main zippered section
If you are looking out for a useful set of bags to carry around your baby’s essentials, this 5 piece Iris Large Multipurpose Diaper Bag set could be a useful buy. It is available in two different colour schemes and designs.
Its polyester interior lining is waterproof, making it very convenient to clean. A comfortable cushioned polyester changing mat comes as a part of the product.
This 5 piece set has the following components –two multifunctional bags (tote and messenger), the larger and more spacious bag for longer trips and the smaller one for daily use; a separate bottle bag, a tiffin bag and a matching changing mat in the same pattern.
Both the tote and messenger bags have two zippered compartments along with two bottle holders, one on each side. An adjustable shoulder strap, comfortable handles, and additional front zippered pockets are the extra useful features of this product.
- 5 piece set – 2 bigger bags, bottle & tiffin bags, changing mat
- Tote and messenger bags depending on requirements
- Zippered compartments with bottle holders on each side
- Front zippered additional pockets
- Adjustable shoulder strap & comfortable handles
- Available in 2 different colour schemes/designs
- Plastic & strap quality could be slightly better
This Generic Diaper Handbag could be a good economical option for those mothers who are interested in a diaper bag-cum-handbag to carry around regularly. It is available in five different prints.
This stylishly designed bag is made up of microfiber on the outside, with an inner polyester lining. Durable and long-lasting, the bag is easy to clean and maintain as well.
The bag is water resistant and comes equipped with a very useful small diaper changing mat. The best part about this Generic bag is that it is not too bulky in size – just the perfect size that is required to carry around essential baby products when you’re on the go.
It has eight spacious pockets within and comes with an adjustable strap. Also, the bag can easily be attached to most strollers. This helps because you don’t need to carry the bag separately while traveling.
- Diaper bag-cum-handbag with 8 spacious pockets
- Made of water-resistant durable microfiber with polyester lining
- Small diaper changing mat included with bag
- Not too bulky in size; can be attached to strollers
- Adjustable strap
- Relatively economical
- Available in 5 different prints
- Shoulder strap quality could be better
5. Tinny Tots Baby Diaper Bag/Nappy Mummy Bag/Print Maternity Handbag/Changing Baby Messenger Bag (Green, 5 piece set)
The Tinny Tots Baby Diaper Bag is a 5 piece set that is used as a complete package for holding your baby’s essential items. It is available in four different colors –green, black, purple and brown.
A large bag to hold the heavier items, a smaller bag, another separate bag meant for carrying food, one changing mat and a bottle warmer/feeding bottle holder make up the 5 pieces of this multifunctional product set. The bags are made of good quality deluxe nylon that is waterproof, easy to clean and dries up quickly.
The bag is light in weight, ensuring easy portability. It is quite spacious too and can easily fit in your baby’s diapers, clothes, milk bottles, toys as well as other items to carry along while traveling.
Smooth and durable zippers make it convenient to handle items on an everyday basis. The bag is also equipped with a Velcro hook and loop system along with the zipper, for proper protection of items inside.
- 5 piece set – 2 bags (big & small), food bag, bottle warmer & changing mat
- Made of good quality waterproof deluxe nylon
- Spacious & light in weight for easy portability
- Smooth & durable zippers
- Velcro hook & loop system for extra protection
- Available in 4 different colors
- Quality of material & zippers could be better
Another good quality product from My Milestones, this Studio Diaper Bag is a stylishly designed product for new mothers and their babies. It is available in four different colors –blue, wine, moss green and poppy red.
This diaper bag is a complete package –it comes with a good number of spacious pockets and is quite elegant in looks too. The main zipper at the top leads to a spacious big compartment with organizer pockets within. The inner pockets are lined with elastic straps to hold your baby’s sipper cup.
The shoulder straps are made of durable black leather and the sling strap is adjustable and quite long for convenience. The bag is made up of water-resistant material that ensures hassle-free cleaning at all times. It comes with a changing mat, insulated bottle warmer and a pacifier pouch.
The bag is designed in such a way that the right mix of large and small pockets is very useful for holding baby accessories of all types.
- Main compartment spacious with several pockets
- Inner pockets lined with elastic straps to hold sipper cup
- Durable black leather shoulder straps
- Adjustable long sling strap
- Water resistant
- Includes changing mat, insulated bottle warmer & pacifier pouch
- Available in 4 different colors; trendy design
- Bottle holder has no handle
For those of you who are looking to buy a well-designed and economical diaper bag for your baby, this Baby Bucket Diaper Changing Bag could prove to be a good choice. It is available in many different designs and patterns such as green/yellow/orange giraffe, pink monkey, leopard, zebra and the like.
Primarily made of microfiber on the outside with polyester lining within, this bag is easy to clean and maintain. The bag has an adjustable sling option and can be used both as a shoulder bag as well as a sling bag.
Washable and waterproof, the bag has eight pockets in all – three on the outside in addition to bottle holders on either side of the bag and a main spacious compartment with a zippered pocket inside. A diaper changing sheet is also included in the product.
Light in weight, large enough for traveling and with a dual zip for extra protection of items inside it, this Baby Bucket Diaper Changing Bag could be good value for your money.
- Washable & waterproof; made of microfiber and polyester
- Adjustable sling option; can be used both as sling and shoulder bag
- 8 spacious pockets with bottle holders
- Diaper changing sheet included with product
- Lightweight with dual zip for extra protection
- Relatively economical
- Available in many different animal patterns
- Zip quality could be better
- Changing mat & sling quality could be better
The OffSpring Outing Mama Shoulder Diaper Bag is made up of Rexine material with a large main zippered compartment within. Though there are no inner pockets, three bottle holders are provided so that the baby’s bottles can be stored in a vertical position.
This diaper bag is easily washable and easy to maintain. It would be ideal to use it as a travel bag since it has lots of space and is made up of sturdy material. The color of the bag is such that it does not get dirty easily and remains stain-free.
A long handle to use it as a sling on the shoulder is provided along with smaller handles to hold the bag comfortably. It has three pockets in all – a main zippered compartment at the center, a front pocket with a zip and another zippered one at the back.
Be it small or long trips with your baby, this bag could prove to be useful for storing your baby’s diapers, clothes, toys and a lot more.
- 3 zippered pockets – center, front and back
- Bottle holders in the main compartment
- Easily washable & stain-free
- Spacious; can be used as a large travel bag
- Sling handle & smaller handles both provided
- No inner pockets in the main compartment
- No separate side bottle holder; only within the main compartment
- Zip quality could be better
9. Baby Bucket Diaper Bag/Nappy Bag/Mummy Bag/Print Maternity Handbag/Changing Baby Messenger Bag (Blue, 5 piece set)
Another product from the Baby Bucket brand, this bag is multifunctional and can be used as a diaper or nappy bag, a maternity handbag or simply as a travel bag for your baby. It is available in six different colors –blue, navy blue, light blue, dark navy blue, pink and red.
This is a 5 piece set and includes the following – a large and small bag, a bottle warmer, a lunch bag and a changing mat. It is a complete package which could be very convenient while carrying your baby’s essentials including food and clothing on a trip away from home.
Made of good quality deluxe nylon, this bag is very easy to clean and dries up quickly. In order to avoid carrying five separate items, you could also easily fit in the lunch and bottle bags into the bigger or smaller bag while on the go.
The compartments are all zippered with both the large as well as a smaller bag having two compartments each for easy organization of your baby’s accessories.
- Multifunctional – diaper bag/maternity handbag/travel bag
- 5 piece set – 2 bags (big & small), food bag, bottle warmer & changing mat
- Made of durable & waterproof deluxe nylon which dries up quickly
- All compartments zippered for extra protection
- Both main bags have 2 subcompartments each
- Available in 6 different colors
- The main bag could have been slightly bigger
- Quality of material could be slightly better
This Baby Bucket Nappy Changing Bags Set is made up primarily of long-lasting fabric and is quite durable, especially suited for regular use. It is available in four different colors –navy blue, light blue, light pink and red.
The 4 piece set contains a large bag, a medium bag, a small milk bag and a diaper mat. The bag is waterproof in nature, with the outer microfiber surface suitable for rough use. It is quite spacious as well and can be used to store your baby’s clothes, toys and food in addition to diapers while traveling.
If it’s just a day outing, the medium bag would be sufficient to carry along your baby’s essentials, while for longer trips you could carry the entire set with you. The zippered main compartment of the large bag opens wide to conveniently fit in all your baby’s essentials within.
The shoulder strap is adjustable, with two smaller handles also provided. You could either sling it over your shoulder or simply strap it on to your baby’s stroller while on the go.
- 4 piece set – 2 bags (big & small), milk bag & changing mat
- Waterproof microfiber material
- Zippered main compartment opens wide
- Adjustable shoulder strap with 2 smaller handles
- Available in 4 different colors
- Diaper changing mat & handles are relatively small
- Could have been slightly bigger
The “My Milestones Duo Detach Diaper Bag“ is our top pick from this list of top 10 diaper bags to buy online in India because of its 2-in-1 detachable spacious dual bag system and multiple zippered pockets that can be used to store additional accessories in addition to just diapers. Available in 7 trendy colors and designs, this diaper bag also has a separate milk bottle holder/warmer along with conveniently placed front and back pockets for extra storage.