Style vs Function for a Diaper Bag

When it comes to diaper bags, there are many different types available. You have your tote style, backpacks, messenger bags, etc. This may have you wondering, what is the best one for you? A good place to start is comparing the diaper bag styles with the benefits and functions that it provides you, and then determine which provides the most benefits for your particular needs. Let’s check them out.

Diaper Bag Totes

When it comes to the overall style of a tote, the design is basically a rather large handbag. Totes are among the bulkiest type of diaper bags on the market, and that is before you start to put things in it. The concept of a tote is to provide a spacious solution to keeping things organized to take with you and be ready for your baby’s needs.

Because of their space, totes are the most popular option, and this means there are countless designs available. It allows parents to consider fashion when choosing their bags, and they are among the widest opening options to give easy access. The other being backpack styles.


  • Very roomy
  • Various designs available
  • Large pockets


  • Bulky
  • Limited dad styles
  • Unable to easily access when carrying

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Messenger Diaper Bags

This type of diaper bag allows you to be a bit stylish and gives you options for carrying it on your shoulder, also referred to a satchel or sling style diaper bags. They have one long strap for carrying, and are often slimmer than a tote style bag.

When it comes to accessing the bag while carrying, the messenger has the advantage as it can be opened without being put down first. In time, you can even get the hang of opening the bag one handed and getting the items.

The weight does get placed on one side of your body due to the design, if you have back issues already this could become a problem. When carrying, you should have the strap across your chest, so the strap is on one shoulder, while the bag hangs on the other side.


  • Slim
  • Easily retrieve items while carrying
  • Available in various styles for men and women


  • Not very good for more than one child (twins, etc.)


Backpack Diaper Bags

This is the newer style available, and it allows you to easily carry around your baby’s items and your own while keeping the weight balanced and your hands free to care for your baby, shop, or anything else. When it comes to style, they look just like another backpack on the outside, but the inside is unique with all types of pockets.

The style makes it great for both parents to share, and there are styles which have insulated bottle pockets to keep them hot or cold.


  • Balanced weight
  • Frees hands
  • Styles available for men and women
  • Can be worn during exercise


  • Not good for more than one child (twins, etc.)
  • Must be taken off to access.