Whether you’ve got multiple small children, twins or multiples, or are simply an over-packer, you may be on the search for a large capacity diaper bag. In less than 2 months, my husband and I will enter the “two kids under 2” Club, and we’re already feeling the pressure to upgrade from our daddy-friendly Skip Hop Messenger to a bigger bag. And since I’m becoming an obsessive-compulsive baby product reviewer, I have spent the past few days searching high and low for the best reviewed BIG diaper bags available for every budget. Keep in mind that if you don’t have multiple small children or if you’re a light packer, these bags will likely be far to big for every day use. With that said, let’s review the winners for each budget!
The Steal: Lands’ End Do-It-All Diaper Bag
Unique feature: Opens like a doctor’s bag
Although it’s definitely not flashy, the Lands’ End Do-It-All Diaper Bag was routinely recommended by moms in the forums I came across. It also gets the highest rating I’ve seen in a budget diaper bag, with a 4.5/5 rating. Overwhelmingly, the favorite feature of this bag is “doctor’s bag” opening, which allows for easy viewing and full access to all the items within. It’s also one of the more “daddy-friendly” bags I’ve seen.
The Do-It-All comes in six colors and can be monogrammed for only $5, which would definitely help add some style to this basic bag. Land’s End frequently has promotions for free shipping and other discounts, so keep your eyes open and get a great bag at a great price!
The Standard: Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe Diaper Bag
Unique Feature: Comes with stroller straps that make it fit a side-by-side double stroller
From what I’ve seen and read, the Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe sets the standard for all other large diaper bags. It gets nearly perfect reviews with a 5/5 rating on Amazon and has been highlighted as the bag of choice in many parenting magazines. The Duo Double comes great color choices, many of which are daddy-friendly.
Many reviewers commented how they have tried several diaper bags and the Duo Double surpassed them all. And for only $80, it’s reasonably priced.
The Splurge: Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared
Unique Feature: Color-coded, tabbed mesh pockets to keep each child’s items organized and identifiable
In all of my researching for the best big diaper bag, the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared was by far the most mentioned, recommended, and longed-for bag. It receives nearly perfect ratings from a variety of websites, with a perfect 5/5 from Diapers.com and 4.5/5 from Amazon. Although the price may leave some sticker-shock compared to most diaper bags out there, this bag packs a lot of extra features that leave moms raving that there is no other bag that can compare. Just have a look for yourself:
Not only is the bag functional, but it’s fashionable. It comes in several color options and prints. My personal favorite is Evening Vines (shown at the top of the Ju-Ju-Be post). Evening Vines is new for Summer 2011 and is pre-order only. It will be available in May 2011. Here are some of the other color options:
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared may be a splurge at $180, but it also comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects (NOT normal wear and tear), which offers a little peace-of-mind for the price paid. Many moms also mentioned that they love how this bag can double as their hospital bag or travel bag.
Of course, there are MANY more options out there for large diaper bags. But, as far as I’ve seen, these 3 bags are a recurring theme when searching for the best of what’s available for every budget.
Do you have experience with any of these bags? Please share!