Five Main Diaper Bag Types

With over 2000 different bags for sale on, it should come as no surprise that diaper bags come in a wide range of different shapes and styles. Most however, fit into one of five categories. More at

Tote: This is probably the most common style of diaper bag and it’s definitely the most popular. Tote bags typically come with either a shoulder strap or two short handle straps. Basic tote bags have just one large compartment but higher end versions are also available with dividers and additional smaller pockets.

Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are ideal if you’re looking for something a little more stylish. They are particularly popular with young moms and their primary selling point is that they don’t actually look like diaper bags. They generally have one long strap that can be worn either over the shoulder or across the chest. More at

Five Main Diaper Bag Types

Five Main Diaper Bag Types


Backpacks: Backpacks are the most functional choice. The two straps allow you to distribute weight more evenly and their hands free nature is also a definite bonus. They’re never going to score very many style points but they’re ideal for anyone who gets shoulder/back pain from dragging around baby gear all day.

Slings: A sling is similar to a backpack but instead of two straps, it has one that’s worn across the chest. Like backpacks they offer great weight distribution and keep your hands free at all times.

Fashion Bags: A fashion bag is basically any kind of diaper bag that’s designed to look like a hand bag. They’re known for being a little on the small side but they’re perfect for young moms who aren’t quite ready for that mommy label. Fashion bags come in a ridiculously wide range of shapes, styles and materials. There’s also no shortage of big name brands.