If you are looking for smaller diaper bags, then this page should really help you out. As you may be aware, diaper bags come from the extra small size and go all they way up to XL. There are a few brands who specialise in the smaller sizes and these are:
Of these the top two brands SoHo and Skip Hop have the best ranges and styles and also the more affordable prices, so we shall focus on those as choices. However I think it would be useful to know what is meant by the sizing “small.”
Small Sizes Explained
Typically a small bag is described as something in the range of 13″ by 18″ and a width of around 2-3″ This is small enough to make the bag not take over everything else, and yet remain practical enough to be able to fit all of baby’s stuff inside. A diaper bag is not really of any use unless it can hold the basics.
The main reason many Moms opt for a smaller bag is that there will be times when they may just need a quick visit to somewhere and they do not want to have to bring everything with them.
Diaper Bag Sets
My advice would be to go for something like a 5-7 piece set as one of those usually comes with a smaller bag or purse. You still have the bigger bag as and when you need to use it, but you also a get a smaller bag which you can use for shorter trips.
The SoHo Collection – 7 Piece Set
This is a typical set that you can get for under $40 and this 7 piece set includes a smaller purse along with a couple of small accessory cases, which are easier to carry around.
This particular one comes with 7 different pieces, and within those there are 2 purse style bags that can be used for really short trips. It also means that everything matches up and you also get the bigger bag which is important to have for longer trips.
This is a popular choice for many parents and allows a great deal of flexibility.
Single Small Diaper Bags
Not everyone will want to buy a set though and the good news is that there are smaller diaper bags that you can buy as a single unit. There are quite a number of these but many of them get very poor reviews. Now clearly I don’t want to include any of these, so I have only included those ones that have at least a 4 star rating out of a score of 5. That way we can be sure that they are really good quality.
Thomas Bay Monterey PatchworkThis bag has only received “5 star” ratings which shows that it is a top product. It is a cotton canvas bag with a nice floral pattern. It makes a great baby shower gift and I think it looks really trendy.
It measures 15.2″x9.1″x1.5″ so nice and compact. The reviewers describe it as a nice bag that is both pretty and practical. It is also really well made which of course ensures its durability. It is ideal if you just need to nip to the Mall or take some sort of short day trip.
okiedog Genie Flower PowerDespite the rather strange name, this is another bag that gets consistently good ratings. There are separate pockets to hold your own things such as your phone, keys or wallet and the rest of the space is dedicated to baby.
All okiedog bags are of course PVC free, AZO free and BPA free so you can rest assured that this one ticks all of the safety requirements. It is also latex free and lead free. Again, I think this one looks really good and is rather trendy as well.
It weighs just 8 ounces and measures 13″x9″x 3.9″ so again a nice compact bag that is still practical. The company advertise this one as “less for more” indicating that this one is ideal for shorter trips. It has a shoulder strap which I always like on a diaper bag as that allows you to keep both hands free to do all of the other tasks.
It is available in 5 different designs.
Baby Pak, Mini Baby Diaper Pack with Cooler
This smaller sized bag has some interesting elements such as a cooler section.It has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating which is consistently very good and is priced at under $30. When you summarise all of the information, you can see that this is a good value purchase.There is a diaper compartment and a cooler compartment, with padded and adjustable shoulder straps. It is available in 3 colors which are black, purple or blue. It has a side bottle holder and a mesh bottle holder along with separate pockets for Mom or Dad’s things such as their phone and keys.
So if you don’t need a larger diaper bag, and just need something for those shorter trips, then this one would be a very good choice.
LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch Bag
Again some ladies may prefer to go for something even smaller in the form of a clutch bag. This one is folded in three to keep it compact and small, but opens quickly to allow for changing a baby’s diaper.
It can be worn as a clutch bag, a shoulder bag, or on the wrist which gives you a number of choices. It is super trendy and can hold 4 diapers, a wipe’s case, a changing mat and a smaller tube of ointment or cream.
That should be enough to deal with those short trips where you do not want to carry around one of the larger bags. There is also a secure pocket for Mom’s keys or cell phone.
It gets nice solid ratings of 4.5 out of 5 but I think it is a bit pricey at around $40. Some of the others that I have reviewed already represent better value in my opinion.
Hopefully this article has helped you see what is available in the market for the smaller style bags. Just be aware that there are a lot of low quality ones out there. So be careful when making your purchase and I would recommend the ones that I have included on this page.