One of the standout features of the Skip Hop Duo is its combination of 10 open and zippered pockets, which make it the easiest bag for storing and quickly grabbing whatever you need, from a water bottle to tissues to sunscreen. The bag has four external pockets that are great for accessing things one-handed. Two are large front pockets that stay closed magnetically and can hold bottles of milk, other snacks, or diapers and wipes. Competitors’ bags have similar pockets, but the Skip Hop’s stand out for their simple but clever magnetic closure. Two additional elastic mesh pockets on the sides of the bag are capable of securely carrying a baby bottle, a Thermos of coffee, a large adult water bottle, or a big container of sunscreen. We found few diaper bags that have two open, external water-bottle pockets big enough to hold a reusable adult water bottle. Like most diaper bags, the Skip Hop also has an external slot on the back for its included changing pad (which is machine washable). https://i.pinimg.com/236x/5e/22/72/5e227249d25a68feeeb6446ed53d83bb.jpg
We’re not the first to give the Skip Hop Duo high marks: Baby Bargains selected it as the best diaper bag of 2017, BabyList called it one of its best picks of 2017, and Meg Collins of Lucie’s List named it among her favorites. It is among the most popular diaper bags on Amazon, averaging just over 4.5 stars (out of five) across more than 1,000 reviews as of summer 2017. Although few would mistake it for some of the $200-and-up diaper bag options out there, its style is sophisticated for what it is. One Wirecutter staffer seeing it for the first time said it looked most similar to our upgrade pick, “with fewer bells and whistles”—a strong endorsement considering she didn’t yet know that this cost about a third of the price of the other bag.
The BPA-free, phthalate-free polyester bag features 10 handy pockets—including an easy-access tech pocket for your phone—as well as a zip-top closure, tote handles and a shoulder strap with slip-on shoulder pad, and the company’s patented shuttle clips that let you attach it to your stroller. It’s big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop or tablet and comes with a cushioned changing pad. A new front panel design has added to both the storage capacity and stability of the bag. Bonus: It’s available in a wide array of gender-neutral patterns and colors. Overall, it’s a spacious, lightweight, durable, and good-looking diaper bag. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/48/45/dd/4845dd57c03531e615ab12e40fcd6bc7--from-home-d-fiber-mascara.jpg
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Organized with the right pockets. A good diaper bag needs to be roomy enough to hold multiple diapers, wipes, bottles, extra clothing, and other essentials. We found a variety of pocket-closure types—zippers, magnets, Velcro—go a long way toward making a bag intuitive and easy to access. At least one open, exterior pocket to hold a water or milk bottle was necessary; an insulated pocket for bottles was nice, but not essential.
The Duo, which has been sold since 2003, has been a longtime best-seller from a company that makes almost two dozen different diaper bags. Just about every retailer we visited—chains, boutiques, and consignment stores, plus online retailers—carried this bag. Parents can pick from a dozen neutral or bold, graphic prints, and on some colors the interior is made of a light-colored fabric so that you can easily see what’s inside (not all diaper bags have gotten the memo on this). https://i.pinimg.com/345x/b1/35/2b/b1352be753690db8975118406ed03a2d.jpg