The most essential (or at least the most fun) part of your new-mom gear collection just may be a great diaper bag. Since you’ll¬†have it with you all the time, you want it to be well made, look great, and let¬†you find that paci immediately when your baby starts to fuss.¬†So while I’m¬†waiting to be matched with a baby for adoption,¬†I’ve been searching for a cool new¬†diaper bag, and started to discover so many diaper bags that give back to moms in need.¬†Because as essential as my diaper bag is to me as a new mom, the benefits these particular bags provide, from life-giving vaccines to¬†fair wages for artisans in developing markets, are even more essential for quality life for new moms around the world.

Whether your look is city chic or funky boho, I hope you’ll take a look at these¬†eight cool diaper bags and totes and see if one of them is right for you.

Related: 10 of the best diaper bags under $150


diaper bags that give back: The Gabrielle bag by charlotte+asher

diaper bags that give back: the roomy interior of the Gabrielle bag from charlotte+asher

Providing life-saving vaccines for kids in need: charlotte+asher

The Gabrielle diaper bag¬†from charlotte+asher (also at top) is¬†chic and sophisticated — perfect for the professional mom, or anyone with a classic sense of urban style. I love how versatile it is; use it¬†to carry everything you need when you’re with¬†your baby, then switch it to a laptop tote when you’re work-bound.¬†I also love that the company’s two founders each have medical backgrounds,¬†are are committed to donating life-saving vaccines to children in need¬†with every bag sold. ($195)

diaper bags that give back: The Linda from Better Life Bags

Providing income for women in need in the USA: Better Life Bags 

Better Better Life Bags has such a great concept: you choose a style of bag on their site, then select¬†your own fabric, lining, hardware, and additions like extra pockets for bottles or pacis¬†so you can¬†design it just the way you want it. That makes¬†their¬†Linda diaper bag¬†truly one-of-a-kind, and a very cool gift idea. The company started as a small Etsy shop that¬†donated money to low-income entrepreneurs overseas; but after a move to Detroit, designer Rebecca Smith¬†grew the concept¬†by hiring women right at home as stitchers, who could not otherwise secure employment with sustainable income. The work has made a tremendous difference¬†to so many women’s families, and the craftsmanship is beautiful. ($252 and up)

Related: 3 cool tote bags for Mother’s Day gifts that help support other moms right back.

diaper bags that give back: the RM + Honest Co diaper bag

Rebecca Minkoff + Honest team up to create a gorgeous diaper tote that supports women artisans in Guatemala

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the developing world: Rebecca Minkoff + Honest

We love seeing two¬†mom-run companies we love supporting,¬†Rebecca Minkoff and Honest Company, team up to do good. Together,¬†they’ve created¬†a¬†super swanky designer¬†RM + Honest Diaper Bag¬†in two gorgeous colors,¬†which is aiming to help¬†eliminate poverty by investing in female entrepreneurs in Guatemala. This boho-chic bag is designed with parents¬†in mind, featuring¬†an ever-important¬†wipeable nylon lining and a diaper changing mat. But on the outside, it’s all about fashion. ($395; rstyle affiliate)

diaper bags that give back: The Mayan Overnight bag from Purse and Clutch

diaper bags that give back: the Devin tote bag by Krochet KidsEliminating poverty through fair trade: Purse and Clutch, Krochet Kids

Two other¬†companies doing great things for artisans in developing countries are¬†Purse and Clutch with their¬†Mayan Overnight Bag¬†(top, $149), and Krochet Kids which has come out with the¬†Devin bag¬†(bottom, $59.95). Even if you¬†don’t have the personal budget to spend spring break in Peru, you can still support talented designers there¬†earning a fair wage for their work. While these bags¬†aren’t¬†technically diaper bags, they’re a great option for moms who prefer a traditional bag that’s big enough¬†to¬†hold all the gear you need for your baby. Plus, I think they¬†look amazing.


diaper bags that give back: The Andean bag from Noonday Collection

Funding adoptions and providing educational scholarships: Noonday Collection

Another tote that I’d love to use as a diaper bag is¬†Noonday Collection’s Andean bag. It’s¬†the perfect size for a few diapers and bottles, and maybe the iPad (in a waterproof case!) for when my older kids who need a little entertainment if I’m meeting a friend for coffee. In addition to paying fair trade wages to artisans, they offer scholarships to help their¬†children attend school, and even donate to help families cover adoption expenses — something I love on a deeply personal level. ($198)


diaper bags that give back: the cute Goodnight Moon tote bag from Out of Print Clothing

Supporting Literacy: Out of Print Clothing

I always like¬†having a¬†small tote bag to¬†drop¬†off with my babies at child care or with Grandma — just the right size to hold a bottle or snack, an extra onesie, and some diapers and wipes. So how adorable is¬†this classic¬†Goodnight Moon tote bag¬†from Out of Print clothing? We’ve loved their tees and baby onesies that feature iconic book covers, and now they’ve added this tote¬†featuring that iconic cover art by Clement Hurd. With each bag sold, Out of Print sends¬†a book to a child in need through Books for Africa. And that¬†in turn helps a whole lot of moms across the entire continent. ($18)


diaper bags that give back: The TOMS camo messenger diaper bag

Donating supplies for safe childbirth: TOMS

TOMS, as part of their new bag collection,¬†now offers¬†this cool¬†Olive Camo Herringbone Baby Bag Messenger¬†which I think¬†makes a great dads’ diaper bag. Although¬†I know plenty of sporty, funky moms who would make this their first choice too. Plus, their giveback commitment is incredibly meaningful:¬†for every TOMS bag sold, they’ll provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. ($168; rstyle affiliate)