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Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Review

An abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult to adjust straps
Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back
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Price:   $175 List
Pros:  Excelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar design
Cons:  Only one carry style, expensive, annoying straps
Manufacturer:   Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2021
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  • Storage - 35% 8
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8
  • Quality - 20% 9
  • Style - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a diaper bag that (nearly) has it all. It is roomy, but not bulky, polished, but not flashy, and it has one of the best organization systems of all the bags we tested. When packing for a day out with your baby, the Be Right Back provides a perfect pocket for every item and keeps everything easily at hand. We had some gripes with the strap adjustment, and the lack of carrying style options may deter some parents. However, we love the functionality of this unisex diaper bag and think that it will be perfect for almost every family.

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Pros Excelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar designBeautiful design with thoughtful features, multi-use, heavy duty hardwareRoomy, Mommy pocket, insulated bottle pockets, nice changing padEasy to access interior, great price, nice exterior organizationCompact, easy to use, good for travel
Cons Only one carry style, expensive, annoying strapsHeavy, expensive, zipper problemsHeavy, a bit cumbersome, not as stylish as similarly priced bagsLacks inner pockets, straps uncomfortableOnly room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)
Bottom Line An abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult to adjust strapsA thoughtful bag that is multi-functional and stylish but it is expensive and heavyWith all the bells and whistles, this bag has oodles of storage, but it is heavy and less stylishThis easy-to-clean and practical bag has a unique stay open feature that makes access simple but is not as comfortable to carryA convenient, attractive, well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessities
Rating Categories Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Skip Hop Mainframe... Skip Hop Pronto
Storage (35%)
8.0
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Ease Of Use (35%)
8.0
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7.0
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Quality (20%)
9.0
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Style (10%)
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Specs Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Skip Hop Mainframe... Skip Hop Pronto
Carry Style Backpack Backpack/Tote Tote/Crossbody Backpack/Crossbody/Tote Wrist Strap
Dimensions 12"W x 16"H x 5"D 14"W x 12" H x 6.5" D 14"W x 18.5"H x 6.5"D 14.8"W x 14.2"H x 6.2"D 12"W x 8"H x 3"D
Weight 2.34 lbs 2.8 lbs 3.5 lbs 1.8 lbs 0.75 lbs
Insulated Pocket/Cooler Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets No
Included Accessories None None None None Wipe case
Cleaning/Care Machine washable Machine washable Machine washable Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ju-Ju-Be company is based in southern California and was started by Joe Croft and Kristin Hunziker. As business partners, they had a goal to create a diaper bag that would help ease the journey of parenthood. Ju-Ju-Be first introduced their quality line of diaper bags in 2005 and have since been offering unique features such as anti-stain treatment and machine washability in all their bags. With top-notch organization and a lifetime guarantee, Ju-Ju-Be bags have been a crowd favorite for over 15 years.

Performance Comparison


The side pocket is large enough for a baby bottle or a smaller-sized...
The side pocket is large enough for a baby bottle or a smaller-sized water bottle.
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Likes


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is one of our favorite bags to date. Although it only has an average number of pockets, they are all perfectly sized and situated. With an abundance of cool features like elastic straps and large, center-zip pockets, the organization of this bag is unparalleled. Paired with its memory foam carry straps and high-quality construction, we love to use this bag day in and day out. When packed with all the items from our list of essentials, we found a perfect spot for everything and still had room to spare. We even found ourselves searching for more things to put in the extra pockets.

Many of the organizational features found in the Be Right Back are...
Having a zipper in the center of the pocket makes the contents more...

Features unique to most Ju-Ju-Be bags include crumb pockets, a memory foam changing pad, an Agion-treated inner lining that resist bacteria, mold, and mildew, and a waterproof exterior with a stain-resistant Teflon treatment. All materials are free of PVC. If you need one more reason to love this bag, the whole thing is machine washable. Babies are messy, and diaper bags are there for it all; blowouts, spit-up, spilled milk, and the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to clean your diaper bag.

The "mom pocket" found in most Ju-Ju-Be bags is the best we've...
The "mom pocket" found in most Ju-Ju-Be bags is the best we've encountered.
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Another Ju-Ju-Be specialty is the mom pocket. True to form, the Be Right Back has one of the best mom pockets among the bags in our selection. An easily accessible zippered pocket on the front of the bag includes a key clip, super soft sunglasses pocket, and a variety of mesh pouches and zippered pockets perfect for smaller items like lip balm, wallet, phone, and other mom essentials. We love that this bag is not only functional for your baby but can also reduce mom's load by eliminating the need for a purse.

No more digging through a black hole, the Be Right Back puts it all...
No more digging through a black hole, the Be Right Back puts it all on display.
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The Be Right Back has zippers that reach all the way around the bag, resulting in an ultra-wide opening that lays the contents out for display. You can stuff the pack to its limits without having to worry about digging through a mess later on. It is all easily and immediately accessible. This feature reminds us somewhat of a suitcase, and we love the added level of usability.

Quality hardware and smooth running zippers improve the overall ease...
Quality hardware and smooth running zippers improve the overall ease of use of the Be Right Back.
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Dislikes


There is a lot to love about the Be Right Back; however, there are a few limiting features. It can only be carried backpack-style, and most other options we tested offer various carrying methods. However, the carry method is a personal preference, and we did not find this bag any less comfortable for its lack of options. The numerous compartments can come in handy, but you could get lost in the pockets if you're not careful. We recommend choosing a dedicated pocket for your items so that as you use your bag, it will become automatic to reach for the right pocket at the right time.

Mesh ventilation is found on the back side of the pack and shoulder...
There is a small carry handle at the top of the Be Right Back, but...

We also had some trouble with the should strap adjustment. The hardware is minimalistic and not that easy to loosen, and we found that the two rings would often get crossed when trying to tighten the straps. We were surprised by the difficulty of this process, as everything else about the Be Right Back was smoothly functional very user-friendly.

The double D-ring strap adjustment method was not very user-friendly...
The double D-ring strap adjustment method was not very user-friendly in our experience.
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The Be Right Back has a basic unisex design that both mom and dad will feel comfortable carrying and is on the smaller side of the diaper bag spectrum, so you don't have to be worried about weighing yourself down by overloading it. Although, you may have to be pickier about what items you do pack. It is similar in size to the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F., but when we pack the two bags side by side, the Be Right Back does not fit quite as many supplies.

While available in many fun colors and prints, this bag will not win any style awards. It has a very elementary, sensible design that focuses more on functionality than on fashion. Practicality may be right up your alley, but if you want something more unique or fashion-forward, other bags may be a better fit.

The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a completely PVC-free product.
The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a completely PVC-free product.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a great diaper bag that we love to use and would recommend for almost every parent. The organization is unbeatable and high-quality construction along with a lifetime warranty from Ju-Ju-Be means that you will be able to use this bag through multiple children; perhaps even passing it on after your kids are out of diapers. If you are searching for the perfect diaper bag for mom, dad, and baby, then you can't go wrong with the Be Right Back.

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