It wasn’t that long ago that diaper bags were made exclusively for moms. They were almost always totes, came in festive colors or paisley prints, and were designed with nary a thought to how a dude ⏤ any dude, really ⏤ would carry it through the mall. God forbid they include a shoulder strap. Thankfully, those days are gone. Today, there’s no shortage of guy-friendly diaper bags for dads on the market and they come in all shapes, sizes, and an assortment of masculine colors ⏤ from toolkits and duffels to medical bags and messengers.
But the most popular diaper bag for dads remains the good-old-fashioned backpack. Long a classic, it’s what many guys used before the days of dad-specific bags. They’re inconspicuous (could be toting diaper cream, could be gym clothes), easy to carry on long hauls and with baby in arms, and now, companies are designing them from inside out with diapers, bottles, and changing pads in mind.
As for which dad diaper backpacks are the best out there? We took a look a the current offerings ⏤ from a DJ bag with a fold-out changing pad to one that weighs less than pound to a full-on military rucksack ⏤ and came up with an octet of bags that won’t let you down.
This sporty diaper back is brought to you by the venerable activewear retailer, so we're sold.
Pros: The main compartment includes multiple organizer pockets, a thermal bottle pocket with Therma-Flect radiant barrier, pacifier pocket, and a wipe-clean floor for the detritus of kids. The secondary compartment features a padded, elasticized tech pocket, and a portable, padded change mat with a wipe clean surface.
Cons: The straps are not nearly padded enough, so avoid overstuffing this bag or using it for a prolonged period of time.
A beloved bag with tons of pockets that's easy to keep upright, making it easier to access its contents.
Pros: Included stroller straps, tall storage on both sides, and an insulated bottle pocket: the Perfect Pockets diaper bag has lots of parent-friendly features.
Cons: Lots of users have complained that the zippers aren’t the best. They can get off track, making it impossible to seal this bag, which no parent wants to deal with when they’re out and about.
Perfect for those who travel fully loaded, this diaper back has serious back padding, so the trek is more comfortable.
Pros: You get 16 pockets to store all your stuff, plus insulated bottle sleeves, a front waterproof pocket for wet items, and an external wipe pouch because, well, you never know. And the back is breathable, so no more sweat.
Cons: Its bright yellow zipper pulls aren’t exactly stylish.
A super-cool, trendy yet classic diaper bag that comes with its mobile changing station.
Pros: The changing station rolls out in seconds, and it’s anti-microbial and machine washable with privacy sidewalls that keep your kid safe. There’s an outer laptop compartment keeps to keep your tech safe and secure. And it connects easily to your stroller.
Cons: There’s aren’t any insulated pockets, so if you want to keep anything cold you’ll have to bring along another bag.
Pros: This diaper bag boasts machine-washable, stain-resistant fabric that sheds water, a memory foam changing pad, padded back panel with soft wicking mesh, and about a million pockets, both insulated and not ⏤ including one for your phone, sunglasses, and water bottle.
Cons: There’s no way to wasily attach this thing on a stroller, which is probably the only feature it’s really missing.
Fact: Dads rarely like toting diaper bags. One exception? A diaper bag designed by a former designer at Nike and Eagle Creek.
Pros: The Westin is a handsome rolltop backpack in black or navy that includes a magnetic closure, removable changing pad, fully-insulated front pocket, and a roomy laptop compartment.
Cons: Parents who’ve used this backpack say it’s great but noticeably small, so it might not be the best bag to rely on for more than a day.
Designed for active outdoorsy parents, this super lightweight diaper backpack from SoCal-startup Humble Bee weighs a paltry .8 pounds.
Pros: This diaper bag is made out of water repellant ripstop nylon and rocks a handful of easy-to-access exterior pockets, including one with a hot/cold gel pack and large changing pad. They also sell convertible canvas diaper bags with hidden padded backpack straps.
Cons: Compared to the more stylish options on this list, the look of this bag is definitely ho-hum.
For the dad on the go, this diaper pack backpack features padded, adjustable straps and when open, is reinforced to stay open, so you don't have to keep digging around to find what you need.
Pros: As you might have guessed, yes, you can charge your phone while your baby naps in the stroller. You can use this multi-function diaper bag backpack to tote wipes, bottles, toys, books, your laptop, what have you. It comes in a slew of colors.
Cons: Several customers have complained that this bag isn’t rugged enough, and that it can rip if it not treated delicately.
The slim UNO II Interchangeable Backpack wasn’t designed with bottles and rash cream in mind, but it may as well have been.
Pros: What makes this second-gen diaper bag day pack so distinct is that it’s crafted from a single piece of water-repellent fabric and has only one zipper. So you can literally zip in and out. In fact, when completely open, the diaper bag lies flat on the table, enabling you to not only access all the diapers and goldfish crackers but also to use it as a changing pad.
Cons: Without the slew of organziational pockets that most other bags have, you might find yourself rooting around in the main compartment more than you’d prefer.
Tactical Baby Gear (TBG) is actually one of the early purveyors of baby gear that looks like it's issued by the U.S. Army.
Pros: The Daypack 3.0 is a rugged 600D water-repellent nylon, measures 20-inches by 11-inches by 8-inches, and features a full-zippered main compartment, three-tiered interior pockets, and built-in removable changing mat.
Cons: Having a baby is not like being in a war, and the militaristic styling of this bag is a little over-the-top for our taste.
This Skip Hop backpack diaper back has nine pockets, including side bottle pockets and front zip pockets, a machine washable cushioned changing pad, and room for your laptop.
Pros: Looking at this backpack, you’d never guess it held diapers and wipes inside. It’s made of a textured fabrics with vegan leather trim. It has a phone compartment with a non-scratch lining plus a custom hardware D-ring for toys or pacifier.
Cons: Beware that if you’re hauling around a ton of gear, this may be too small for you, given its size. It’s dimensions are 13l x 6w x 16.5h in inches.
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