The Best Diaper Bag Backpacks for Dads On the Go
Long gone are the days of toting diaper cream in an old JanSport.
So you’re a new dad, which means you’ll soon be hauling an unbelievable amount of baby gear bursting from a Costanza wallet–level diaper bag. Forget the cutesy “satchels” absently added to the baby shower registry; as a man, you’re looking for something that’s rugged, functional, and quickly whipped onto your back when you’re running five minutes behind to meet the in-laws. For you, the best men’s diaper bag is a diaper backpack.
Trying to figure out the best dad backpack for your specific situation? We still firmly believe that the best men’s diaper backpack is actually just a regular 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. Now, companies are designing them from inside-out with diapers, bottles, and changing pads in mind.
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 a curated list of options that won’t let you down. We’re sure you’ll find one that fits your needs, style, and price point.
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The Best Outdoor-Style Diaper Backpacks for Dads
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. The Daypack 3.0 is made of 600D water-repellent nylon, measures 20-inches by 11-inches by 8-inches, and features a full-zippered main compartment. There are also three-tiered interior pockets, and a built-in removable changing mat.
Military-inspired and possessing the functionality upon which its men and women depend, Active Doodie's bag is one of the most robust and rugged on this list. A camo waterproof changing pad, durable nylon body, and a 10-year warranty, this will wear out after your kid leaves for college.
A great diaper bag for the great outdoors, this one has a radiant barrier that reflects heat instead of absorbing it, so milk, formula, and snacks stay cool inside their pockets. There's a wide mouth opening for easy access, an exterior thermal bottle pocket, and adjustable backpack straps with breathable mesh panels so you stay cooler in hotter climes.
This ruggedly well-built bag from Eddie Bauer has enough zippered pockets to give every last parenting supply its own dedicated home. Dads especially appreciate that it makes one-handed zippering a breeze. Comfortable and adaptable for adventures of any kind — or strap to stroller and roll out.
Similar to the Summit Rush, this diaper bag backpack has the same Therma-Flect radiant barrier to keep stuff cold. But it also has more pockets, and a secondary compartment with padded, elasticized space for your tech. There's also a pacifier pocket, which is always handy.
The Best Urban-Style Diaper Backpacks for Dads
Ready for the worst weather your role as a parent will take you through, this water-resistant neoprene backpack shirks off the most extreme precipitation. It's also padded so your baby essentials will stay safe. A host of zippered and slip-in pockets inside and out keeps your gear neatly organized.
On first glance, this is simply a stylish, handsome bag with lots of cargo space. Unzip the front, however, and you'll be met with a patent-pending, foam-cushioned changing station (with sides) that folds out so you have a convenient and clean space to change your baby. Diapers, wipes, and all other necessities are right there in front of you, along with a wet pocket, to make things easier. It'll change your changing world. Bonus: the entire changing station is removable and machine washable.
Speaking of sleek and handsome: Meet the Wayb. It's got everything you need for the park, the playground, or a dinner date. Remember those? There's a handy vertical side zip; and a wipeable compartment at the base of the bag lets you easily stow dirty clothes, shoes, or diapers. There's a padded laptop compartment, an integrated luggage sleeve, and four external pockets and four internal pockets.
Based in Vancouver, Herschel is a family business founded by two brothers in 2009. And the brand's bags are absolutely tops, a perfect blend of form and function. Best of all, you'd never know this was a diaper bag. It has plenty of pockets, for toys, pacifiers, and bottles. You also get mesh accessory sleeves and bottle pockets. And we like that you can access the changing mat via an external zipper.
Made from recycled water bottles, the vegan leather Elkin has a frog-mouth opening, allowing you full access to its main compartment's contents. There are also a number of interior and exterior pockets, a sleeve for your laptop if you need to bang out some work on the go, and a removable changing pad.
Yeah, it's pricy, but Caraa's big one is both surprisingly large and shockingly lightweight. You're going to be throwing a ton of stuff in its generous interior compartment, including (if you must) a 13-inch laptop, so every ounce counts, and at three pounds, there aren't a lot that come stock. With multiple carry options, including cross-body, backpack, a handle, and over your stroller, there's enough options to keep your discomfort to a minimum as you chase your child through a parking lot.
Beaba makes our favorite baby food maker, and the French brand knows its stuff when it comes to baby gear as well. This diaper bag has a large, structured doctor bag opening for seamless access to anything you need inside. The main compartment is roomy enough to fit everything from dirty clothes to diapers. It has eight interior and exterior pockets, and comes with an isothermal pouch, padded changing mat, and stroller straps. And the bag is water-resistant.
Your bottles and diapers won't ever mix in this bag, thanks to its unique and clever organization system. There's a a separate feeding and changing pod, for meals and clothing and diaper changes. The wipe-clean backpack has a spacious interior that's big enough for tablets or laptops, and a large exterior pocket for your phone and keys.
Maybe you're heading out for a beer. Or meeting a buddy in the park. Or taking your baby to daycare. This diaper bag is thoroughly multi-purpose. The spacious top section has one interior pocket, and a ziparound insulated bottom to carry snacks or bottles. There's an exterior insulated bottle pocket and one exterior front zippered pocket. And a changing pad, of course.
The Best Large-Volume Diaper Backpacks for Dads
Lots and lots of compartments, pockets, and features to keep everything sorted. It comes with a detachable cooler, which can hold up to three bottles (and hook separately on to the stroller). One of our favorite features of this bag is an interior pocket for a 15-inch laptop, as well as 'media pockets' and an earphone port for your stashed music player — and loop for your sunglasses.
Aside from its good looks, we like this diaper bag's structured frame that opens wide, and stays that way, so you don't have to dig around for stuff buried inside. It has a main compartment with two exterior zip pockets, a tech pocket, and two bottle pockets on the side. In addition to the backpack straps, it also has double handles if you prefer to carry this as a tote.
When less is more, you need the Moby. It goes from backpack to messenger bag to satchel. It has 12 pockets inside the bag, including a cell phone pocket, and an interior bottle pocket. And this is a small detail yet one missing from so many bags: This one has gunmetal feet on the bottom, because it's going to come into contact with some pretty nasty floors and this keeps the bottom of it protected.
This bag comes with the extras you'd expect, such as a changing mat and straps to attach it securely to your stroller handle. And its clean lines are more reminiscent of fancy Swiss luggage than something you'd buy at a baby store. It's made from water-resistant twill polyester, has 14 pockets, and extra-thick straps so carrying it around won't give you spasms of back pain.
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