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Best Diaper Bag Backpacks for Dads

Long gone are the days of toting diaper cream in an old JanSport.

So you’re a new dad. And this means that, depending on what your partner is carrying, you will likely want your own diaper bag backpack (AKA “dad bag”), ideally something that’s practical, good-looking, and has impressive longevity. Today, there’s no shortage of diaper bags for dads on the market and they come in all sizes and shapes ⏤ from toolkits and duffels to medical bags and messengers. So you won’t be stuck carrying a floral print unless that’s your, um, bag (and if so, no judgment).

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, and now, companies are designing them from inside out with diapers, bottles, and changing pads in mind.

Trying to figure out the best dad backpack for your specific situation? 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 long list of options that won’t let you down.

Best Diaper Bag Backpacks for Dads

The outdoor pros at Columbia have designed a rugged dad backpack that's up for anything, with a unisex vibe that will appeal to both parents and caregivers, too.

Pros: This Columbia diaper bag is packed with extras such as exterior thermal pockets to keep two bottles of milk at the optimal temperature, anti-microbial fabric that wards off smells and stains, a chest strap to keep you nicely balanced and—our favorite—a mesh panel between you and the bag that will protect you from telltale sweaty back.

Cons: Some reviewers wished the bag was larger, others complained the stitching didn’t hold up to months of use. Some parents also would have liked longer backpack straps when it was time to wear their winter coats.

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This elegant black diaper bag is sleek and classic-looking, and includes a separate pouch to keep track of small items.

Pros: The 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.

Cons: Although there are many positive reviews, some parents did complain that the bags are prone to ripping and that Bag Nation’s customer service could have been more responsive.

We love the vegan aesthetic of this brand, which uses all cruelty-free materials for its products.

Pros: You know a diaper bag named after Brooklyn (hence the 718) will be tough enough for anything. This camo diaper bag is both ultra lightweight and ultra-rugged. It has seven interior and three exterior pockets, plus of course a changing pad. It even has a laptop compartment, and the bag itself is machine washable.

Cons: This is a compact bag. So if you plan on toting around every single baby item in your arsenal, you’ll want to go bigger.

This diaper bag backpack is all about functionality. It has a diaper hammock, a quick-access baby wipes window, and is extra large so you can bring everything but the crib.

Pros: We’re particular fans of this diaper back backpack’s quick-access flap, which gives you wipes when you need them. And diapers are stored in the diaper hammock at the top of the bag. Plus it has a clamshell opening.

Cons: Believe it or not, it’s too big for some parents. So yes, size is everything.

If you lose your mind when you're not organized, this bag is for you. It has 16 internal and external pockets.

Pros: You get one massive central compartment, plus 15 other pockets. It’s made of solid polyester with reinforced shoulder straps. Insulated pockets keep baby bottles cool. And there’s a side pocket for quick access to baby wipes.

Cons: The quality is inconsistent.

Even if you didn't have kids, you'd want this diaper bag backpack, which is both timeless and yet totally functional.

Pros: The bag features the brand’s signature striped fabric liner, an easy-wipe changing mat with mesh wing pockets, a front storage pocket, external access to the changing mat, and a sleeve for your accessories.

Cons: We sort of wish it had a few more pockets.

This is one of the best-looking diaper bag backpacks we've ever seen. Not only does it work fully as a backpack but it has a chest strap for when you carry your baby in a sling or baby carrier.

Pros: This diaper bag backpack has a three-in-one organizing system that includes a changing pod, feeder pod, and changing mat. You can remove the pods and use the bag as is, when you’re done with it as a diaper bag. It’s made from rugged cordura fabric and of course has adjustable backpack straps. And it wipes clean.

Cons: Cheap? Not so much.

This rugged, no-bullshit insulated diaper bag backpack for dad gets glowing reviews from parents.

Pros: This is a pretty stunning price for a roomy, waterproof tactical backpack diaper bag. It comes with stroller straps, insulated pockets, and a changing pad. Amazon reviewers love this bag.  Its main compartment is spacious enough to fit extra clothing, toys, and blankets for not only one, but two kids, and it has a padded laptop pocket.

Cons: It looks like it belongs on a battlefield. Maybe that’s not your vibe.

This sporty diaper bag is the second choice on our list from the venerable activewear retailer.

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.

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 roll-top 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 organizational 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: Have trendy diaper bags gone too far? Having a baby is not like being in a war, and the militaristic styling of this backpack 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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