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 “baby diaper backpack”), 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.
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 curated list of options that won’t let you down.
Best Diaper Bag Backpacks for Dads
A super-cool, trendy yet classic diaper bag that comes with its mobile changing station.
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.
If you want something more understated, here's a Paperclip in basic black. Like its brethren, it becomes a portable changing station.
This diaper bag backpack is made from vegan leather. It’s hardy. It’s handsome. It’s loaded with pockets. But its biggest selling point is that opens up into a portable changing station, which is a lifesaver since most men’s restrooms do not have places to change diapers. And when your kid is out of diapers, use this as a work bag.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This elegant black diaper bag is sleek and classic-looking, and includes a separate pouch to keep track of small items.
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. 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.
We love the vegan aesthetic of this brand, which uses all cruelty-free materials for its products.
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.
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.
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.
If you lose your mind when you're not organized, this bag is for you. It has 16 internal and external pockets.
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.
Even if you didn't have kids, you'd want this diaper bag backpack, which is both timeless and yet totally functional.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for those who travel fully loaded, this diaper back has serious back padding, so the trek is more comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
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