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, ideally something that’s practical, good-looking, and has impressive longevity. Today, there’s no shortage of diaper bags for dads out there and they come in all sizes and shapes ⏤ from canvas toolkits and duffels to leather medical bags and camo messengers. But the best diaper bag backpacks are the best for a reason.
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.
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. We’re sure you’ll find one that fits your needs, style, and price point.
Best Diaper Bag Backpacks for Dads
On first glance, this is simply a stylish, handsome diamond-quilted/leather-trimmed 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.
If you want something more understated, there's this model from Paperclip in basic black. Like its brethren, it becomes a portable changing station. It's hardy. It's handsome. It's loaded with pockets.
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.
If you lose your mind when you're not organized, this bag is for you. It has 16 internal and external pockets — one massive central compartment, plus 15 others. 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 accessories.
Not only does this bag work fully as a backpack but it has a chest strap for when you carry your baby in a sling or baby carrier. It has a three-in-one organizing system that includes a changing pod, feeder pod, and changing mat. It's made from rugged cordura fabric and of course has adjustable backpack straps. And it wipes clean, too.
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.
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 prevent the age-old issue of sweaty back.
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.
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. Its main compartment is spacious enough to fit extra clothing, toys, and blankets for two kids, and it has a padded laptop pocket. It gets glowing reviews from parents on Amazon.
Perfect for those who travel fully loaded, this diaper back has serious back padding, so the trek is more comfortable. You get 16 pockets, plus insulated bottle sleeves, a front waterproof pocket for wet items, and an external wipe pouch because, well, you never know.
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, etc. It comes in a slew of colorsIt also features padded, adjustable straps. Nice touch: When open, it stays open, so you don't have to keep digging around to find what you need.
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.
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