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 bag 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.
The Best Dad Diaper Backpacks
While the large version is pictured here, we love the three sizes that Dagne Dover makes in its flagship diaper backpack, which range from 10 liters up to 17. Open up its top compartment, and you'll find a range of organizing sub-areas, including a neoprene bottle sleeve, mesh pockets and slips, removable pouches and a changing mat. Outside, its waterproof fabric is rugged and easily cleaned, while D-rings are ready to suspend it from the back of your stroller.
When two best friends couldn't find decent diaper bags, they created their own. And this backpack has the details you want but never find, such as a bottom hidden zipper pocket that allows parents to quickly take care of dirty diapers and clothes without rifling through everything in the bag. There's a padded tech sleeve, five exterior pockets, and two insulated side bottle pockets, plus four interior pockets. It's made of water-resistant crinkle nylon with vegan leather trim.
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.
They thought of everything. This backpack has easy open latches, a padded shoulder harness, zippered water bottle pockets, and six mesh pockets and one zippered pocket in main compartment. Plus you get two bottle pickets, a padded media pocket, a microfiber pocket for your shades, a mesh water bottle pocket, and a padded back panel with sweat-wicking tricot mesh and cooling air channels so you always stay cool. Even when your kid is having a meltdown.
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.
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.
So lightweight you'll forget you're toting around a nursery's worth of stuff, this is one great (vegan) diaper bag. It's quilted and water-resistant. It has a top zip-around closure, a top carry handle, exterior zip and slip pockets, and an interior laptop pocket. It's fully machine-washable.
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.
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.
Two words for you: Machine washable. The padded back is breathable, so you won't get all sweaty and gross. And the lightweight backpack itself is loaded with has 15 pockets, including two bottle pockets, a cell phone pocket, three insulated multipurpose pockets, a key lanyard, and laptop sleeve.
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.
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.
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.
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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