If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag. It’s where you stow everything from baby bottles to phone chargers to, yes, diapers. Think of it as your inanimate parenting assistant, something that exists only to make your life easier when you’re out with your kid. And thus, the best diaper bags for dads not only look like something you’d actually want to tote around — a stylish men’s bag that also fits all the baby gear you need, keep everything organized, and provide easy access to stuff like wipes, diaper rash creams, and bottles.
A great diaper bag should have a wipe-clean surface, because babies are messy creatures, and ample pockets for bottles, keys, phones, pacifiers, and snacks. It should, of course, have a sizable changing pad that you can pull out to use on the fly; some of our favorites go one step further and have built-in changing stations. Many have padded laptop sleeves, so you can tote your tech along with you or use the diaper bag as an actual work bag once your kid is potty trained.
The Best Men’s Diaper Bags
No one wants to change a diaper on the floor of a public bathroom. The Paperclip is a backpack diaper bag with a fold-out changing station that is foam-cushioned; plus the bag has pockets that hold wipes and diapers right there when you open it up. It has four big zip-up compartments with seven pockets and a side bottle carrier, plus room for your laptop. You can wear this as either a backpack or a messenger bag.
If you're partial to messengers, this model from Skip Hop is one of the top diaper bags that can be easily shared by both parents and easily transitions to a work setting thanks to its easy-access tech pocket. Hidden magnets in the flaps are a nifty way to keep the diaper bag closed, and the high-contrast lining in the interior of the bag make it easy to find stuff quickly. It also comes with a padded changing pad that you'll be happy to take along with you. It has 10 different pockets that make organizing all your baby gear easy. Skip Hop's patented shuttle clips let you convert it from a shoulder bag to a stroller 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. And the Deuce 2.0 is a redesign of their wildly successful original diaper tote. It's made of a rugged 600D water-repellent nylon, measures 10.25 inches by 15 inches, and rocks a wipe-down main pouch with removable divider for organizing.The exterior of this diaper bag is user-friendly, with three easy-access pockets (for wipes/diapers, butt cream, phones) and a full-length padded compartment for the iPad.
So you don't want to lug an entire Costco's worth of diapers, wipes, and snacks with you? Right. Then check out this Skip Hop diaper bag, done in a crossbody sling style. It has just enough room for essentials like keys, a few dipes and wipes, and two baby bottles. The main compartment has a wide, dual-zip opening for easy-access, and there's a machine-washable cushioned changing pad. It's stylish and surprisingly spacious.
Pretty much the most perfect, understated messenger diaper bag you can buy. This bag looks like you could take it to a bar. Because you could. Plus it has a ton of great features parents need. Top of the list is its Therma-Flect radiant barrier, which reflects heat and keeps food and drinks cool. It has a large main compartment with multiple accessory pockets, a thermal bottle pocket, and large rear compartment with a zippered closure that holds a changing pad. And it weighs just one pound.
Not only does this diaper bag not look remotely like a diaper bag, but it has a ton of awesome features you'd want in a regular backpack. It has an external USB port to charge your devices, an insulated thermal pack, and a pull-out caddy. Best of all is its magnetic release lock that directly opens the changing station. It stands upright, which is a huge bonus when you have a bag that topples over. And it has more than 10 accessible mesh and standard pockets, plus room for a laptop.
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.
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