If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag. In any given day, you’ll tote everything from baby bottles to phone chargers to, yes, diapers, and you’ll need something to keep it all together and meticulously organized. But the best diaper bags for men are both functional and stylish, with subtle details like reflective or leather accents that elevate its form without detracting from the function. Avoid those toy dog-like dad diaper bags meant for decoration; you’re looking for the diaper bag equivalent of that Arnie handshake from Predator, an inanimate parenting sidekick that exists only to make your life easier when you’re out and about with your kid.
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. 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. And it should, of course, have space for a sizable changing pad.
Because we’ve all used “questionable” surfaces on which to change a diaper. It happens to the best of us, whether due to circumstance (men’s restrooms are still woefully lacking in changing tables) or because we straight-up forgot the changing pad. Some of our favorite bags below go a step further and have built-in changing stations — because the whole diaper setup is integrated into the bag’s design, we’ve found we’re more likely to have it when we need it.
The Best Diaper Backpacks for Dads
All you need is a portable changing pad, and you're in business with this backpack. The fabric is water-repellant and you just wipe it clean. It's sizable and sturdy, without screaming that you're using it to tote baby gear. It has an exterior water bottle pocket, an exterior zippered pocket, a padded pocket for your tech, and an interior pocket for your valuables.
Named after a glorious German lake, this company is the brainchild of a German man and his American wife. And we like the products because they're absolute standouts in terms of features and practicality. Take this two-in-one solution: The diaper backpack has a removable, insulated cooler pouch that holds up two three bottles, or snacks, or a pacifier. The spacious diaper bag itself comes with a wet pouch, and has a roomy main compartment that has ample space for diapers, clothing changes, and other baby gear.
Shoutout to the 718! This backpack, an ode to Brooklyn, is insanely lightweight. It has seven interior pockets, three exterior pockets, a laptop sleeve, and a suitcase handle. So yeah, they thought of everything. Oh and there's even a fleece-lined cushioned changing pad and a pocket for your wallet.
They make awesome strollers. So it stands to reason that the diaper bag will be just as great. This one is functional and practical, with an insulated bottle case and easy-to-clean changing pad, four interior pockets, and room for your laptop.
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.
While it looks like your already-favorite backpack, this diaper bag hides a custom compartment for folding changing pad and dedicated pockets for diapers, wipes, and toys. Plus, you'll look hella cool en route.
Cool and low-key on the outside, with well-apportioned and functional storage spaces on the inside — it features a roomy main compartment, as well as by seven storage pockets, including three insulated pockets (two interior, one exterior) for keeping bottles nice and cool. Comes with a removable changing pad, a space for the wipes case, and stroller loops.
The Best Diaper Bag Totes for Dads
We dig this bag because it just looks pretty damn good and has all the features you need in a diaper bag without looking like one. You get external storage pockets, a removable shoulder strap, and ample room for diapers, wipes, and bottles.
Another diaper bag that packs a big punch: This one water-resistant, multifunctional diaper bag has a hidden pocket for quick storage of dirty items, plus insulated pockets for bottles, two elastic top pockets and two slip pockets. It can be carried three different ways
A solid, affordable workhorse, this diaper bag is the one to get if you're looking for something understated you can use all day every day. It has eight pockets, including two exterior insulated bottle pockets and a secure zippered pocket. The top flap opening gives you easy access to the main compartment. And of course it comes with handy stroller loops.
When you're not sure what to bring so you bring everything, this roomy tote is the answer. It fits everything parents needs to have on hand, and includes a laptop carrier, a phone pocket, and two key leashes because baby brain is real. It's made of neoprene, so you should hand-wash it.
The Best Messenger Diaper Bags for Dads
Lightweight and machine-washable, the lean Moby packs a mean punch. It's got a whopping 12 pockets inside and out, including an interior bottle pocket. And you can carry it as a backpack, satchel, or a crossbody messenger. The shoulder strap is removable. And the gunmetal feet on the bottom protect the bag from nasty bathroom floors.
If you're partial to messengers, this model from Skip Hop is one of the top diaper bags that can easily be shared by both parents and 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 makes 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.
The Best Small Diaper Bags for Dads
This small but mighty fanny pack fits up to three diapers, a baby bottle or snack, and a spare onesie for those inevitable fecal explosions. There’s even dedicated space for your everyday carry items, including a key hook (it doubles as a pacifier holder) and slots for ID, credit cards, and cash.
Small enough to be unobtrusive. Big spacious enough to offer up three gusseted pockets in the main compartment; a zippered closure in the main compartment; two interior bottle pockets; and a cell phone pocket. Meaning, everything you need. And nothing extra. The strap is detachable.
Look, throw in a portable changing pad (or blanket) and you're ready to roll. This handy little bag has an exterior drop-in pocket and hidden mini grab handle, a two-way zipper, and interior pockets to organize your small items, like pacifiers. And a phone. The fabric is water-repellant.
From the folks who make the most dope travel car seat, here's a nifty little bag. It's got room for your phone, wallets, keys, and hand sanitizer, is made from a wipeable and water resistant exterior fabric, and has a main interior compartment that fits diapers, wipes, and other baby gear.
Turn your favorite regular bag into your favorite diaper bag with this drop-in kit from Timbuk2. Including a wipeable changing pad with mesh pockets and a bottle koozie, your everyday pack is ready to handle the rigors of dadhood.
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