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. The best diaper bags for dads are both functional and stylish. You need a bag that fits all the baby gear and keeps it organized, providing easy access to stuff like wipes, diaper rash creams, and bottles — while also looking like something you’d actually want to tote around. Think of it as your inanimate parenting sidekick, something 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 Men’s Diaper Bags
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.
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.
Originally designed for the Stokke stroller, this diaper bag works just as well over the shoulder (or as a backpack). Underneath its sleek exterior, the pockets are abundant and easy to access. Comes with an adjustable strap and waterproof pockets, along with a well-padded changing mat, which stows in a handy side pocket.
This rugged, good-looking leather bag is a well-organized diaper bag in classic men's satchel disguise. It's got a well-portioned, padded interior, for your laptop and essential baby gear: comes with a cushioned changing mat and an insulated bottle holder. The real-buckle closures can be a blessing and a curse, but at least they're stylish and secure.
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.
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 super adaptable diaper bag's classic lines bely lots of cool hidden details — features that let you know this bag was designed by actual parents. Silent magnetic closures for nap-time stealth, a neoprene bottle koozie, special phone pocket, and grown-up bottle opener on the shoulder strap. The removable, easy to clean changing pad includes handy pockets for all your supplies.
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.
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.
This big-capacity bag may be roomy, but it's also sleek, well-made and built to last through a sibling or two. It has two zippered pockets on the outside, for quick access, and five internal pockets for keeping everything super sorted. It's water-resistant and comes with extra straps, so you can carry it as a backpack — or hang it on the stroller. Naturally, the Storksak comes with a machine-washable changing pad, but also handy: It comes with an insulated bag for keeping food and drinks warm or cold.
With a look similar to one of our favorite Herschel backpacks, the Parker Baby Co. Birch Bag packs a lot of practical into an understated silhouette. Mesh, insulated, small, and big pockets provide a variety of individual storage configurations, while thoughtful touches like an included key clip make this bag the only one we needed for day outings. The included changing pad, which is stored in the body, allows for easy access with one hand.
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