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The Best Diaper Bags for Dads That Don’t Look Like Diaper Bags

These diaper bags, backpacks, messenger bags, and duffels are well-equipped to haul everything you need to fulfill your dadly duties.

If you didn’t register for one, you might be realizing that you need a quality men’s diaper bag. We like to call it a dad bag, because it is definitely a different species than some of the more floral options out there. The best diaper bags for dads can fit all the baby gear you need, keep everything organized, and provide easy access to stuff like wipes and bottles.

They can do this without making you look like a huge dork, because fatherhood doesn’t mean you sacrifice your sense of style. Whether you want a diaper bag tote, a backpack or a messenger style, designers have wised up that men’s diaper bags are a thing they need to address.

There’s never been a bigger selection of some truly great diaper bags for dads. We’re talking about guy-friendly duffels, messengers, totes, and diaper bag backpacks ⏤ all built for hauling not only your keys, wallet, and phone, but also diapers, bottles and pacifiers. And it’s not just about an absence of floral prints, either. Sure, a lot of them rock neutral colors or military styling, but many of these men’s diaper bags are also stacked with cool features like fold-out changing pads, charging stations, and even laptop pockets. If you’re building a baby registry or looking to upgrade from your college Jansport, these diaper bags are worth considering.

Best Diaper Bags For Dads

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.

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As we said, this isn’t your power diaper bag. It’s small, portable, and easy to sling over your right or left shoulder. The main compartment has a wide, dual-zip opening for easy-access, and there’s even 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 change mat. And it weighs just one pound.

Another winner from Columbia, this basic black messenger bag has easy access opening for quick access to essentials like pacifiers.

Durable and sleek, this black messenger diaper bag has eight total pockets, fits one bottle, and has a nicely padded shoulder strap to make toting baby gear around less of a hassle on your back.

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 so you'll never have to.

Understated yet cool diaper bags—they do exist. And this one is packed with handy features. The changing station in this diaper bag is foam-cushioned with pockets that hold wipes and diapers right there when you open it up. It also has an outside-accessible laptop compartment and can easily convert into a messenger bag for a little bit more grown-up look.

We love the vegan aesthetic of this brand, which uses all cruelty-free materials for its products.

You know a men’s diaper bag named after Brooklyn (hence the 718) will be tough enough for anything. This diaper bag is both ultra lightweight and ultra-rugged. It has seven interior and three exterior pockets, plus of course a changing pad. It even has a laptop compartment, and the bag itself is machine washable.

This diaper bag 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.

Not only does this diaper bag not look remotely like a diaper bag, but it has so many awesome features you’d want in a regular backpack. 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, and an interior caddy system. Plus it charges your phone. However, it weighs seven pounds, when it’s empty.

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.

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 ⏤ because you never know when Blaze and the Monster Machines may need to be called in as reinforcements. The camo styling isn’t for everyone, and the shoulder strap puts all the weight on one shoulder instead of spreading it to both like a backpack would.

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 make it simple to attach and detach the bag to your stroller, an extremely useful feature that can save you from having to carry your bag while pushing the stroller while keeping everything at your fingertips.

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