Having a kid puts a whole bunch of weight on your shoulders, and not just because you’re now responsible for the life of tiny, helpless human being but because they require a ton of stuff. So yeah, you either have to become a bag guy or learn to juggle. Thankfully, modern diaper bags are finally being designed with dads in mind, and they come in a variety of sleek styles that won’t leave you looking like a rookie long reliever.
In fact, there’s never been a bigger selection of guy-friendly duffels, messengers, totes, and backpacks ⏤ all built for hauling diapers and bottles ⏤ than is currently on the market. And it’s not just about an absence of floral prints, either. Sure, most rock neutral colors or military styling, but many are also stacked with cool features like fold-out changing pads, charging stations, and even laptop pockets. The idea being that these bags can pull double duty in the office when the kids aren’t in tow. Here are 14 worth getting on that baby registry.
Do you really want to change your baby’s diaper on the floor of a public bathroom? Paperclip is a handsome dude-friendly backpack diaper bag with an attached, fold-out changing station. Designed by a couple of dads and unveiled at last year’s ABC Expo, it comes in two styles with names that resemble a morning zoo crew, the Bear and the Willow. It also has an outside-accessible laptop compartment and can easily convert into a messenger bag.
Jack Osbourne (yes, father, adventurer … son of the Prince of Darkness) designed the Tier 1-D to handle your “toughest missions.” Situations like asking the cute checkout girl at Rite-Aid where they keep the butt cream. Or rolling up your sleeves to handle a Pampers blow out on the playground. So, while you may be up to your arms in human excrement, at least your bag is impressive and intimidating. It’s made from military-grade materials and has adjustable Molle panels to add extra pouches and gear. It also comes in 3 different sizes: The Range (big), the messenger bag (bigger), and Deployment Tote (you and the kid are never coming home).
Billed as both “rugged and finely tailored,” Ju-Ju-Be’s inaugural XY line for dads features five different styles that include three backpacks, a duffel bag, and a messenger. All are machine washable, boast stain-resistant fabrics that shed water, and come with plenty of pockets to keep the diaper cream away from the baby formula. They’re also stylish enough to take to work when they’re not pulling diaper duty. What more do you need?
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 is equally as 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.
LL Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag
Maybe not the sleekest one of the bunch, but if this thing can’t hold everything you need, you probably shouldn’t be leaving the house. It’s made of “a tough 1,200-denier polyester shell with a thermoplastic interior coating,” so it can handle anything your kid tries to soak it with. Even the stuff you still don’t know they’re capable of producing.
The slim UNO II Interchangeable Backpack wasn’t designed with bottles and rash cream in mind, but it may as well have been. What makes this second-gen day pack so distinct is that it’s crafted from a single piece of water-repellent fabric and has only one zipper. So you can literally zip in and out. In fact, when completely open, the bag lies flat on the table, enabling you to not only access all the diapers and goldfish crackers but also to use it as a changing pad.
Inspired by the good ole fashioned toolkit/medical bag, this manly diaper duffle from a San Diego-based industrial designer is made from rugged water-resistant nylon/waterproof tarpaulin and features a built-in changing pad, reflective detailing, and a ridiculous number of pockets for all of your baby organizing needs. Seriously — there are 20 pockets all told, including two insulated ones for bottles and even a quick-access compartment for your phone, keys, and sun cheaters.
From the outside, it’s nondescript gray canvas backpack with reinforced leather handles. But open it up and prepare to be … electrified (Ed. note: It won’t really electrocute you). Inside the front pocket, there’s a single 22,400mAh/84Wh battery that can charge up to 3 devices, multiple times: A laptop (once), a tablet (3 times), or your phone (10 times). The battery self-regulates when it gets too hot, thanks to a built-in heat sensor. And it’s TSA approved to clear security (some larger batteries need to be checked). It also comes with 3 cables (2 USB, one laptop) and a rain cover.
Tosan Convertible Adventure Pack
From the guys behind your favorite “Pop” coffee mug, the Tosan Convertible Adventure Pack is a heavy, waxed canvas tote that transforms into a rolltop backpack depending on your situation. Need extra space at the beach for toys and towels? Use it as a carryall. Trekking around the city or going hiking in the mountains? Pull out the straps and throw it on your back. There are six pockets (three internal and three external), a detachable pouch, and a custom diaper changing pad so rash cream and Cheerios never have an accidental encounter.
Patagonia Minimass Messenger Bag
A scaled-down version of the classic messenger profile from the masters of durability you know and love. With it, you can haul all your daily essentials and still move easily through a crowd, which is extra convenient now that your daily essentials make you a crowd.
XLR8 Charging Backpack
Finally, a diaper bag that won’t embarrass anyone in the family. The large interior pouch of the XLR8 holds diapers, wipes, toys, and all the kid’s stuff in a separate compartment from the laptop and tablet pockets. Five smaller pockets corral charging cables, pens, and keys. Insulated side and front pouches keep bottles and food fresh. It also comes with a 7800mAh power bank to keep everything charged. Consider yourself a one-man child-rearing army.
Skip Hop Via Messenger
The patented Skip Hop Shuttle Clips allow the Via to attach to your stroller and convert from messenger to strap-free mobile diaper bag. This bag manages to still look clean while hauling like a Winnebago with its 18 pockets and pouches — 18! — that are protected by an odor-reducing, antimicrobial liner. Because, well, kids are smelly.
Quicksilver Daddy Daybag Backpack
An unassuming, all-black, classic backpack is a great way to ease into full dad bag. You’d never know from the outside that this pack features a removable changing pad and an insulated pocket to keep that bottle cold. Plus, “Daddy Daybags” is a pretty solid new nickname.
Herschel Alexander Tote
The Alexander is the kind of tote bag you might have reserved for grocery shopping in a previous life. But it’s got the Herschel label on it, so it automatically makes you cooler than the kind of guy who brings his own tote bags grocery shopping. Plus, it comes in almost 30 colors, so you’re sure to be able to find one that matches your everyday purse.