The 17 Best Diaper Backpacks That’ll Fit All Your Baby Essentials
August 2, 2018
When you’re a new parent, a diaper bag is a must-have. Blowouts can strike at any moment, and the last thing you want is to find yourself out and about without an extra diaper or change of baby clothes. There are tons of diaper bag styles out there, from traditional totes to messenger bags and more—but for a spacious, comfortable option that keeps your hands free, nothing beats the diaper bag backpack. So, what is the best diaper backpack?
It might be tempting to simply repurpose your old college JanSport, but the best diaper backpacks are made with easy-to-clean materials and offer a lot more (necessary) pockets and other invaluable features. Whether you’re looking for a leather diaper backpack or something vegan-friendly, a diaper bag for Dad or a unisex option, a designer diaper bag or something more affordable, we’ve scouted the best diaper bag backpacks around. Slip one of these on and you’ll be out the door with your little one in no time.
Thousands of reviewers on Amazon are obsessed with the HaloVa diaper backpack—and for good reason. It has an abundance of space, with insulated pockets for baby bottles and a large main compartment (that stands open on its own!). Inside, you’ll find even more pockets wide enough for diapers, baby wipes, formula and more. The backpack even has a dedicated pocket for wet clothes. It’s waterproof, comes with padded straps and is a great option for moms and dads alike. Bonus: It’s available at a very affordable price.
Buy it: HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-Function Travel Backpack, $33, Amazon.com
Founded by a mom who couldn’t find fashion-forward diaper bags, Mina Baie is the go-to brand for a luxury leather diaper backpack. This style is crafted out of quality pebbled leather with a water-resistant lining. With ten interior pockets, four exterior pockets, a laptop sleeve and an insulated bottle pocket, it has all the space you need. The one drawback is that a changing pad is an extra $12, which adds to the hefty price tag. The upside? This backpack so chic, no one will guess you’re carrying a backpack diaper bag!
Buy it: Mina Baie Harper Backpack Leather Diaper Bag, $349, MinaBaie.com
If you want the look of a leather backpack diaper bag without the actual leather, opt for the Honest City diaper backpack. It’s a chic, modern bag made from soft but durable vegan leather with a wipeable PVC lining. It provides loads of space for all your essentials (and more), thanks to the large insulated compartment and a plethora of pockets. Plus, it features adjustable padded back straps, an easy-grab top handle and a travel storage bag for multiple carrying options. Changing pad included.
Buy it: Honest City Backpack, $150, Honest.com
The Bump editors quickly fell in love with the Dagne Dover Indi diaper backpack. It offers a spacious 17-liter interior compartment, and the stretchy neoprene fabric means you can stuff this baby diaper backpack to the brim. If you need a little extra space, just unclip the side buckles. (Those also let you unzip the bag wide open and easily find all the stuff you crammed inside.) Inside, there are several interior pockets—including a laptop sleeve—plus zippered exterior compartments for small essentials and easy-access wipes. Neoprene is easy to clean, water-resistant and insulated—plus it’s lightweight, so it’s a large diaper bag backpack that won’t drag you (or your outfit) down.
Buy it: Dagne Dover Large Indi Diaper Backpack, $195, DagneDover.com
Sometimes you don’t need to bring everything on your outing—all you need are a few essentials to get you through the next couple of hours. That’s where a small diaper bag backpack comes in clutch. Itzy Ritzy’s mini diaper bag backpack may be compact, but it offers all the features you want: eight pockets, a changing pad, a top handle and even feet on the bottom to protect the bag from dirty surfaces.
Buy it: Itzy Ritzy Mini Backpack Diaper Bag, $80, Macys.com
Freshly Picked is famous for its adorable kids’ moccasins (and founder Susan Petersen’s appearance on Shark Tank) but did you know that the brand also makes diaper bags? This pick is a stylish backpack diaper bag with loads of great features, including the fact that it can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag. Crafted from vegan leather, the smart, sleek design has six interior pockets and four additional exterior pockets. Best of all, the built-in metal base keeps the bag upright so you don’t have to worry about your contents spilling onto a less-than-sanitary surface.
Buy it: Freshly Picked Diaper Backpack, $175, buybuyBABY.com
While Oliday’s backpack diaper bag is perfect for new parents, it’s so practical and durable, you’ll be inclined to keep using it even after your kiddo has graduated to big kid underwear. Made out of water-resistant canvas with leather accents and water-resistant lining, this bag has 11 interior mesh pockets to ensure that everything has a place. Plus, the backpack has a full zip front opening to let you get at items at the bottom of the bag. Two side pockets and a secret zip compartment mean stashing your keys, phone and bottles is no sweat.
Buy it: Oliday Canvas Diaper Bag Backpack, $130, Etsy.com
Can’t decide if you want a diaper backpack or shoulder diaper bag? Score a two-for-one with a convertible backpack diaper bag. This one from Fawn Design comes with adjustable backpack straps, as well as a single strap to let you wear it as a messenger bag. It’s made from faux leather, which can be easily spot cleaned, and sports a total of 12 pockets to easily hold all of baby’s gear. We also love the keychain hook, which helps us frazzled parents quickly find those pesky disappearing keys.
Buy it: Fawn Design The Original Diaper Bag, $170, FawnDesign.com
For parents who prefer a more colorful backpack diaper bag, Ju-Ju-Be is the brand of choice. The brand’s Zealous design is a cute diaper bag backpack that comes in a fresh floral print. Rest assured, you get form as well as function with this pick: The backpack offers great organization, including a tablet sleeve, insulated bottle side-pockets and a zippered pocket for your phone and keys. And it has a light-colored lining to help you easily find everything you’ve packed. It comes with a memory foam changing pad, and perhaps best of all, it’s machine-washable!
Buy it: Ju-Ju-Be Zealous Diaper Backpack in Rose Garden, $130, Nordstrom.com
There are tons of diaper bag backpacks out there to choose from, but some parents prefer having something a little more unique. The Skip Hop Forma diaper backpack lets you create a custom look while still enjoying top-notch functionality. It’s got a spacious interior with extra-wide openings so you can find items easily, plenty of pockets (including insulated packing cubes for baby’s bottles and snacks) and an included changing pad. Plus, it’s made of lightweight, water-resistant fabric that can be embroidered with your (or baby’s) initials for a personalized touch.
Buy it: Skip Hop Forma Personalized Backpack Diaper Bag, $80, buybuyBABY.com
If you’re all about scoring a great deal, you’ll love this baby diaper backpack, which packs performance and a good look to boot. The backpack has a side pocket that makes wipes easily accessible and a bottle compartment with three insulated pockets. And with extras like a USB charging port, stroller straps and an anti-theft pocket, you get plenty of bang for your buck.
Buy it: upsimples Diaper Bag Backpack, $28, Amazon.com
Two babies more or less equals double the stuff, so if you’re a parent of twins, you’ll need a backpack diaper bag that can accommodate a ton and keep it all organized. Enter the TWELVElittle 3-in-1 foldover diaper tote. It has a huge main compartment and pockets for just about everything imaginable: exterior zip pockets, exterior slip pockets, interior wall pockets and insulated bottle pockets. Of course, carrying all that stuff can get uncomfortable quickly, which is why this backpack comes with padded, adjustable shoulder straps, as well as top handles and even an option to convert it into a crossbody bag.
Buy it: TWELVElittle Unisex 3-in-1 Foldover Diaper Tote in Camouflage, $162, buybuyBABY.com
Designers had the needs of both parents and the environment in mind when they came up with the Paperclip Willow diaper bag backpack. Not only is it made from recycled water bottles, but it also has the unique feature of a fold-out changing station. Many of the best backpack diaper bags come with changing pads, but this takes things to a whole new level: The integrated station provides a padded base and sidewalls for privacy and security, and is removable when it’s time for a cleaning. It also has zippered pockets and an exterior bottle holder, plus travel-friendly features like a padded laptop compartment and a luggage pass-through pocket to slip the bag over your suitcase handles.
Buy it: Paperclip Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag, $199, Nordstrom.com
Be prepared whatever the weather with this unisex diaper bag backpack. Made from a water-resistant nylon material, it’ll keep your essential baby (and parent) supplies protected while you’re on the move. Better yet, it’s lightweight with ample storage. Features include a laptop sleeve, a removable caddy (that’s perfect for storing diapers) and plenty of insulated pockets. Plus, this backpack is easily converted into a crossbody bag and comes complete with stroller hooks. One downside is that the changing pad is sold separately and the accessories are pretty pricey. But as it’s been described by one reviewer as “the Cadillac of baby bags,” we think this multi-use diaper backpack is still well worth the price.
Buy it: Caraa Baby Bag Large, $295, CaraaSport.com
On the hunt for a diaper bag backpack that’ll fit right into your active lifestyle? Check out this dad-designed sporty option by E.C.Knox. This leather-trim bag is chockablock with features we love including: a fold-out changing mat, a magnetic side-pocket for wipes, eleven pockets and a removable paisley lining that you can pop in the wash. Nifty convertible straps allow you to clip it to a stroller or wear it as a diaper backpack, crossbody bag or shoulder bag. The best part? One of the two bottle holders can accommodate a bottle of wine!
Buy it: E.C.Knox Windsor Diaper Bag, $150, ECKnox.com
Next on our list of the best diaper bag backpacks is this versatile option by BOETRI. Designed by a mom of twins, this backpack has an impressive amount of storage space for food and other baby gear. The dedicated food compartment has three insulated bottle pockets, a mesh snack pocket and space to store a lunchbox. If that wasn’t good enough, the roomy main compartment includes a laptop sleeve and two diaper pockets. With bonus features like an anti-theft pocket, stroller hooks and a luggage strap, this diaper backpack is a winner in our book.
Buy it: BOETRI Diaper Backpack for Mom and Dad with Food Compartments, $45, Amazon.com
If you’re reluctant to give up your designer handbag, the Burberry Watson diaper backpack is a practical bag that’s as glamorous as your nicest tote. A simple, all-black exterior with silver accents hides an interior covered in the iconic Burberry check-print. But it’s not just a pretty pick: With two outer slip pockets and two interior pockets, it offers ample storage. Adjustable straps, a top handle and the removable changing pad make this diaper backpack functional too.
Buy it: Burberry Watson Nylon Diaper Bag Backpack, $750, SaksFifthAvenue.com