When you’re a new parent, diaper bags are 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 backpack diaper bag.
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 backpack diaper bag or something vegan-friendly, a designer bag or more affordable option, we’ve scouted the best diaper backpacks around. Slip one of these on and you’ll be out the door with your little one in no time.
Overall Best Diaper Backpack
Over 1,700 reviewers on Amazon are obsessed with the HaloVa Diaper Backpack—and for good reason. It has an abundance of space, with two side pockets for water bottles, three insulated pockets for baby bottles and a large main compartment (that stands open on its own!) with even more pocket options wide enough for diapers, baby wipes, formula and more. It even has a dedicated baby wipe dispenser on the side! It’s waterproof, comes with padded straps and is a great option for moms and dads alike. Bonus: It rings in at a very affordable price.
Buy it: HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-function Travel Backpack, $36, Amazon.com
Most Stylish Diaper Backpack
Freshly Picked is famous for their adorable kids moccasins (and founder Susan Petersen’s appearance on Shark Tank) but did you know they also make 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, including a padded electronics sleeve. 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 Convertible Diaper Backpack, $175, Amazon.com
Best Leather Backpack Diaper Bag
Created by two Los Angeles Moms who couldn’t find fashion-forward diaper bags to their liking, Minabaie is the go-to choice for a leather backpack diaper bag. This option is crafted out of quality pebbled leather with a water-resistant lining. With 10 interior pockets, three exterior pockets, a laptop sleeve and an insulated bottle pocket, it’s well worth the hefty price tag. The one drawback is that a changing pad, not included, is an extra $10. The upside? It’s so chic, no one will guess you’re carrying a backpack diaper bag!
Buy it: Minabaie Harper Backpack Leather Diaper Bag, $298, Minabaie.com
Best Vegan Leather Backpack Diaper Bag
If you want the look of a leather backpack diaper bag without the actual leather, opt for Rosie Pope’s Highbury Hill Diaper Bag Backpack. This chic choice includes both the traditional backpack straps as well as a carry strap accented with metal. The interior, which features a zip pocket for your essentials and two roomy pockets for baby’s items, is made with water-resistant lining to make spills no stress. Plus point: A silicone changing pad and insulated bottle cooler are included,
Buy it: Rosie Pope Highbury Hill Diaper Bag Backpack, $128, Nordstrom.com
Best Canvas Backpack Diaper Bag
While Oliday’s backpack diaper bag is marketed 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, and 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 Diaper Bag Backpack, $125, Etsy.com
Best Designer Diaper Bag Backpack
If you’re reluctant to give up your designer handbag just because you’re becoming a mom, you can relax. The Burberry Watson Diaper Backpack is practical diaper bag that’s as gorgeous as your favorite tote. A simple, all-black exterior with silver accents hides an interior covered in the eponymous Burberry check-print. But it’s not just a pretty pick: With two adjustable outer bottle pockets and four elasticized interior pockets, it offers plenty of storage. Adjustable straps, top handle and removable changing pad make this, in our book, the best diaper backpack for fashion hounds.
Buy it: Burberry Watson Diaper Backpack, $750, Bloomingdales.com
Best Cheap Diaper Bag Backpack
If your budget is more “discount” than “designer,” you’ll love the CoolBELL Baby Diaper Backpack, which packs performance and a good look to boot. The cotton backpack has a magnetic side pocket that makes wipes easily accessible and a bottle compartment with three insulated pockets. And with extras like stroller straps, a removable changing pad and insulated bottle sleeve, you get plenty of bang for your buck.
Buy it: CoolBELL Baby Diaper Backpack, $28, Amazon.com
Best Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag
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 10 pockets to easily hold all of your and baby’s gear. We also love the keychain hook, which helps us frazzled moms quickly find those pesky disappearing keys.
Buy it: Fawn Design Original, $160, FawnDesign.com
Best Backpack Diaper Bag for Dad
Dads can handle diaper changes no problem—but carrying mom’s frilly diaper bag might be another story. Owned and operated by two fathers, DadGear offers up this sporty option. It’s got a masculine look, making it a perfect diaper backpack for dad, but what really gets us is the brilliant design. If you hate digging around for things, you’ll appreciate the clamshell zip opening and the genius diaper hammock, which keeps diapers handy at the top of the pack. There’s even a quick-access wipe window for lightning-fast diaper changes.
Buy it: DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag, $100, Amazon.com
Best Unisex Diaper Backpack
Why should baby get to claim your bag? From Storq’s perspective, this pick is less a backpack diaper bag than a “carryall,” since it’s a pack moms and dads are happy to claim for themselves. It comes in gender-neutral black or navy and looks just like a regular backpack, but don’t be fooled: It has all the features you’d expect from the best diaper backpack. Made of water-repellant canvas, it has flexible interior pockets to hold all of baby’s necessities, plus a front pocket with magnetic closure to store your own essentials. It even comes with a detachable zip pouch that’s great for carrying wipes and diapers.
Buy it: Storq Carryall, $115, Storq.com
Best Diaper Backpack for Twins
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 HYBLOM backpack. It has a huge main compartment and pockets for just about everything imaginable: Side pockets, insulated bottle pockets, zippered pockets, a laptop pocket and diaper wipes pocket, and even a separate compartment for wet items. Of course, carrying all that stuff can get uncomfortable quickly, which is why this backpack comes with padded, adjustable shoulder straps, soft sponge back support and a chest strap—and strong stroller straps for when you’re in need of a break.
Buy it: HYBLOM Diaper Bag Backpack, $38, Amazon.com
Cutest Diaper Backpack
For parents who prefer a more colorful backpack diaper bag, Ju-Ju-Be is the brand of choice. Their Be Right Back design is a cute diaper backpack that comes in a variety of playful prints. Rest assured, you get form as well as function with this pick: The backpack zips open like a suitcase to make finding things a breeze and has insulated bottle pockets as well as a place for your cell phone. Plus, it has a ergonomic curved design and padded shoulder straps for comfort and luggage feet to keep your bag clean. If it does get dirty, just toss it in the washing machine and let it air dry.
Buy it: Ju-Ju-Be Classic Collection Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag, $125, Amazon.com
Published August 2018
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