16 Best Diaper Backpacks for Every Need
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 diaper bag 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 backpack diaper bag or something vegan-friendly, a designer bag or more affordable option, 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.
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
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
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
If you want the look of a leather backpack diaper bag without the actual leather, opt for the Skip Hop Flatiron luxury diaper backpack. It’s a chic, modern bag made from soft but durable vegan leather that wipes clean. It provides loads of space for all your essentials (and more), thanks to the large main compartment and plethora of pockets, including insulated side bottle pockets. Plus, it features adjustable padded back straps, an easy-grab top handle and built-in stroller straps for multiple carrying options. Changing pad included.
Buy it: $88, Amazon.com
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
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
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
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
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 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 look of the day) down.
Buy it: $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 comes in clutch. Itzy Ritzy’s Mini Diaper Bag Backpack may be compact, but it offers all the features you want: eight pockets, an included changing pad, a carry top handle and even feet on the bottom to protect the bag from dirty surfaces.
Buy it: $72, Amazon.com
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
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
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: $115, Nordstrom.com
For parents who prefer a more colorful backpack diaper bag, Ju-Ju-Be is the brand of choice. Their Ballad design is a cute diaper 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 laptop sleeve, insulated bottle pocket and a zippered pocket for your phone and keys, and features a light-colored lining to help you easily find everything you’ve packed. It comes with a changing pad, and perhaps best of all, it’s waterproof and machine-washable!
Buy it: $60, Amazon.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: $180, 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 Personalized Backpack Diaper Bag 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: $80, BuyBuyBaby.com
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