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The Best Diaper Bags for Dads on the Go

Papa’s got a brand-new diaper bag.
ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
Updated
March 4, 2021
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Can you haul all of baby’s stuff in any old bag, like a grocery bag or some beat-up backpack from your college days? Sure. Will you be able to find the baby wipes in that moment of desperate need while digging through the jumbled mess in there? Probably not. Here’s where the dad diaper bag comes in. It’s a thing—and trust us, you’ll like it. It used to be that moms had an endless choice of stylish, functional bags to choose from and dads got left holding the one bag. No more: Here, we rounded up 20 men’s diaper bags that you’d actually use, even long after baby’s all grown up.

What to Look for in a Men’s Diaper Bag

Before we get started on our list of the best diaper bags for dads, here are a few things to consider when choosing a baby bag.

• When it comes to a diaper bag for dad, comfort is key. With this in mind, look for large diaper bags that have been specifically designed for the male physique or have adjustable straps. Convertible diaper bags are also a great option as they can be worn multiple ways or clipped onto a stroller when you need to go hands free.

• Opt for a bag with ample storage space. The best diaper bags for dads have plenty of pockets to carry all your baby (and parent) essentials. Insulated bottle pockets are an added bonus, as they’ll keep milk or formula cool so that you can feed baby on the go.

• Another feature we look for in a men’s diaper bag is a built-in changing station or mat. Unfortunately, many men’s rest rooms lack basic baby changing facilities. The good news? Many innovative diaper bag styles have fold-out changing mats that’ll protect baby from germy surfaces and make diaper changes a breeze. If you opt for a bag without a diaper mat, make sure that there’s enough space to pack your own.

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• Let’s face it, spills and stains are inevitable when you’re on the move with baby. That’s why it’s important to invest in a durable diaper bag made from machine-washable or wipe-clean material.

Best Diaper Bags for Dads

The best diaper bags for dads are as functional as they are cool. And while at first glance a dad diaper bag may look like an upgraded version of a gym bag or backpack, they offer so much more. Not sure where to begin? From sporty styles to smart satchels and dad diaper backpacks, here you’ll find stylish men’s diaper bags to wear when you’re out and about with baby.

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Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

If digging around in a diaper bag is your worst nightmare, this one keeps everything—down to your pens, keys and baby’s pacifier—in place. The convertible dad diaper bag has a changing mat plus 10 organized pockets, including an easy-access tech pocket. The best part? This bag can be worn multiple ways. Included clips allow you to easily convert it from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag, or you can use the easy-grab handles to carry it as a tote.

Buy it: $70, SkipHop.com

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J is for Jeep Perfect Pockets Backpack Diaper Bag

With a name like Perfect Pockets, anything less than 12 compartments and an insulated pocket for milk or formula would seem like a cop out. But the real genius of this Jeep diaper bag for dads is the hard case to hold baby wipes, which you can access without ever opening up the bag. Major bonus: You get all the above (and even an included changing pad) for under $50.

Buy it: $44, Walmart.com

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Storksak St. James Leather Diaper Bag Backpack

No one ever thinks they need a designer baby bag—until they check out this next-level designer men’s diaper bag. Made from 100 percent leather, this bag has five interior compartments (including a removable changing pad and insulated bottle pocket) and metal hardware that makes toting wipes and pacifiers a luxury experience. The best part: Mom can “borrow” this unisex diaper bag.

Buy it: $268, Anthropologie.com

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TBG Mens Tactical Diaper Bag for Dads with Changing Mat

This dad diaper bag is tested for military strength against “biohazardous disordinance” (a.k.a. poop). It’s made from a heavy-duty polyester material that’s water resistant and durable. Plus, the interior and removable changing pad has a wipe-clean nylon lining. The bag has five exterior pockets, including an easy-access pocket for wipes, as well as ample room in the main compartment for toys, snacks and a tablet. Seriously, this is a diaper bag for dads who come prepared.

Buy it: $100, Amazon.com

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Fisher Price Fast Finder Kaden Cooler Diaper Bag

The name is apt—with 15 organizational compartments labeled with graphic icons of diapers, pacifiers, bottles and more, this men’s diaper bag makes for easy reaching when you’re on the go with baby. An exterior wipe compartment even lets you grab a wipe with one hand. This lightweight diaper bag is packed full of bonus features, including a wipeable changing mat, adjustable straps and plastic feet to keep the bag upright.

Buy it: $60, Macys.com

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Paperclip Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag

The dirty truth: You won’t always be able to find a changing table when you’re out and about. But thanks to this ingenious dad diaper bag, it’s no biggie. That’s because the backpack front panel unbuckles and unzips into a changing pad with sidewalls on either side, so baby stays put. The bag also has a separate compartment for your laptop, converts from a backpack to a messenger diaper bag and is made from recycled water bottles—what more could you ask for?

Buy it: $199, Nordstrom.com

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XY by Ju-Ju-Be Helix Diaper Bag in Carbon

This contemporary messenger diaper bag for dads doesn’t sacrifice coolness for comfort. It features memory foam shoulder pads and even “crumb drains” (laugh now; thank the design team who thought of this later) for baby’s messes. Plus, this compact diaper bag has two interior bottle pockets and a changing pad. Proof that good things really do come in small packages.

Buy it: $100, buybuyBABY.com

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Dagne Dover Wade Small Diaper Tote

This tote-style diaper bag is ideal for parents who prefer to travel light. It may be small, but this diaper bag for dads still has room for all your baby essentials, with plenty of pockets for wipes, bottles and binkies. It even has a mini changing mat! Clip it to your stroller or suitcase or wear it as a crossbody bag while you’re out and about. This versatile bag can be used for day-to-day excursions or overnight trips long after baby’s diaper-wearing days are over.

Buy it: $155, DagneDover.com

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Skip Hop Go Envi Eco-Friendly Diaper Backpack

Form meets function with this backpack-style men’s diaper bag. Made from recycled water bottles, this diaper bag is lightweight with tons of storage space. Features include six pockets, built-in stroller straps and a laptop compartment. The best part? The men’s baby bag comes complete with a reusable food container, so you’ll never run out of snacks.

Buy it: $80, SkipHop.com

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FEM Flap Diaper Bag in Midnight

On the outside, this leather messenger bag is fronting like it’s the furthest thing from a men’s diaper bag. Any style-conscious dad is sure to be down with the gorgeous Italian leather, waxed canvas and color blocking details. On the inside, though, it’s super-practical, with a water-resistant lining and multiple storage pockets.

Buy it: $385, Maisonette.com

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Columbia Summit Rush Backpack Diaper Bag

This super-comfy backpack-turned-men’s diaper bag contains a padded changing mat and two insulated bottle compartments to keep baby’s milk or formula fresh. Apart from the top buckle straps that make it easy to attach the bag to a stroller, this sporty diaper bag for dads looks just like a regular backpack.

Buy it: $49, Amazon.com

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Herschel Supply Co. Kids Settlement Sprout Diaper Backpack

Next up on our list of cool diaper bags for dads is a pick from the popular Canadian brand Herschel. This backpack doubles as a unisex diaper bag for busy parents on the go. The classic style has plenty of space for diapers, wipes and toys as well as a foldable, easy-wipe changing mat.

Buy it: $100, Zappos.com

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Stokke Changing Bag Black Pattern

This next dad diaper bag is from the Norweigen brand Stokke, a brand known for crafting stylish, functional and long-lasting baby products—and this bag doesn’t disappoint. The convertible men’s diaper bag can be attached to a stroller or worn as shoulder bag and backpack. It has multiple pockets, including a waterproof side pocket for wet clothes or wipes. Better yet, this slick diaper bag comes with a removable changing pack.

Buy it: $149, NeimanMarcus.com

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Colugo the Backpack

Looking for fuss-free baby bags for dads? Check out the Colugo backpack. It’s been specifically designed to fit inside the Best of Baby award-winning Colugo stroller but can be worn on it’s own too. The diaper bag comes complete with a changing pad and wet/dry bag. We love the simple lightweight design.

Buy it: $65, HiColugo.com

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Dagne Dover Indi Large Diaper Backpack

If you’d like a diaper bag that’s big enough to tote all your baby essentials and more, the Indi bag by Dagne Dover could be the one for you. This dad diaper bag has ample storage for wipes, diapers, snacks and more. Thanks to the clever design, if your stuffed bag is bulging, simply unclip the sides of the top zipper for added space. It’s mercifully lightweight, thanks to the neoprene fabric, and has a handy travel sleeve that can be slipped over a suitcase handle when you have your hands full. Oh, and this backpack comes in six neutral colors.

Buy it: $195, DagneDover.com

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Humble-Bee Free Spirit SP Diaper Backpack

Dads that enjoy hiking with baby in tow will love this outdoorsy diaper bag. Made from a water-repellent fabric, this backpack has ample storage, reflective safety straps, a handy changing kit and gel packs that’ll keep baby’s food cool when you’re on the go. All that for under $100? Now that’s a bargain.

Buy it: $70, Nordstrom.com

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Oliday Green Canvas Dads Diaper Backpack

This diaper bag backpack for dad is a real gem. Made from water-resistant canvas with leather accents, this diaper bag was built to last. It’s got 14 pockets that’ll keep all your baby essentials organized, including a hidden zip pocket for storing your phone, keys and wallet. This will seal the (already sweet) deal: This diaper bag has a wide zip opening that allows easy access to items at the bottom of the bag.

Buy it: $130, Etsy.com

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W.S.E.L Kobe Expandable Diaper Bag

Not only is this ultra-sleek, expandable diaper bag water-resistant, but it’s also packed with 19 pockets that make adventures with baby a lot more organized. It includes a main compartment in the back for essentials, insulated bottle pockets, a padded space for a laptop and a charging port. It’s the perfect backpack for both daily errands and weekend family trips.

Buy it: $130, WSELBags.com

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E.C.Knox Classic Diaper Bag

This dad-designed, sporty men’s diaper bag is a real winner. The bag can be worn five ways: as a backpack, crossbody, shoulder, tote or clipped to a stroller. It has a stylish (and washable!) paisley lining as well as plenty of pockets, and includes a fold-out changing mat (naturally).

Buy it: $150, ECKnox.com

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TBG Mens Tactical Diaper Bag Backpack with Built-in Changing Mat

The last bag on our list is this backpack diaper bag from Tactical Baby Gear. This sturdy dad diaper bag has many of the same great features as the brand’s shoulder bag with a few notable additions. It’s made with a military-grade material, has padded back and waist straps, two exterior bottle pockets, and an in-built changing station. But it’s the add-on features that really sets this bag apart. The exterior of the bag is covered in a webbed material that allows you to easily attach accessories like the wipe pouch, bottle pouch or cooler pouch. And in case khaki, which seems to be a popular color for diaper bags for dads, isn’t your favorite, this one also comes in green.

Buy it: $135, Amazon.com

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