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The 15 Best Diaper Bags For Dads

Papa’s got a brand-new diaper bag.

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 diaper bag for dads comes in. It’s a thing—and trust us, you’ll like it. It used to be 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 15 men’s diaper bags that you’d actually use, even long after baby’s all grown up.

Best Men’s Diaper Bag Backpacks

With built-in features like a phone charger or changing station, these seven diaper bags for dads are as functional as they are cool. And while at first glance, they make look like an upgraded version of a gym bag or backpack, they offer so much more.

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The Bear Paperclip Bag
Every time you do a diaper change, other parents will be doing drive-bys to get a better look at your Paperclip diaper bag. That’s because this dad diaper bag backpack front panel unbuckles and unzips into a changing pad with sidewalls on either side—pretty damn cool. The two styles (The Bear and The Willow) have separate compartments just for your laptop and convert from a backpack to a messenger diaper bag—what more could you ask for?
Buy it : $199, PaperClipLife.com

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Leader Bag Company The Julien Set
No one ever thinks they need a designer diaper bag—until they check out this next-level men’s diaper bag. Twelve separate compartments (including a removable clutch, pockets and sleeves) and leather detailing make toting wipes and pacifiers a luxury experience. The best part: Mom can “borrow” this unisex bag, available in canvas or leather.
Buy it : $245-$695, Leaderbagco.com

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Columbia Summit Rush
This super-comfy backpack-turned-men’s diaper bag contains an insulated bottle compartment 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: $50, BabiesRUs.com

Photo: Courtesy of Diaper Dude

Diaper Dude Caramel Convertible Backpack+
Form meets function with this backpack-style men’s diaper bag, which is as easy to carry as it is cool. It’s a new look for Diaper Dude, but still boasts all the features the brand is known for: durability, plenty of pockets and a changing pad. Plus, this one converts into a messenger bag.
Buy it: $65, DiaperDude.com

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Little Unicorn Marindale Backpack
This ultra-modern unisex diaper bag is no-fuss, with a roomy main compartment and seven pockets (even one for your iPad) for baby’s and your stuff.
Buy it: $90, LittleUnicorn.com

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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…unpocket-like. But the real genius of this Jeep diaper bag for dads is the hard case to hold baby wipes that you can access without ever opening up the bag.
Buy it: $50, BuyBuyBaby.com

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Baby Boom XLR8 Connect and Go Backpack Diaper Bag
The future is now. This diaper backpack can charge your smartphone, play lullabies for baby on an attached Bluetooth speaker and light up for easy searching.
Buy it: $130, BabiesRUs.com

Best Messenger Diaper Bags for Dad

If a backpack isn’t your style, a messenger bag might just be the carrier for you. Sling it on one shoulder, wear it cross-body or use the top handle to carry it like an attaché case (which is available on some models). These eight men’s diaper bags offer you plenty of choices when you’re hanging with your little one.

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Skip Hop Dash Signature Diaper Bag
If digging around in a diaper bag is your worst nightmare, this one keeps everything—down to pens and your keys—in place. Included clips allow you to attach it to a stroller, and you can remove the stroller strap for a streamlined look.
Buy it: $65, Amazon.com

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Tier-1 D-The Range
This sturdy dad diaper bag is made with a military-grade material called Cordura (that, in a former life, was used by the military in tires)—fitting, since taking care of baby’s needs is a mission you’ve accepted. And in case gray, which seems to be a popular color for diaper bags for dads, isn’t your color, this one comes in a neutral brown.
Buy it: $295, Tier1Dad.com

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Diaper Dude Mens Messenger Bag-Black
This sporty men’s diaper bag straps across your chest for ultimate comfort. Three zippered exterior compartments keep things like food and wipes separate. And of course, this bag includes a changing pad.
Buy it: $65, DiaperDude.com

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Birdling Weekender Grey Diaper Bag
This seriously roomy tote is all about making toting diapers and other baby sundries a very preppy affair. It boasts 16 pockets—the most in this group—and can be used for overnight trips long after baby’s diaper-wearing days are over.
Buy it: $225, LandOfNod.com

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Ju-Ju-Be Helix
This contemporary 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. And the Teflon fabric protector helps prevent spills from becoming permanent stains.
Buy it: $100, shop.ju-ju-be.com

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Fisher-Price FastFinder
The name is apt—with nine 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.
Buy it: $36, Amazon.com

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DadGear Original Messenger Diaper Bag
On the outside, this faux-leather biker-style bag is fronting like it’s the furthest thing from a men’s diaper bag. On the inside, though, it’s super practical, with a quick access case for wipes and multiple storage pockets.
Buy it: $89, DadGear.com

Photo: Courtesy of Tactical Baby Gear

TBD Deuce Practical Diaper Bag + Changing Mat
This dad diaper bag is tested for military strength against “biohazardous disordinance,” a.k.a. poop. Seriously, this is a diaper bag for dads with a sense of humor. And a lot of compartments that you’ll find ways to fill up.
Buy it: $99, TacticalBabyGear.com

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