Having a baby means toting around all of the things. Diapers, wipes, toys, outfit changes, snacks, bottles, pacifiers . . . you name it, and it’s got to come with you. But just because you have to cart around a bunch of stuff doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style — or with something a little more masculine than many of the offerings currently out there. Diaper bags for dads are finally becoming more commonplace.
Before you dive into the world of diaper bags though there are a few things to keep in mind.
Storage and Compartments
When you’ve got a screaming kid on your hands, you want to access what you need — fast. That means keeping everything as organized as possible, even when you’re on the go. Look for a diaper bag with plenty of compartments and storage to do just that. Insulated compartments are a bonus when you’re lugging around food and bottles, and if you happen to find a bag with a spot for that coveted pacifier? Well, that’s a big old bonus.
The Quality and Material
This bag is going to go with you to a lot of places, which means you need it to last for years to come. Opt for durable two-way zippers and strong (but lightweight) material, preferably one that’s also waterproof or water-resistant. And when you’re looking at things like straps, try to find ones that come with extra padding so that you can save your back and shoulders at the end of a long day.
Is It Practical?
A stylish bag means nothing if it doesn’t fit your needs. Look for a bag that will be large enough to hold all of baby’s belongings and then some, and ensure there is a solid closure (otherwise stuff will spill out as soon as you reach for that tossed toy). It’s equally important to verify whether the bag in question fits underneath a stroller. If it doesn’t, see if it comes with clips so that you can attach it right to the handles. You’ll also want to see if the bag stands up on its own because when you’re holding a squirming baby in one arm and fumbling around with the other hand, a toppling bag is the last thing you need.
1. Waxwear Dad Bag
All the bells and whistles? You got it. This camo diaper bag for dads from Kate Spade is stylish and functional thanks to its leather handles and multiple compartments. Plus it’s water-resistant with a waterproof lining, which is always a plus when your kid throws their sippy cup at you. The bag also comes with a ruler-patterned change mat, a pacifier pocket, thermal bottle compartments, stroller clips, and a removable shoulder strap. Like we said, bells and whistles.
2. Indi Diaper Backpack
This backpack-inspired diaper bag from Dagne Dover is perfect for carrying everyday necessities like diapers and wipes, with just enough room for bottles or snacks. It clips easily to a stroller and comes with a mini changing pad, but it also fits small tablets and e-readers. That means when babe falls asleep at the park you can chill out on a bench and maybe even catch up on your reading . . . or gaming.
3. Tactical Diaper Bag Backpack
The folks at Tactical Baby Gear aren’t messing around — this pack is meant to last. It’s made from heavy-duty zippers and a 600D tactical polyester material that is waterproof and hard to destroy. There’s a “drop zone” changing pad, compartments for keys, bottles, blankets and more, and its backpack design is meant to be as lightweight and ergo friendly as possible for when you’re carrying around all the things.
4. Eddie Bauer Places & Spaces Bridgeport Diaper Bag Backpack
Amazon users are all in on this backpack-inspired diaper bag from Eddie Bower, which features 11 pockets, a top flap, and lots of extra room for organizing. Add in an adjustable, padded shoulder strap, a padded back and shoulder loops, and it’s definitely a bargain for what you pay. Be warned the bag isn’t waterproof and it runs on the smaller side, but if you need a day pack for the babe that carries the basics, this is the ticket.
5. Go Envi Eco-Friendly Diaper Backpack
MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Wipes and diapers aren’t great for the environment, but you may sleep better knowing that your diaper bag is eco-sound. Skip Hop’s diaper backpack is made from recycled plastic bottles and it comes with a reusable food tower for snacks — yours or the toddler’s. There’s also a nifty compartment for a changing pad, and the entire backpack clips effortless onto the handles of most strollers.
6. Columbia Outfitter Messenger Diaper Bag
This stylish and sleek messenger diaper bag is lightweight and comes with tons of pockets — 13 to be exact — so that you can organize all those tiny accessories (like pacifiers and toy clips). It also holds two bottles, features an expandable pouch and stroller clips, and it comes with a padded shoulder strap so that when baby life does get a little heavy, your shoulders won’t suffer the consequences.
7. Hatch Diaper Bag
BEST HEAVY DUTY
If it’s a high-performance bag with a lifetime warranty you seek, JuJuBe has you covered. This heavy-duty, machine-washable bag is ergonomically designed to save your back and shoulders no matter how big the load. Meanwhile, its sweat-wicking, tricot mesh and cooling air channels on the padded back panel are great for families who like to get outdoors. Even the changing pad is made of memory foam, plus there’s a padded media pocket, a microfiber glasses pocket and two bottle compartments with Thinsulate. In other words, this dad-friendly diaper bag is meant for dudes on the go.
8. Strand Sprout Tote by Herschel Supply Co.
This Canadian brand is known for its reliable line of stylish bags and backpacks, so naturally, they offer a stand-up line of diaper bags with equally sturdy results. We like this tote, which you can drape over your shoulder or hang from the stroller. There are lots of internal and external storage options, a two-way zipper and side-buckle extensions, and reinforced carrying handles so that this bag will last long after the kids have grown up.
9. Duo Weekender Diaper Bag
Whether you’re packing the kids up for a weekend at Grandma’s or braving a night in a hotel, this traveling diaper bag holds tons of extra diapers, wipes, changes of clothes and even a few snacks to tide the whole family over. There’s a handy sleeve at the back so you can hook this bag onto a rolling luggage set, not to mention insulated side pockets for bottles, a softer section at the front to protect phones and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap that’s big enough to wear cross-body, making it an ideal diaper bag for dads.
10. Fisher-Price Skye Heather Denim Backpack Diaper Bag
BEST FOR ESSENTIALS
If you just want to cram the essentials into a bag and go, this stylish bag from Fisher-Price will get the job done while keeping you organized with multiple pockets and dividers. The padded straps make carrying the load a little easier, an insulated front pocket is great for bottles, and the cut-out on the side pouch is perfect for when you need access to a wipe, stat.