Every parent needs a diaper bag, you can’t leave home without it. Wouldn’t it be great to have one bag that can hold every while keeping both your hands-free? If this sounds like you, then a diaper backpack might be a great fit.
It seems like the smaller the baby is the more stuff they need. With babies come diapers, wipes, bottles, toys, pacifiers, blankets, extra clothes the list goes on and on.
You need something that can fit all your stuff and has compartments to keep it neat and organized. Traditional diaper bags don’t meet the needs of most parents. There usually isn’t enough pockets for all your stuff, they are usually big bulky bags that have to be thrown over your shoulder. Eventually, all the weight from the bag can cause shoulder and back pain.
Traditional diaper bags just don’t have a great design, but what if you think out something outside the box, a diaper backpack. Just think about it. Something that you can throw all your stuff in and wear right on your back. No more shoulder pain, no more leaving your bag on the side as you play on the playground worrying if it will be there when you can back. It’s hands-free and convenient. the best part is, as your child grows you can still use the diaper backpack to store their sippy cups, snacks you name it.
What is a diaper backpack?
A diaper backpack is a diaper bag converted into a backpack. It has all the space and compartments as a regular diaper bag, but you can wear it on your back. Which makes it a lot easier for travel and its hands-free.
Have two little ones that you need to hold at the same time. How hard it is when carrying a traditional diaper bag? With the diaper backpack, you can just put it on and you have two free hands to hold your kids.
Traveling on a bus or a train? How hard is it to fold and hold the stroller, diaper bag and baby at the same time? It’s hard, I’ve been there. With the diaper backpack just throw it on and again you have a free hand.
At Kids Play and Create we tested out some of the top-rated diaper backpacks. We tested how well they hold spills, how much they can store, how they help up besting thrown around. We came up with the list of the best of the best. Check out our picks below.
Kids Play and Create’s Top Pick
Fivemax Multi-Function Diaper Backpack
I recently used this backpack while on my cruise to Bermuda and I have to say out of all the backpacks I’ve tried this is my favorite. I must give it 5 stars. I have two small children a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old. I needed something to all their essentials while on the ship and in Bermuda. This did the trick. I could fit everything I needed in there and I had plenty of room left over.
One of the things I loved best is that when I filled it up with all my belongings it wasn’t bulky or uncomfortable to wear on my back. The straps are comfy and wide. They did not cut into my skin at all and I was carrying a lot of stuff.
This diaper backpack also has a lot of pockets and a lot of compartments.
It has a zippered front pocket, that can fit small items such as keys, small toys, a bag of snacks or anything else you need easy access to.
It also has three zippered compartments. Each compartment had pockets for items including bottles, water or juice boxes snacks, a mesh pocket for soiled clothing, space for extra clothing and toys.
Some of the pockets were insulated, it was able to keep the milk chilled for a couple of hours. The main compartment was big. I was able to put 10 diapers, wipes, cream, lotions and still had space. You would also be able to fit formula or a breast pump in there.
It also comes with a waterproof diaper changing mat.
The side of the bag had two pockets. The backpack has one pocket on each side, one for a bottle and the other one for wipes. I love diaper backpacks with a wipes pocket, as a mom with small children you are always using wipes. On the back of the bag was a small zippered pocket. While out in Bermuda I kept my money and my identification in there.
I also like the style of the compartments. You can zip them, so they fully open for easy access or you can unzip them slightly, so you can just stick your hand in and pull what you need out.
This diaper backpack also comes with stroller straps. I used the straps while walking my son in the stroller.
This diaper backpack is water-resistant and very easy to clean. My son spilled a drink on it and I was able to easily wipe it down, so it looked like new. I really liked the fabric. It felt nice and looked expensive. The zippers work well, even when filled to capacity. I highly recommend this bag.
- Water-resistant stylish fabric, easy to clean
- A massive amount of storage. Three main zippered compartments, two side pockets, a front pocket and a small hidden back pocket.
- Comes with waterproof diaper changing mat and stroller straps
- Wide comfortable straps. It doesn’t cut into you skin, very comfortable to wear.
- Insulated pockets to keep drinks at proper temperature.
Best Designer Style Bag
Miss Fong’s Diaper Backpack
This is the perfect diaper backpack for those parent’s who hearts were set on getting a Fawn Design Diaper Backpack but couldn’t bring themselves to spend that much money on a diaper backpack. Let me tell you the parents that we spoke to very very pleased with this diaper backpack and were no longer upset that they didn’t get the Fawn Design bag.
This is a great diaper backpack for those stylist moms, dads, and caregivers. It comes in two versions a PU leather design that has an outer layer made of 100% PU leather and an inner layer that is 100% waterproof and comes in a variety of different colors. The colors include Navy, Black, Olive, Red, Blush Pink, Grey. It also comes in a nylon version and is machine washable, that’s right we said it a machine washable diaper backpack.
This stylish backpack has 6 outer pockets and 7 inner pockets. The outer pockets include zippered compartments and a wipes pouch.
The large back pocket can be unzipped and used to slip over your luggage handle making it the ultimate travel bag.
The inner pockets include 3 mesh pockets, 2 insulated pockets, 1 zippered pocket, and a large open pocket. The main storage area is roomy and has enough space to store an extra pair of clothes, diapers, and a blanket.
I mean this diaper backpack comes with so much storage that there is a place for everything from your keys right down to your gum. It also comes with a stroller strap and a changing bag. This bag by Miss Fong also comes with a detachable cross-body shoulder strap so you can wear the bag two ways.
- Stylish design similar to a Fawn Design bag
- A lot of storage, 6 outer pockets and 7 inner pockets, including insulated pockets and a wipes pouch
- Comes with a waterproof changing pad
- Strong zippers, long-lasting
- Detachable cross-body shoulder strap
- 100% waterproof inner lining
- Nylon version is machine washable
Halova Diaper Backpack
The Halova Land Diaper Backpack is one of the most popular and well-love diaper bags we found on the market. It has thousands of positive reviews so we decided to do our own review to see what the hype was about.
First off, the diaper bag is very cute. It comes in 15 colors, so there is something for everyone. It’s stylist, tough and durable. I particularly like the gold zippers, to me, it gives the bag a more stylish look. It is also made from a water-resistant Oxford fabric so you can easily wipe up spills.
The diaper bag has a lot of storage. It has a large main compartment with 5 pockets including zippered pockets and pockets for bottles and other baby essentials. There is enough space for diapers, clothing, toys a breast pump, formula, and other baby essentials. The zippered pocket on the back of the bag gives you easy access to the items on the bottom of the main compartment.
It has a lot of storage on the outside as well. The large front zippered pocket can hold three slim bottles diameter less than 2.6 inches and height less than 6.7 inches. The front pocket also has a separate pocket for wet items or clothes. It also has creative size pockets including the convenient wipes pocket.
People have machine washed thing bag and had no problems. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it doesn’t say it is machine washable.
This is also a multi-use bag, you can use it as a diaper bag, travel bag, a bag to bring to a theme park, or even just to carry around.
The shoulder straps are comfortable and adjustable. One downside is that this diaper backpack does not come with stroller straps or a changing pad. These can easily be purchased at baby stores or on-line. Stroller hooks can even be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes.
- Made from a water-resistant Oxford fabric, which makes cleaning up spills a breeze.
- A lot of storage, It has pockets for all your baby essentials. Has space to carry your breast pump or formula
- Convenient wipes pocket
- Zippered back pocket for easy access to items at the bottom of your bag
- Multi-use, you can use this bag as a diaper bag, travel bag or bag for a theme park.
- Comfortable straps
- Does not come with a changing pad or a stroller hook
Top Bag for Dads
Bag Nation Diaper Backpack
This diaper backpack by Bag Nation is our top pick for dads. It’s made out of a high-quality water-resistant twill polyester that is stronger than cloth. This strong but lightweight fabric will never fray and has strong zippers. Since it is water-resistant you can clean up spills with ease. Water actually beads off the black colored bag. It is a tough and durable bag that will stay in great condition for years to come.
This diaper backpack has 14 multi-sized pockets to easily fit all your essential baby items. The large main compartment can hold a variety of items. The bag can stand up on its own empty or full. The ergonomically padded straps maximize comfort. It has adjustable straps can be used to hang on the stroller, no need to purchase stroller hooks.
This diaper backpack comes with a changing pad and a sundry bag for your personal items. It also has an included side wipes pocket for easy access to baby wipes. This diaper bag has a big insulated pocket that can hold a variety of bottle sizes.
- 14 pockets that come in a variety of sizes
- Size pocket for your baby wipes
- Padded straps for maximum comfort
- Non-toxic it’s BPA and phosphate-free
- Strong and durable fabric
- Large insulated pocket that can fit a variety of bottle sizes
- American Company
- Lifetime warranty
We love this diaper backpack by Mancro. It’s the perfect size and has a lot of storage. To get to the inside of the backpack just unzip the large front pocket. Inside there is tons of space that can hold diapers, clothing, baby’s blanket, and formula. It has a large back pocket to hold the changing pad and table or magazines. It also has a bottle pocket inside, a mesh pocket for smaller items like a wallet, keys or a pacifier and a net compartment.
On the outside of the bag, there is also a smaller zippered pocket that can hold two bottles. One each side of the bag there are insulated pockets that can keep bottles or snacks at an even temperature. There is also a side wipes pockets and a top zippered pocket.
A cool feature is the curved adjustable shoulder straps. The curved straps make carrying this bag very comfortable, especially when carrying those heavy loads.
We love the fact that this diaper backpack comes with a changing pad and stroller straps.
This is a great multi-use bag. It’s great for travel, as a diaper backpack or even for day to day errands. It’s made from great quality water-resistant fabric, which is good for easy cleaning.
- Made from a water-resistant high-quality fabric
- Comes with stroller straps and changing pad
- Has tons of pockets for all your baby essentials.
- Comes in 5 vibrant colors: gray, dark blue, blue and pink
- Adjustable curved, comfortable shoulder straps
- This diaper backpack has a lot of pockets and storage
- Convenient side wipes pocket
Halfmall Diaper Backpack
Hafmall diaper backpack goes by the motto “Not too little, Not too much” and they definitely deliver on that. This diaper backpack is stylish, lightweight and just the right size. It has a lot of space and enough pockets for everything and is a great price.
Both the inside and outside is made out of water-resistant fabric. The inside of the bag has an amazing amount of space. It has one large storage compartment and six pockets. The pockets include two zippered pockets, two bottle pockets and one other storage pocket on each side.
It has great outside pockets too. The back zippered pocket is a dry and wet split pocket. The front zippered pocket has two insulated bottle pockets, a mesh pocket, and even a small pocket to hold a baby spoon, fork or straw. The two insulated bottle pockets have been updated to maintain temperature for longer periods of time. Another great feature is a very convenient wipes pocket.
This diaper backpack comes with stroller straps, a very important and useful feature that many people looks for in a diaper backpack. It is also multi-functional and can be used as a backpack or a handbag. The adjustable shoulder straps are very comfortable which makes it great for long trips. It also comes with a key chain attachment. The one downside is that it does not come with a changing pad.
- A lot of storage space
- Comfortable straps
- Stroller straps
- Updated insulated bottle pockets
- Multi-functional can be used as a backpack or handbag
- Great travel bag
- Convenient wipes pocket
- Water-resistant fabric both inside and out
For the Adventurer
High Speed Daddy Tactical Diaper Backpack
Are you the adventurous type? If so, then this diaper backpack is for you. This high-quality tough diaper backpack can take a beating. It has been tested by the U.S Military in both urban and field environments. Its made out of a 600D waterproof polyester that will keep your bag dry. It’s made for parents who take their kids out hiking, fishing, camping, and climbing. This diaper backpack will hold up to just about everything whether you’re out in the country, mountains or heading out in the concrete jungle, you won’t be disappointed.
This tactical diaper backpack has an incredible amount of storage, there is room for everything. This backpack is perfect if you have more than one child. The main compartment opens like a traditional zippered backpack. Inside has enough space for clothing, toys, diapers and other baby essentials for multiple children. It also has a pocket for your included changing pad and or tablet and a mesh pocket.
The front zippered pocket has a place for everything from diapers, to pens, to a place for your keys, there is a pocket or place for everything.
The diaper backpack also comes with the convenient wipes pocket that is located at the top of the backpack. It also has insulated side pockets to keep bottles at a constant temperature. The bottom outside is a great place to keep small items such as baby’s pacifier, pens, keys, etc…
The bottom of the bag has four hard rubber traction feet to prevent abrasions while standing upright. This is a really cool feature that keeps your bag in great condition for a longer period of time.
The HSD tactical diaper backpack comes with contoured shoulder straps for ultimate comfort. It also has waist and sternum straps for extra support when carrying large heavy loads. This diaper backpack also comes with stroller straps so you can hang the bag on the back of the stroller.
This would be our number one pick for a travel bag or theme park bag!
- Very Durable, tough diaper backpack tested by the military in both Urban and field environments
- Great diaper backpack for the outdoors person, great travel bag and theme park bag
- Comes with stroller straps and changing pad
- Comfortable adjustable contoured shoulder straps
- Storage for literally everything, enough room to store items for multiple children
- Made from a waterproof polyester
- Comes in 4 colors: Black, Multicam, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green
- Owned and Operated by a Veteran
Mommy’s Little Helper
Baby X Diaper Bag Backpack
Baby X calls this diaper backpack “Mommy’s Little Helper” and it really is. This diaper backpack is lightweight and has a grey cross stitch design. It’s made from an Oxford fabric interwoven with polyester that is tough, durable and water-resistant. It’s not machine washable but it can be cleaned easily by wiping it down.
This is also a high tech bag. It has a built-in external USB port. You can charge anywhere by connecting your battery pack inside and attaching a charging cable to the outside. Because everyone has different phones, battery packs do not come with this bag, but can conveniently be purchased on Amazon.
Another thing we like about this bag is the storage and the pockets. It doesn’t have as much as some of the other diaper bags on the list but it has enough. We love the multi-layered insulated front pocket. It can hold 3 bottles and will keep your milk, formula and baby food at a constant temperature for a couple of hours. This diaper backpack also has the convenient side wipes pocket and a zippered back pocket for easy access to important baby essentials such as blankets or diapers. Inside the diaper backpack, you will find a roomy main compartment, that can hold toys, diapers, wipes, snacks, change of clothing and other baby items. It contains 4 bottle pockets and other deep zippered storage pockets. This diaper backpack also has some hidden zippered storage inside.
The Baby X Diaper Backpack is very stylish. Since it is grey in color it is suitable for both mom, dad and other caregivers. The backpack straps are soft comfortable and adjustable.
Unfortunately, this diaper backpack does not come with stroller straps or a changing pad. Luckily, changing pads and stroller hooks are inexpensive and available at most retail stores that sell baby items and on Amazon.
- Stylish, durable, water-resistant fabric
- Lots of storage both inside and out
- Charge your device anywhere with its built-in external USB port (must purchase or have your own battery pack)
- Easily access wipes or tissues from the side wipes pocket
- Convenient back zippered pocket for easily access to baby essentials.
- This diaper backpack comes with a year guarantee
- Comfortable, adjustable straps
Do I need a diaper bag or backpack?
As a mom of two little ones, my answer would be yes. When going out with a baby and a toddler you are going to need to take some things with you. Having a bag to put everything in and keep it organized will make your life a lot easier.
Important Features to look for in a diaper backpack:
You will want a diaper backpack with a waterproof lining. Waterproof linings are easy to clean which makes cleaning up spills easier.
Durable Fabric: Whichever diaper backpack that you choose make sure it’s durable and can easily be cleaned. You are going to be taking it everywhere with you. It’s going to have to hold up on all sorts of outings.
Lots of pockets or compartments: Having a diaper backpack with a lot of pockets will keep you more organized. When you are in a hurry to grab that pacifier or other baby items, it’s easier to find when it is located in its designated pocket. The last thing you want to have to do is desperately looking for an item lost in your bag while your baby is screaming.
Side pocket for wipes. This is a relatively new feature found in some diaper backpacks and we love it. When you have a baby or a small child you are always in need of a wipe, therefore always having one available right at your fingertips is one of the most convenient features one can ask for.
Stroller Straps: Many moms ask us. Can the bag hook onto my stroller? This is a very important question. Having strong stroller straps is a key feature. Sometimes it is easier just to let the bag hang on the stroller. In love with a bag that doesn’t have a stroller strap? No worries, you can purchase a stroller hook separately.
Insulated Pocket: Having at least one insulated pocket is beneficial because at some point you are going to need to keep a liquid cold or warm. Having an insulated pocket will help to keep the liquid at the right temperature.
Wipes pocket: As parents and caregivers of young children, you know that you cannot go anywhere without baby wipes. In fact, I never realized how useful they really are until I had my first child. Now, I can clean virtually anything with a baby wipe. I keep them everywhere, in my care, kitchen bathroom. Having a baby wipe/tissue pocket on the side of a diaper backpack is really a must. Once you get the feeling of just reaching into that pocket and grabbing a wipe in seconds you will never go back to not having one. Trust me, get a diaper backpack with a wipes/tissue pocket.
What are some items I will need to pack in my diaper bag or backpack?
Diaper bag/ Diaper Backpack Checklist
Diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, bottles, formula, water, milk or juice, pacifier, changing pad, change of clothes for baby, blanket, breast pump and nursing cover (for breastfeeding moms), hand sanitizer, disposable bags for stinky diapers and small toys. You may also look for a diaper bag or backpack that holds a compartment for your tablet or phone.
Can a diaper backpack be used for other things?
The answer is yes! A diaper backpack can be used for all sorts of things. You can even use one if you don’t have a baby. Check out other uses for a diaper backpack.
Toddler/Kids travel bag
Babies grow and eventually don’t need diapers anymore. That doesn’t mean you will no longer need your diaper backpack. When you have kids or going on an outing with children your diaper backpack can be very useful. You can use it to carry juice or water, snacks, small toys or books to keep kids entertained. Many diaper backpacks have compartments for tablets and phones. Diaper backpacks are also good to carry children’s belongings and souvenirs on a trip.
Carry on Bag
I recently used my diaper backpack as a carry on bag for the airplane and I didn’t even have my baby with me. I used it to hold magazine’s, water, my tablet, toothbrush and toothpaste, brochures, small blanket, headphones and snacks. It fit well under my seat. I will always be using it on all my airplane trips.
I used my diaper backpack as a picnic bag at the park. It had a space for all our lunches, plus a nicely folded sheet. After lunch, we went for a walk around the park. I stored all the rocks and other items my daughter picked up in the diaper backpack
Amusement Park Bag
A couple of months ago we took a trip to an amusement park. I used the diaper backpack to carry some snack and water, my keys, wallet, and personal belongings. I also used it to carry my daughter’s souvenirs.
Is a Diaper Backpack a Good Gift for a Dad?
Yes! Dads go out with the baby too! The diaper backpack is a great gift for a new father. I’d say it’s a bit more manly than the traditional diaper tote bag. Many dads are also active and on the go, therefore the hands-free option is a great pick for dad.
Diaper Bag Vs Diaper Backpack
You can find almost the same features in the traditional diaper bag and with the diaper backpack. The biggest difference between a diaper backpack and a diaper bag is how you carry it. The traditional diaper bag is more like a tote that you carry over your shoulder or across the body. The diaper backpack is carried on your back, therefore, giving you the hands-free option. In my opinion and after speaking with many parents and reading countless reviews many people prefer using a diaper backpack. With people leading more active lives the diaper backpack is the more convenient choice.
What do I do if My Diaper Bag or Backpack Does Not Come with a Changing Pad?
If your diaper backpack or diaper bag does not come with a changing pad, don’t worry. Many portable changing pads are available to purchase in a retail store or online at sites such as Amazon.
There are two types of portable changing pads. There are disposable and non-disposable.
Disposable changing pads are changing pads that you can use one then throw away. I love using disposable changing pads and I actually use them with my regular changing pad when I am out in public. I don’t like the thought of putting my changing pad down on the changing table in the public bathroom. I always use a disposable pad first.
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pads
These disposable changing pads by Munchkin makes changing your baby on a sanitary surface a breeze. The changing pads have very absorbent layers with leak-proof sides to keep both babies and surfaces nice and dry. These changing pads also are infused with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda for natural elimination of odors. They are great on the go. The dimensions at 18×26.75.
Non-Disposable Changing Pad by Baby Loovi
This Baby Loovi changing pad came highly recommended by some moms that I spoke to. Parents and caregivers love it because of its size. the dimensions 31.5 x 25.6, which is a lot larger than most changing pads. Not only is this plenty of room for your baby but it’s great for toddlers too. People typically forget to think about their baby growing and still needing to change them when your out. This changing pad is also waterproof and easy to clean, you just need to wipe it down with a damp cloth. It folds up easily which is great for travel. This changing pad also comes with a travel bag that can easily fit into your diaper backpack or diaper bag. We give this changing pad an A+.
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