Best Backpack Diaper Bag

Published by 
Jess Miller
Last updated: 
December 13, 2021
baby smiling with red bag in front

Diaper bags can get heavy very quickly. Slinging them over one shoulder or carrying them in hand can soon get tiresome. Even hanging a bulky diaper bag from a stroller can be inconvenient. Backpack diaper bags free up your arms and hands, allowing you to easily lug around baby gear.

If you live in a condo with an abundance of stairs then I feel for you. I have been in that situation before. Juggling a baby, shopping and a diaper bag while climbing the stairs is no easy task. A backpack diaper bag is perfect for you.

Don’t live in a condo? There are so many other places when a diaper back pack would make your life easier.

  • Loading and unloading baby into the car.
  • High five your friends while eating an ice-cream.
  • Shopping with baby.
  • Doing the Macarena spontaneously.
  • Walking a tightrope and using your free hands to balance.

Seriously, life is amazing when you can carry a diaper bag and having two free hands to do whatever you want.

Still not convinced? Backpack diaper bags are also better for your back than the messenger style diaper bags that hang off your body by a single strap. Messenger bags do not distribute the weight evenly and can lead to a sore back. A backpack diaper bag is starting to look like a better option now, isn’t it?

What to look for when buying a backpack diaper bag

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Okay, you have decided you want to be a member of team backpack diaper bag. Awesome. We are always recruiting. Before you rush out and buy any old backpack and start stuffing it full of baby products there are a few things you will need to consider. After all, you want your new diaper backpack to be perfect for you… don’t you?

Big Pockets Closer to Your Back

Most diaper backpacks will feature a large pocket to help you fit in usual sized baby items. This pocket should always be as close to the shoulder straps as possible.

Carrying heavy items closer to your back helps prevent back pain that can occur when lugging a heavy diaper bag around all day.

Built-in Baby Wipe Pocket

A popular addition to backpack diaper bags is a pocket made specifically for baby wipes. Because your baby can dirty himself up at a moments notice, a baby wipe pocket allows you to grab a baby wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your backpack.

Some backpacks will come with their own baby wipe dispenser while others will come with a slot allowing you to use your own baby wipes container.

Changing Pad

A diaper bag that comes with a changing pad is a real bonus. It can be tough to change your baby’s diaper when you’re out and about, so this accessory can make a lot of difference.

baby in a diaper on the bed

Padded Straps

Padded straps are almost mandatory on all backpacks. Without padding the straps of the backpack will dig into your skin. Resulting in uncomfortable pressure or worse; chaffing.

Number of Pockets

The more pockets your backpack diaper bag has, the more organized you can be. It’s that simple.

I like to have each individual baby item in its own pocket in the back pack. While it will take some time to remember the filing system, once mastered it will allow you to locate items at a moment notice (and trust me… your baby’s diaper will need changing at a moments notice).

Just be sure that the pockets are deep enough to carry everything you need like diapers (dirt cheap ones here), wipes and whatever else you need to bring along on your babies day trip.

Best Backpack Diaper Bags Available

It’s human nature to want the best. Why settle? Below I will examine some of the most popular backpacks available.

Best Premium Back Pack Diaper Bag

Styles:16 different color options
Brand:Ju-Ju-Be

  • Large capacity
  • Nylon
  • Different carrying options
  • Machine washable

Now we have stepped into the premium section of diaper bags. This diaper backpack is extremely well made.

The Ju-Ju-Be diaper backpack is available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

The material of the diaper backpack itself is treated with Teflon fabric protector. Not only does this make the fabric incredibly stain-resistant but it makes cleaning a breeze. In fact, you can actually throw this diaper bag through the washing machine. Cleaning does not get much simpler than that!

This is one diaper backpack that is resistant to odors and molds. You know, the things that make your diaper bag smell funny as it gets older. The lining of the backpack is treated with Agion. Agion has natural microbial properties, which reduce the growth of odor-causing mold, bacteria, mildew, and fungus.

If you turn the backpack upside down you will notice four metal feet on each corner. This actually keeps the base of your diaper backpack elevated off the ground when you place it down. This is such a great idea; I don’t know why more diaper bags don’t include this in their design. Being able to place your diaper backpack down in public baby change rooms without the base coming into contact with the germ covered ground is amazing.

Okay, enough about the outside, what is the backpack like at storing all your baby essentials? It is amazing! Pockets a plenty. Some with zips, some without and of course a large open space in the middle for unusual sized baby stuff. While this backpack does not feature a diaper wipes dispenser, it does have a pocket lined with Thinsulate, a material designed to help keep items hot or cold. This is the reason it is a good insulated bottle holder.

The straps on the backpack are not only completely adjustable but thickly padded. The undersides of the straps are lined with mesh to prevent them from sliding around while on your shoulders. The shoulder straps can be removed should you want to wear this bag as a messenger bag. It’s fun to mix things up! This is one backpack diaper bag that can be comfortably worn continuously throughout the day.

Now the only downside of this diaper backpack bag is the price. But you know what? I think it is completely justified. The ease of cleaning, the workmanship, the little features such as metal feet and being odor and mold resistant. You most definitely get what you pay for.

Best Backpack Diaper Bag For Dads

Styles: Over 30 different styles available
Brand:Dad Gear

  • Baby wipe window
  • Diaper hammock
  • Stroller straps
  • Two bottle pockets

This backpack diaper bag is clearly aimed at men. You won't find any floral print on the material designs. While it may not appeal to women, with many referring to it as “kinda ugly”, it is still a very suitable diaper bag.

I take a detailed look at this backpack diaper bag in my diaper bags for men guide.

Runner-ups

Styles: As Pictured
Brand:Skip Hop

  • Hands free and stylish
  • Multiple compartments
  • Expandable drawstring
  • Stroller straps and metal feet

The Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Backpack can easily pass for a regular fashionable backpack due to the combination of materials used: black faux leather and gold hardware.

This stylish baby diaper bag also comes with several compartments not only to provide space, but also an easy access to your baby essentials. There are two insulated pockets in the front, perfect for baby bottles. A cushioned changing pad is also available for a more convenient diaper changing session with your baby.

On top of those, moms can also take advantage of the product’s clip-on stroller straps which are particularly beneficial when you no longer want to carry around the bag on your back.

Baby Diaper Bag Smart Organizer Waterproof Travel Backpack

Styles: Available in two colors
Brand: Cateep Baby

  • Convertible
  • Waterproof
  • Features 16 pockets
  • Comes with accessories

This diaper bag is a good alternative for moms who want a convertible diaper bag. You can carry it around like a tote bag, a shoulder bag or a backpack. Either way, this bag will provide easy access to your baby’s stuff including yours with its padded pocket that allows you to bring your laptop along with you without carrying a separate bag.

Aside from the 16 pockets (zippered pockets and regular pockets) of the bag, it also comes with various accessories that include a changing pad for a convenient diaper changing experience whenever necessary, an insulated sleeve, and two stroller straps.

The overall quality of the bag is impressive. It’s well-made, stylish, waterproof, has padded shoulder straps along with some breathable mesh panels, and provides a really spacious interior.

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