If you have little ones or are expecting a baby, the thought of a diaper bag has surely crossed your mind. You are sure to be asking yourself things like: How much do I need to spend on a diaper bag? What features do I want in a diaper bag? Do I want a backpack style diaper bag or a messenger style diaper bag? Will my husband be comfortable carrying this diaper bag? Do I really need a diaper bag? These thoughts and more are probably racing through your head as you try to make a decision on an affordable and best backpack diaper bag.
While we are here to offer our opinions and give you honest feedback on diaper bags we have tested, we can only tell you one thing for sure, you will need a dedicated diaper bag. Babies are a lot of fun and we love them but they require a lot of stuff. And where are you going to store all that stuff? The bottles, then wipes, the diapers the toys, the diaper pad.
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But let’s stop for a moment and discuss the term diaper bag. Just the name diaper bag conjures up images of a shapeless sack, probably mint green (to be neutral and not gender specific) with frolicking bunnies or lambs dotting the front. That may have been your mom’s or even your grandmother’s version of a diaper bag but you and your significant other don’t have to worry about that scenario anymore. There are literally thousands of options to choose from and we are here to help!
And who are we?
Well, we are two moms with 5 kids ranging from 8 months to 7 years between the two of us. And we like stuff and we like getting the biggest bang for our buck so we sat down one day and took a hard look at diaper bags, specifically backpack style diaper bags. Then we took them out for real-world test runs and all that that entails. And that means everything from messy diaper changes, leaky bottles, cereal crumbs, and so much more!
But we digress.
Let’s move on to the fun stuff!
Below we tell you what we found, what we liked, what we didn’t like and everything in-between. Then you can decide on the right backpack style diaper bag for your needs!
Top 6 Backpack Diaper Bags of Your Time
Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag: Urguably the Unmatched Backpack Diaper Bag for 2018
This good-looking Ju Ju Be Legacy Collection BFF diaper bag is termed a convertible style as it converts from a traditional two-strap backpack type bag to a single strap messenger type bag. Maybe you like the messenger bag style and your partner likes the two strap style. It’s easy peasy to switch back and forth depending on who is carrying the bag. And the straps are padded so they don’t dig into your shoulders when you have a lot of baby gear.
Another nice feature on this bag is the material. It is crafted in 100% polyester and spills literally wiped right off of it!
We didn’t believe it ourselves until testing it one day and sticky honey got all over the front of the bag. We aren’t even sure who had the honey and how they managed it but it all wiped off with a damp cloth. That is invaluable as we all know that kids and sticky messes usually go hand-in-hand.
This diaper bag features a roomy interior with access from the front. Simply unzip the smooth gliding zipper and you have access, no more edging through the top to find items that have slithered to the bottom. And the interior is full of handy pockets perfect for diapers, baby bottles, wipes, and much more.
Another pocket zips open in the effort to reveal even more storage such as s sunglass packet and handy-dandy key fob. This wonderful diaper bag could literally be your handbag thanks to all its clever features. And it is stylish enough and is offered in a couple of different patterns to coordinate wonderfully with any style.
What didn’t we love?
The style is a little boxy for our taste and even though all the pockets offered lots of options to hold gear, we kind if still had to open pockets and unzip zippers to find out where we had stowed things.
This bag still gets a solid thumbs up and is definitely worth your consideration.
Skip Hop Baby Grand Central Take-it-All Diaper Bag: The All-in-One Backpack Diaper Bag for Over Packers
This modern diaper bag by Skip Hop Baby Grand is styled more like a purse and we love the look! However, if your partner is male, they may not love carrying this one around as much as you. Just something to think about. You could always each have your own diaper bag but then that is twice the baby stuff and twice the money, something we try to avoid whenever possible. Life is full of enough stuff.
This diaper bag is divided into three sections and has 11 inside pockets and two large exporters zip pockets. We particularly love exterior pockets for often reached for time storage like sippy cups and diapers.
Cleverly designed this stylish bag has a section for mom and a section for baby, so again, similar to the first bag, you can use this instead of a purse and save yourself the hassle of carrying two bags everywhere you go.
There wasn’t much to dislike about this bag, to be honest, Other than its very feminine styling which some men may not care for, we loved this bag and its features.
Storksak Elizabeth Leather Diaper Bag: Top and Latest Designer Backpack Diaper Bag
The Storksak Elizabeth Leather Diaper Bag is the priciest diaper bags of the many we tested and we picked this one based on overall style and function. If you can afford it, go for it! This bag is crafted in supple, lake washed leather (we aren’t even sure what that means but we love the sound of it! This is a piece you would carry even if it wasn’t billed as a diaper bag.
Full of thoughtful details, this stylish bag will fit a laptop easily, has a cell phone bracket and plenty of storage space for cloth or disposable diapers as well as wipes and bottles.
A pop out vanity case is a nice touch as are the chunky gold hardware. We had no problem with spills on the leather of this handsome bag but owner how that will hold up over time, a reasonable consideration considering the hefty price tag on this baby bag.
The only drawbacks that give us pause are the price and the leather construction. But if you can afford this sleek bag as a diaper bag, then maybe longevity isn’t one of your main concerns anyway.
Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag: The Best Seller Backpack Diaper Bag for Dads in 2018
This is a pretty cool bag for hip or wanna be hip dads. Heck, we even love this Diaper Dude Messenger Diaper Bag for sophisticated mom types! But we chose it as the most suitable bag for dads because of its cool, ergonomic, messenger bag styling. It has plenty of room for all the baby gear and dad (or mom) can even fit his tablet or MacBook in her for working on the go when a baby is sleeping.
Three exterior zip pocket holds bottles, wipes, and toys easily within reach while the large, inner compartment has a zip close pocket and a special space just for diapers.
Pretty much any dad would appreciate this un-diaper-ish looking baby bag and love the accessibility features and the roomy interior to hold everything they may need for baby.
So what’s the bottom line?
Well, we love this bag for dads but for us, a messenger bag just isn’t a good look. Did we mention we have 5 kids between us and we really don’t want anything cutting us across the body and dissecting our boss, it just isn’t a good look on our body types? So yes for dads, no for moms with boobs.
Skip Hop Dash Signature Messenger Diaper Bag: The Favourite Backpack Diaper Bag for Twins
The Skip Hop Dash Signature Messenger Backpack Diaper Bag is fun diaper bag that comes in at an affordable price point. And believe it or not, even though it has a slim design, it sure can pack gear in. Important when you have twins, right moms, and dads?
We loved that top opening because it isn’t so deep that you lose your whole arm trying to reach for something on the bottom. You can pretty much see everything from the generously sized zipper top opening. Store baby wipes, baby diapers, bottles and much more in the roomy interior.
What Didn’t We Like?
And no fumbling with a latch or clasp on this good-looking baby bag! The flap has a magnetic opening so all you do is let go and it latches up for you! Wonderful when you are trying to use both hands to quiet a fussy baby!
Patented Shuttle Clips are a cool feature on this bag that we didn’t see on the others. The clip change this bag form a shoulder style to a stroller style in the blink of an eye, handy when you are on the go and pushing the stroller around!
No real negatives on this bag, we pretty much love it!
Laguna Tide Travel Diaper Bag Backpack: The Top Pick Backpack Diaper Bag for Travel
The Laguna Tide Travel Diaper Bag is the least diaper-ish diaper bag of the bunch and unless you look closely you might not even know this was a backpack designed for use specifically as a baby bag! So this backpack style diaper bag will definitely appeal to some of the men out there as well as women who prefer function over form.
This bag is crafted in waterproof fabric and opens backpack style to reveal a very roomy interior. The comfortable shoulder straps are padded and adjustable for the perfect fit. The back portion of the pack also has padding to support your back.
Lots of storage pockets for traveling and an on-the-go lifestyle!
We don’t love the unisex style but realize that for some folks this may be the most appealing aspect. Also, the plethora of pockets was appreciated, again, it was a hunt to find things and remember where we had stowed them.
To sum things up:
Four things we looked for in each bag that may be important to you: adjustable straps, stain resistant material, an insulated bottle compartment, and an included diaper pad.
All five have adjustable straps so you can rest easy on the score. If one of you is short or prefer the strap longer, you can adjust it perfectly to your specifications. Thankfully, all six diaper bags we reviewed had stain resistant materials, yes, even the leather on the Storksak proved to be resistant to stains and wiped off easily when one occurred. Half of the diaper bags we reviewed have insulated bottle compartments, the Laguna Tide, the Ju Ju Be, and the Skip Hop Baby Grand did not have dedicated, insulated bottle spaces. And lastly, five out of the six included a changing pad, the only that does not come with a diaper pad was the Storksak and at that price, we absolutely think it should!
We hope we have left you with 6 great options for diaper bags depending on your needs and situation. As we said earlier, we road tested each bag together and separately with our respective children so we could try out every feature and figure out the bag’s strengths and weaknesses so you have more time to spend with your little one!