Search up “what babies need” and you’ll find list after list (after list) of all the essentials new parents just must have for their brand-new offspring. We’re talking tiny clothes and hats and scratch-preventing mittens, diapers and wipes and wipes warmers, pacifiers and development-stimulating mobiles and toys, and … well, you get it — it’s a lot. And don’t ever go anywhere without bringing everything with you, because you just know you’ll need the one thing you didn’t bring.
That’s why a spacious, well-organized diaper bag is the holy grail for new parents who ever hope to leave the house with their baby. And if you also hope to save your back from permanent injury, a backpack-style diaper bag is a great way to distribute the load in a comfortable way that won’t have you running to the physical therapist. Plus, backpack diaper bags’ designs are usually unisex, so both moms and dads can both carry them with style.
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Because your baby’s on-the-go essentials are numerous and add up to a significant weight, look for a diaper bag backpack that is spacious without being bulky, is made of a durable material, and has sturdy, padded shoulder straps. A variety of internal and external pockets, some with zippers and some without, are a must to stay organized. Most diaper bag backpacks also have clips to attach to your stroller; some also transform into tote-style diaper bags, if that flexibility is something you think you’ll want. Insulated pockets for baby bottles and quick, easy access to the contents are other considerations.
We’ve rounded up a great selection of gender-neutral diaper bag backpacks for moms and dads so you can get your go-bag ready. Find the right one for your family, and then pack it up, strap it on, and get out there into the world with your new mini-me.
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1. RUVALINO Diaper Bag Backpack
The Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack has all the must-have features of a classic diaper bag with the function and design of a stylish backpack. Made of a lightweight, durable and waterproof fabric, the bag has 18 pockets, including two big compartments and 16 smaller ones for the ultimate organization. There’s pockets for diapers and wipes, insulated areas for bottles, elasticized side pockets for tissues, a secure and convenient place for mom or dad’s personal items, and even a padded laptop pocket. Plus, the backpack has easy-grab handles and custom hardware D-rings for stroller attachment (pram hooks excluded).
2. Mokaloo Diaper Bag Backpack
Made with a durable, waterproof, antifriction twill fabric that weighs less than 2 pounds, the Mokaloo Diaper Bag Backpack has 13 internal and external pockets for multiple organization options of your baby’s essentials. Well-layered internal and side compartments keep wet and dry diapers separated (two waterproof compartments!), as well as hold burb cloths, baby wipes, an umbrella and more. Two pockets are insulated for bottles, and a built-in USB charging port and power cable will keep your smartphone or tablet powered up while you’re on the go. The spacious bag has a wide open mouth and a zipper on the back so you can easily find and grab what you need. The shoulder straps and handle also feature reinforced seams for extra durability.
3. Mancro Diaper Bag Backpack
Mancro’s durable and water-resistant diaper bag backpack has heavy-duty dual metal zippers to keep all your baby’s stuff (and yours) safe and secure. Multi-functional pockets include a roomy main zippered compartment with a mesh pocket (for diapers and clothes) and three interior pockets (for diapers, wipes and more). Two insulated side zippered pockets are perfect for bottles while two additional side pockets allow easy access to snacks, tissues and often-needed items. Front zippered pockets are convenient for must-have items; keep cell phone, keys and wallet in the front top pocket. The easy-tote top handle, thick padded shoulder straps and ergonomic design will keep you comfortable all day. Want to hang the bag on your stroller? Attach the two adjustable stroller straps and go hands-free.
4. Hafmall Diaper Bag Backpack
Made of water- and tear-resistant polyester fabric with strong zippers, the Hafmall diaper bag backpack has 13 separate pockets, including two insulated pockets, one dry/wet pocket for wet diapers or clothes, and one easy-to-access “tissue” pocket for small essentials. Its wide open design with a light color lining is practical for easily finding what you want, and the zippered opening in the back allows access without having to dig through everything. Available in three two-toned and two solid colors, the bag’s adjustable straps have soft padding to protect your shoulders; you can also easily change the backpack to a tote style by buttoning the straps down. Plus, it comes with stroller clips.
5. Iniuniu Diaper Bag Backpack
With a structured design and large capacity, this lightweight-yet-durable diaper bag backpack features two spacious main compartments plus 16 well-sized pockets for storage and organization, all without being too bulky. The backpack also includes a changing pad, stroller straps, a key loop, two insulated bottle pockets and a lightly colored interior for easy viewing. Cushioned shoulder straps, easy-grab top handle and stroller straps allow you to wear this diaper bag as backpack or attach to a stroller. The changing pad pocket performs double-duty, acting as a laptop / tablet holder when needed. Multiple outside pockets with easy-glide dual zippers makes this baby bag easily accessible with one hand.