Buying Guide

Don't get tricked into buying the wrong diaper backpack for your baby's items. Read this article and be more aware of what you need to look for in order to make sure that you are buying a good quality diaper back that will serve you for a long time.

Bag VS Backpack

Deciding whether to get a traditional shoulder strap diaper bag or a diaper backpack can be somewhat daunting. My helpful article will look at both types and the advantages of using them, so that you will be better able to decide which one will work best for you.

Best Picks

I need both hands to keep up with my three boys, so I am totally loving it that my diaper backpack lets me keep my hands free. After lots of research, these are my best picks for parents and parents-to-be who are also in search of the perfect diaper backpack.

The Top 8 Reviews

I didn't know where I would find the time to complete this website, with three boys and a husband to take care of, but somehow during nap time and after bedtime at night (with the support of a very loving husband) I managed to get it all done. I chose eight of the best diaper backpacks and reviewed them here for you. I have also added some informational articles related to baby diaper backpacks that you may find helpful. Let's get straight into the reviews so that you can find your perfect diaper backpack and start enjoying hands-free parenting on the go.

Best Overall Backpack Diaper Bag

Skip Hop FORMA

Skip Hop FORMA

Functionality, looks, durability – this backpack from Skip Hop seems to have it all, and that is why it is my choice for best overall diaper backpack. For parents who want to have their hands free to handle their baby (and not have to strike a balance between holding the baby and holding the baby's stuff), this bag is an excellent option, and the price is good too.

Lightweight and Stylish

The manufacturers used a lightweight polyester material to make the Skip Hop FORMA backpack. A diaper bag full of baby supplies can get pretty heavy, so I can appreciate anything that will make one lighter to carry. The fabric is all black with quilted detailing; a very stylish look that will compliment almost any outfit.

Multi Purpose Bag

While some diaper backpacks allow you to carry a few personal items other than your baby care items, the Skip Hop FORMA has lots of space for mom or dad to store their belongings. There are two versatile packing bags located in the front compartment of the bag; you can use these to store items, and one of these cubes is insulated so you can use it to keep baby bottles (or maybe your coffee) warm when you are on the go. Otherwise, there are two additional insulated pockets on either side of the bag that are dedicated to carrying bottles. The changing bag pocket on this bag is also large enough for you to store your laptop (up to 15 inches) or your tablet.

Best Shoulder-Backpack Convertible Diaper Bag

Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection B.F.F.

Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F diaper bag

Since this is my diaper backpack site, it may be obvious that I prefer diaper backpacks to the traditional shoulder diaper bags. But the truth is there are some times when a shoulder diaper bag can be very useful. For this reason you may want to consider a diaper bag that is convertible and can be used as both a shoulder bag and a backpack. After reviewing loads of options I have chosen the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy as the best convertible diaper backpack.

Flexible

This bag from Ju-Ju-Be is all about giving you more flexibility as a parent who is on the go with your baby. You can wear it as a backpack or a shoulder bag, and it also has a handle for using it tote-style, if you find it more convenient to do so. This bag was designed with a “mommy pocket” so that, while it is able to store all your baby's stuff, you can also use it to hold your stuff, like your keys and mobile phone. There are also two insulated bottle pockets so you can keep your baby's bottles either hot or cold.

Easy Cleaning

Diaper bags can get really messy. As embarrassing as it is to admit, on more than one occasion I have found “unidentified” smears of brown on my baby's diaper bag, with absolutely no idea of how it got there (since I am constantly wiping everything). When you don't have the time to hand wash your diaper bag to make it nice and clean again, it helps to have a machine washable diaper backpack like the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy. The bag also has a Teflon fabric protector that acts as a stain repellent so that the pack doesn't get stained easily. What's even better is that it also has crumb drains to help the inside of the bag stay clean in between washes.

Best Diaper Backpack for Dads

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag

DadGear diaper backpack

Dads no longer have to wear brightly-colored pink diaper bags when they go out with their daughters! OK, that may be a bit extreme; not all diaper backpacks are bright pink, but you know what I mean. Diaper bags on the whole have a very distinct “non-manly” look about them. When I came across the DadGear Backpack I was very impressed by its non-baby look, and immediately thought “Now that's a diaper bag for a dad!”.

Diaper Hammock

This is definitely my favorite feature on this dad-friendly diaper backpack. The diaper hammock is located at the top of the backpack and gives you a convenient and easily accessible place to neatly store your baby's diapers. There is a very handy wipes dispenser and a changing pad included with your purchase as well. All these elements added together – accessible diaper storage + wipes + changing pad – mean that you will have a lot less hassle changing your baby's diaper when you are on the go. The faster you can change your baby and get him/her into a fresh new diaper the better – for baby, Mom, and Dad.

Up to Four Bottles

The average baby diaper backpack typically has compartments for two bottles, but for extra long journeys (or if you have twins like I do) you will be better off with a diaper backpack like the DadGear Backpack. This has two bottle pockets, each with the capacity to hold two bottles. With a four-bottle capacity I can already see twins' dads everywhere lining up to get one of these backpacks for this feature alone. But the DadGear has a lot more to offer, like a very spacious main interior and numerous compartments to help you stay organized.

Best Budget Backpack Diaper Bag

Orgrimmar Diaper Tote Bags Baby Nappy Bag

Orgrimmar Diaper Tote Bag

The costs can quickly add up when you have a new baby, so many parents appreciate saving a few bucks by getting a good budget-friendly diaper backpack. One such backpack is the Orgrimmar Diaper Mummy Backpack – it is on the lower end of the diaper backpack price scale, but durable and fashionable too!

Large Capacity

The list of things that you need to carry for your baby can be very long – clothes, diapers, bottles, burp cloths, etc. When you have a diaper backpack that is large enough to fit everything comfortably, that can really put your mind at ease. Fortunately, this Orgrimmar Backpack has lots of space for you to put all your baby's necessities when you travel. It has several pockets and compartments on both the exterior and the interior so that you can keep all your baby's items neatly organized.

Waterproof

This bag was constructed with a nylon cloth material that is both waterproof and non-poisonous. It is protected from the many spills and similar baby incidents that are sure to occur, and it's protective of the health of your baby. Even the dyes that are used for the print on the fabric are non-poisonous, so if you happen to turn away for a split second and when you look back your baby is trying to chew on the backpack, you won't have to have a heart attack – it's not poisonous and your baby can't swallow it (right?). You can get all these great features in this adorable diaper backpack for a great price.

Best Travel and Stroller Diaper Backpack

Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack W/ Stroller Straps

Bag Nation with Stroller Straps

When you are going on a long trip with your little one, your regular run-of-the-mill diaper backpack just won't do. You need one that is strong, durable, and has enough room to accommodate the extra baby care items that you will need on your trip. The Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack has all of these features and then some; that is why I have selected it to be the best travel diaper backpack bag.

Stronger Than Cloth

Most other diaper backpacks are made of cloth, but this one from Bag Nation is made from a high-quality polyester material (with stitching that won't fray) and virtually unbreakable zippers. The result is a backpack that is both strong enough to carry all your baby's items and durable enough to survive the rigors of traveling with a baby. As a backpack this keeps your hands free when you wear it, but it also has adjustable straps like a shoulder bag; you can use them to attach the bag onto your stroller so you don't have to physically carry it all the time.

Accessories Included

Do you love freebies?! I know I do and so I just love that when you purchase the Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack you will also receive a complimentary diaper changing pad AND a sundry bag. Now it's true that many diaper bags do come with a changing pad included, but very few will also include a sundry bag; I think it is an awesome add-on for this product and definitely worth mentioning here. This bag is more than capable of carrying everything that you will need when you travel with your baby.

Best Design Choice Diaper Backpack

Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back

Just because you are a mom it doesn't mean that you have to be any less stylish than your pre-mom self. Even with an accessory like a baby diaper backpack there are many fashionable options available. I have seen most, if not all, of what you can get online; to me the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back is the clear winner for the best design choice in diaper backpacks.

Two Stylish Looks

This Ju-Ju-Be diaper backpack is available in two very attractive designs - The Dutchess and The Queen of the Nile. Both designs are black and white in color but the Dutchess is black with white polka dots and the Queen of the Nile has a sophisticated black and white print. Black and white are classic tones that will go well with whatever color outfit you happen to be wearing, without cramping your personal style – unlike most other diaper bags that basically scream "Hello, I have a baby!” Not that you don't want everyone to know that you have a baby, just that you would rather be seen as the fashion-savvy mom that you are.

Innovative Design

Apart from its good looks, the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back also has some very cool, innovative features that are sure to make carrying your baby's supplies a little easier. It has a large main compartment that is zippered for easy access and big enough to store your baby's diapers, extra clothes, wipes, and toys. The front zippered compartment is called the “mommy” pocket and has enough space for you to store personal items like your cellphone, keys, and lip gloss. It also has a soft, felt-zippered pocket on the outside where you can store your delicate items like jewelry and sunglasses. You can breathe easier too, knowing that an Agion natural antimicrobial treatment was used for the lining of the bag to significantly reduce mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria.

Best Starter Backpack Diaper Bag

Graco Gotham Diaper Back Pack

Graco Gotham backpack

With the look of a normal black backpack, the Graco Gotham Smart Organizer System is both stylish and functional. I recommend this as the best starter diaper backpack because it will accommodate all your baby stuff, is comfortable, and is from Graco, one of the most recognized baby brands on the market.

Easy Access Wipes

As a new mom you will quickly learn that baby wipes are not just for your baby's diaper change. You will most likely find that you also need them to wipe up food spills, to clean a runny nose, and even to wash your hands when you don't have the time to get to a sink. As the wipes are so very handy and versatile, it helps when you have easy access to them when you are on the go with your baby. The Graco Gotham has a convenient wipes dispenser located on the side of the backpack. This accessible location makes it super easy to for to grab a wipe or two when you need to, without having to actually open the backpack to get them.

Organizer System

I love that this diaper backpack from Graco has multiple sections to help parents stay organized. Traveling with baby can be chaotic enough as it is and you will no doubt be able to appreciate being able to add some order to your life by using the compartments on this backpack. There are compartments for your baby's burp cloths, diaper cream, clothes, and a lot more. You can even keep your baby's bottle warm for a longer time in the insulated bottle pocket. With so many compartments you should have no trouble finding things when you want them – even if you are at the mall or doctor's office with your little bundle of joy.

Best Standout Diaper Backpack

Ju-Ju-Be Hello Kitty Collection Be Right Back

Ju-Ju-Be Hello Kitty

Ordinary isn't for everyone, and when you want a baby diaper backpack that really stands out from the crowd you get one from the Ju-Ju-Be Hello Kitty Collection. Well, it helps if you are also a Hello Kitty fan, but these diaper backpack bags are so bright, colorful, and cheerful that they are sure to get you attention and lots of compliments wherever you go.

Not Your Boring Diaper Bag

No one would dare call you boring when you wear this diaper bag. It has the widely-loved Hello Kitty theme in bold yellow, red, and black and white colors, and is large enough to carry whatever baby care supplies you may need. The included memory foam diaper changing pad also has this vibrant print and is cleverly stored in an external compartment at the back of the bag, where you can store your tablet as well. There are also several other compartments for keeping you organized, including two insulated bottle pockets, “smart” pockets, and a “mommy” pocket.

It's Comfortable Too!

This Ju-Ju-Be Hello Kitty Collection bag has been ergonomically designed for your safety and comfort. The shoulder straps are curved for a better fit, and they are also padded to make the bag more comfortable when you wear it. No more aching shoulders because your diaper bag is too heavy or when you have to wear it for a long time. The two straps are also adjustable and can be used to carry the bag on your baby's stroller.

Diaper backpacks are more popular than ever because more and more parents are discovering how convenient it is to have their hands free when they go out with their babies. These diaper bags are spacious and compartmentalized, offering ergonomic benefits that the traditional shoulder strap diaper bags just cannot match. I hope you enjoyed reading my diaper backpack top pick reviews, and if you were able to find one that you think is perfect for you, that is totally awesome!

Happy hands-free on-the-go parenting!

Jane