When you’re a parent, diaper bags are a must (you know, for all the things you’ll have to cary around when on the go with your baby). No really… blowouts can strike at any time, and in stinky situations like this, your trusty diaper bag will be indispensable. Mastering the art of balancing a baby and handling a stroller while slugging your much needed morning cup of Joe is tricky enough without having to clutch onto a messenger bag or adjust your shoulder strap on a crossbody.
Enter the diaper backpack!
Diaper backpacks are great for multitasking — plus they’re easier on the back, and they provide you with much-needed hands-free mobility. So go ahead, mamas, give yourself a hand (or both hands) and get a diaper backpack instead. The options below are stylish, timeless and very practical.
1. HaloVa Diaper Backpack ~ $32
There are plenty of cheap diaper backpack options out there, but this one is the best of the bunch. It’s sleek, has tons of storage (seriously, you can pack a day’s worth of stuff in there) with four large slip pockets, and features two insulated exterior compartments, a separate waterproof pocket and an easy-access wipe pocket on the side. We love that the main compartment has a wide opening to easily see what’s in your bag. Plus, this bag is water resistant!
Skip Hop is an all-time favorite brand of ours here at LL. This bag comes in an array of earthy tones and is sooooo gorgeous. The faux leather looks rich and not plastic-ey, a big must for me with faux materials.
Functionality-wise, I love the exterior bottle pocket for a quick fix. I also love how the whole front unzips for complete access to the inside compartments.
2. Petunia Pickle Bottom Inter-Mix Backpack ~ $128
This is the bag I am currently using to manage my 1 and 4 year-old toddler dictators. I’m completely obsessed with the pockets, both interior and exterior. I’m also using the interior “Inter-Mix System” for premium organization (perfect for my OCD’ness).
This system uses smaller zippered pouches the brand calls “pixels.” There’s a place for everything, and everything has a place. A pixel for each child’s needs and my own as well. I also slip my laptop into the back zip pocket when traveling. There’s very little this bag can’t do (or carry). The Inter-Mix Starter Kit (see below) comes with a cool pack “pixel,” which is amazing. The side pockets are great for water bottles and snacks, though I wish there were a built-in insulated pocket for cold/warm needs in the main space.
3. “Be Right Back” Backpack Diaper Bag ~ $155 ($124 on sale)
Parents rave that this is the best backpack diaper bag on the market. The straps are comfortable, and the pack has lots of interior, exterior and side pockets and a good amount of storage – it can even fit a small laptop (13″)!
4. Fawn Design ~ $160
I have all the 😍 for this gorgeous bag. There are 10 — YES, 10! — pockets in all. I love how the front of the bag is rounded, which gives you some added space. The faux leather is supple and super easy to clean when spills happen – and they will.
It can be worn as a messenger style bag or backpack, and both options are super comfy. This diaper bag is so chic (hello, gold hardware), I can see myself using it long beyond diapers.
The only complain I have about this backpack is that the straps slides in the buckles and end up getting longer throughout the day, so I do have to readjust periodically (not a dealbreaker for me).
5. Freshly Picked Classic Diaper Bag, $175 (on sale for $140)
This backpack is roomy and has a huge packing capacity — perfect for the parent who likes to always be prepared. It has ten pockets with a spacious central space for large things, and we love the magnetic front flap. Diaper bags tend to get dirty pretty quickly, so we appreciate that this backpack is made of a faux leather material that wipes clean so, so easily. The interior is also spill resistant! It is on the heavier side, but it’s also made to last… so it’s a pretty good option if you know you’ll be keeping it for future children — or yourself! Yes, it’s that stylish.
6. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack ~ $189
This is the brand’s all-time favorite all-around. The canvas is coated so you never have to worry about stains. It’s known for intuitive features like magnetic closures, and the main compartment folds out for a super easy access to your diaper changing station.
7. Mina Baie Harper Midi Backpack ~ $319
This brand took over social media recently, and for good reasons. Yes, their backpacks are expensive, but they’ll last you well beyond your baby years. The midi is the perfect size — not too big, not too small — and it’s got a lux look that you won’t mind taking to the office once baby outgrows diapers, pacifiers and blowout outfit changes (you can fit a 13″ laptop).
The Harper midi backpack is functional too, with ten internal pockets, three external compartments, an insulated pocket and a dust bag. We love the light gold hardware — so chic.
That’s it, folks. Are you team diaper backpack too? Tell us which one you used in the comments below.