The 8 Best Backpack Diaper Bags to Buy in 2018

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When you’re a parent, having your hands free to push a baby stroller or chase after a newly mobile toddler is a good thing—and that’s why many parents prefer the convenience of a backpack diaper bag when it comes to hauling all the stuff their little one needs. But beyond the hands-free factor, backpack diaper bags, with their padded straps, can be more comfortable to carry than convertible- or tote-style diaper bags, and can also be a more unisex option for moms and dads who want to share a bag. Plus, they're a perfect pick for families who travel a lot since you'll also have to handle a lot of other precious cargo as you zip through the airport. If you’re looking for a backpack diaper bag, we’ve done the research for you and found top-picks for your needs.

Best Overall: Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag Nation’s all-purpose diaper bag backpack is one that moms and dads alike will be comfortable—literally—carrying, thanks to its ergonomically curved and padded shoulder straps and padded back panel with breathable mesh.

But comfort isn’t the only thing parents love about this bag (and they do love it—it has more than 1700 reviews on Amazon). The bag wears well, and is designed to last thanks to its lightweight, durable, BPA-free, water-resistant twill polyester material. (Plus, if something does break, there’s a lifetime warranty.) It also includes adjustable stroller straps, a changing pad, and a sundry bag. Fourteen pockets—including an insulated pocket large enough for multiple bottles and a dedicated wipes pocket for easy access during diaper changes—help keep everything organized, which is a must with a crying baby.

Best Budget: Mancro Diaper Bag Backpack

If you’re looking for a high-quality backpack diaper bag at a low price, Mancro’s model fits the bill. It’s made from durable, water-resistant nylon fabric; it has padded backing, adjustable buckles, and reinforced straps; and it’s super-roomy, with 14 organizer compartments (including two insulated side pockets for bottles and a dedicated wipes pocket) and a large inside storage capacity.

Best of all, the Mancro diaper bag includes many of the parent-friendly features found with pricer bags—like an included changing pad and stroller straps—and one additional feature that we love: the bag’s main compartment unzips to lay completely flat, which makes packing (and finding!) baby gear a breeze.

Most Stylish: HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-Function Waterproof Travel Backpack

Sleek, stylish, and available in nine colors—from basic black to a pink-trimmed light gray to a pretty coral-y orange—the HaloVa Land series diaper bag backpack is a top-seller on Amazon, with top ratings from nearly 2,000 customer reviews.

Made of a lightweight, sturdy, waterproof oxford fabric, the Land series diaper bag has a large, easy-to-clean interior with multiple elastic pockets, an inside zippered pocket, and lots of space for all of your baby’s gear. A zippered, insulated front pocket is designed to hold several bottles; there’s also an additional large zippered pocket in the back, a zippered tech pocket, and a wet pocket. Plus, there’s an exterior wipes pocket.

On the downside, this diaper bag backpack doesn’t come with a changing pad, so you’ll need to provide your own. And this isn’t a convertible bag—there’s no shoulder strap, and no way to attach it to a stroller.

Best for Twins: Graco Gotham Backpack Diaper Bag

Parents of twins need to carry twice as much stuff—and Graco’s Gotham backpack diaper bag, at 17.5" x 15"x 4", is sized generously enough for the job. (In fact, “enormous” is the term one Amazon reviewer used; another found it could easily hold 17 cloth diapers.)

The interior pocket has multiple elasticized storage compartments and a zippered pocket for easy organizing, while the outside has multiple zippered compartments, an insulated bottle pocket, and an easy-access wipes pocket on the side. A changing pad is included.

The biggest downside to this backpack diaper bag: it doesn’t attach to a stroller.

Best for Dads: DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag

Backpack diaper bags automatically feel more unisex than other diaper bag styles. Even so, DadGear’s backpack diaper bag is as guy-friendly as it gets—no surprise since the company is owned and operated by two dads, and products are designed with “a dad’s perspective and needs in mind.”

DadGear’s bag has comfortable, adjustable, padded straps, and comes in 14 different color/pattern options. Thirteen pockets help keep baby gear organized, and convenient features include an easy-access wipes window, a “diaper hammock” that’s designed to keep diapers easily accessible and at the top of the bag, and a main zippered compartment that opens flat, suitcase-style.

Best Lightweight: Maman Diaper Bag Backpack with Stroller Straps

Weighing in at just 1.23 pounds, Maman’s backpack diaper bag is one of the lightest bags we’ve found—and every ounce can make a difference when you’re packing a bag to the brim with everything your baby may need on an outing.

The bag has a cool, puffy-quilted exterior that’s waterproof and easy to wipe clean, and a leather bottom base for durability. It has eight pockets—including two insulated bottle pockets—a matching changing pad, and stroller straps. It’s available in three colors.

Best Tech: XLR8 Connect and Go Diaper Bag

If you need a backpack diaper bag that also doubles as a mobile charging station, look no further than the XLR8 Connect and Go. This sleek bag has all the functionality you need from a diaper bag—including 20 (20!) pockets; a spacious interior, insulated exterior pockets, a changing pad—as well as numerous tech-friendly features that will help keep tech-savvy parents connected.

A 7800mAh power bank keeps up to four mobile devices fully charged, while an attached Bluetooth speaker lets you listen to your favorite tunes or podcast on the go. There’s also a cool integrated LED light so you can easily see and find everything that’s inside the bag.

Best for Travel: HapTim Multi-function Large Baby Diaper Bag Backpack

Extra-large, comfortable to carry, durable, and waterproof—these features make the highly rated HapTim a great choice for moms and dads who need a backpack diaper bag that can stand up to frequent travel. It’s super-roomy—one of the biggest bags we’ve found—making it ideal for overnights or weekends away from home. Two large separated compartments and 18 pockets (three of which are insulated) keep everything organized—a must when you’re away from home. A changing pad and stroller straps are included.