12 Best Backpack Diaper Bags in 2017
Who would have thought that finding a backpack diaper bag would be so difficult?
We didn’t think it would be – that is until we set out in search of the best backpack diaper bag for our money and realized that there are a million little details to know about one.
How many pockets does it have? Is it waterproof? Are replacement changing pads available? Are there insulated pockets? Can you hang it on a stroller? Are the straps padded?
Those were all of the questions that we had (and that many other shoppers have), so to make your search for a backpack diaper bag a little easier, we came up with this useful guide.
Below, you can easily compare and contrast the top 12 BDB (that’s “backpack diaper bags” for short) and help you understand what to look for as you shop for one.
Don’t forget to check out our reviews of the top 5 BDB’s below!
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Backpack Diaper Bags Comparison Table
- How to Choose a Backpack Diaper Bag Step-by-Step
- STEP 1 – Material
- STEP 2 – Move Down To The Smaller Details
- STEP 3 – The Bells and Whistles
- Top 5 Best Backpack Diaper Bag Reviews
Top 12 Backpack Diaper Bags Comparison Table
|Design||Name||Material||Changing Pad Included?||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack with Stroller Straps||Polyester||Yes||4.8|
|2. DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag – Blue Retro Stripe||Polyester, Nylon||Yes||4.6|
|3. Wallaroo Diaper Bag Backpack with Stroller Straps||Nylon||Yes||4.5|
|4. Bebamour Travel Backpack Diaper Bag Tote Handbag Purse||Polyester||Yes||4.5|
|5. Graco Gotham Smart Organizer System Back Pack Diaper Bag||Polyester||Yes||4.4|
|6. Orgrimmar Diaper Tote Bags Larger Capacity Baby Nappy Bag Fashion Mummy Backpack||Nylon||No||4.4|
|7. Ferlin Multi-function Baby Diaper Nappy Bags Backpack||Polyester||Yes||4.4|
|8. Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag||Teflon Coated Fabric||Yes||4.3|
|9. Baby Diaper Bag Smart Organizer Waterproof Travel Diaper Backpack||Polyester||Yes||4.3|
|10. YuHan Baby Diaper Bag Travel Backpack Shoulder Bag||Nylon||Yes||4.3|
|11. Skip Hop Forma Pack and Go Diaper Backpack||Polyester||Yes||4.2|
|12. Jeep Perfect Pockets Back Pack||Polyester||Yes||3.8|
How to Choose a Backpack Diaper Bag Step-by-Step
Deciding which is the best backpack diaper bag is quite easy if you walk through it step by step.
STEP 1 – Material
To choose a backpack diaper bag, we think you should begin by looking at the material of the bag. There are usually two choices: polyester or nylon.
- Polyester – Most school backpacks are made of polyester. Manufacturers use different weights of polyester that are labeled by the Denier (or fineness) of the fibers.
For example, when comparing a 450D polyester with a 600D polyester backpack, the 600D polyester material was made with thicker fibers and is stronger than the 450D polyester is.
Polyester may be thicker than nylon is but that doesn’t mean it is more durable. It is more resistant to wrinkles and can be water-resistant or waterproof if it has been coated with a special material like the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag in our table. We’re assuming that the was made with polyester even though they don’t specify this on their website and the Teflon coating they used adds a layer of moisture protection.
- Nylon – Out of the two materials, nylon is definitely more durable than polyester is and it just happens to be more resistant to water. In fact, the canopies of most umbrellas are made of nylon due to this very feature!
The same Denier system used to classify the polyester is also used to classify nylon; although most backpack manufacturers don’t specify the Denier of their nylon.
Regarding heat, nylon isn’t as breathable and, therefore, might cause you to sweat if you wear it in warm weather. Another thing you should remember is that while it is a more durable fabric in general, it is thinner than polyester and can be ripped more easily.
Ripstop nylon is woven in a way that helps prevent rips and tears from spreading (as the name suggests), so if you happen to find a backpack diaper bag made from it, this is a good sign!
In general, both materials are easy to care for and wash, but always follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions so that you don’t ruin the bag.
STEP 2 – Move Down To The Smaller Details
After choosing the bag material, it’s time to scrutinize the hardware and construction of the bag.
- Hardware – Look long and hard at the zippers and zipper heads. If they don’t look big and sturdy, then they’re probably not going to last very long.
Also, check to see if they have used an invisible zipper like the one on the DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag.
These seams not only keep the zipper hidden when you close it, but they also help prevent water from leaking into the bag through the zipper teeth in case you get stuck in the rain.
- Pockets – Some bags have insulated pockets, and some bags do not: is this an important feature to you or can you do without it?
Also, based on the number of items you need to carry, find out how many pockets the backpack has and see what the manufacturer suggest about what you can store in each one.
- Straps – Check to see how much padding the straps have. If you’ll be traveling with your little ones, the backpack is going to be resting on your shoulders a lot and comfort it key if you don’t want them digging into your shoulders.
STEP 3 – The Bells and Whistles
Some parents are all about convenience, and diaper bag manufacturers know this! Are you looking for a bag that will “Wow” you with all of the fancy features it has?
- Baby Wipe Dispenser – The Graco Gotham Smart Backpack Diaper Bag has one if you are interested and it is certainly handy! You don’t have to open any zipper or pockets on the main bag: just open the flap and grab a wipe to clean up any messes or spills.
- Stroller Straps – Some backpacks also have handy straps that allow you to attach easily it to a stroller. A few good examples include the Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack, the Wallaroo Diaper Bag Backpack, and the YuHan Baby Diaper Bag Backpack to name a few.
Top 5 Best Backpack Diaper Bag Reviews
One of the reasons why Bag Nation’s backpack is so popular with parents is the fact that they listen to their customers. All feedback – whether good or bad – is taken into consideration as they move forward with their product. They even back their bag up with a LIFETIME WARRANTY, and in our book, that earns them the title of best backpack diaper bag ever.
So, let’s take a look at the features.
- 14 pockets
- Stroller hanger straps
- Padded shoulder straps (comfy, too!)
- Changing pad
- Extendable keychain
- Baby wipe pouch
It’s no secret that the amount of storage space is superb with a whopping 14 pockets. Like most diaper bag backpacks, it comes with the changing pad, and they also give you an extra sundry pouch (this is for the miscellaneous items).
We really have no complaints about this bag. The only reason that some parents may opt for a different bag is the price, which falls in the mid-price range. We have even more expensive options on our list, so this one is not too bad!
This backpack provides some stiff competition for Bag Nation because they, too, offer a lifetime warranty on their product. There are some design differences, which we will take a look at, but the main difference is the price jump since this bag costs quite a bit more.
The features include,
- 13 pockets
- Stroller straps
- Baby wipe pouch
- Changing pad
- Sealed zipper seams
- Ergonomically shaped shoulder straps
- Diaper hammock
We already mentioned the sealed/hidden zipper seams on this backpack earlier, which gives it superb water protection. The shell of the bag is mainly polyester (they say polyester and nylon, so we’re assuming the nylon is the mesh pocket and maybe a few sewn-on details).
The straps are padded and comfortable, and the bag comes in quite a few different colors and patterns.
We can easily see this starting out as a diaper bag but turning into a travel backpack when you don’t need the diapers and bottles any longer. It is a well-constructed, versatile bag that is in it for the long haul!
Wallaroo has a durable nylon bag that is more budget-friendly but equally as functional as the other options on our list. Moms tend to lean toward this one whereas dads seem to prefer the other two bags we looked at more.
The features of this backpack diaper bag include,
- 2 insulated zipper front cargo pockets
- Stroller straps
- Cell phone pouch
- 2 side water bottle pouches or snack pouches
- Large interior compartment with elasticized storage pockets
- Changing pad
- Bag for wet diapers
If an excessive number of pockets makes it hard for you to keep track of where you put everything, and you would like a more straight-forward design, then this is just the right backpack for you.
The side pockets make it easy to store the main bottles and snacks with a large main compartment where you can store everything else.
This backpack is more like a standard diaper bag with the convenience of straps so that you can wear it as a backpack or strap it on the stroller handle.
Some found it to be a bit on the small side, but then again, it depends on how much stuff you usually carry with you. We like that the straps have a mesh lining on the inside to make them cooler and the zippers were large.
Again, if you don’t want all of the pockets and pouches, this is a more traditional style bag.
BebAmour is another backpack that starts out as a diaper bag but could function as a backpack for travel when the diaper days are done.
- Stroller straps
- Changing pad
- 2 front pockets
- Backpack straps and tote straps
- 2 main storage compartments
Regarding the design and construction, this is comparable to the Wallaroo we just looked at, but the main difference here is that you have two main compartments rather than one.
The pouches inside make it quite easy to keep everything organize and to see it and those who travel find it extremely useful on the go.
The straps are comfortable, and the side pockets are made of solid fabric as opposed to mesh (which can rip): overall we were pleased, but if you were looking for something with the baby wipe dispenser, this does not have one.
The price of this bag is extremely reasonable considering all of the bells and whistles that it has.
- Baby wipe dispenser
- Changing pad
- 2 main compartments with storage pouches
- Exterior insulated bottle pocket
Right out of the box, it is quite an impressive backpack and has everything that most parents are looking for in a diaper bag.
Looking closely at the construction, we can’t say that the seams and zippers seem as reliable as some of the other backpacks (such as the Bag Nation and DadGear backpacks), so for heavy use, this might not last.
For light, average use, we feel that it will hold up well.