6 Best Backpack Diaper Bags for Active Parents

Parent wearing backpackPeople seem to be obsessed with backpack diapers bags. Just 4 short years ago when I had my first daughter, I didn’t even know they existed, and now they’re everywhere. To me, they seem to have just come out of nowhere. Every diaper bag company has their version, and each one is unique and exceptional in their own right.

Now that I have another little one in the house I have jumped on the backpack diaper bag bandwagon. Only this time I’m packing for two.

I have put together a list of what I think are the best backpack diaper bags out there today.

But First, let’s talk about what makes these bags so popular.

Why are Backpack Diaper Bags so darn popular?

There are so many reasons why these diaper bags are so great, and it’s hard to know where to begin.

The amount of space is fantastic, especially when you’re packing for more than one child. You can cram so much stuff in there it isn’t even funny.

The pockets for packing are generally numerous and roomy. Not to mention all of the specialty pockets you can find. These pockets can include but are not limited to wipes pocket, bottle pockets, mommy pocket, and change pad slot.Parent and Child

Being able to wear your diaper bag on your back and be hands-free for playtime outside, all-day outings and even diaper changes are quite handy. The straps are so very comfortable. You never have to worry about your diaper bag hitting the dirty public washroom floor again. I don’t even want to think about the germs stuck to your diaper bag after that encounter… Yuck!

There are so many different styles out there that you will be hard pressed not to find one that works for your needs.

Here are my top picks for backpack diaper bags:

1. Fan Favourite

SUNVENO DIAPER BACKPACKSUNVENO DIAPER BACKPACK

The Sunveno backpack is the most recognizable style of backpack diaper bag out there today. Though there are many brands and knock-offs that look the same, the Sunveno Mummy Backpack stands out from the rest.

With its large capacity, fish-mouth opening, Anti-theft pocket, adjustable straps, insulated bottle holders and wet pocket, this diaper bag is the leader of the pack.

Average Price: $89.99 CAD, $42.98 USD

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

Features:

  • Lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Comes in 7 colours: Gray, Pink, Green, Blue-Purple, Navy, Black, Olive.
  • Made from polyester fabric, waterproof and easy to clean.
  • Back D Rings Design: can be linked to strollers, trolley, making travel more convenient.
  • There has an opening in the back of the bag for easy access to the bottom.
  • Back Anti-theft Pocket design that keeps your things safe.
  • Front 3 insulated bottle pockets can be suitable for most baby bottles.
  • Max suitable bottle size : diameter about 7.8cm( 3 inch), Height about 20cm(7.8 inch)
  • The insulating layer can keep warm for 2-4 hours
  • Wide open design (Fish – mouth Openings)
  • The top zipper opening has metal support inside
  • Metal hardware
  • Internal pockets: 4 slip pockets, one 1 zipper pocket and 1 waterproof pocket (located on the back opening).
  • External pockets: Front bottle pocket which also has mesh pocket inside, Side bottle pocket, Side wipes holder and Back security pocket.

Dimensions: 42 x 27 x 20 cm OR 15.8 x 8.3 x 11 inches

Weight: 1.2 Kg, 1.54 lbs

Accessories: No additional accessories included

Care: Wipes clean

2. Frugal Friendly

GRACO GOTHAM SMART ORGANIZER SYSTEM

Graco Gotham Smart Organizer system

Not only is the Graco Gotham Smart Organizer system frugal friendly, but it’s also fully functional. It has great internal structure and features a lot of pockets to keep your things organized. The large storage pocket includes individualized storage compartments along with zippered internal pockets to keep mom and dad’s things organized as well.

This bag is excellent for the whole family, with enough room for short outings or all day trips. The straps are really well made, they have venting and padding for maximum comfort, and they have lots of length for big and tall wearers, great for the dad’s out there!

The added features of the bag are a definite plus as well, with the external wipes holder and insulated bottle holder, you can’t go wrong.

One thing is for sure; you will want to have this bag at your disposal.

Average Price: $65.99 CAD, $49.99 USD

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

Features:

  • Adjustable backpack straps have venting and padding
  • Tote carrying handle
  • Multiple exterior zippered compartments
  • wipes dispenser pocket provide quick access
  • Large interior pocket includes individualized storage compartments and zippered pockets
  • Insulated bottle pocket can hold up to 2 baby bottles

Dimensions: 46 x 38 x 14.5 cm OR 18.1 x 15 x 5.7 inches

Weight: 794 g, 1.75 pounds

Accessories: Removable change pad and Wipes container

Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth

3. Fully Functional

JU-JU-BE BE RIGHT BACK

JUJUBE - BE RIGHT BACK

Ju-Ju-Be is one of my favourite diaper bag brands, they are on the higher end but worth the investment, in my opinion. The Be Right Back is a bag that is completely functional and fashionable, what can be better than that? You can get this bag in all the Ju-Ju-Be prints, so your options are vast.

The Be Right Back is great for everyday use or keep it for your all day excursions. You can pack a lot of stuff in this bag.

Like all of the Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags, this one features the mommy pocket, perfect for your wallet, keys, sunglasses and any other small item you like to have with you at all times. It has two Thinsulate lined bottle pockets and a zippered back pocket to store your change pad.

This bag will stand up against the everyday use and abuse. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty when purchased through a reputable dealer.

The bag featured in is the Black Out print, also great for Dad’s to carry.

Average Price: $199.99 CAD, $154.99 USD

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

Features:

  • Comes in a wide variety of Ju-Ju-Be prints
  • Backpack style diaper bag with ergonomically curved and padded shoulder straps
  • 4 main pockets, 5 zippered pockets and a “mommy” pocket
  • Quick grab handle.
  • Cell phone pocket.
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets with Thinsulate™ by 3M™
  • Top storage pocket for your MP3 player or digital camera
  • Back zippered compartment for the Memory Foam changing pad.
  • Includes Teflon treated outer fabric and AgION protected linings
  • Metal Hardwar
  • Light-coloured linings to help you see what’s in the bag
  • Comes with a 90-day limited warranty against manufacturing defects

Dimensions: 30.5 x 13 x 40.4 cm OR 12 x 16 x 5 inches

Weight: 934 g, 1.98 lbs

Accessories: Memory foam change pad

Care: Machine Washable and air dry

4. Fashionable

THE HONEST COMPANY CITY BACKPACK DIAPER BAG

THE HONEST COMPANY CITY BACKPACK

This very chic backpack diaper bag by The Honest Company is perfect for stylish parents on the go. Both spacious and cleverly designed, this bag has large compartments, insulated pockets and an exterior rear pocket into the main compartment

Made from 100% polyurethane vegan leather, with NO toxic foams or PVC often found in diaper bags. It’s no wonder why this bag made my list.

Average Price: $189.99 CAD, $149.99 USD

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

Features:

  • Water-resistant wipeable lining
  • Large zippered front closure
  • External Insulated pocket
  • External accessories pocket for phone, key and other items
  • Padded inside pocket for laptop or tablet
  • Roomy main compartment
  • Key fob
  • Five interior pockets keep you organized and de-cluttered
  • Includes rear zipper that opens into the main compartment
  • Cushioned adjustable straps

Dimensions:  45 x 38 x 46 cm OR 19 x 16 x 5.5 inches

Weight: 1.06 Kg, 2.33 lbs

Accessories: Includes changing pad features a zippered pocket and travel/storage bag for easy carrying

Care: Do not machine wash. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Do not dry clean. Use a damp cloth to spot clean.

5. For Fantastic Fathers

JU JU BE VECTOR DIAPER BAG JU JU BE VECTOR DIAPER BAG

Yup, another Ju-Ju-Be. Can you tell that I really love this brand? This one was designed specifically with Dad in mind and is super functional.

This Unisex bag features 4 internal mesh pockets to help keep you organized. It also has a few functional external pockets including the extra tall insulated bottle pockets on each side of the bag and the hidden electronics pocket. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Ju-Ju-Be upgraded their already fantastic memory foam changing pad just for this collection.

As with all Ju-Ju-Be bags, this one comes with Teflon treated outer fabric and AgION protected linings. Let’s not forget about that limited lifetime warranty when purchased from authorized dealers.

Dad also deserves to look great while out and about with the kids, and the Vector is just the bag to do it.

Average Price: $179.99 CAD, $134.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca Amazon.com

Features:

  • Made from 100% Polyester.
  • Cooling back panel with wicking tricot fabric to minimize sweating.
  • 3 colour options: Black, Blue and Grey.
  • 2 extra tall external bottle pockets with zippered closures.
  • 4 internal mesh pockets help you organize while seeing what’s inside.
  • Hidden body facing electronics pocket keeps items safe in crowded locations.
  • Padded internal changing pad pocket accommodates tablets or small laptops as well.
  • Metal Hardware.
  • Lifetime limited warranty against manufactured defects when purchased from a Ju-Ju-Be authorized seller

Dimensions: 30.5 x 16.5 x 44.4 cm OR 12 x 6.5 x 17.5 inches

Weight: 907 g, 2 lbs

Accessories: Upgraded changing pad

Care: Machine washable and Air dry

6. Family of Four or More

ITZY RITZY BOSS DIAPER BAG BACKPACKITZY RITZY BOSS DIAPER BAG

Not all families are the same, and many have more than one little one to pack for, that’s where this large backpack diaper bag comes in. There’s more than enough room for the entire family in this fully functional bag by Itzy Ritzy. This brand is really high quality and another one of my favourites.

In addition to its full internal structure that allows the bag to stand upright even when empty, it also features mesh to hold all your contents in place if you have to open it all the way up while standing upright. The Itzy Ritzy Boss bag has a total of 17 pockets for all your organizational needs.ITZY RITZY BOSS DIAPER BAG BOTTOM

The thing I love most about the entire Itzy Ritzy line is the patent-pending rubber feet. These are a real lifesaver when you have to put your bag down in some not so desirable places.

Average Price: $189.99 CAD, $149.99 USD

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

Features:

  • 100% vegan leather tassel.
  • Currently, there are 4 colour options with two more will be released in the fall of 2018. Heather grey is shown in the picture.
  • 10 internal, including zippered interior pockets
  • 7 external, including two insulated bottle pockets and a zippered back pocket for the Change Pad
  • Felt-lined valuables pocket to protect contents.
  • Internal Mesh
  • Front-facing zipper opens easily for quick access
  • Patent pending rubber feet are inspired by driving moccasin soles help to keep the bag clean

Dimensions: 26.7 x 17.8 x 45.7 cm OR 10.5 x 7 x 18 inches

Weight: 1.13 Kg, 2.5 lbs

Accessories: Includes matching changing pad and stroller straps

Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth

Conclusion

No matter the backpack diaper bag you choose, one thing is for sure; you won’t regret your choice. With so many different options out there, I’m confident that you will be able to find ‘The One’ the fits best with your family.

Drop me a comment to let me know your experiences with backpack diaper bags and why they are your diaper bag of choice.

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Comments

  1. Garen says:

    Got to say that I am pretty surprised that baby diaper bags cost so much. Honestly, when I was budgeting I was thinking the $20 to $50 range. But, three of them on your list are over $100. Do you think the ones that are $50 are of the same quality as the cheaper ones? Do you think it’s worth it to spend a little extra money for the more expensive diaper bags.

    1. Hi Garen,
      I have had diaper bags under $50 with my first daughter and I can confidently say from experience that they are not of the same quality. I’m pretty hard on my diaper bags and the lower priced ones just couldn’t stand up to the abuse. This time around I have upgraded to the higher end bags and couldn’t be happier. It’s a bit more of an expense up front but it will save you money in the long run. If you use the bag for 2+ years, you will likely have the higher end bag for the whole time and it will still be in great condition. But with the under $50 you will likely have to replace it a couple times within the same time frame, the price will end up being about the same in the end. If a high-end bag isn’t an option and your budget can stretch a little, I would suggest looking at some mid-range bags. There are some great options out there for $50-100. But you will have to do your homework to find one of good quality. Good luck in your search.

  2. Kevin says:

    NIce article. That is great information. I just had my first grandchild about a month ago so I will share this with my daughter as I am sure she is need of more stuff still. Thanks so much for all your hard work putting this together.

  3. Kaleb Lilly says:

    Hi Stephanie.
    I think the backpack diaper bags are wonderful! I have a bad back, so carrying around a heavy diaper bag with my arms KILLS my back after a few hours. The backpack diaper bag seems to solve this problem.

  4. Dustin says:

    We had our first grand baby 2 months ago. I was looking for a diaper bag to give as a gift to our son. Thanks for the information good ideas!

  5. Sophia M says:

    I have been looking for a backpack diaper bag for a while now. I never see one at Target or Walmart, they all carry the same generic shoulder bag which is impracticable because you can’t hold your baby and hold the bag comfortably at the same time.

    To be honest, I like the Ju Ju Be Vector diaper bag meant for “fathers only” because it looks urban and slick. I guess I a more of a tomboyish mom myself? I don’t really go for the floral or typical mom print. I like that you have options for all kinds of moms and dads.

    Which bag do you reccomend for long time travel, like airplane trips?

    1. I’m with you on the look preference, I don’t go for the girly options either. My current everyday diaper bag is all black. For a long trip, I would choose the Itzy Ritzy Boss backpack. It’s big enough to fit all your travel needs, the straps are really comfortable for long-term wearing and the rubber bottom will keep the bag completely clean for when you have to put it down. Thanks for your question and good luck in your search.

  6. mike says:

    Thanks for such a great break down on these backpacks !
    I really like the SUNVENO DIAPER BACKPACK !
    You see my wife and I babysit my great neice Kaylee quite often and this would be an asset!
    I sent her the link to this page of your website !
    Thanks again!
    Mike

  7. Mike says:

    I sent a link to my wife from your website about the SUNVENO DIAPER BACKPACK . She said she was going to take a look, but this is my second comment, because I wanted to see if these great prices are a sale or the regular price.
    If she doesn’t get on it soon , I will!
    Mike

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks for staying in touch. The price listed for all the bags in the post is the regular price, though you can find them on sale at Amazon on occasion for even less.

  8. Liz says:

    My husband is great with children. (He should be as I meet him when he was a cast member at Disney.) But, he had such a hard time being convinced to carry my daughter’s diaper bag.

    We have a diaper bag that is green with multiple flowers. It kind of looks like a purse. We go to Disney a lot so we need a bag that will be functional as well as he would be willing to carry.

    So, I think that the Ju Ju Be Vector Diaper bag would be a great “congulations your a second-time father” gift.

    1. Admin says:

      I know where you’re coming from, my husband wasn’t keen on carrying a girly diaper bag either. This time around I have made an effort to get diaper bags that he would like as well and he even requested I get the vector for him. It has been a hit in our home and I’m sure it will be in yours as well. Happy Shopping!

  9. tanya says:

    When i was raising babies ( 25 years ago), our only options for diaper bags were the standard style. They easily ripped and if you had to carry supplies for more than one you were just out of luck. I had to resort to a gym bag. And that is not very attractive.
    I love these Backpacks and now know what to get the all the expectant mothers in the family. Thanks so much.

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