Why carry a heavy bag on your hip or shoulder when you can comfortably pack it on your back and be off in a jiffy?
Backpack diaper bags are a real hit with parents these days, and it’s no wonder why. The idea of chasing after your kids while toting the days’ necessities and still being able to do the hands-free things
- Play with your kids
- Pack up the vehicle
- Tackle diaper changes
- Kiss boo-boos
- Carry a crying kid in your arms
- Pat your head and rub your tummy
It’s like a dream come true for most parents to be able to do all of these things, especially the last one. I’m still trying to master that one, though my kids sure do laugh whenever I try. So, for me, it might be worth not mastering it after all.
Sorry, I got a little off topic there for a second.
When trying to decide if a backpack diaper bag is right for you, or you have already made the decision that you want one. There are some key features that you should look for in a bag to find the one that suits your needs the best.
Here’s what to look for when choosing your ideal backpack diaper bag:
Let’s face it. Not all backpacks are created equal. There are many to choose from, with lots of different features. It can get overwhelming and become difficult knowing which one will be the best fit for your family.
That’s where I come in. I have outlined some of the main features of most bags that will, hopefully, help you choose your ideal bag. I have also listed some unique features that you may be interested in.
For me, space is always an issue when trying to decide on a new diaper bag, especially with more than one child. Backpack diaper bags can range in a variety of sizes, from small to large. The size you choose depends on many things; you may want to ask yourself some of the below questions:
- Do you want it just for running quick errands?
- Will you be using the backpack diaper bag as your everyday diaper bag?
- Do you intend on using it as your outing diaper bag
Your intentions for the bag will depend on the size you will want to get. The small bags are great for quick errands and short outings close to home. You will want a medium to large bag for your everyday use depending on if you are an over packer or not. And you will want to look at the extra large backpacks for your all-day outings.
Though these bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, one thing always remains the same, how it gets packed. Verticle.
If you like to have your diaper bag laid out so that when you open it and you can see all of its contents. Then This style of diaper bag may not be for you. But, If stacking your items is not an issue for you, then please carry on. 🙂
The first thing to consider in this category is how you would like to pack the bag. Though everything will be verticle when wearing it, you can find backpack diaper bags that can open all the way up when laying horizontal. When choosing a bag like this one you may want to look for one that has gussets and possible mesh near the bottom of the bag. These features will help hold everything in if you have to open the backpack all the way up while in the upright position.
Or maybe you would like the central opening to be at the top of the bag when sitting upright so that you can stack it as you pack it. With this style, you won’t have to worry about anything falling out while open all the way, unless you tip it upside down while open, but that’s a whole other thing that I won’t get into here today.
The second thing to consider if width vs height. Would you prefer a tall bag as opposed to a wide one? Your height, or your partners, may be a factor in this decision.
Now that you have space and structure figured out let’s move onto the pockets.
I love a lot of pockets, both on the inside and especially on the outside. But maybe you don’t. Perhaps you like to pack with pouches, and a lot of pockets are not necessary. Or maybe you love them as much as I do, I won’t judge either way. To each their own.
Aside from the regular pockets you get with every diaper bag, there are some specialty pockets you may want to look for;
- Wipes pocket – This pocket is usually located on the outside for diaper changing or quick boogie wiping
- Bottle Pocket – Many diaper bags have insulated bottle pockets
- Mommy Pocket – This one is also found on the outside of the bag and is just for mommy, or daddy, to put your things in. Don’t want to forget that wallet.
- Back Pocket into the main compartment – This is convenient for pulling something out from the bottom of the bag without having to dig all the way to the bottom.
- Change Pad slot – usually on the outside of the bag and just for the changing pad, you don’t want those germs in with all your other baby items.
After you have considered all of the pocket options and decided on which ones you like best, you can move onto the next section. Even if you haven’t decided, you can move on anyway. I’ll never know either way. 🙂
Padded shoulder straps are a must. There are some bags out there sporting seat belt straps, but for maximum comfort, you want to find a bag that has straps like your school backpack.
Some backpack diaper bags even come with the option of removing the straps and attaching a messenger strap. These are known as convertible diaper bags; You can learn more about them HERE.
Additional Features and Accessories
In Addition to all of the fantastic features I have pointed out for you already, there are some other not so common ones that you may want to take into consideration along with some optional accessories that can come with the bag.
- D-rings – to hang the bag on the stroller with clips if you want. I’m sure you don’t want to be wearing it ALL the time.
- Stroller clips – because you will need something to attach it to the stroller
- Detachable Key Ring – This is pretty convenient for keeping track of your keys especially if you’re always losing them like me.
- Wet pocket – this one is great for storing dirty clothes
- Change Pad – This will come with most diaper bags.
- Wipes container – Not a common feature to find, but some bags do have them.
I like all of these options for my diaper bags if and when I can find them.
Though features are great to figure out, it’s not the only important that you must consider. Most new parents forget to think about the clean factor.
You’re going to want a bag that;
- Can be wiped clean easily
- Is stain resistant
- Is mildew resistant
- Is machine washable
Finding a diaper bag that has all of these points can be a bit difficult, but not impossible.
Another thing to consider would be the underside of the bag. Look for one that has ‘feet’ or a rubberized bottom. The feet will help keep the bottom of the diaper bag clean and off the floor, on the rare occasion, you have to put it down while outside or in a public washroom.
Backpack diaper bags can have a wide range in prices, but you will be able to find a suitable one in your price range. The majority of bags range from $50 – $150. For better quality Bags, there will be a bigger price tag attached, upwards to $300.
Making the final decision
Let’s recap some of the main questions you should ask yourself to help you in your decision-making process;
- Do you find carrying a backpack comfortable?
- What do you want to use the bag for? Errands, everyday use, or all day outings?
- Are you an over packer or a minimalist?
- Would you prefer a bag that has the opening at the top only or can open up all the way when laying down?
- Do you like a lot of pockets or prefer to pack with pouches?
- What kind of straps do you like?
- Can you give it a wipe clean when spills happen?
- Is it stain and mildew resistant?
- Can it be placed in a washing machine for a deep clean?
- Do the additional features and accessories interest you?
- What is your budget?
Answering all of the above questions will aid in your quest to find the best backpack diaper bag for you and your family. I wish you luck on your journey, and I hope that I was able to provide you with the knowledge to feel confident in your decision.