Diaper bags are essential for moms and dads alike. Parents need to have a way to haul all the junk we have to have on us all the time now with kids in tow. Whether you have a newborn or a preschooler, diaper bags are a must have!
My favorite style of diaper bag is the backpack. I can be hands-free and chase after my kids still carrying everything I need for them and myself for the day. Backpacks are comfortable and easy to use making them a perfect diaper bag that transitions from infancy to toddler-hood and beyond.
When my boys were babies, diaper bag backpacks were not as stylish and there weren’t as many options. Now, there are so many new up and coming small shops and brands taking over the diaper bag market and I am excited to own some of the best bags around. I’ve gathered all of my diaper backpacks to share with you the pros, cons, and everything about these wonderful mom (& dad) must haves!
*As a blogger, I sometimes work with brands to review their products. Some of these bags were sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I own and use all of these bags and all opinions are 100% my own.
This bag is flexible, fold-able, convertible and comfortable! It’s my go-to bag for trips to the zoo, the park, Disney, and even the beach sometimes. The material is lightweight making it perfect for stuffing it to the rim with anything I may need and not feel like it’s super heavy. It can be used as a tote, cross-body or backpack but my preferred way is obviously backpack style. My favorite features include the large mesh pocket on the outside (I can fit two water bottles in it), large change pad, smooth zippers, and the bag fold into itself for storage and travel.
For more details & color options click here!
Update: when this post was first published this bag company was called Vauva, they are now a different name; Rylapack.
Ryla (formerly Vuavapack) is a new brand from Utah started by a husband & wife. They wanted to create their idea of the perfect minimalist diaper bag that is functional and fashionable. I love this bag and use it all the time. It’s the smallest of all the bags on the list but that makes it special. If you are “just the essentials’ type of packer, then this bag is for you. It fits just what you need and has plenty of pockets for organization. I love the easily adjustable straps and it includes a change pad with a small clear bag for extra storage.
If you have just one baby, a toddler or an older child this bag is excellent for you. Also, if you’re a minimalist or if you just like to pack light then Vauva is a good choice.
Check out RylaPack here!
3. Jujube B.F.F
I got my Jujube BFF after I saw my sister-in-law’s and fell in love! I mean, this bag is MACHINE WASHABLE! What more do I need to say really? Moms know how dirty our bags get so anytime a diaper bag can be thrown in the washing machine, it’s a winner. Aside from that, this bag has other great features. The backpack straps are completely removable and it comes with a long shoulder strap as well. It also doesn’t look like a traditional backpack which is fun and eye-catching. The BFF is equipped with numerous pockets, a change pad, and the straps are cushioned for ultimate comfort.
Jujube has a more traditional style backpack available called the Be Right Back and you can check it out here. It’s also an excellent choice but I didn’t include it in the list because I don’t own that style.
For more on Jujube click here!
4. Fawn Design
I discovered Fawn Design through a “YouTuber” I love, Michelle Pearson (check out her channel here) and I knew I had to have this bag. It doesn’t look like a diaper bag and it can be used by parents or people without kids as well! The style is what caught my attention at first. The simple design is beautiful and understated but still looks so pretty. This bag does not include a change pad and that’s also a reason anyone can use it not just parents. Also, it’s made with a wipeable vegan leather and it’s super sturdy. I’ve filled it to the max and thrown it around so much but mine still looks brand new over a year later and I have it in brown.
To see their color selection and more info click here!
This is the newest bag in my collection but I had to include it because it’s gorgeous and has great features. Mina Kay is a new brand created by a mom who wanted to make beautiful and functional bags that could transfer from day to night and didn’t look like a diaper bag. She succeeded because this backpack is a stand out! It’s made with genuine leather but treated to be water resistant so no worrying about spills or rain. I love the luxurious feel and style of this bag, it makes me feel fancy when I use it but not too over the top. While this doesn’t come with a change pad, it does include a bag organizer. You can see it here. This bag is great for any stage of motherhood and it’s so classic that even the dads will love it.
Mina Kay also offers a satchel style diaper bag that is convertible and can be used as a backpack as well. You can see that one here.
For more info & colors click here!
The Kiki Lu bag was my most used bag of 2016! Hands down, this is one of the best bags I’ve ever owned, diaper bag or not. It’s made from faux-leather and easy to wipe down, perfect for wrangling messy kid stuff. It also has a great zipper across the top of the bag that I can open one-handed and if you’re a mom you know how important it is to be able to open your bag with one hand. I love the simple style of the bag and how it just looks like it can be my purse. I use it when I’m with my kids but I think I’ve used it without them even more! It does not include a change pad but it does have a slip pocket on the outside back of the bag and that’s an awesome feature. I can fit coloring books or an iPad back there for easy access if my kids are rowdy.
Kiki Lu was also created by a mom looking to make the perfect diaper bag. A portion of each of their sales is donated to a charity for children’s hearing loss. I love supporting any business that gives back to the community.
For more on Kiki Lu click here!
A lot of people wonder why I still like to use diaper bags when I have a 5 & an almost 7 year old but I think why not? Diaper bags are made for parents and I don’t think it matters how old a child is. I love having bottle pockets, extra storage areas and I even use change pads to sit on wet grass. This is why a good diaper bag is key, so it will last you a really long time.
I hope this list helped you choose a backpack diaper bag with style and function that will bring you many years of use. I’m not saying everyone needs all the bags on my list, but they are all great choices for anyone looking for a backpack diaper bag.