Most parents I talk to want to travel more with their kids, but something always seems to be holding them back.

I get it. Traveling with kids is scary. And just leaving the house with your beautiful little baby can be a daunting task.

One of the most important things I have discovered about making family travel more practicable is to try and stay ahead of the curve with tons of preparation and appropriate gear, so that fewer things will catch me off guard when we are out on the road.

And by far the most essential item for taking my baby literally anywhere is a well-stocked backpack diaper bag.

It is the first thing I pack up, and it is the lifeline for my baby outside the home.

Mom with baby backpack diaper bag

My diaper backpack has everything I need to care for my baby no matter the situation.

In terms of preparation, I have discovered that there is so much value in finding the perfect diaper bag before taking that first big trip.

By the end of this article, you will have all the tools and information you need to find the best backpack diaper bag for your lifestyle and your budget.

I will discuss 1) the best designer backpack diaper bags, 2) the best diaper bags for twins, 3) diaper backpacks that I think are super cute and unique, and 4) the best cheap diaper bag backpacks.

I promise. A baby backpack diaper bag will make your life so much easier, so you can focus on what matters most – caring for your baby.

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Quick Rundown: The Best Diaper Backpacks by Category

Fashionable Designer Diaper Bag Backpacks
Super Cute Backpack Diaper Bags
Large Backpack Diaper Bags for Twins
Cheap Diaper Backpacks (for around Forty Bucks)

Why backpack diaper bags are genius

Think about it.

A well-prepared diaper bag needs enough organizational space to carry wipes, at least a half-dozen diapers, burp cloths, extra outfits, toys, bottles, formula, water, pacifiers, hand sanitizer, disposable bags for soiled clothing (poop up the back seems to happen at the worst possible times, doesn’t it!?), etc.

That’s a lot of stuff! It is virtually impossible for a baby diaper bag to have too much room!

Two of my children are now grown and in elementary school, but when they were babies I used the same leopard print diaper bag for each of them. It was a gift from my sister and it seemed to get the job done.

Mom with baby in stroller and leopard diaper bag

But now with our third child I did some research and finally discovered the insane benefits of using a baby diaper bag that I can wear like a backpack.

I will tell you what – there is no turning back for this mama! The best baby bag backpacks are so much easier to use for travel and can fit so much baby gear in a well-organized and accessible way.

Benefits of the Top Backpack Diaper Bags

One of the best features of a baby backpack diaper bag is that dad will not complain about actually carrying it (you can read more about diaper backpacks designed specifically for dad HERE).

Also, the best backpack diaper bags are designed to be super comfortable, are easier to travel with, and they tend to have more pockets, cubbies and storage space than most typical diaper bags.

Don’t get me wrong, the old diaper bag was (kinda) cute to carry like an oversized purse, but my new diaper backpack is just so much more economical as a mama constantly on-the-go.

Best of all, there are seriously some super cute diaper bag backpacks out there that I consider to be both functional and fashionable. Now that’s a win-win!

Features to look for in the best diaper backpacks

If you are shopping for a great backpack diaper bag, there are actually plenty of options out there.

I would just caution that in doing research for this article, I found that some products are just oversized backpacks that are simply marketed as baby backpack diaper bags, but without the true functionality.

Rest assured – our list contains only true diaper backpacks.

True backpack diaper bags will have several critical features including 1) a quick-access pouch dedicated for wipes, 2) a built-in diaper changing pad, 3) insulated pockets to keep bottles warm or cold, 4) a large storage area for holding up to a dozen or so diapers and a few backup outfits, and 5) tons of little pockets and zippered areas for keeping all the baby’s gear neat and organized.

A diaper backpack that does not check ALL these boxes is NOT a diaper backpack you should consider.

Here are some other important features to look for in a top backpack diaper bag:

  •     size and functionality (is it big enough for your individual situation and travel needs?)
  •     design and accessibility (how easy is it to get what you need, when you need it?)
  •     durability and craftsmanship (is it well-made with a warranty and/or solid product reviews?)
  •     fashion and materials (do you like how it looks and the style of fabric/materials?)
  •     comfort and ergonomics (is it comfortable to wear and use during travel or long outings?)
  •     price and value (does the diaper backpack provide a good value at its price point?)

 

Luckily, we have compiled the ultimate list of our favorites the best baby backpack diaper bags – whether you are looking for a bag that is fashionable, unique, affordable, or large enough for twins.

I am confident that you will find an amazing diaper backpack on this list to fit your own unique style and needs.

Designer Diaper Backpack Reviews

Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection, The Versailles

Ju Ju Be is the premiere choice if you are looking for a sassy and stylish designer diaper backpack. The Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag has so many chic designs, but this is one of my favorites called “The Versailles”, which has a distinct black and brown pattern with tan lining and gold accents everywhere. I LOVE this backpack! Not only is it stylish, but it is ergonomic, durable and easy to wipe clean. Oh yeah, it also has a matching changing pad made of memory foam. In terms of functionality, it has 4 main pockets, 5 zippered pockets and a mommy pocket to keep your personal items safe and close at hand. It is machine washable, but honestly, since the outer fabric is treated with Teflon this diaper backpack will wipe clean quite easily for most daily messes. Of course it has insulated bottle pockets on each side and pocket for quick access to baby wipes. All in all, this is clearly one of the best designer backpack diaper bags, which is exactly what you’d expect from Ju-Ju-Be, a Southern California company founded in 2005 that is all about style, fashion and attitude.

Size: 12 in. length x 16 in. height x 5 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Durable fabric that will look good for a long time
  • Chic design that does not sacrifice style for function
  • Good layout with lotsa pockets for baby and mommy

 

Room for improvement

  • Some buyers complain about miscellaneous issues such as broken straps, zippers, etc after daily use
  • Is a designer diaper backpack that costs more than other bags that provide similar functionality for less

Vera Bradley Lighten Up, Colorful Polka Dots

Vera Bradley is another brand that makes the cutest designer diaper bags and diaper backpacks. The Vera Bradley Lighten Up Backpack Baby Bag comes in a variety of patterns and designs, but my favorite is the shiny black polyester backpack with multi-color dots. This adorable Vera Bradley diaper backpack comes with a comfortable changing pad, laminated pockets, and 5 mesh pockets for help in organizing all your baby’s odds and ends. The “Lighten Up” design ensures that the fabric is extremely lightweight, but also durable and water repellent. With solid construction and smart design with ample storage space, the Vera Bradley Lighten Up baby diaper backpack will suit the needs of any mom, whether you are just making Target runs or planning to hit the road for a family trip. Most importantly, the luxurious fabrication and designer patterns will make a hot statement no matter where you find yourself with your baby.

Size: 12 in. length x 16.5 in. height x 5 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Very stylish, comfortable to use, and lightweight
  • Unique prints that will make a statement
  • Machine washable, fade resistant and water repellent fabrics

 

Room for improvement

  • The interior is lined with dark material, and it can be hard to find things.
  • No insulated pockets, so you may have to get a detachable insulated sleeve
  • Not a lot of little zippered compartments, which some find handy

Ju-Ju-Be Classic Collection, Blooming Romance

Ju-Ju-Be has a cute series of diaper backpack bags in their Classic Collection, and I absolutely adore this Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag called “Blooming Romance”, which has a stylish mix of pink and red flowers on a black background. This is one sexy diaper bag backpack! Not only is it stylish, but it is ergonomic, durable and easy to wipe clean. Oh yeah, it also has a matching changing pad made of memory foam. In terms of functionality, it has 4 main pockets, 5 zippered pockets and a mommy pocket to keep your personal items safe and close at hand. It is machine washable, but honestly, since the outer fabric is treated with Teflon this diaper backpack will wipe clean quite easily for most daily messes. It has insulated bottle pockets on each side made by 3M Thinsulate material to keep bottles warm or cold, and heavy duty metal zippers impressed with the Ju-Ju-Be insignia. Ju Ju Be makes some of the best designer diaper backpacks that are stylish, practical, functional and durable.

Size: 12 in. length x 16 in. height x 5 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Durable fabric with fashionable sexy flower print
  • Designer style made with high quality materials
  • Lots of unique compartments to help with organization

 

Room for improvement

  • It costs more than other bags that provide similar functionality for less price
  • The base is a little narrow limiting storage space for larger items

Cute Diaper Backpack Reviews

Kute 'n' Koo Classic French Stripe

Ok, let me just say that the Kute ‘n’ Koo diaper backpack is super cute to match with nautical outfits and has a design that is perfect if you live near the beach or plan to visit the coast or a seaside village. The french stripes together with the sandy brown colored straps and zippers just shouts beach getaway. But honestly, this diaper bag will look great just about anywhere. There is one main pocket for large items, which also has 7 smaller internal pockets for handy organization. In total, the Kute ‘n’ Koo baby diaper backpack has 18 pockets, including side bottle pockets. It also has a matching changing pad with a Halo printed on the side for your baby’s head so you don’t ever get it confused, which is actually a pretty good idea. The fabric is good quality, water resistant, and lightweight. There is no wonder this is considered one of the best baby backpacks, as it consistently gets five star ratings and highly positive reviews.

Size: 12.5 in. length x 16.5 in. height x 6 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Reputable brand for good customer service
  • Designed well with intention of doing everything with one hand
  • Stands up well on its own and is very spacious inside
  • Lots of compartments and pockets for superb organization

 

Room for improvement

  • Main compartment is tall and deep, so some things can get lost in there
  • May not hold up to constant daily use, but definitely solid value at its price point

MOMMORE Multi-functional White and Cream

The MOMMORE Multi-functional Diaper Bag Backpack comes in a few different colors, but there is something unique and alluring about this sheer white design. The outer fabric is water resistant polyester, which is designed to be durable and easy to wipe clean. An interesting design feature is that the front pocket can unzip from both sides and unfold to become a diaper changing pad that zips right back up when you are finished. The shoulder straps may not be the most comfortable, but they can be removed if you wish to use the bag more as a diaper handbag instead of a backpack. There are two side elastic pockets for bottles and two pockets on the front panel for quick access to smaller items. The large main compartment has an additional 7 pockets (2 meshed) to help with organization. While the whiteness of this diaper backpack will be naturally susceptible to dirt and stains, I think it is super cute and stylish to go with just about any outfit.

Size: 14.2 in. length x 16.5 in. height x 7.1 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Unique design features and multi-functionality as handbag or backpack
  • Large main compartment with lots of little pockets
  • side pockets are elastic adjustable for any size bottle

 

Room for improvement

  • Will be difficult to keep clean
  • A detachable changing pad might be more functional than unzipping the front pocket

Slonser Multi-functional Denim and Peach

This Baby Diaper Bag Backpack by Slonser is a large multi-functional diaper bag that comes in a really cute design that looks like light blue denim with peach accents and stripes. I adore the modern charming look to this diaper backpack. Best of all, this diaper backpack has some cool modern amenities for the digital age, like a pocket with cord output for a USB charging device (we don’t travel anywhere without a backup USB charger). It doesn’t have built-in bottle holders like most other diaper backpacks, but it does come with a separate insulated bottle bag, and this adds to the sleek overall design of the bag. It also comes with a large diaper changing pad. Overall it has 14 pockets for excellent organization, including a side pocket for wipes, 2 back pockets, 2 front pockets for quick access, 1 big wallet pocket, 7 inner pockets (with a small zip pocket) and 1 laptop pocket. Made of heavy duty polyester and metal zippers, this diaper bag should last a long time as well. Overall, this is a great option as one of the best mommy bags out there, and it gets solid five star reviews.

Size: 14 in. length x 16.5 in. height x 8 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Multi-purpose design: use as handbag, backpack, shoulder bag, or attach to stroller with straps
  • Cute colorful design made from quality materials
  • Lots of pockets that are easy to access and allow good organization
  • Dedicated place for USB charging device and cord exit

 

Room for improvement

  • With a sleek design, it is probably too small for more than one baby

Best Diaper Bag for Twins

Gitta Large Blue Flowers

So Gitta makes this Jumbo diaper bag that is super adorable with light blue and white flowers on gray, and it has tons of pockets and space – 27 liters capacity in the main compartment to be exact – making it a great choice for families with more than one child. This multi-functional baby bag has stroller straps and can be used as a diaper bag with a single over the shoulder strap, or as a diaper backpack for twins. I would prefer to use it as a diaper bag backpack, as it frees up my hands during travel, but it is nice to know that it has that flexibility. The fabric is made of waterproof material, so it is also very easy to wipe clean. Just in case, this baby bag is also machine washable and has a laundry net for storing dirty clothes. For the jumbo size, this diaper bag is actually pretty lightweight and has all the bells and whistles (insulated pockets, changing mat, zippered compartments) that you would expect in a great large diaper bag, making it one of the best diaper backpacks for twins on the market. They have a few other colors like denim or pink flowers, and they even have a plain olive green one that dad probably wouldn’t mind wearing.

Size: 18.7 in. length x 12.9 in. height x 6.6 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • High quality, water repellent fabrication that is easy to keep clean
  • Large size diaper backpack for two children that is also lightweight
  • Has an interval divider and zippered compartment to store dirty clothes
  • Tons of pockets and compartments for great organization

 

Room for improvement

  • There is no dedicated wipe dispenser on the outside of the bag
  • Quite wide design that is less chic, but indicates a serious momma on the go
  • Comparatively expensive, but worth the investment

Lekebaby Gray Wide Open

The Lekebaby Expandable Diaper Bag Backpack is large and in charge with great functionality, despite it not being the most fashionable bag on our list. Don’t get me wrong, the basic gray palate will appeal to many men and women who just want a bag that will not stand out too much from the crown and will get the job done. And get the job done this will! The main compartment opens from the top like a clam shell with a double zipper to reveal a large space with 5 practical interior pockets. It is also unique in having a bottom expandable pocket that will help in carrying baby outfits and diapers so you can reserve the main area for formula, toys, snacks, you know, whatever. You will also find two front insulated pockets for baby bottles and a handy zippered pocket on the front that is waterproof and separate from everything else, which is great for your phone, keys or small mommy items. There is a nice wipe dispenser on the side too. All in all, this bag is an affordable choice for parents of multiple children looking for a great diaper bag for twins.

Size: 14 in. width x 14 in. height x 7 in. depth

Reasons to love:

  • Opens like a clam shell very wide at the top for easy access
  • Well designed and constructed to help travel with multiple babies a breeze
  • Neutral gray color so dad (probably) won’t mind carrying the baby backpack

 

Room for improvement

  • Style is not the cutest or sexiest, but also won’t stand out in a crowd
  • Some users complain the zippers can be difficult to zip

ALLCAMP Convertible Zebra Print

As you know, I love me some animal print so I was glad to find this Zebra striped diaper bag made by ALLCAMP. This is a large multi-functional diaper bag that is full of style and function. It can be used as a cross body messenger bag, an over the shoulder tote, or (my choice) as a bona fide diaper backpack with comfortable shoulder straps. It is also well constructed with metal hardware and has waterproof cotton canvas fabric with subtle Zebra print that can be machine washed. There are over ten pockets including three insulated bottle pockets and a mommy pocket in the front for stowing your phone, wallet, keys, etc. The main pocket is also very large, making this an ideal diaper bag backpack for moms with more than one child. Due to cuteness, durability and functionality, this Zebra print diaper bags is one of my favorite baby backpacks for twins. This bag is a similar design and a great alternative to the Ju-Ju-Be BFF due to the lower price point.

Size: 14.5 in. length x 13 in. height x 8.5 in depth

Reasons to love:

  • Large capacity and has a back sleeve to easily store an iPad or laptop
  • Cute Zebra print on waterproof canvas material that seems durable
  • 3 insulated bottle pockets and ample other pockets for organization
  • Multi-functional design to use as standard bag or diaper backpack

 

Room for improvement

  • Is quite big and the size makes it a challenge to navigate tight spaces

Affordable Diaper Backpack Reviews

Wallaroo Lush Stitched Teal

The Wallaroo Diaper Bag Backpack is quite popular and comes in a variety of colors (purple, blue, black, gray), including this fantastic teal color. The exterior has a soft quilted nylon fabric that it is also quite durable and resistant to water or stains. It has a unique design with two quite large rounded pockets in the front and two side pockets for holding bottles. This diaper bag is also comfortable to wear as a baby backpack and comes in two different sizes (medium and large) to fit any body size. Even dad should not mind carrying this cute, but not too feminine looking, backpack. There is a large nylon pocket inside to hold your diaper changing mat, or it can even carry a 15 in. laptop or large iPad, as well as a couple mesh pockets to help with organization. All in all, this bag is a great value and one of the best cheap diaper backpacks on the market.

Size: 14 in length x 16 in. height x 8.5 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Includes a changing mat and a wet bag to store soiled clothing items
  • Has 5 great colors and two sizes to choose from
  • Has stroller straps and super comfortable shoulder padding
  • Well designed and easy to see and access items in the main compartment

 

Room for improvement

  • Some users complain that the fabric does not stand up well to heavy usage
  • The zippers are not bad, but can be annoying for some
  • Great for the price, but is susceptible to wear and tear

HaloVa Stylish Vibrant Red

The HaloVa Diaper Bag Backpack is a true bargain and is exceptionally popular. I see moms wearing this bag all the time, and there is no wonder why. It comes in a variety of colors (I, of course, love the hot red one) including orange, linen, gray, purple, dark blue, and black. It is fabricated with durable water resistant exterior that will wipe clean with ease. It has a large, deep main compartment that will store a lot of diapers and outfits, but it will also be easier to lose little items at the bottom. It does have several interior pockets to keep dirty clothes separate, and has side holders for baby bottles. Lots of moms like the design of this bag because it is tall and spacious, but doesn’t look frumpy and wide when they wear it. It looks pretty chic and like a regular cute backpack.

Size: 10.6 in. length x 16.5 in. height x 8.3 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Very useful design and mom friendly styling
  • Comes in a variety of cute colors to choose from
  • Sleek narrow design makes it easier to navigate crowded places

 

Room for improvement

  • zippers can malfunction and you get what you pay for in terms of durability
  • more susceptible to wear and tear than more expensive bags
  • shoulder straps not very comfortable for all day use

HYBLOM Soft Purple Heart Clovers

This HYBLOM Diaper Bag Backpack is very popular with online shoppers, as it comes in 5 different colors and gets stupendous reviews and ratings overall. It is practical, comfortable and has a pretty cute and stylish design that I really like. The main compartment is quite wide and easy to get into for those big items, but also has several little pockets around the sides to help keep the smaller things organized with elasticized pockets. It has flexible insulated pockets for a set of baby bottles and a matching changing pad. The fabric is nice and the baby backpack is well constructed for the price. If you are looking for a cute diaper bag on a budget, look no further than the HYBLOM Diaper Backpack.

Size: 14 in. length x 16 in. height x 8.5 in. width

Reasons to love:

  • Great value and it has everything you expect in a diaper bag backpack
  • Comfortable to wear shoulder straps and shape is easy to carry
  • Has stroller straps and other features for good functionality

 

Room for improvement

  • Probably too small for more than one child
  • More susceptible to wear and tear than some higher cost competitors

That’s a Wrap!

Well there you have it, this is my list of the top 12 best diaper bag backpacks to fit the needs of any mom, whether we’re talking about a mother of two infants looking for the best diaper bag for twins, the high fashion mom looking for a chic diaper backpack that won’t ruin her designer outfit, the mom just looking for something cute, unique and practical, or the mom looking for the best affordable diaper backpack with style and function. We have covered a lot of ground and hope this buyer’s guide has been helpful in finding the perfect diaper bag backpack for you!

Also, if you are looking for a diaper backpack for dad, we wrote a great review article for manly diaper bag backpacks HERE.

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