Floral prints and bold geometric designs, we moms tend to get all the diaper bag glory, but does the dad in your house have his own diaper bag? More and more, dads are the ones doing park playdates and daily errands with baby in tow. And I’m guessing that most don’t want to carry a pink bag with flowers on it. Today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite diaper bags for the modern dad.
1.Iconoclast Dad Bags
I’m always impressed when a brand finds a way to make a part of parenting easier with a better product. Meet the Iconoclast Dad Bag. This is not just a backpack with a changing pad thrown in. Creator Anthony Escobar created a bag that really performs differently. You wear it over your shoulder (either left of right with its ambidextrous strap) and when you need to access the contents, you swing it around in front of your body – the bag horizontal. The inside pockets are designed for the bag to be opened this way, quickly and conveniently, letting you easily grab those wipes or snack bag without having to take the bag off. If you need more storage (or dad likes to keep things uber organized), you can also buy separate modular accessory pouches for wipes, additional diapers, first aid or other supplies that can be secured at various places both inside or outside the bag – wherever you prefer to put them. Love this flexibility! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Mario Lopez is a fan of them too.
2.Backpacks are back
I know, you graduated school and thought you’d never have to get another backpack again. While most diaper bags are shoulder bags and totes, backpacks are an increasingly popular option because they can spread the weight across both shoulders. This works especially well if you’re going somewhere that is less stroller-friendly and you’ll want to have the baby in one of those front-facing carriers. More at http://bestrateddiaperbags.com/finest-diaper-bags-dads/.
Fair warning: if you’ve got a baby in the front and a diaper bag backpack on, every kid-free guy under 25 is going to shake their head at you and think, “Not me, man. Not me.”
3.OiOi Men’s Jungle Leather Satchel Diaper Bag
Calling all rugged hipster dads! This one-of-a-kind diaper bag is so cool that your non-parent friends might want one of their own! Made from real distressed leather and antique gold hardware, this bag can hold everything you need to take care of your baby. The back pocket has a magnetic snap for easy opening and closing. The lining is water-proof so spills clean up easy.
4.Baby Boom XLR8 Connect and Go Back Pack Diaper Bag
This diaper bag/backpack combo is the peak of dad-on-the-go power. The bag can recharge as many as four devices, such as phones and tablets, so baby feels clean and Pops can rock out. The spacious interior can hold diapers, wipes and creams and the insulated side pocket for bottles keep them room temperature and doesn’t allow for spills on to the electronics. More at http://bestrateddiaperbags.com/.
5.Good Merchandise Everyday Bag
Started by two dads, this Texas-based company was new to me but I’m loving Good Merchandise’s Everyday Bag because I know they are exactly the kind of bag my husband would have liked to carry. A un-fussy, rugged canvas exterior, enough pockets to hold the essentials, a waterproof interior and a strap that lets the bag be worn as a backpack or cross-body messenger. There are four color choices – tan/navy and tan/green and the just-released solids in military green and grey. Which I’d be just as happy to use as a diaper bag too! Plus, I love that this bag looks just as functional after baby.
A diaper bag, in many dads’ minds, is a shapeless purse-like sling that we hope is ideally functional and – if we’re lucky – neutral in design and color. Or, if you’re like me, it’s a repurposed favorite hiking backpack.