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Why carry a diaper bag backpack? I chose one for two reasons. First, tons of storage space that is super easy to organize. Second, it doesn’t make my back hurt like traditional one-strap diaper bags do. Lots of winning here. But not all backpack style diaper bags are created equally, so we’re breaking it down to make your choice super simple. Here are the very best diaper bag backpacks of 2020!

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Why Choose a Backpack Style Diaper Bag?

Besides being super trendy (check out this entire Pinterest board on how to style your diaper bag backpack), backpacks are just downright practical.

Remember all the sh*t you could stuff in them when you were in school?

Well, the same logic applies here: they hold a LOT of stuff, and they are really comfortable.

In addition to being trendy and able to hold the insane amount of baby gear you need just to step out of the door, backpack style diaper bags also:

  • You’re totally hands free!
  • Are much better for your back since the weight inside them is distributed evenly
  • Offer easy-access outside pockets for things you need immediately, such as baby’s bottles, wipes, and the keys to your minivan. (Not that we think moms need minivans.)

What Should I Look for In Diaper Bag Backpacks?

Not all diaper bag backpacks are created equally.

Here’s what’s generally important when considering the best backpack diaper bag:

Overall Space

Babies and kids often come with a lot of crap needed items. Naturally, you want to choose the best diaper backpack for your needs.

Are you a new mom who carries around most of your child’s nursery?

Or a seasoned vet who only carries a diaper and a couple of extra wipes?

Whatever your leaving-the-house style, it’s important your selection fit your personal needs and preferences.

Pockets and Pouches

Who doesn’t love a well-organized bag? That’s why we love bags with tons of pockets, including parent’s pockets, waterproof pockets, interior pockets, front pockets, and side pockets!

Most of us have a place in our purses for keys and another for our wallet, so why shouldn’t a diaper bag back serve our needs, too?

You’ll likely end up carrying this thing instead of a purse, so look for appropriate pockets and pouches for your stuff, too. And, if style is your game, make sure your chosen bag Is stylish enough to replace a purse.

Make sure you’re also looking for pouches for things you need to access easily for baby, obviously.

Wipes on demand are a definite necessity.

Washability

This one is a no-brainer. Even if you’re a new mama, you know how frequently bodily fluid ejection and milk spills happen. You name it–if it’s a liquid that goes anywhere near your little one, it will probably get all over your stuff.

Plus, if you’re anything like me, you probably throw your bag down without looking where you set it because you’re holding a baby.

So no matter what gets on your bag or what you set it in, I like to buy one that is easy to clean. We’ve tried to find some that are washing-machine friendly, but not going to lie–that’s a tall order!

Some of you are cleaner than me, though, so if that’s you, enjoy your fancy leather diaper bag backpack and have a nice day.

Weight

Seasoned backpackers who do crazy things like hike the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail know that the weight they carry is of the utmost importance.

Who says the same mama shouldn’t be true for mamas? Hauling around a kid (or multiple kids) is also an endurance sport, am I right?

I’m totally right.

So make sure you check the weight of the backpack itself before purchasing. Some are much lighter than others!

Durability

This is another no-brainer.

If this backpack diaper bag is going to endure everything you put it through, it needs to be high quality.

Most of us don’t need to spend extra time or money finding a new diaper bag when the strap pops off the old one or when the fabric rips. We want to find one, learn to pack it, and carry it until it’s earned its holes.

Durability matters.

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Large Diaper Bag Backpacks

Large diaper bag backpacks are great for moms with multiple children or just those of us who have been called “bag ladies” our entire lives.

1. Itzy Ritzy Boss Bag

This is one of our very favorites, recommended over and over again by moms in the Undefining Motherhood community. A TON of reviewers agree, too–88% of ratings have five stars.

What do they love about it? SO many pockets that can hold basically everything but your car. Also, a rubber bottom that helps it stand up well, and it zips all the way to the bottom!

Upsides of this backpack

Mamas rave about the amount of space and large pockets. In fact, this thing has seventeen total pockets (ten internal and seven internal). It also has two insulated bottle pockets and a “parent pocket” for YOUR things.

If organizing things is your jam, and you need a LOT of pockets with which to organize, then this bag is for you.

Additional upsides of this backpack are that it weighs only 2.5 lbs and is made with vegan leather. Those are the company’s words. I’m inclined to just call it faux leather, which I think is a-okay!

Many reviewers note that the stroller/cart clips are super helpful. Plus, it comes in a lot of fun colors!

Downsides of this backpack

The specifications of this item note that it is spot-clean only, so no throwing it in the washing machine after milk spills.

Some reviewers also complain about seam rips.

And many smaller women have a hard time not being completely overpowered by it. (Counterpoint: Moms with tall husbands rave about how easy it is for dad to use!)

Price tag

The price tag puts this right on the border of mid-tier and designer, but people love it so much, I’d call it splurge-worthy.

2. Skip Hop Forma Diaper Bag Backpack

A great bag that dads are happy to carry too! It doesn’t have that baby-ish vibe that your husband or partner will hate, so getting them to carry it won’t be hard. Score.

It also has an extra-wide opening and oversized pockets. Our readers rave about its ability to fit items for 2 kids with no problem, and how it holds up for years even being SO used!

Upsides of this bag

This backpack has PADDED shoulder straps. Comfort factor: check!

In addition to multiple pockets, it also comes with two packing cubes to help you organize easily.

The changing pad pocket can also hold your laptop or tablet, which is another plus for people who want a functional bag that works for both baby and parents.

Downsides of this bag

A few reviewers complain that this bag is more function than form (i.e. it’s not as cute as they would have liked.)

If what you want most is a stylish diaper bag backpack, our other options are a better fit.

But if you’re looking for something to get the job done and that your husband won’t balk at carrying, this bag’s for you.

Price tag

For what you get and how it lasts years, this bag is super well priced! It’s at the low-end of our medium tier.

Run snag it at your local Target here!

Small Diaper Bag Backpacks

Sometimes you just need a smaller backpack. Because not all of us carry every single item, or we leave some in the car and only carry what we need.

Whether for quick trips or when you’ve mastered the art of leaving the house with very few items, a small diaper bag backpack is a great way to carry what you need without being overloaded.

3. Itzy Ritzy Chic Mini Diaper Bag Backpack

You already know Undefining Motherhood readers rave about Itzy Ritzy. And 86% of reviewers give this bag five stars!

Upsides of this backpack

This backpack diaper bag is great for grab-and-go situations. Leave a few diapers and some wipes in it, and you’re ready to run out the door.

And good news! If you want to use this long-term, Itzy Ritzy still comes through with the pockets!

This small backpack has four internal and four external pockets.

It’s also vegan leather (they love that phrase!), comes with a changing pad, and has a “parent” pocket for your keys and wallet.

Reviewers also note that it’s easy to wipe clean (note, though, that it’s spot-clean only) and that the rubber gripper on the bottom helps keep the bag upright.

It also comes in multiple colors! Basically, all the pros of the larger Itzy Ritzy bag, without being so giant.

Downsides of this backpack

It only holds the essentials, so if you’re looking for something to use every day and you aren’t a minimalist, then this might not be your bag.

Also, some reviewers also note that the vegan leather can begin to peel after time.

Price tag

The price depends on the color and falls on the low end of our mid-tier range. So if you want something small that will organize your stuff but won’t completely break the bank, then this backpack is for you.

4. Idaho Jones Small Baby Backpack

This super chic, gorgeous bag packs a lot of punch in terms of space for being so small. But it’s definitely made for those mamas who only like to carry the necessities. 

Upsides of this backpack

Packed full of unique features like a space for an ipad, a velvet-lined phone pouch to protect your other baby, and special stroller straps.

This bag also has an insulated bottle pocket and one elastic pocket, AND it comes with a 1 year warranty. For being tiny, there’s a lot of utility packed into this uniquely designed bag.

Downsides of this backpack

This isn’t machine washable, though the nylon fabric supposedly keeps fairly clean.

A few moms also complain that there isn’t enough reinforcement in the stitching between the bottle pouches.

Some users complain that it’s too small, but no one is hiding the fact that this is a chic but minimalist bag!

Price tag

The price here is a steal for such a chic look. It falls in our “chic” category, but looks way more expensive!

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Cheap Diaper Bag Backpacks (Under $50)

Let’s be real here: sometimes it’s hard to fork over a bunch of money for something that only holds baby gear.

We get it–you want something cheap, functional, stylish, and durable because money doesn’t grow on trees, and babies are freaking expensive.

Fret not, girl. We got you.

5. Halo-Va Diaper Bag Backpack

I had multiple backpacks for Jack (thanks, baby shower gifts!), including one super luxury bag, but this bargain backpack was my absolute favorite.

Easy to use and to clean. I DID eventually throw it away because of mold. But I also left disgusting spilled milk in the bottom for like a month, so that was my fault.

Upsides of this backpack

Wipe pouch on outside, insulated bottle storage in front (small bottles only), opens from bottom and top!

Plus, it’s really cute and comes in a ton of different colors. It’s also waterproof (read: pee and spit-up proof) on the INSIDE and is constructed of really durable fabric.

There are also over 6,000 reviews of this bag, and it has an 88% rate it 4 or 5 stars. 

Oh, and they’ll replace it within 3 years of purchase if quality issues arise.

Downsides of this backpack

The back support isn’t as good as on some of the diaper bags, and some reviewers complain of tearing in the waterproof lining.

6. Maman Backpack with Stroller Straps

This simple, versatile backpack is a favorite among Undefining Motherhood moms and dads. It’s also super unique.

Upsides of this backpack

Reviewers note that this bag is really durable and wipes clean easily.

It also has a front-open pocket for ease of access to important items, and it has a matching changing pad and adjustable straps (important if dad is wearing it). Reviewers mention the durability repeatedly.

Durability is what our mamas love, too. That, and that it’s super affordable, lightweight, and waterproof.

Downsides of this backpack

It doesn’t have quite as many reviews as the other backpacks we’ve recommended (301), but it does have 78% five star ratings. And many mamas have told us first-hand how well it endures abuse.

Mid-Tier Stylish Diaper Bag Backpacks ($50-$150)

7. Ju-ju-be Vegan Leather Backpack

This is a moderately priced, gorgeous vegan leather bag. Mamas absolutely rave about it.

Upsides of this backpack

If you choose the plum color it’s deep and vibrant, and we really like how stylish this bag is.

Reviewers note that the bag has thick straps, which makes it easier to carry and way more comfortable.

It also has seven total pockets, with one zippered pocket AND a media pocket. Two of the pockets are insulated, which is great for carrying breastmilk or a bottle.

Downsides of this backpack

With only nine reviews, the people haven’t exactly spoken in regards to the durability of this bag. It was recommended to us, but not having used it personally, I’m mostly willing to say it’s really pretty.

8. Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack with Shoulder Straps

This diaper bag backpack comes VERY highly recommended by Undefining Motherhood readers for a few reasons.

First, dads love it. Second, it’s super durable. Third, the price is right. Fourth, they have a warranty.

I’m not going to lie. It isn’t the most stylish bag on the market, resembling a piece of luggage more than a purse. But if usable durability is what you want, this is perfect.

Upsides of this backpack

Water resistant! Not water proof, but more than we can say for most diaper bags.

The biggest upsides of this backpack are a 100-day return policy and a lifetime warranty. Have you ever heard of such a thing on a diaper bag??? Amazing.

The 14 pockets make it super easy to organize, and it has built in stroller straps, wet sack, and changing pad. It also has a 5 star rating on Amazon.

Downsides of this backpack

The lowest reviewers on Amazon complain that the bag does not hold up well (although that’s also what many people say they love about the bag.) Still, some tell stories of holes around the zipper stitching, etc.

But with a lifetime warranty, these common problems don’t seem like that big a worry to us. Especially when most people rave about the bag’s durability.

Designer Diaper Bag Backpacks ($150+)

Let’s face it: sometimes you just need to feel like your old, stylish self when you have a baby.

If you have extra money to spend on a designer backpack, then go for it. Mama needs nice stuff, too.

9. Luli Bebé Diaper Bag Backpack

Basically the cadillac of diaper bags. Want a bag that looks great, holds everything, and has, like, every strap imaginable (stroller strap and messenger strap)? Look no further.

Oh, and did we mention it’s GORGEOUS? Hands down the most stylish diaper bag on our list.

Upsides of this backpack

As we mentioned, this baby has it all. Straps, a changing pad, and pockets galore. It’s also made of premium materials and uses quality zippers.

It’s stain-resistant and fairly light-weight at 2.8 lbs, but not as lightweight as many of our other options.

It doesn’t have many reviews on Amazon, but some of the best ones love its style and durability, which is what our readers rave about too.

Downsides of this backpack

Lots of mamas complain about the price, but there are only 30+ reviews, and it is a luxury backpack, so there’s that.

This is the kind of diaper bag backpack you ask for as a gift, or you buy if you have plenty of money to spend. Otherwise, there are plenty of other great options.

One mom also complains about the large size, as she’s on the shorter side, so beware of that if you’re vertically challenged.

10. Ju-ju-be Be Right Back Bag

With 78% of reviewers giving this well-made diaper bag backpack 5 stars, this backpack was a definite must for our luxury list.

Also, it’s super cute, with a totally unique look.

Upsides of this backpack

Y’all. This thing has a cell phone pocket AND a mommy pocket. It also has a mesh pocket for dirty/sticky items and two insulated pockets.

In addition to being pocket central, a memory foam changing pad is included. Seriously? A memory foam changing pad?

It’s also THE ONLY diaper bag on this list that says it’s completely machine washable. You’re welcome. (I do think you could wash some of the others on gentle, but the manufacturers don’t say so, so . . . )

The straps of this bad boy are ergonomically designed to fit the body and padded. Reviewers note that it is durable and worth the money. It’s clear why this baby belongs in the luxury category.

Downsides of this bag

Despite the fact that it does have multiple pockets, some reviewers wanted more for the money. A few also noted that the magnetic closure (while great for ease of access) can break when you wash the bag.

11. Lily Jade Ana Bag

Okay, y’all, here’s the deal. If your budget isn’t big, just stop. Otherwise, you might leave disappointed. Because this bag is AMAZING! I use it as a regular backpack since I don’t carry a diaper bag anymore.

The Lily Jade Ana backpack diaper bag comes in both medium and large sizes, and it’s stunning. An incredibly stylish diaper bag, with a price tag to match.

It converts to a cross body, and it’s our only recommendation that’s a leather backpack diaper bag.

Upsides of this backpack

Because Lily Jade isn’t on Amazon, we can’t scour reviews to give you every detail. But here’s what we know from Undefining Motherhood readers.

Leather equals durability, and this is one durable bag. The large one is incredibly spacious, but the medium one still has plenty of room.

The center is divided into 2 sections so you can separate your adult items and your kid ones, and the back part zips all the way down for total ease of access.

Design is in the details, and this bag has it. Every detail is attended to, and it shows in the luxury.

Downsides of this bag

The only complaint we’ve found about this bag is the cost. And hey, we warned you to stop reading if you didn’t want to shell out a ton on this one.

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