If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag

It’s where you stow everything from baby bottles to phone chargers to, yes, diapers. The best diaper bags for dads are both functional and stylish. You need a bag that fits all the baby gear and keeps it organized, providing easy access to stuff like wipes, diaper rash creams, and bottles — while also looking like something you’d actually want to tote around. Think of the dad diaper bag as your inanimate parenting sidekick, something that exists only to make your life easier when you’re out and about with your kid.

A great diaper bag should have a wipe-clean surface, because babies are messy creatures, and ample pockets for bottles, keys, phones, pacifiers, and snacks. Many have padded laptop sleeves, so you can tote your tech along with you or use the diaper bag as an actual work bag once your kid is potty-trained. And it should, of course, have space for a sizable changing pad.

Because we’ve all used “questionable” surfaces on which to change a diaper. It happens to the best of us, whether due to circumstance (men’s restrooms are still woefully lacking in changing tables) or because we straight-up forgot the changing pad. Some of our favorite bags below go a step further and have built-in changing stations — because the whole diaper setup is integrated into the bag’s design, we’ve found we’re more likely to have it when we need it.

Columbia Outfitter Messenger Diaper Bag

Everything you need and nothing you don't. This no-frills messenger bag has a main compartment that is expandable with accessory pockets. There's an insulated chamber for two baby bottles. It has 13 total pockets, including specifically for a pacifier.

Buy Now $44.96

Skip Hop Paxwell Sling Diaper Bag

The main compartment's dual wide-zip opening gives you easy access to everything you need. You get eight pockets, including an exterior front zip pocket and a mesh interior zip pocket, plus two insulated side bottle pockets. This is the bag for the dad who prefers to travel light: You sling it back and get going.

Buy Now $43.03

Stokke Changing Bag Diaper Bag

Originally designed for the Stokke stroller, this diaper bag works just as well over the shoulder (or as a backpack). Underneath its sleek exterior, the pockets are abundant and easy to access. it comes with an adjustable strap and waterproof pockets, along with a well-padded changing mat, which stows in a handy side pocket. Best of all, it includes a changing bag within the bag, so you don't have to drag the entire thing to the bathroom with you.

BUY NOW $149.00

MOBY Destination Diaper Bag

Lightweight and machine-washable, the lean Moby packs a mean punch. It's got a whopping 12 pockets inside and out, including an interior bottle pocket. And you can carry it as a backpack, satchel, or a crossbody messenger. The shoulder strap is removable. And the gunmetal feet on the bottom protect the bag from nasty bathroom floors.

BUY NOW $50.00

Paperclip Diaper Bag

No one wants to change a diaper on the floor of a public bathroom. The Paperclip is a backpack diaper bag with a fold-out changing station that is foam-cushioned; plus the bag has pockets that hold wipes and diapers right there when you open it up. It has four big zip-up compartments with seven pockets and a side bottle carrier, plus room for your laptop. You can wear this as either a backpack or a messenger bag.

Buy Now $199.00

TWELVElittle Stroller Caddy Camo Diaper Bag

Think of this as the love child of a stroller caddy and a messenger diaper bag. It has a set of stroller clips, and a detachable long strap so you can wear it. The interior has a separate area for baby wipes, which you can access from the outside via a hidden magnetic flap cover, and a compartment divider you can use to customize the interior space as you see fit. The main flap has hidden magnetic closures on the front and back so you can choose to keep the bag open or closed.

BUY NOW $118.00

Tactical Baby Gear Deuce 2.0 Diaper Bag

Tactical Baby Gear (TBG) is actually one of the early purveyors of baby gear that looks like it's issued by the U.S. Army. And the Deuce 2.0 is a redesign of their wildly successful original diaper tote. It's made of a rugged 600D water-repellent nylon, measures 10.25 inches by 15 inches, and rocks a wipe-down main pouch with removable divider for organizing.The exterior of this diaper bag is user-friendly, with three easy-access pockets (for wipes/diapers, butt cream, phones) and a full-length padded compartment for the iPad.

Buy Now $79.99

bbluv Ultra Diaper Bag

If you get hot and bothered when things aren't organized, meet your dream diaper bag. It includes a changing pad, fleece blanket, pacifier pouch, an insulated food bag, and a wipes dispenser. But there's a place for everything, and everything is in its place. It's made up of packing cubes, each with a specific purpose. plus it has an extra-large changing pad, and a wet bag.

BUY NOW $80.00

Skip Hop Duo Messenger Bag

If you're partial to messengers, this model from Skip Hop is one of the top diaper bags that can easily be shared by both parents and transitions to a work setting thanks to its easy access tech pocket. Hidden magnets in the flaps are a nifty way to keep the diaper bag closed, and the high contrast lining in the interior of the bag makes it easy to find stuff quickly. It also comes with a padded changing pad that you'll be happy to take along with you. It has 10 different pockets that make organizing all your baby gear easy. Skip Hop's patented shuttle clips let you convert it from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag.

BUY NOW $70.00

Ju-Ju-Be Vector Diaper Bag

A cool, understated diaper bag, this one has four mesh pockets in the main compartment; two bottle pockets; a cell phone pocket; a laptop pocket; and even a microfiber pocket for your shades. There's room for your water bottle. And the padded back panel has sweat-wicking tricot mesh and cooling air channels, which is great if you tend to run hot. Plus, it's machine-washable.

BUY NOW $142.00

Kibou Fanny Pack Diaper Bag

For the true minimalist, here's a fanny pack that fits everything you need. It fits a few diapers, has a built-in waterproof pocket that holds 20 wipes, has a detachable changing pad, slots for credit cards and cash, and a pacifier hook.

BUY NOW $89.00

Baby K'tan Sojourn Backpack Diaper Back

This machine-washable diaper bag is streamlined yet fully functional. It has adjustable shoulder straps and a quick-grab top handle; there's a removable wet bag for storing soiled clothes; a built-in wipes holder; a removable changing station; and six interior pockets. Plus, you get pockets for your laptop and your phone.

BUY NOW $90.00

OiOi Leather Messenger Diaper Bag

This rugged, good-looking leather bag is a well-organized diaper bag in classic men's satchel disguise. It's got a well-portioned, padded interior, for your laptop and essential baby gear: It comes with a cushioned changing mat and an insulated bottle holder. The real-buckle closures can be a blessing and a curse, but at least they're stylish and secure.


Eddie Bauer Places & Spaces Bridgeport Diaper Bag Backpack

Cool and low-key on the outside, with well-apportioned and functional storage spaces on the inside — it features a roomy main compartment, as well as by seven storage pockets, including three insulated pockets (two interior, one exterior) for keeping bottles nice and cool. Comes with a removable changing pad, a space for the wipes case, and stroller loops.

Buy Now $49.99

Parker Baby Diaper Backpack

With a look similar to one of our favorite Herschel backpacks, the Parker Baby Co. Birch bag packs a lot of practical into an understated silhouette. Mesh, insulated, small, and big pockets provide a variety of individual storage configurations, while thoughtful touches like an included key clip make this bag the only one we needed for day outings. The included changing pad, which is stored in the body, allows for easy access with one hand.

Buy Now $74.95

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