More and more dads are becoming the full-time caregivers for their kids. Even for the dads who only need to carry a diaper bag occasionally, that gorgeous, feminine bag mom picked may not be a great fit when dad goes out. Diaper bag manufacturers are responding to this need with a whole new range of guy-friendly diaper bags just for dads. These diaper bags carry everything a dad needs to be prepared for outings with baby while still looking cool.
The Diaper Dude messenger bag is really well-designed with plenty of pockets and style that is casual but structured. Since the bag goes across the chest, Dad's hands are free for baby-wrangling, but all of the gear is still easily accessible. Bottle pocket, large top compartment, cell phone holder, key clip, changing pad and three convenient zipper compartments on the exterior give dad plenty of organization options. The strap clips open and closed so it's easy to put on and take off. I love the cool dragon graphic on this messenger diaper bag, which is available in camo, black, gray and brown for about $60. Size - about 14"x16".
For the minimalist dad, the Fleurville Re-Run MicroPod diaper bag offers storage for the baby and parent essentials in a sleek, compact style. My favorite feature of Fleurville's Re-Run series is that the material is made from recycled water bottles, so you're keeping plastic out of the landfill when you choose this diaper bag. The MicroPod can hold a few diapers, a travel wipes case, keys, cell phone, MP3 and sunglasses easily. A zip-off mesh pouch holds a bottle or sippy cup. You can sling the bag over your shoulder, across the chest or hook it onto your stroller. If you prefer to keep a minimalist budget, too, this compact diaper bag can be found for less than $30.
Each of the Billboard Series diaper bags from DadGear is one of a kind because it is made with recycled pieces of an actual billboard. If you like gear with a story, this is the diaper bag for you. The messenger style is comfortable to carry on your shoulder or across the chest. The design is simple but easy to organize and use. My favorite features are the wipes case that can be used without taking it out of the bag, and the interior bottle pockets that can be accessed from outside the bag. The stroller straps allow you to hang the bag on a stroller handle, and a waist strap can be used if you prefer a more secure fit for your diaper bag. About $100.
The Skip Hop Duo Deluxe is a classic canvas diaper bag with clean, modern, squared-off styling so it doesn't look too feminine. Available in several solid colors and some dad-appropriate prints, like camo, there is a Duo Deluxe bag for almost any dad. The magnetic closures are really nice for quick access to your supplies. I also like the shuttle clips that allow you to attach this diaper bag to your stroller handlebars. You can remove the shoulder strap, too, so you don't have an extra strap hanging around when the bag is on the stroller. Plenty of interior and exterior pockets for organization (11 in total!). Removable changing pad and shoulder pad. Measures 13"x13.75". About $50.
The Baby Sherpa Diaper Backpack is incredibly durable and has plenty of space for almost anything dad might need to carry. It's styled like a camping or hiking backpack, with zip-off compartments, lots of clips for adding accessories and bungee cords to hold larger items on the exterior. The insulated compartment is a standout feature of the Baby Sherpa diaper backpack. It's built into the bottom of the bag and is accessed from the front, and it's big enough to hold several bottles, or snacks and a light lunch for dad and baby. The top compartment is roomy but not a huge, dark pit thanks to the design with the insulated compartment below. Comfortable to carry. Comes in two sizes. About $85.
This guy-friendly diaper bag isn't actually a bag at all. The Diaper Vest is stylish and rugged, and has plenty of pockets to store baby gear. A changing pad hides along the back of the vest. Bottle pockets are at the sides. Front pockets can hold your cell phone and MP3 player, and there's even a spot for your earphones to come through the front. Interior pockets are made to hold diapers and a travel pack of wipes. This is a great, guy-friendly way to carry baby supplies without lugging a diaper bag. About $80.
This messenger style diaper bag has a simple, casual look to it but has lots of nice features that make it a pleasure to carry. The bag exterior is Teflon-coated so it resists stains and is easy to wipe clean. The linings have an anti-microbial treatment to keep germs at bay. One of the gear pouches snaps in with magnets and can be removed if you don't need it. Changing pad and bottle pockets add convenience. The coolest thing is that this bag doesn't look like a diaper bag, and it's padded enough that you could carry a laptop in it, so dad can use this bag for years to come. Sunglasses case, pen compartments, phone pocket and key clip keep your gear in place, too. Measure 15"x11". About $110.
The Logic Bag from JJ Cole doesn't look anything like other diaper bags. It's a sling-style bag that goes across the chest and positions most of baby's gear on your back, but the pockets are spread out so that the bag is not bulky in any one spot. One large pocket on the back can carry diapers, wipes and a change of clothes. A changing mat is included and fits in another pocket. The bottle pocket attaches to the back section but can be removed. Several smaller compartments hold toys and other gear. A few smaller pockets on the front carry your keys, phone and other essentials. You can also attach the Logic diaper bag to your stroller. The Logic diaper bag is also budget-friendly at about $30.