Nappy backpacks are hugely popular at the moment and it is easy to understand why. Backpacks take the load off your shoulders which can greatly reduce back pain. They can also free up your hands making life so much easier when out & about or when you are parent to multiple children.
Backpacks are also super handy when travelling. Many mums swear by a nappy backpack when they are getting on and off planes and trains. Wearing a nappy backpack means you have one less thing to balance and hold when trying to wrangle travel weary little ones.
But not just any old backpack will do. You need lots of internal pockets to ensure everything doesn’t fall into a big cavernous hole. You need easy access external pockets so you can grab important things easily. You also need an insulated pocket or two to hold bottles at the right temperature.
You will find that more and more nappy bags are being made with vegan leather. So what is vegan leather and why use it for nappy bags? Vegan or faux leather is most often made of polyurethane or PU which is a superior material than PVC. Unlike real leather, vegan leather does not breathe and is generally waterproof so it can resist stains and wipe clean. Vegan leather also doesn’t require the upkeep and conditioning that animal leather does to keep it looking its best. The huge bonus is that vegan leather is cruelty free.
With so many styles and options to consider, here is my list of the best nappy backpacks for super busy mums and dads.
1. Made in Manhattan
The Vanchi Manhattan Backpack ($167.95) is the perfect blend of convenience and style for on-the-go parents.
You will love it’s vintage look and its water resistant lining. Inside you will find 4 elasticised pockets to separate food, clothing & nappy change items. It also has a large full length internal pocket to divide & store and a zippered interior privacy pocket. The zippered front & back pockets and two roomy side bottle pockets make accessing the important things quick and easy.
Includes the complete Vanchi Changing Clutch Set valued at $39.95 which includes a handy zippered mesh bag with detachable wristlet handle, over-sized oval shaped padded changing mat with water resistant backing, monogrammed snap lock wipes case, and full length matching adjustable pram strap.
Available in tan, black and new limited edition natural nude & dove grey.
2. Byron Baby
The Isoki Byron Backpack ($114)is the ultimate “Hands Free” nappy bag option for mums on the go!
Whether it’s on your stroller or on your back finding anything in this bag is a breeze with its wide hinged opening and easy access pockets.
Padded shoulder straps and breathable back panel keep you comfortable while a whopping ten inner and outer pockets keep you organised, right down to your wipes!
Included is a large wipe clean padded change mat, removable zippered purse and a single insulated bottle bag.
Super stylish for Mums on the move!
3. By George!
Unisex, versatile, lightweight…. just some of the words that sum up the super practical Babymel George Nappy Backpack ($139).
Made from water-resistant fabric with contrasting faux leather trim, the large zipped front pocket holds everything you need for those quick nappy changes. The Easy-Wipes side pocket with dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, is perfect for those clean-ups on the go!
A discreet back zipped compartment keeps items secure and within easy reach allowing you to use the bag’s spacious main compartment to store all your essentials including a padded tech pocket for carrying a tablet or laptop for busy parents on the move.
You will love the two internal insulated elasticated bottle pockets to keep bottles upright and warm or cool for up to four hours
4. Bella Bello
The Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Convertible Backpack- Portobello ($168) is essentially two bags in one which makes life twice as easy.
Offering two timeless looks in one, this fresh addition to the Greenwich Simply Chic collection can be worn as a nappy bag backpack or a messenger nappy bag thanks to a clever convertible strap.
Crafted in luxe vegan leather that easily wipes clean, the sleek design also features lots of pockets for nappy bag essentials, including two insulated side bottle pockets and a large main compartment with a secure zip closure and a magnetic flap overlay.
It’s soft neutral grey and it’s two way style means that both mums and dads will feel comfy and happy toting this bag around town.
5. Open Wide
The Skip Hop Main Frame Wide Open Backpack ($109) is design style at a great price.
Thanks to a cleverly designed structured frame that opens wide – and stays put – you get a clear view of everything inside making it super easy to access everything.
An innovative combination of soft fabric and sleek structure, the sporty, lightweight design features a large main compartment with a secure zip closure, plus lots of pockets for
essentials like your phone and water bottles.
Easy-grab double top handles and adjustable backpack straps make this user-friendly look the ultimate in hands-free ease.
6. Green with Envy
The Skip Hop Greenwich Backpack ($179) offers laid back luxury for the effortlessly chic mama, It is made of durable, wipe-clean vegan leather.
It has a whopping 9 pockets, including a large zippered main compartment and front and side zip pockets.
The easy access changing pad pocket also holds tablets and laptops up to 15”.
Like all Skip Hop’s stylish baby bags, it comes with a cushioned changing pad for convenience.
7. Forma Glory
With lightweight fabric and stylish quilted detailing, the Skip Hop Forma Backpack ($127) offers the convenience of hands-free parenting on the go.
The spacious interior has room to tote everything from snacks to spare outfits and the extra wide opening makes it easy to find essentials in a pinch. The front compartment includes 2 multi-purpose packing cubes and allows for extra storage.
Everything stays in reach with elasticised interior pockets and insulated side bottle pockets.
The changing pad pocket performs double-duty, acting as a laptop holder when travelling. With the Forma backpack, function meets fashion to take you from birth to toddlerhood and beyond in style.
8. Dazzling Duo
Inspired by Skip Hop’s iconic Duo Signature diaper bag the Skip Hop Duo Backpack ($142) has a streamlined design, great construction and all the functionality parents need in a nappy bag.
Perfect for both Mum and Dad, this backpack has all the must-have features of a classic nappy bag including nine pockets for the ultimate organisation, easy-grab top handle, lined pocket for your phone, as well as the all important stroller straps.
You will also love the side bottle pockets and front zip pockets as well as the handy phone compartment with the non scratch lining.
Working parents love its central padded pocket that holds most 15″ laptops.
9. Robyn Hearts
The Robyn Nappy Bag ($159.95) is Babymel’s versatile 4 way multi bag – wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body or hand held with our easy to use convertible strap.
Lightweight yet durable, this sporty unisex design finished with contrasting faux leather trim, boasts plenty of pockets to organise all baby’s essentials.
The Robyn includes our Easy-Wipes pocket which has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, so you can easily grab a wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your bag – perfect for quick clean- ups on the go!
10. Camo Style
One part nappy backpack, one part super cool carryall, Skip Hop’s Paxwell Easy-Access Diaper Backpack ($139.95) rocks a sporty-meets-techy look both mum and dad will love.
The lightweight, ergonomic design features a roomy main compartment with a wide, curved opening for easy access.
A tonal camo print and comfy padded straps lined with breathable air mesh add to the on-trend athleisure vibe.
Two insulated side bottle pockets, an exterior zip pocket (great for smartphones) and a see-through mesh interior pocket make this a peak performance must-have for parents on the move.
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