Best Small Backpack to Use as a Diaper Bag

by Adell Hellstrom

I searched high and low to find a versatile backpack that I could use on day trips with my baby. I initially looked at backpacks designed to be diaper bags, but felt they were all so big, bulky and pricey. Therefore, I decided to find a standard backpack that I could use as a diaper bag. I did not want a large backpack so I searched through mini and small women’s backpacks.

I’ve compiled my top five small backpack recommendations below. These backpacks are light weight and do not look big and bulky while wearing. These backpacks also have multiple pockets for storage and organization and should hold everything you would need for a day out of the house with your baby, such as baby bottles, baby food, snacks, diapers, wipes, a spare baby outfit, as well as your cellphone, keys and wallet. These backpacks are perfect to serve a dual purpose as your purse and diaper bag.

These small backpacks are perfect to serve a dual purpose as your purse and diaper bag. However, keep in mind, these bags are small so you will not fit much more than just the essentials for you and your baby. If you want to bring extra items such as baby blankets, toys and such, you may want to pursue purchasing a larger backpack or a large backpack designed specifically to be a diaper bag. 

Without further ado, here is my list of Top Five (5) Small / Mini Backpacks that can be used as your Diaper bag for day trips.

1. BEST ALL AROUND – My Pick!

Sherpani Dash RFID Backpack

small mini black women's backpack

I absolutely love this mini Sherpani Dash backpack! This backpack looks and feels high quality. The Sherpani has thin and smooth adjustable straps, a deep main zipper compartment, 2 exterior zipper pockets, an interior zipper pocket, 2 interior small slip pockets, and a key strap. It is also water-resistant.

The Sherpani Dash is equipped with an RFID pocket that shields your personal information from electronic scanners. You can also feel happy wearing this backpack knowing it is made of 100% recycled materials.

 Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13 x 9 inches

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2. BEST FOR ORGANIZATION

Kipling Seoul S Backpack

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This best-selling backpack in a smaller size now officially has it all thanks to its newest feature: water bottle pockets. The Seoul backpack is equipped with padded shoulder straps, a durable exterior and roomy interior. Easily fits  all your necessities for a day out.

Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.8 x 13.8 inches

3. MOST POPULAR

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Classic Pack

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This iconic Scandinavian backpack is ready for adventures with its light weight, water-resistant, dirt-resistant vinyl material. It also comes with a foam sitting pad for less-than-ideal surfaces, and the mini size is ideal for daily use, too.

This best-selling backpack in a smaller size now officially has it all thanks to our newest feature: water bottle pockets. Our seoul backpack is equipped with padded shoulder straps, a durable exterior and roomy interior. Easily fits textbooks and essentials, plus it has a protective sleeve for your laptop, too

Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.8 x 5.1 inches

4. BEST AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO FJALLRAVEN KANKEN

Himawari Backpack

Generous enough to accommodate a 13″ laptop, tablet, glasses, wallet, keys, earphone, power bank, cell phone, document and clothes. Can used as school backpack, hiking daypack, diaper bag, and work bag. This bag comes in so many beautiful color combinations and is definitely a top contender.

Product Dimensions: 14.9″x 11.1″x 5.9″inches

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5. BEST MINI CLASSIC

JanSport Half Pint Classic Daypack

small JansSport backpack used as diaper bag for mom and baby

The mini version of the JanSport Classic Super Break.

Featuring strong construction and snazzy style, the JanSport Half Pint Classic daypack is just the right fit for smaller frames. It has a single main compartment and a front pocket for quick access to gadgets like your digital audio player or your cell phone. It also features adjustable web shoulder straps.

Product Dimensions: 12.25 x 10 x 11.25 inches, 12.2 x 9.84 x 6.3 in Size slightly varies depending on design.

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