As a new stay-at-home dad it became clear to me pretty quickly that as a group, we are still something of a novelty in our society. We are the unseasoned rookies in the locker room of major league parenting and as a result, our specific manly needs are sometimes underserved (I can hear the tiny violins playing a sympathetic tune for us already)…A prime example of this can be seen in diaper bag design. In general, they are not tailored to be something your average guy will feel comfortable slinging over his shoulder before heading into town, looking instead like something you see a guy holding awkwardly outside of a dressing room. But, thankfully for me and my other motherly brothers out there, there are a few companies looking out for us.
There seems to be two schools of thought for diaper bags aimed at dads. The first is understated incognito. These bags tend to be solid colors and classic designs, like OiOi's Crushed Wax Canvas Satchel and Ju Ju Be's Be Hip. They would look right at home at a Nantucket clambake or a Brooklyn bookstore.
The second school of thought is 'I am man, hear me grunt,' a la Diaper Dude's Camo Skull and Dadgear's Razor Flames. There is no hiding these 100% full-contact attention grabbers.
Finally, no conversation about doting daddies seems complete these days without mentioning Brad Pitt. His bag, the Jamie by Storksak, is a cool black leather deal that looks really natural hanging off of his shoulder, but leaves me wondering if I could pull it off.
The good news is that most diaper bags offer similar options and features, no matter what price point, so it should be easy for dads to find a bag that suits their style and their budget.
1. OiOi's Crushed Wax Canvas Satchel ($185 AUD)
2. Ju Ju Be's Be Hip ($80)
3. Original Diaper Dude in Camo Skull ($65)
4. Dad Gear Messenger Bag in Razor Flames ($79)
5. Storksak Jamie Bag ($210)