So you’ve already got a purse, plus a car seat–maybe you’re already carrying baby in some sort of apparatus because they don’t want to be IN their car seat–and then there’s the dreaded diaper bag… That doesn’t even include any other little ones you may have in tow.
Wouldn’t it just be nice to have a diaper bag backpack so you can free up some of that arm space? Some mothers prefer to tote around their baby’s stuff this way and find that a diaper bag backpack works much better for them.
I have compared two of the best selling bags, one masculine and one chic, to help you know which you would prefer.
Now I know these two bags are night and day from each other. But they are really the only common options I have found when looking for a backpack version of a diaper bag.
Diaper Back Backpack Options:
Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpacks
This unique version of any bag for that matter is quite deceptive at first glance. You wouldn’t even think it was a diaper bag at first glance. In fact, if not for the included changing pad, it could certainly work for any function you desire.
Many features include:
- backpack straps along with complete shoulder bag strap
- 4 bottle pockets (2 inside and 2 out)
- pacifier pocket
- included changing pad that can zip out from the front of the bag or separate fully
- interior pockets of diapers and wipes
- magnetic snaps to enclose main pocket
You can find a variety of fabric colors, patterns and feel based on where you look. Apparently the fabrics change year to year but you can find more previous patterns still available.
The different fabric types include but aren’t limited to, current as of this review:
So it matters what fabric pattern you choose to know what type it is as well. The hard part, is if you find an older fabric that’s no longer offered, the seller may not know the exact fabric type–something to watch for.
What Others Think About PPBB Backpacks
The average customer reviews compiled to 4.5/5 stars across about 100 reviews.
Many of the positive comments I’ve discovered for this bag include:
But a few consumers had much different things to say as well:
So if chic isn’t quite what you’re looking for, that’s why I have compared a more masculine option.
Graco Gotham Smart Organizer System Backpack Diaper Bag
Don’t let the word ‘Gotham’ in the name scare you away. It simply refers to the standard black color of the bag. But if you’re a bit of a tougher girl, that might not bother you. 🙂
Appearing like a standard backpack , it actually has more inventive places for diaper necessity storage than you would think.
This backpack has many great features:
- comfortably padded back and straps
- wipes case dispenser for immediate access
- changing pad included
- many separate storage pockets for smaller items
- light weight and breathable
- insulated cooler lined pocket for baby’s bottle
It is a more practical setup for you and your baby’s needs when it simply comes to comfort.
What Others Are Saying About Graco’s Gotham Backpack
Over the spread of 40 reviews I personally found, ratings vary from 1 to 5 stars, but average at 4.5/5 stars total.
Many positive reviews I read include:
But there are a few that still weren’t fully happy with their purchase:
In any case, it seems that comfort and ease of use stands out with the Graco Gotham bag over design and chic styling.
Pros & Cons
Both of these backpack diaper bags have their own gems and flaws, plus aren’t perfectly comparable. But in a world where mothers are bombarded with so much advertising for their babies and options seem to vary completely towards both ends of the scale, such a comparison may be warranted.
Here’s what I have found to be the key items for consideration between these two bags:
|Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy||Graco Gotham|
|Straps||loose adjustable, back or shoulder||padded wide shoulder|
|Weight||3.2 pounds||2 pounds|
|Size||17 to 13″ x 13″ x 5″||18″ x 15″ x 5″|
|Storage||standard||standard plus insulated|
|Ease of Use|
|Price||varies depending upon model, $110-$210||$30-$45|
The major factors that stick out in my review for the Petunia bag is that, yes, it is cute looking and stylish. It suits all the necessary needs to carrying your baby’s items. But when it comes to comfort, it is lacking. There’s is also greater consideration needed for price.
For the Graco–All the necessities are there, plus a little bit more beyond the Petunia bag. But there is the sacrifice of style and the lower price may be a concern for quality to you.
It comes down to what you prefer and can afford.
My choice would be on the Graco Gotham diaper bag because of the comfort. The insulated pocket isn’t that much of a big deal to me because if I know I’m going to be traveling somewhere long enough that I have to worry about milk going warm, I’m going to bring a separate insulated pack with ice anyway.
When you’re toting a baby around and everything else you may have with you, comfort is more important to me than looking nice.
One the other hand, YES I think the Petunia bags are adorable. Yes, I think they are a great product. If I received one as I gift I would certainly use it and enjoy it. And you may never have a negative experience with the Petunia.
Statistically, it’s positive experiences for consumers is greater than the Graco simply because of the sample size of reviews. But don’t let simple math make your decision for you.
Many mothers have no problem with the types of straps on their bags affecting how they feel overall. We have SO many types of bags varying in all shapes and sizes and weights–skinny straps, wide straps, padded or not. So I would not throw away the notion to enjoy the Petunia bag if you know that this may not be an issue for you.
I have links right here sending you directly to the best place to purchase either bag and I hope you enjoy them!
Are there any other backpacks or diaper bags you have used that you love? I got a hand-me-down gifted bag from a cousin that I don’t particularly like, but I make do with it because it meets our needs just fine.
Happy backpacking with baby!