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Practical Basics for New Dads

Practical Basics for New Dads

As a busy dad, I am always looking for the next thing to make my life with kids just a little bit easier and simpler. I’ve discovered some simple solutions to help keep your life, car, and stroller a bit more organized so you can easily find the essentials when you need them. Here are my top picks for dads on the go with kids in tow.

DadGear Messenger Bag

The DadGear Messenger Bag is a great “manly” diaper bag which comes in more than 30 styles! You never know when your child’s diaper needs changing, or perhaps just their clothes, but an included handy changing pad keeps you covered (or your kid) anytime anywhere. Can’t find a changing table and have to use the bathroom counter or carpeted floor? Boom, you have a portable pad to put down. It’s slightly cushy and waterproof thanks to the nylon fabric. Do you need to store powders, creams, bottles, and other accessories you didn’t know existed before you had a kid? Me too. The two bottle pockets, two everything-pockets, and two zippered pockets offer plenty of storage.

DadGear Messenger Bag - Mommy Scene review

I know what you’re thinking. Surely there can’t be enough room for diapering essentials AND formula and snacks too. Wrong you are sir. There certainly IS room for these things. Personally, I place a few generous doses of formula in a small plastic container to bring along with a spare bottle or three, and I and the wee-est one are good to go. The main compartment that fits diapers and everything else you might want to bring is generously sized. I usually stuff in 3-5 diapers per child along with a change of clothes for each child (potty training – *groan*) and I still have room to spare.

DadGear Messenger Bag had a portable pad - Mommy Scene review

Usually I only bring along the essentials and “just-in-case” items, but this bag not only fits a lot, it is sturdy and flexible, so over stuffing is never an issue. The combination of Velcro and large buckles on the flap will hold in everything except the smell of that filthy diaper from two days ago that I forgot to toss. There are zipper pockets on the sides, on the front, along the back, and the front even has an opening for dispensing wipes!

DadGear Messenger Bag fits lots of stuff - Mommy Scene review

One of the central features of the bag is the stretchy pocket on the front that holds wipes on a ready to reach basis — you can have the access to wipes facing out; reachable even without undoing buckles on the bag if you are in a tight spot.

DadGear Messenger Bag has lots of pockets - Mommy Scene review

The front pocket makes it easy to reach wipes even the backseat of the car while in the parking lot when your kid says they have sticky hands from the three suckers they pilfered from the bank, which turned their mouth completely blue. And whenever you want to do a quick diaper change without setting the bag down, you can grab a diaper and a wipe quicker than that child can crawl away, all without removing the DadGear Messenger Style Diaper Bag from your shoulder. This DadGear Messenger Bag makes a perfect Father’s Day gift too!

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag

If a messenger bag isn’t quite your style, you are sure to love this DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag. This “incognito” diaper bag has all the function and practicality a great diaper bag should.

I use this backpack for everything; my wallet, phone, and keys fit nicely into the outer pocket which has organizing mesh pockets too! Guys will feel totally comfortable wearing this diaper bag that also offers easy access to diapers, wipes, and baby bottles.

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag

The big clam shell pocket is an excellent design and it provides plenty of storage while still allowing you to find baby items quickly without shuffling everything around. I imagine with all the space this backpack would be great for traveling and small enough for an airplane carry-on.

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag for dads - Mommy Scene review

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag for dads - Mommy Scene

The backpack is complete with a padded changing pad and straps to hang from the stroller. The best part is DadGear backpacks are all made in the USA so you can feel good about purchasing a product that supports local jobs and the economy. These bags come in a wide variety of colors and cool designs!


  • Convenient baby wipes window provides easy access to your baby wipes (and fits most major brands).
  • Diaper hammock keeps diapers at the top of the pack and clean and neat.
  • Spacious main compartment has a clam shell opening for easy access to contents and for replacing the baby wipes.
  • Two large zippered pockets with numerous compartments make it simple to organize and find everything.
  • Two bottle pockets accessible from the exterior hold up to 2 bottles each.
  • Light-colored interior helps you see everything inside.
  • Stroller straps attach to any style stroller and store neatly when not in use.
  • Changing pad included.
  • Durable materials and classic styling ensure this bag will last long after the diapering years.

DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag with water bottle pocket - Mommy Scene

The DadGear brand offers an extensive line of parenting products — all designed for dads by dads. DadGear remains dedicated to their original design principles of quality, style, and superior function with every product developed. You will find tons of functionality packed into all DadGear bags and apparel. From the “hands free” styling to DadGear’s convenient baby wipes dispensing window, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without DadGear features.

Andy is dad to three kiddos and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He loves going on family adventures, hiking, and riding motorcycles and ATVS. He’s also an entrepreneur and runs a successful children’s brand specializing in solutions for playtime and snack time.

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Awesome! Diaper bags that dads can comfortably carry!


I love your blog. The diaper bag messenger bags look so handy!


These are great things for dads! My husband loves anything he can use outside.


Love these awesome bags for dads!


A dad with a good baby set up is pretty awesome! Especially if it’s loaded with green cleaning items for baby. Awesome!