DadGear Diaper Carriers for Men Fearful of Being Effeminate

I spent some time looking for a product similar to The Manary Gland—the rubber breast vest Robert DeNiro wore in Meet the Fockers to breastfeed his grandson. I didn’t find one, but I did stumble across a completely unrelated diaper vest.

DadGear LLC makes clandestine diaper bags. The manufacturer says you can “entertain your child with ease and no one will be able to tell you are wearing your diaper bag.” Here is the underlying message: diaper bags are girly, so buy our cool covert caveman couture.

Marketing photo of the DadGear Diaper Vest with a man pulling a changing pad from a pocket concealed in the back of the garment
DadGear Diaper Vest has a chest pocket for diaper wipes, another for keys or a cell phone, two exterior bottle pockets and two large internal pockets for diapers or a change of clothes. The feature which differentiates the vest from being just a jacket with lots of storage is the large pocket on the garment’s lower back—artfully concealing a changing pad. My favorite part of owning this thing would be when I get to instamagically whip out the changing pad.

DadGear Cargo Jacket appears to merely be a long sleeve version of the Diaper Vest (pictured in the photo at right).

DadGear Backpack has two standout features making it better than a regular backpack. One, diaper wipes are stored in their own exterior pouch for easy access. Two, there is a pocket at the top of the pack explicitly for diapers. A key problem with regular backpacks is that your most-used items get mixed in with all the other stuff you’re toting around at the bottom of the main pocket.

Marketing photo of the DadGear Messenger Bag
DadGear Messenger Bag is what it sounds like. It looks like a messenger bag, but has lots of baby-friendly pockets. This is the bag which attracts me, mainly because of what it is not.

The Messenger Bag is not a garment. The clothing-as-diaper-bag idea doesn’t fit me. We live in a rural area and travel everywhere by car. Our diaper carrier sits in our car trunk and we change diapers in the back seat. If my diaper bag was a jacket, I’d be wearing the same jacket all the time, even in uncomfortably warm weather. I could have a separate shoulder bag for warm weather, but who wants to keep two separate diaper bags stocked?

The Messenger Bag is also not a backpack. Remember high school? There is a reason kids wear backpacks hanging off one shoulder—the sweat caused by lack of air flow. I’d never wear a diaper backpack over both shoulders.

So, the Messenger Bag is most certainly a shoulder bag, but it lacks the stigma men perceive to be attached to feminine diaper bags.


3 Responses to “DadGear Diaper Carriers for Men Fearful of Being Effeminate”

  1. Amy Scott says:

    I love your site, found it while looking for a DadGear vest for my husband (SAHD). I just wanted to point out there is a time when using a backpack as a backpack becomes a necessity, and that would be when you have twins. When you have twins and you have to pack them around a few times by yourself you quickly find that the one strap bag is either going to slide off and cause one heck of a wreck when you trip on it (because you will) or you can go over the head route and risk cutting off circulation to your head (not always a bad thing). I realize the obvious solution is the stroller but there are times when you can not use a stroller and you have to pack them in those dang carriers.

    May 19th, 2006 at 3:13 pm

  2. samantha says:

    my husband is a part time stay at home dad and has just converted a regular hip/fanny pack into a diaperbag. it carries 2 sippies, diapers for both kids (3 and 16m) wipes, snacks, meds. and MUCH cheaper than anything else we found out there that was dadspecific.

    June 13th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

  3. Kristi says:

    My husband & I cannot get enough of the DadGear bags! We love the accessibilty to the bags’ contents. We were surprised at how many items can be stored in the vest without it looking “bulky” in any way! In short, we’re sold!

    December 4th, 2007 at 8:36 pm