When researching diaper bags, a friend told us that when you are carrying a baby around your hands will be full so get a backpack diaper bag if possible. We followed this advice. And it is definitely easier to carry the bag on your back. Also, this bag was one that my husband didn't mind carrying around. It's not too girly and doens't look like a diaper bag upon first glance. This diaper bag has plenty of pouches and pockets. One of the side pockets is insulated to keep bottles cold or warm. I found this feature to be helpful. One negative thing, that too me is a significant drawback is that the main zipper becomes stuck on the inner lining quite frequently. It is a nuisance to have to keep unjamming the zipper. In fact, now I can't seem to fix it. At least the back unzips from both sides so it is still usable.