Gear Review: Tactical Baby Gear ‘Tactical Diaper Bag’

Photo via Tactical Baby Gear.

About this time last year, my wife bought me the cat’s meow in diaper bags. From Tactical Baby Gear (because no dad wants to look girly). With almost daily use since the twin boys came along, I can say it’s truly exceptional.

I got a late start at child rearing. Heck, I hadn’t even changed a diaper before age 51. And suddenly, after five years of trying, God blessed me with not one, but two babies.

Shortly before they came along, my expecting wife told me to pick me up a diaper bag the next time I went to Walmart or Target.

My reply? Oh, heck no. I’ll get something a whole lot more manly. Call it toxic masculinity if you like.

I figured I’d pick up a range bag or something similar. There’s no reason something like that wouldn’t work. The last thing I wanted was to look like I was carrying my wife’s diaper bag around when I’m out with the twins. That might work for some guys, but not me.

So a few weeks later, she surprised me with an excellent early birthday present. From her hospital bed, she said she Googled “tactical baby gear” and found exactly what I had imagined. Only better.

It’s the TBG Duece 2.0. It’s $99 ($80 at Amazon). Frankly, it’s one of those buy once, cry once purchases. And it’s worth every penny she paid. I carry mine with pride.

Photo by John Boch

The outside pockets are tailor made for baby stuff, right down to an exterior pouch for carrying a pair of bottles (left), baby wipes (lower right) and pacifiers and other commonly needed stuff in the upper right.  Plenty of Velcro acreage allows for lots of name-tags, morale patches or anything else you want to add to personalize the bag.

Inside, there’s room for food, feeding tools (a tactical spork, maybe?), diapers, meds, and other gear for caring for youngsters. Including TBG’s well-designed and very humorous changing pad.

Photo by John Boch

It impressed me right out of the gate. So much so, in fact, that I left it in the wife’s hospital room for the hospital staff to see. They too were impressed, from the outstanding maternal fetal medicine doc, his PA, along with the nurses and staff at OSF Children’s Hospital in Peoria. Since then, I’ve had tons of positive comments out in public about my diaper bag, from men and women alike.

Dealing with twins, my bag is packed to the gills with more stuff than someone with a singleton would need.

Two exterior side pockets stow bibs, pajamas, and paperwork. Or, hypothetically, maybe a Taurus Model 85 .38 Special revolver for really deep cover peace of mind. Of course, when the babies started to sit up, the hardware went to out-of-reach locations.

MOLLE webbing covers much of the bag, including the ends where you can mount a Tactical Baby Gear dump pouch. When not in use, the dump pouch – which lives up to its name – folds up into a nice, compact package.

Photo by John Boch.

The bags come in a host of colors (including camo) if coyote brown isn’t your thing.

Even better, it doesn’t look like the girly diaper bags I see so many guys slinging at the pediatrician’s office, hospital or other public locations.

Even my wife likes loves it, and that’s saying a lot.

 

Specifications: TBG Deuce 2.0 Tactical Diaper Bag

Overall Dimensions: 11.25”H x 16”W x 8.25”D
Capacity: 24.34 liters or 1485 cubic inches
Changing Mat: 8″H x 12″W x 1.5″D
Bottle Pouch: 6”H x 3.75”W x 3.75”D
Dump Pouch: 5.5”H x 4”W x 0.75”D
Material: 600D
Price: $99 ($80 at Amazon)

Rating (out of five stars):

Overall: * * * * *
The bag itself looks practically brand new after a year of sometimes hard use. The zippers and fabric are top notch. The construction is as well. This, folks, is a diaper bag that anyone among the gun culture can use and be proud of.

comments

  1. avatar Jon says:

    This is stupid on so many levels. But some tacticool shmuck will buy it and justify its existence. To each his own.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Then color me stupid. One of my younger SWAT friends just welcomed his first baby in the world. This would make an excellent Christmas gift so he can rock the New Daddy look in style when it’s his shift to look after his little girl.

      1. avatar Jon says:

        Its definitely a first child thing. #2 – after one year, bag gets left in the car often. #3 – wtf is a diaper bag, put a diaper in your pocket and use the wet paper towels from the restaurant.

        1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          Turns into a compact range/gear bag for continued use, sans the diaper change pad. Still good enough for me.

        2. avatar Cucamonga Jeff says:

          When you get to #4 you make #1 carry the shit. Wash rinse and repeat.

      2. avatar Kevin says:

        They grey man would carry a girly bag stuffed with war gear, not a tactical bag stuffed with diapers. Just saying.

        1. avatar Buff cousin Elroy says:

          Lol you have a point

    2. avatar Rad Man says:

      I’m in no hurry to be a grampa but it’s for damn sure my 3 kids are getting these when the time comes.

      1. avatar SouthAl says:

        My thought, too.

    3. avatar ChanceMcCall says:

      Never thought of myself as tactical but I think it is kind of cool if you have to carry a baby bag. However, it is even better if the nanny is carrying it. 😉

  2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Wish that had been around in ’91 and ’95.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    That changing pad gave me a good laugh.

    Wish something like this would have been around 30+ years ago.

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      “That changing pad gave me a good laugh.”

      Then you’ll love this :

      “Emergency Blowout Kit”

      Contents :

      1 – Diaper

      5 – Wipes

      1 – Changing Pad

      1 – Trash Bag

      https://tacticalbabygear.com/products/tbg-e-b-o-k-emergency-blowout-kit

      I’ve been *very* fortunate when changing babies. I’ve only been ‘hosed’ a few times. The thought of a ‘blowout’ while bottom side up *horrifies* me… 🙁

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      2. avatar COstew says:

        I made my own, similar to what’s included but added pants and shirt, kids’ and my own! When the blowout occurs, there’s gonna be collateral damage.

        1. avatar Kevin says:

          Oh Hell Yeah. If you’re a father, you have either been a victim, or will be.

        2. avatar jwm says:

          And 5 wipes just ain’t enough. Once the grandkids started piling up I announced I was a ‘good time’ grandpa. I did not change diapers. And I haven’t. I told all the kids I changed them, now it was time for them to play it forward.

          In a few more years they’ll be changing me. The circle of life.

        3. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “In a few more years they’ll be changing me. The circle of life.”

          What do grankids and grandparents have in common?

          A common enemy… 🙂

  4. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Once the kids out grow it, it could easily morph into a range bag. Looks like the diaper changing pad would be a great place to field strip a pistol. Jon, run out and buy a sense of humor.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      Found one at walmart. Then the boycott started so i couldn’t buy it.

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Now see Jon, you do have a sense of humor after all. This bag is cool and funny. And L it really has nothing to do with masculinity. My daughter was married a few months ago. Her husband has a man bun and they look they stepped out of a worm hole linked to 1968. Except she carries a mint Colt Detective Special I gave her when she moved out to go to college and Chuck is the turkey slayer from Hell. Think I’ll give them one when my first grandchild is on the way.

        1. avatar Jon says:

          Funny…? Yes.
          Cool…? As man-bun demonstrates, cool is a matter of perspective.

          Cool: Anyone who carries a colt detective special
          Not Cool: A man bun
          Cool: Turkey slayer
          Not Cool: Black holes to/from 1968
          Cool: A grandpa who buys his son-in-law tacticool stuff (not the stuff, just the grandpa).

  5. avatar L says:

    i would rather “look girly” than look insecure about my masculinity

    :eyeroll:

  6. avatar Jeff O. says:

    Now you can answer doodie’s call.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      ok. That made me laugh and now there is water on my keyboard.

    2. avatar SouthAl says:

      Thanks for that. I am making a note to myself to remind me to tell my son (who is an avid Call of Duty player), upon him having his first, that he has graduated to playing “Call of Doodie”.

  7. avatar Swarf says:

    Caution: Fragile masculinity ahead.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      That’s what we’re here for at TTAG. To help with those bouts of confusion over their fragile masculinity and turn it into solid masculinity. That’s toxic masculinity for our Lefty readers out there.

      1. avatar L says:

        or just buy a baby bag like a normal functioning human

        1. avatar Guesty McGuesterson says:

          Which is what this product is, “L”. A diaper bag marketed for POTG, not neutered vegan soi bois who carry floral print bags because their wives tell them to.

          You certainly are making an effort to argue against this item. You don’t have to buy it, you know. There’s a perfectly capable pink bag with soft padded shoulder strap and long-eyelashed unicorns on it available at Buy Buy Baby. Just for you

        2. avatar L says:

          >There’s a perfectly capable pink bag with soft padded shoulder strap and long-eyelashed unicorns on it available at Buy Buy Baby.
          or… just buy a baby bag like a normal functioning human ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        3. avatar Rad Man says:

          Why be “normal” ? Normal = boring.

        4. avatar Abbie Normal says:

          “Why be “normal” ?”

          Be like me – Abbie Normal…

          *snicker* 😉

  8. avatar James W Crawford says:

    While I suffered from no insecurities that dissuaded me from carrying a normal diaper bag when my kids were born almost two to three decades ago, I would have enjoyed having one of these. The moms at the indoor park would have been amused. It looks to be even better organized than the bag I remember. Of course the babies’ primary food supply is mother.

  9. avatar Neil says:

    I like. Kids are past that stage. My ex didn’t change one diaper the first 27 days.

    I carried a cooler backpack, far more practical.
    I also used doggie wee wee pads, but the first kid was a blowout artist… Kids have need to keep cold stuff (bottle of breast milk) that older kids do without. It morphed into my go to Disneyland backpack.

    It someone is a better dad with a tactical bag, cool!

  10. avatar Someone says:

    Yeah, I don’t give a hoot about how girly I look while pushing a stroller.

  11. avatar strych9 says:

    I can’t tell if this is evidence that GarandDad is right or just plain tactical tomfuckery.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      It’s objectively awesome, is what it is.

      Diaper bags fill a very important need and take more abuse than you might think, and most of them aren’t up to the task. This one is built to last, and the “tactical” pouches that work for pistols, spare mags, first-aid, maps/admin, and all that also work perfectly for the various multitude of supplies you’ll need if you’re parenting an infant.

      Plus, the “Drop Zone — Stand Clear” changing pad is hilarious. Almost worth the price of admission all by itself.

      My wife and I spent a fair amount of time back in the day searching for the right kind of bag. If this had been available 20 years ago, I would’ve saved up for it. And I wasn’t even a gun guy back then.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Fair enough.

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    Never did I question my masculine self taking care of my son’s. And I did it with NO guns or weapons(other than my 19″arms at the time!) in my diaper bag. If you want a $100 diaper bag have at it😄

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      are you a t- rex?

      1. avatar ComfortablyNumb says:

        Best comment ever.

        1. avatar former water walker says:

          19″ around pencilneck. Not close to the best…

        2. avatar Guesty McGuesterson says:

          19″ around your pencil neck, former walker? That’s still a fat neck.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          Oh fuck! I’m having trouble breathing I’m laughing so hard.

        4. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          may have been thalydomide.

  13. avatar Vendetta says:

    Two kids at 51? Wtf kinda stupidity is that. Have fun with the walker at graduation grandpa.

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      my (ww1 ussdakota) old man was 59 when i was born. we had a good twenty years together.

  14. avatar Robert D says:

    In 98 my wife bought a diaper changing “back pack”
    We still use it today as it is very similar to the leather bottom Jansport.
    She would have bought this.
    I guess she’s cooler than the commenters who gave it the cold shoulder.
    Oh wait, she is!
    And Hotter!!!!

  15. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    As long as it will carry a shit load of AR and Glock magazines.

  16. avatar Not Larry from Texas says:

    I do appreciate the stand clear warning. My 4 month old, has a bladder of a pro and can urinate on someone in his zone of fire with 1 MOA accuracy . He also can “frag” a friendly with his secondary on a occasion.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      It’s like the comedy skit from Dennis Miller long ago, where he describes taking his 6-yr-old nephew to the mens room at a restaurant and being amazed at how the little guy’s pee stream was like a horizontal laser beam from several feet back straight into the urinal, while Miller had to shuffle all the way forward and coax his own bladder to muster up some gusto.

  17. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

    I like it. I’d probably even fill up a side pouch or two with Black Rifle Coffee…..and I don’t even drink coffee.

  18. avatar Oscar Cannington says:

    You can conceal a big pistol and plenty of ammo while disguised as a normal Dad, so what’s not to like?

    1. avatar SoCalJack says:

      That’s what I was thinking. I had a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper bag, it was expensive but not durable and showed wear after 3 babies. This tactical diaper bag appears durable.

  19. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Congrats to all the dads out there?!?
    Almost 70 and I have never changed a baby’s diaper, not my shit.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      If you helped make that baby, then it definitely IS your shit.

      Whether you clean it up or not is a different question…but if you’re not involved in the cleanup, all I can say is that you’d better be bringing some hardcore value to the arrangement in some other way, cuz that’s not a small job.

      1. avatar SoCalJack says:

        I’m now in my 40s, but in my late 30’s I changed 40% of the diapers for my 3 kids. Today’s father is much more involved. All that crap, pee, and vomit did not bother me. But having a durable bag like this would have been nice.

  20. avatar Cknarf says:

    I always used a small backpack for dad work.

    Lightweight, room for everything. Just a plain old backpack. Comfortable to carry in public, especially if you’ve got just the basics. All for just 12 bucks at Walmart.

    Had to patch it up a few times, but it’s still going strong after nearly ten years.

    It’s a great daily bag for my crap these days, now that my son is a little older. Still works for dad stuff from time to time, too.

  21. avatar enuf says:

    Well, that’s cool and all but how about a Tactical Diaper Genie? I mean the plain white Diaper Genie works but no way it is tactical.

    On the other hand, the daisy chain of plastic encapsulated diapers that comes out of a full Diaper Genie, man oh man the damage those could do to an enemy if dropped out of a C130!!!

  22. avatar Broke_It says:

    The old milsurp claymore pouch got me thru 2 just fine. Better price point as well.

  23. avatar Mike says:

    It’s really nice to read an article and comments section here that’s lighthearted for a change. Too many EDC posts and politics.
    My firstborn (daughter) is almost 2 and though I love her more than air, the amount of pink in my house needs some balance. My first son is due in January, and I’m getting as much of this for him as I can. My wife rolls her eyes, but doesn’t really protest.

  24. avatar MAGA says:

    Now we just need some MRE-themed baby food and formula.

  25. avatar Will Drider says:

    ☆☆☆☆☆ Five Stars. I’ll explain: I saw the Title and like most tossed the B.S. flag. I’m secure enough in my masculinity that buying tampons, pads, midol, all manner of female ailment preventers and cures doesn’t faze me in the least. Toss it around like my Old Spice after shave. Diaper Bags in there general flowers, bunnies/bears and cartoon motifs are just a handy sack that shouldn’t dent your man card.

    However, If your given a “Choice” in the matter, why not get one YOU like? Especially if its for the needs of a “Man child”! Years down the road, you may repurpose it, if you can get the sour milk smell out! Lol

    AND NO! Don’t try to use one of your old GSR/oil/greasy Range Bags. Bad Daddy, Bad!

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