“Why do you need a specific bag for changing a baby?” is probably a question you’ll only ask until actually have a screaming infant to contend with. A compartmentalised and easy-to-open bag, kept packed and hanging from your pram, is a sanity-saving piece of equipment that will prove well worth its cost as you navigate the early months of your child’s life. All the below come with change mats and buggy clips unless otherwise stated.
1. ‘Chester’ satchel: £60, jojomamanbebe.co.uk
You would barely know that this smart, leather-look satchel was a change bag if not for the spotty, wipe clean lining – and certainly you could re-purpose it for general use once the nipper is out of nappies. Stylish and unisex as well as practical, with both satchel handle and shoulder strap, this is a high quality, good value option for those who want baby gear that doesn’t scream ‘baby gear!’
2. ‘Tusk’ laminated messenger bag: £44.99, mothercare.com
This messenger bag with its fun giraffe design is a straightforwardly good value option in tough, wipe-clean fabric, and has enough space for all the essentials, as well as plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organised. Four per cent of profits go to the Tusk charity, which helps protect endangered animals.
3. Storksak Noa change bag: £75, storksak.com (pre-order for release in June)
This new design from yummy mummy favourite Storksak comes in a range of jaunty colours (the yellow is perfect for spring/ summer) and can be carried as a tote as well as over the shoulder or strapped onto the pram. It is less solid than some but that means it packs down well when empty. It comes complete with matching mini-organiser, which will neatly take care of your smaller bits and pieces – or placate a toddler who wants their own baby bag to carry.
4. Pacapod Picos Pack: £85, pacapod.com
Outdoorsy types, anyone who plans to make substantial use of a baby sling rather than pram – and dads – will rejoice at this hard-wearing, unisex backpack alternative to a traditional change bag. Inside is an insulated ‘pod’ big enough to contain not just milk bottles but toddler meals, as well as a ‘change pod’ for nappies etc and the usual change mat.
5. African Elephant change bag by Array: £65, notonthehighstreet.com
Designed and made from tough cotton canvas in South Africa, this change/messenger bag combines a cute elephant print (porcupines, monkeys and birds also available) with a simple, practical design. There’s nothing too fussy here, just usefully-big pockets (including insulated bottle pockets at the side) and a change mat.
6. Babymel Cara change bag: £55, boots.com
This roomy, water resistant bag in laminated cotton canvas has both grab handles and a shoulder strap, and comes in several bright prints. It has a separate, insulated bottle holder and change mat.
7. Babymule Pegasus change bag: £40, hippychick.com
A brilliant-value bag in washable cotton canvas with tonnes of genuinely useful features, including a sizeable wet bag, separate nappy pouch, change mat and bottle insulator, plus a roomy main compartment, zipped front pocket for your mobile phone etc and both short and shoulder straps. The one downside is that the main bag is closed with a single popper rather than zip, creating potential for the contents to get wet if you get caught out in the rain.
8. Momymoo Zoe change bag: £69; amazon.co.uk
This larger-than-average option has the distinct advantage that it can be carried as a backpack (essential if you’re using a baby sling) as well as on the pram. It has tonnes of pockets, as well as wet bag and change mat, and is both water resistant and wipe clean. Comes in a range of prints.
9. Melobaby nappy wallet: £32.95, amazon.co.uk
Not strictly speaking a change bag, but this ingenious and award-winning wallet is perfect for travel, particularly flights when hand luggage is restricted, and for any occasion when you are taking a non-baby bag with you anyway. It holds a surprising amount of stuff, has multiple pockets, and folds out into a frankly luxurious, fleecy change mat. No buggy clips. Comes in a range of colours.
10. Sophia & Matt ‘Big Spot’ change bag: £129; notonthehighstreet.com
Perfect for packhorses who like, or need, a lot of stuff with them (including those with more than one infant), this bag from Greenwich-based designers Sophia&Matt has less in the way of multiple pockets and features than some alternatives. But it has plenty of the really essential thing – capacity – as well as a sturdier change mat than most. Relatively pricey, but also very stylish and well-made; and could easily become a weekend bag for mum once baba has had their fill. Comes in a range of eye-catching prints.
It might not seem as fun as splurging on a designer handbag for yourself, but your baby changer will likely see more use, over a concentrated period of time, than any other bag you’ll ever own. If you want to milk your investment still further, the Chester satchel and Sophia & Matt Big Spot bags are both great options that will adapt easily to post-baby life. For value and features, it’s hard to beat the Pegasus from Babymule.
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