Baby changing bags
By Ellie Simmonds
Baby changing bags
A changing bag is just one of a long list of things parents tend to buy when they find out they're having a baby.
They're handy for carrying around everything you need for your baby, including nappies, wipes and spare clothes. Modern changing bags have lots of pockets designed for different items (including wallets and smartphones), as well as extras, such as foldaway changing mats included.
With prices ranging from around £20 to designer changing bags that costs hundreds, the choice can be challenging. Should you go for one that matches your pushchair? Is it better to go for a rucksack, rather than a messenger bag style? Read on for more on some of the most popular picks, from cheap changing bags to those that fall firmly into the 'treat yourself' category.
- Changing bags under £50
- Treat yourself: changing bags over £50
- Luxury baby changing bags
- Baby changing bags - buying checklist
- What to pack in your changing bag
Which changing bag is best for you?
From rucksack-style to retro, our pick of popular changing bags will help you find the perfect solution for holding all those nappies, bottles and wipes.
Cheaper changing bags
Mothercare primrose rucksack (£45)
Ready to join you on your next outdoor adventure is this affordable rucksack from Mothercare. It comes with a pair of insulated bottle chambers, padded shoulder straps and two removable mess bags to keep dirty clothes separated. A handy 'parent pocket' gives you room to store your keys and phone, and a padded changing mat is included.
Babymoov changing bag (£45)
This changing bag from Babymoov may catch your eye if you're on a budget, but despite its low price it still manages to tick off some essentials. The Babymoov changing bag has several storage compartments, including a transparent pocket for nappies and baby clothes. A 'reinforced base' protects the bag against the elements, and you can wear it on your shoulder using the quilted shoulder strap. A changing mat is included. The bag is available from the Babymoov website in a range of colours: Star (black and grey), Chic (seen below), Natural (brown) and Lovenest (blue and light brown).
Babystyle Oyster changing bag (£40)
The Babystyle changing bag isn't the most exciting-looking bag we've seen, but if you're after a small, affordable option it might be worth a closer look. It may not be as spacious as many of the other bags featured here, but large enough to carry around a couple of bits you can't leave home without. The bag comes in a range of colours including lime green, pink purple and red. You'll find it listed at various online retailers including John Lewis.
Skip Hop Pronto changing station (£23)
This convenient clutch aims to make nappy changing hassle-free. It comes with a wipe-clean changing mat with a built-in pillow, along with a pocket that can hold up to four nappies at a time. On the front is a zipped pocket that gives your personal items a temporary home. Skip Hop says this baby changing bag is water resistant. More than 10 different colours available, from a simple black to the vibrant orange and blue 'Triangles'.
Treat yourself: changing bags over £50
Storksak Seren Graphite (£115)
This baby changing bag from Storksak is billed as being made from durable, water resistant nylon. It has five internal compartments lined with floral print, one of which has a zipped closure for extra security. Bundled with the bag is a padded changing mat with a grab handle and pockets for nappies and wipes. A pair of side pockets promise quick and easy access to bottles while you're on the move, and adjustable straps let you use the bag as a shoulder bag or backpack.
BabyBeau Isabelle changing bag (£110)
Keep all your essentials in one spot with this luxury changing bag from BabyBeau. It comes with a leatherette padded changing mat, an insulated bottle holder and an internal organiser, which can be pulled out completely and used as a separate mini handbag. The Babybeau bag can be carried like a tote bag or worn on your shoulder depending on how you set up the straps. It has a water-resistant interior and several pocket pouches and is sold at Very.
Bugaboo changing bag (£100)
This simple but stylish changing bag from Bugaboo is made from a polyester fabric that the manufacturer claims is easy to scrub down. It's designed to help you organise those things you can't leave home without, featuring side, top and bottom zips for storage. You can buy it online via the John Lewis website.
Mamas & Papas - Bowling Style changing bag (£99)
If you're shopping for a changing bag that's stylish but practical, this one from Mamas & Papas is worth a closer look. Inspired by 'multi-pocket trends of American bowling ball bags', it comes with a removable insulated bottle holder to keep your baby's milk at the perfect temperature. For the price you pay you also get a changing mat. On the Mamas & Papas website, it comes in Sage Green, Anthracite (black and grey) and Chesnut (grey and brown).
Pacapod Lewis (£89)
This changing bag on sale at John Lewis is a backpack and messenger bag in one. The front pocket is home to a changing mat and two sealed pouches, one of which has enough space for a pair of milk botttles. There's an additional pocket on the back of the bag for Mum or Dad's own essentials, and attachment straps let you hook the bag to a pushchair. It comes in Navy (see below), Dove Tile and Black Tile.
Pink Lining - Yummy Mummy Dalmatian Fever (£80)
This eye-catching bag from Pink Lining will turn some heads in the park. There's a selection of attachments and bundled extras, including two thermo-insulated bottle holders, a mobile phone pocket, a detachable mirror and an adjustable shoulder strap. The bag has elasticated pockets for nappies and wipes, along with a wet zip bag for soiled baby clothes.
Storksak tote changing bag (£70)
Available in a range of bright colours, the spacious Storksak tote changing bag can double up as a weekend bag. You'll have easy access to large internal pockets, a padded changing mat and some zipped compartments for valuables. A built-in bottle holder keeps milk upright and, Storksak says, warm 'for up to four hours'.
Babymel changing bag (£70)
Dubbed the 'ultimate in organisation', this Babymel accessory has seven internal and external pockets. The stylish, striped changing bag is made from water-resistant canvas and hooks right onto your pushchair if you don't fancy carrying it on your shoulder. It comes bundled with two must-haves - a padded changing mat and an insulated bottle holder. You can find it online from Natural Baby Shower and Mummy and Little Me.
Cosatto Wow changing bag (£70)
If you already own a Cosatto pushchair, the Wow changing bag coordinates nicely. It's described as a 'luxury, tailored changing bag', arriving with plenty of storage space, a large zip compartment, insulated bottle bag and wipe-clean changing mat. You have a couple of different colours to choose from, including Fox Tale (see below), Posy (a very dark red) and Spectroluxe (rainbow-coloured with a geometric pattern).
Silver Cross baby changing bag (£60)
The colours of the Silver Cross changing bag match with the brand's range of Surf, Pioneer and Wayfarer pushchairs. This bag's interior can be zipped up completely, keeping the changing mat and thermal bottle holder snug inside. There's also some space for your smartphone thanks to a dedicated sealed pocket. If you buy from the Silver Cross website, this changing bag comes in black, red, pink, blue or silver.
Luxury baby changing bags
1. Gucci Kids - Logo print changing bag (£895)
Made in Italy, this lavish Gucci Kids baby changing bag doesn't come cheap. The massive price gets you an eye-catching bag with a magnetic foldover top, adjustable shoulder strap, side pockets and a changing mat.
2. Fendi - Brown logo changing bag (£590)
The Fendi baby changing bag is described as a 'luxurious must-have' for new parents. It comes bundled with a practical changing mat and an adjustable shoulder strap, and there are two separate compartments inside the bag. For just £5 more, you could pick up the iCandy Apple 2 Pear pushchair.
3. Dolce & Gabbana - Nylon nappy bag (£775)
Tucked inside this leopard bag, 'created with the highest attention to detail', is a fold-out washing changing mat. It's padded, which gives your little one some extra protection. Tempted by this Dolce & Gabbana bag? Be prepared to part with almost £800.
4. Burberry Kids - Checked changing bag (£1,129)
The priciest changing bag in our roundup comes from the Burberry Kids range. It's a leather bag with a single main compartment, large carry handles, hints of gold and an iconic checked design.
5. Moncler - Blue baby changing bag (£570)
This sophisticated bag from Moncler can hook onto the back of your pushchair, handy if you're on a stroll and need to grab something without coming to a halt. Pockets inside the high-end bag give you room to organise your baby's things, and the accompanying changing mat is a nice bonus.
Baby changing bags - buying checklist
With so many changing bags on sale from big-name brands, picking the perfect option can be a daunting task. Before you part with your money, consider what sort of features you're looking for.
Ask yourself these questions before you buy your changing bag:
- Does the bag have lots of well-organised pockets and compartments for different things, including an insulated bottle holder and dirty nappy compartment?
- Is it machine washable with water-resistant fabrics? This bag will undoubtedly see a lot of wear and tear.
- Does your changing bag have a detachable changing mat?
- Is there a light-coloured interior and mesh or see-through pockets? These can be useful to help you spot what you need quickly.
- Can it be used as a normal handbag? If you'd like to keep things subtle, look for a bag that can double as a handbag, or that you can continue using after the nappy stage is over.
- Does it have a broad shoulder strap for comfortable carrying, or is it a rucksack-style bag so that you're hands-free?
- Is the changing bag compatible with your pushchair? Some bags come with pushchair fasteners.
What to pack in your changing bag
If you're just about to set out, remember that you don't need to pile as much as you can into your changing bag. Consider the essential products you'll need while you're away from home, and leave some room for some emergency items, too. Below, we've put together a packing list to help you stay prepared:
You might also want to check there is room for:
- Tissues or face towels
- Bottle of milk
- Hand sanitiser
- Extra top for you in case of feeding spills or baby vomit