Along with a cot, a pram and a car seat, a changing bag is one of those key purchases you’ll make when preparing to become new parents. However, with so many different types of changing bags on out there, which one should you choose? We’ve tried & tested some of the most popular changing bag brands and styles on the market to help you pick.
Firstly, it’s important to consider exactly what you need in your changing bag. The basic essentials for newborns will be lots of nappies, a changing mat, wipes, nappy creams, plenty of spare clothes. If you’re bottle-feeding a place for spare bottles and an insulated pocket to keep them warm is always handy too.
Toddlers, on the other hand, need space for lots of snacks and toys to keep them entertained while out and about, so think about a bag that will grow with you as a family. Useful things to look out for are bags that come with removable pouches, insulated bottle pockets, changing mats and side pockets for quick-wipe-access.
Keep in mind that, along with all the baby things, you’ll also need a place to keep your essentials as it’s unlikely you’ll want to carry your own handbag plus a nappy bag, particularly in the first few months.
The style of bag you’d like is also important. Do you prefer to carry a backpack, a crossbody bag or a tote? Do you prefer to have everything you need with you at all times or would you rather travel light? If you have a large, sturdy pram you may well end up hanging your bag from it, so look for stroller clips. Lots of the ones we tested were multi-functional, but if you know you have a preference, looking for a certain style is a good place to start.
Storksak- ALYSSA BLACK & GOLD
£170 BUY YOURS HERE
The convertible bag without compromise. Wear comfortably as a backpack with the fully padded back panel & backpack straps, or as an elegant shoulder bag with the detachable leather strap. The square shaped zip opening allows you to easily access what’s inside your bag and the leather and nylon mix makes this bag luxurious yet lightweight, the perfect combination for stylish parents.
WHAT’S INCLUDED & FEATURES
- Matching Insulated ‘FAB’ bag (food & bottle)
- Changing mat with luxurious padding & pocket storage. Machine washable.
- Detachable leather shoulder strap
- Made from responsibly sourced leather & premium nylon
- Water resistant outer & wipe clean lining
- Convertible; backpack / shoulder bag
- Nine pockets: nappies, wipes & storage
- Padded back panel & backpack straps
- Attach to stroller using clips on backpack straps
What we think – PB really likes the ALYSSA it’s smart and practical it really ticks lots of boxes. We love that the ALYSSA doesn’t look like a changing bag, plenty of pockets.
PacaPod – Hartland Pack
£140 BUY YOURS HERE
Hartland Pack – A beautiful shaped backpack, with features for any hinch fan, a bag that opens up fully giving access to the clever pod system, wipe clean Vegan pebble leather and recycled polyester eco pods.
There’s ample of pockets for all your stuff making sure that you never lose a thing. The ultimate changing bag, there’s a pod system which includes a feeder pod, changing pod, changing mat, pram clips and mini pod, perfect for that spare change.
With the Hartland Pack you always know where everything is, keeping you organised and in control (giving you the tools to adapt to whatever situation your baby throws at you).
What we think – PB loves that this bag fits all scenario’s, work, playdates, for dad. We love how spacious this bag is and how easy it is to access all your things within the bag. The pods make it so great to keep everything together and everything has its own pod making it super easy to find the bits you need. Theres a handy pocket on the front for all your personal bits so your phone, purse and keys are all easily accessible.
TOTE changing bags
KENSINGTON TOTE CHANGING BAG – BLACK
£90.00 BUY YOURS HERE
From the office to soft play, our new Kensington Tote changing bag has got you covered while maintaining effortless style. This bag is designed not only to be a changing bag, but also a handbag long after your little one grows up.
- Dummy pouch made with new antimicrobial material inside
- USB power pack charger
- Two insulated pockets for snacks and bottles
- Zip compartment
- Waterproof material inside and out
- Changing mat with new antimicrobial surface for extra hygiene
- Soft Vegan friendly leather
- Adjustable Cross Body strap
- Pram attachment straps
- Environmentally friendly packaging
What we think – PB thinks this is a very smart practical effort free, doesn’t look like your average changing bag. Taking you from the office to the nursery pick up effortlessly. Be aware this style bag wont be so easy to carry when chasing a toddler.