1. Onco Melody changing bag, £65
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Changing Bag – Gold
The best gift you can give a parent is a pair of free hands, and with a rucksack-style changing bag, you can have just that – woohoo! Even better is the option to carry it in different ways, so we love the Melody bag’s ability to switch between a shoulder bag and rucksack.
It has 10 exterior pockets; perfect for storing those easy to reach, much-used items, like wipes. Includes a portable changing mat (so handy), as well as a wash bag, and clips so you can attach to the buggy. There are a few inside pockets, too, including a couple of insulated ones, so you can keep milk or food warm for a while.
“The way the bag opens up is great and makes it easy to get at things in the bag,” says Laura, mum of 1. “The little wash bag is handy for keeping wet bibs and clothes away from everything else in the bag.” Take out the mat and washbag and this will last you beyond the baby years as a travel or gym bag – always thinking ahead, right?
Available from: Onco and Amazon
2. Bambino Mio baby and beyond change bag, £79.99
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Changing Bag – Silver
Do you use cloth nappies? If so, then check this out – a changing bag designed with your needs specifically in mind. The side pocket holds four of the Bambino Mio cloth nappies, and the huge magnetic shut pocket at the front is ideal for storing emergency essentials, without any rooting around.
“The bag has numerous pockets and is a good size to hold all the essentials for a day out / weekend away with baby, says Lara, mum of 1. “The bag has been thoughtfully designed to ensure there are pockets to suit storing both baby’s and mummy/daddy’s things.”
The water-resistant pocket can store all those wet reusable nappies and wipes, keeping them out of the way from the clean stuff.
The bag also has the handy shoulder/rucksack strap options, as well as a grab-and-go handle.
Available from: Bambino Mio, Amazon and Earthiest
3. Pink Lining The Wonderbag Rucksack – Dalmatian Fever, £65
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Changing Bag – Joint Bronze
Best in show? We love the dalamatian print on the Wonderbag Rucksack. From Pink Lining, home of the ‘yummy mummy’ change bags, the Wonderbag can be worn multiple ways. The insulated bottle holder, here, is removable, for ease of use. The padded change mat is extra thick, making for comfy nappy changes, and plenty of pockets inside for organising all your essentials.
“The bag has lots of compartments, which is helpful to keep things stored separately and neatly and is fairly spacious. The bag has a fun and attractive design – lots of mums commented on it at various classes and playgroups,” says Anika, mum of 2.
Available from: Pink Lining, Amazon and Kiddies Kingdom
4. Mothercare Little Bird Changing Bag, £38
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Changing Bag – Joint Bronze
If you prefer a more casual vibe then this is the bag for you, and the rainbow-coloured straps are well on trend. It has sturdy grab handles and a useful shoulder strap that can be converted into a rucksack, and plenty of pockets inside and out for all your nappy-changing needs.
The bag also comes with a removable insulated bottle chamber to keep drinks warm or cool, and a removable wipe-clean padded changing mat.
“Love the look and size of this bag, also really like that it has bags that I can put nappies or clothes in making it easier to find things,” says Siobhan, mum of 1. There’s even a purse to keep your coins and keys separate. It can, of course, be converted to a rucksack style, and is a little cheaper than most on the list.
Available from: Mothercare
5. PacaPod Hartland, £89
If you love being organised, (or at least attempting a little control), you need to know about Pacapod; the changing bag brand that packs its bags with neatly themed pods, which you can now pick and choose the individual design of. There’s a zip pod for feeding equipment, and one for changing, so you can whip out the one you need without any of the fumbling about. It is made in vegan leather, (check out the Babymel Robyn, too), making it quite the trendsetter.
“It’s smart and none of my friends even knew it was a changing bag,” says MFM judge Angelita. “It fits in quite a bit and I stored the nappies in the inside zip compartment.”
The big zip top means you can open the bag very wide, which is super handy when you need to find something in a hurry – and parents, when are we not in a rush, these days?
Available from: Pacapod, John Lewis and Amazon
6. Skip Hop Forma Grey Backpack, £70
Similarly to the Pacapod, the Forma also comes with two packing pods. Handy, although one of our award judges reported that the feeding pod was not big enough for certain bottles – so do read up around that if you use bottles.
MFM Consumer & Reviews Editor Christy says: “The back straps are padded but only, lightly so possibly not as comfortable as the Onco. It has loads of great compartments, which would be really handy for separating items.”
The quilted look is pretty cool, similar to the Fact + Fiction Charli style, later on our list, and the elasticised inner pockets are easier to reach into with one hand than zipped ones: it’s a big thumbs up for anything that makes parenting life more efficient.
Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe and John Lewis
7. Babymel Robyn Convertible Vegan Leather Backpack Changing Bag, £65
Another great convertible (worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body or hand held) baby changing bag for the vegan parent, i.e. it is made from faux leather. The only downside with those kind of materials is that it can makes things a little, erm, sweaty on the back.
It is similar to the Pacapod in many ways; the Robyn does not include packing pods but is a little cheaper. It has an ‘Easy-Wipes’ pocket, a nice little addition to make grabbing a wet wipe on the go super easy.
Available from: Babymel and Amazon
8. Fact+Fiction Charli Quilted Backpack, £135
If you have a baby, you’ll appreciate the anti-odour technology that comes with the Charli backpack. As well as actively removing smells, the mesh holes let the bag breathe, so it won’t stink after a day of carrying around dirty clothes and rejected lunchboxes.
The brand started out as a gym bag company, but developed a baby bag line after parents shouted about the dual-purpose nature. Charli is water resistant inside and has a separate large pocket for a baby mat – which could also be used as a laptop compartment – and sections for nappies, wipes and water bottles.
The changing mat needs to be bought separately, (£12.95) but this product is nonetheless top notch. “I loved this bag!” says mum of 2, Georgina. “It is just the right size for everything like nappies, changes of clothes, snacks and toys, but it never feels too big and bulky.” Worth noting, this bag can only be worn as a rucksack.
Available from: Fact+Fiction
9. Redkite Change Me Bristol Changing Bag, £10
Parents looking for an essentials without the frills kind of changing bag might like this £10 bargain buy. It doesn’t have any cute storage pods, and doesn’t convert to a rucksack, but it is spacious and if you want something that holds baby bits and is portable, at a low price, this could be the bag for you.
The shoulder strap has pram clips so it can attach to stroller handles, and it includes pockets for storing those essentials. It’s outer pockets would be useful for keeping easy to reach items. The only snazzy add on is a travel changing mat, which, let’s be honest, is the defining feature of a changing bag, anyhow.
Available from: Asda and Precious Little One
10. Lekebaby Messenger Nappy Changing Bag, £29.99
Featuring some innovative compartments, including a wipes dispenser, bottle holders, a hidden bottom and big front-zip space the Lekebaby is perfect for storing spare clothes, and is roomy enough for longer trips.
It is water resistant with an easily wipeable lining, and can be carried in four different ways – a rucksack, a messenger bag, over your shoulder or grabbed by its handles. Like the Pacapod, it has a wide top opening so is easy to dig around and find what you need from. Comparatively, this one is a bit of a bargain, too.
Available from: Amazon and Lekebaby
11. Kerikit Thor Nude Leather Baby Changing Backpack, £275
Ok, let’s talk luxury. Now, you might already be mentally converting the number of nappies you could buy for the price of this bag.
But instead, work out the cost per use, and take into account that it is made from leather, so will age beautifully, and you might be able to justify the purchase. Plus, since becoming a parent, changing bags are the new going out, right?
Yes, the price tag for this one is still a little ‘eyewatering’. But, it is as hardworking as it is good looking, with two internal compartments, handy pockets and a waterproof lining. There’s also a host of great features, such as a padded changing mat, multi-use zip top bag and four insulated bottle holders. Additionally, you can personalise a luggage tag on the bag, making it truly unique, and with grown-up features likes a padded back section and an integrated laptop sleeve, you’ll be using this one for years to come.
Available from: Kermit and Not On The High Street
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