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11 of the best changing bags

We've found, tested and awarded the best baby changing bags to help you choose the one that fits your needs

Best changing bags

Changing bags are specially designed to keep all your baby’s changing needs and accessories together for when you’re out and about. Stylish yet practical, the best ones make it easy to find all the different things you can pack in them.

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What to look for when choosing a changing bag?

How much room do you need? Babies have a surprising amount of stuff that needs to accompany them – nappies, bottom cream, nappy sacks, wipes, but spare clothes, a travel changing mat are just the start. Are you someone who likes to be prepared and usually has a full handbag or carry bag? If so, then look for a roomy changing bag.

How do you want to carry it? Choose from a changing bag backpack, messenger bag, shoulder bag or even one which can be worn in a multitude of ways. Many also include pram clips to attach to your stroller while you’re on the move.

Storage compartments – Special pockets and compartments provide space for items intended for different tasks, like feeding and changing, to keep them separate. Some even feature handy extras such as insulated pouches and anti-odour linings.

Does it include a travel changing mat? While most do, some don’t. If you’re likely to be changing your baby in all sorts of environments, you’ll probably need a portable changing mat – but these can be cheap to buy as an extra.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite bags, including unisex baby changing bags for mums and dads, to help you make the right choice.

11 of the best baby changing bags 

1. PacaPod Saunton, £99

– Best for quality and organisation

Dimensions: H31cmxW39cmxD16.5cm | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Changing bag – Gold

PacaPod’s impressive Saunton changing bag wowed our judges and was awarded Gold in our MadeForMums 2020 Awards. Great as a unisex baby changing bag, our testers loved the top quality materials and vegan leather construction of the bag.

There are lots of great functions on this bag including  an insulated feeding pod and a changing pod, with a changing mat, which help keep everything organised and easy to find. When your baby has reached the age where you no longer want these pods, you can remove them and have a large bag for yourself. The bag attaches to prams and can be worn as a backpack or messenger style.

Testers were impressed with how easy to use the bag was, like mum Kate who says, “It takes some of the stress out of trips out and about. The pod system means that your bag is really well organised and when you need to change baby it is easy as everything is in one place.”

Pros:

  • Highly organised and functional 
  • Versatile 

Cons:

  • Strap may be long on smaller prams

Available from: John Lewis, Natural Baby Shower and Pacapod

2. Onco Melody changing bag, £65

– Best hands-free bag

Dimensions: H35cmxW30cmxD18cm

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. 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.

Pros:

  • Versatile backpack or shoulder bag style
  • Plenty of storage 
  • Insulated pockets 

Cons:

  • Clasps on straps are plastic which may not be as hard-wearing

Available from: Onco 

3. Bambino Mio baby and beyond change bag, £79.99

– Best changing bag for reusable nappies

Dimensions: H40cmxW25cmxD30.5cm 

A changing bag created with sustainable needs specifically in mind, this is a perfect bag if you’re using reusable nappies. The water-resistant side pocket holds four of the Bambino Mio reusable 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 or weekend away with your 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.

Pros:

  • Well considered layout 
  • Water resistant pocket 
  • Designed with sustainable baby products in mind

Cons:

  • No changing mat included 

Available from: Bambino Mio and Amazon

4. Bubble and Pop Baby Changing Bag, £74.95

– Best for pockets

Dimensions: H40cmxW32cmxD16cm | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Changing bag – Silver

The bright design of this changing bag caught the eye of our judges, who like how it stood out from the crowd. Testers were also impressed with the abundance of various sized pockets (11 in total) which make storing and organising essentials simple. For these reasons, we judged this model as one of the best baby changing bags on the market and awarded it Silver in our MadeForMums 2020 awards.

There’s plenty of storage space for all the essentials and the stroller clips mean it can affix easily to the pram. 

Parents who tested the changing bag were impressed by the usability and value of the bag, like mum Jenna who says, “All the compartments are very handy to keep the bag organised and everything in a place…lots of room to cater for 2+ kids.” This means the Bubble and Pop design could be used as a changing bag for twins, too.

Pros:

  • Plenty of pockets 
  • Enough storage space for twins 
  • Well organised 

Cons:

  • Vibrant design may not to be to everyone’s taste

Available from: Bubble and Pop and Amazon

5. Pink Lining The Wonderbag Rucksack – Dalmatian Fever, £65

– Best for standout style

Dimensions: (H36cmW30.5cmxL13cm)

Best in show? We love the dalmatian 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.

Pros:

  • Insulated bottle holder 
  • Padded changing mat 
  • Stylish design

Cons:

  • Large size perhaps more suitable as a weekend bag than every day

Available from: Pink Lining, Amazon and Kiddies Kingdom

6. Skip Hop Forma Grey Backpack, £70

– Best for easy access

Dimensions: H36cmxW20xD41

Similarly to the Pacapod, the Forma also comes with two packing pods. Handy, although one of our award testers 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 is really handy for separating items.”

The quilted look is pretty cool 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.

Pros:

  • Double packing pods
  • Usefully divided compartments

Cons:

  • Doesn’t fit every bottle size
  • Straps could be more padded

Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe and John Lewis

7. Babymel Robyn Convertible Vegan Leather Backpack Changing Bag, £65

Versatile and vegan

Dimensions: H35cmxW29cmxD15cm

Another great convertible (worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body or hand held) baby changing bag for the vegan parent as 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.

The Robyn does not include packing pods but is a little cheaper than other similar models. It has an ‘Easy-Wipes’ pocket which is a nice little addition to make grabbing a wet wipe on the go super easy.

Pros:

  • Vegan
  • Handy wipes pocket 
  • Can be worn in a multitude of ways 

Cons:

  • Faux leather is less breathable 

Available from: Babymel, Amazon and Jojomamanbebe

8. Fact + Fiction Lea Backpack, £159

– Best for sustainability

Dimensions: H37cmxW36cmxD19cm | Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2020, Changing bag – Bronze

Fact and Fiction’s Lea backpack was awarded Bronze in our MadeForMums 2020 awards. Judges were impressed by the anti-odour lined base compartment which keeps used bits and pieces separate from the rest of the contents. 

The leather look of the bag is stylish whilst also being vegan and made from recycled materials. 

This impressed testers who were also happy with the storage space and durability. Anette Jane, mum of 3, says: “After weeks of use, it has no marks at all. It also holds a lot but doesn’t feel bulky, and the wipes pocket is brilliant.” 

Pros:

  • Sustainable materials 
  • Separate anti-odour compartment 
  • Plenty of storage space

Cons:

  • More inside pockets would be handy

Available from: Fact + Fiction

9. Red Kite Change Me Bristol Changing Bag, £10

– Best value basic bag

Dimensions: H34cmxW36cmxD16cm

Parents looking for an essential 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.

Pros:

  • Great price 
  • Attaches to stroller

Cons:

  • No frills or handy extras

Available from: Asda and Red Kite

10. Lekebaby Messenger Nappy Changing Bag, £29.99

– Best value versatile bag

Dimensions: H42cmxW26cmxD21cm

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, too

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. 

Averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars with nearly 5,000 reviews on Amazon, this is a popular choice with parents. Previous buyers were impressed with the storage capacity and pockets as well as sleek, gender-neutral design which meant mums and dads were both happy to use the bag.

Pros:

  • Large capacity 
  • Versatile carrying choices 
  • Good price 

Cons:

  • Magnetic front pocket could be sturdier 

Available from: Amazon 

11. Kerikit Thor Nude Leather Baby Changing Backpack, £275

– Best for high-end luxe

Dimensions: H30cmxW18cmxD40cm

Ok, let’s talk about 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 like a padded back section and an integrated laptop sleeve, you’ll be using this one for years to come.

Pros:

  • Real leather
  • Sleek and stylish 
  • Waterproof lining

Cons:

  • Expensive 
  • Leather can be heavier to carry

Available from: Amazon and Not On The High Street

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