1. PacaPod Croyde changing bag, £120, MFM Gold Award Winner
Capacity: 26 litres, plus 12 litres extra including pods
Weight of product: 1.5kg
Extras: Separate pods, changing mat, pram clips
British brand PacaPod has the art of multi-functional changing bag organisation nailed down, easily winning this year’s MFM Awards Gold award.
The Croyde has the brand’s signature separate feeder and changer pods, as well as an additional clear ‘travel’ pod that allows you to see exactly what’s packed at a glance. With a huge capacity of 41 litres, it has plenty of features to help you find all your bits and bobs in no time – inner parent pockets with key fob and mobile dividing pockets, inner cargo hold which stores the pods, a lightweight baby changing mat and detachable pram clips.
We also love the contemporary, classic style of the Croyde, in neutral faux leather outer with classic gold hardware.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the PacaPod Croyde:
“The Croyde is a fantastic baby bag, the best I have have used. I love how it opens from the side and the different pods so that everything has its own space – food in one, nappies and wipes in another, creams, dummies and toys in another. I also love the style of the bag and that I can use the shoulder strap or hold it on my forearm depending on how full my hands are.” Mum of 1, Charlene
“Even the most chaotic days can be organised with the PacaPod – I love the fact it brings order to your changing bag! Ingenious to have the separate pod units, and the fabrics are all high quality and durable. It’s good value for what it is.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
Available from: John Lewis or PacaPod
2. Fact+Fiction Charli Quilted Backpack, £135, MFM Silver Award Winner
Capacity: 25 litres, up to 16 kg
Extras/features: Laptop/baby mat sleeve, anti-smell technology
We absolutely love the stylish look of this changing bag – never mind the baby, we would use this even without a little one.
But more importantly, as with all the most functional changing bags, the Silver Award -winning Charli has multiple compartments to keep baby items separate. It is water resistant inside and out and uses anti-smell technology to banish baby-related whiffs.
It has a separate large pocket for a baby mat – which doubles as a laptop compartment – and sections for nappies, wipes and water bottles. The changing mat needs to be bought separately, but this product is nonetheless a firm winner with our judges.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Fact+Fiction Charli Quilted Backpack:
“I loved this nappy bag! Fact+Fiction really have thought of everything with this stylish number. It is very comfortable and can be easily attached to the buggy. The anti-smell technology with mesh holes so the contents of the bag can breathe is ideal when you are carrying around little ones’ dirty clothes. It is just the right size for everything like nappies, changes of clothes, snacks and toys, but it never feels too big and bulky.” Mum of 2, Georgina
“It is a beautiful bag. I’m in love with it. The different compartments are really handy and I’ve got 2 under 2 so it’s easy to keep their clothes separate as well as bottle and milk and snack and drink. When I’ve not got the kids I’m using it as a handbag so it isn’t just a change bag, and since having it I’ve felt a bit fancy. This is one for all you stylish mums out there!” Mum of 2, Kathryn
Available from: Fact+Fiction and Amazon
Red Kite Sodbury Changing Bag, £20, MFM Bronze Award Winner
Capacity: Hx35cm Wx41cm Dx7cm
Weight of product: 200g
Extras/Features: Foldable padded changing mat and useful bottle pocket
Our judges loved the design of this messenger-style bag, which manages to pack a lot of style into its budget-friendly pricetag.
Our bronze winner has plenty of room for all the essentials, and the wide opening makes it easy to see what you need – helpful during those pressure-filled leaky nappy moments!
The detachable padded shoulderstrap means parents can wear it comfortably whichever way they wish, and we love the on-trend nautical stripes.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Red Kite Sodbury:
“I really liked the design of this bag. It is attractive and easy to carry, and the dimensions are large enough to fit everything you need for a newborn without being overly cumbersome. There are some nice design features, such as the contrasting colour straps, exterior pocket fastenings and stitching. The colour and design meant that my partner felt happy to carry the bag too. We both felt the bag was extremely good value for money!” Mum of 3, Katherine
“I love this bag – it looks great and holds loads. I used it as my backup hospital bag (in case I was in longer) and it held all my essentials. I like the little pockets on the front ideal for mummy’s items (phone, keys etc) and that it comes with a matching baby change mat.” Mum of 2, Sarah
Available from: Amazon, Asda and PreciousLittleOne
4. Skip Hop Greenwich backpack, £99
Capacity: approximately 46x24x33cm
Weight of product: 1.22kg
Extras/features: Nine pockets, changing pad pocket, stroller straps
Simply chic, stylish and effortlessly luxurious, all describe the Skip Hop Greenwich backpack.
This bag is very spacious and has two separate zipped compartments, making it ideal for parents of twins, or if you need to fit everything in the bag and keep dirty/clean baby things apart.
While clip-on buggy straps, side bottle pockets and a cushioned changing pad mean it’s practical too.
Coming in some fantastic colours, dusty rose, caramel and smoke, you’re sure to love it.
What our reviewers say about the Skip Hop Greenwich backpack:
“I was amazed at the quality of this bag, the leather is really soft and strong. The bag is able to carry a lot of items as I used it as my hospital bag and rammed it full of stuff. The separate compartments make it really easy to organise. Overall I was very impressed with this and I would recommend it.” Mum of 1, Amy
“Excellent sized bag. When I first transferred everything over from my old bag I had loads of excess space and I didn’t know what to do with it! This bag is very stylish and doesn’t look like a changing bag, which will appeal to a lot of parents. The fact that it’s vegan leather and helping the planet is an added bonus.” Mum of 2, Jenny
Available from Amazon, John Lewis and Precious Little One
5. Tiba + Marl Kaspar Knapsack, £130
Weight of product: 880g
Extras/features: internal laptop pocket, removable wet clutch, padded changing mat
This luxurious statement changing bag is ideal for mums who like to stand out from the crowd. Its stylish finish hides practical features like a wipe-clean lining, internal insulated bottle holder and fully insulated side pocket for those little snacks. It’s also got a padded changing mat and even an internal laptop pocket. We love.
Available from Tiba + Marl
6. SmarTrike toTs Infinity Bag, £64.99
Weight of product: 898g
Extras/features: Versatile carrying options, changing mat, buggy hooks, removable thermos holder
The multi-purpose toTs Infinity 5-in-1 changing bag has been created with style and functionality in mind – a fact our judges loved when they awarded this bag the silver gong.
The waterproof quilted fabric comes in purple, grey, blue and beige, and the bag is packed with interior pockets and hidden external compartments to help keep things organised, as well as two large thermal side pockets.
With a matching padded changing mat, the Infinity can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, tote bag or attached to a pushchair.
What our reviewers say about the SmarTrike toTs Infinity bag:
“Great design and colour, love the smaller change wallet inside.” MFM celebrity reviewer and dad of 2, Patrick McBride AKA Milk Tray man
“Very practical – pockets for bottles and a change wallet to pull out. Washable fabric and lightweight.” Mum of 4, Puneet
Available from: Amazon and SmarTrike
7. Zellie Woburn Designer Bag, £165
Extras/Features: organiser pocket for parent, buggy clips, changing mat, insulated bottle pouch, hygienic baby changing section
The Woburn designer changing bag from Zellie Adventure is a stylish and super functional option for parents. It is a generous size but has loads of features to keep everything very organised and to hand. We love the fact that it has a separate section for all of your grown-up paraphernalia, such as magazines, tablets, wallets and so on. The main bag also has plenty of compartments, including insulated areas to store bottles and food, and hygienic baby changing section and more. The buggy clips work well, and the way the bag opens allows you to access everything really easily.
We love the look of the bag, and the fact that it doesn’t scream “baby”: it’s a classy accessory that would look good on anyone, and you can even order yours with your initials embossed on a tag.
Available from: Zellie
8. Babymel Grace Changing Bag, £65
Weight of product: 816g
Extras/features: Integrated buggy straps, vegan leather, insulated bottle pocket
If you’re looking for a changing bag that can be used as a fashionable handbag when not on parenting duties then you’ve found it. The rounded tote has a hardwearing style and is made from PU mock-leather.
So now for the practical part; The bag has top handles and a detachable long strap so you can grab it or sling over your shoulder to leave your hands free. It also includes integrated stroller straps.
It’s water resistant, has an insulated bottle pocket plus a matching changing mat.
Available from John Lewis and Amazon
9. Baby K’Tan Changing Bag, £59.99
Weight of product: 635g
Extras/features: Built-in wet bag
For all those inevitable messy moments, the Baby K’Tan changing bag with built-in wet bag is ideal. Made with an anti-microbial lining, this separate pocket is one you can throw anything into – grubby clothes, re-usable nappies and even your own workout clothes. Then just zip the pocket up and go!
There’s also a chevron and classic black style if dandelions don’t float your boat.
Available from Baby K’Tan
10. Lekebaby Baby Nappy Bag Backpack, £56
Capacity: 35x17x35 cm
Weight of product: 748g
Extras/features: 4 carry ways, hidden bottom compartment
This lovely unisex design changing bag features some great compartments, including a wipes dispenser, bottle holders, a hidden bottom and roomy front-zip space – perfect for storing spare clothes, even for longer trips.
It is water resistant with an easily wipeable lining, and we love that you can carry it in four different ways – a rucksack, a messenger bag, over your shoulder or grabbed by its handles. Great, versatile design!
Available from Amazon
11. Shnuggle BumGo Changing Wrap, £28.95
Weight of product: 340g
Extras/Features: Lightly padded changing mat, wipes dispenser
This handy changing wrap is designed for a quick and practical baby change on the go. Just throw it into your holdall, the buggy basket or hang it off the pram for easy access to wipes and all your baby changing paraphernalia.
The ‘Always Ready’ wipe dispenser is particularly useful, as you’ll always know where your wipes are – whether hanging off your buggy, airline seat or your wrist. A nifty little product that’s a great addition to any bag.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Shnuggle BumGo Changing Wrap:
“The Shnuggle changing wrap is so handy! It is compact, easy to carry and use. I also love its neutral colour and the pockets are well designed.” Mum of 1, Camelia
“This product is good value, great for older babies or young if you need a bit less stuff. It’s good for throwing under the buggy, and really useful as a travel bag.” Love Island star and mum of 1, Cara de la Hoyde
Available from: Shnuggle and Amazon
12. Little Bird Denim Change Bag, £60
Capacity: 33cm x 36cm x 14cm
Weight of product: 600g
Extras/features: Can be converted to rucksack style, changing mat, thermal bottle holder, purse, 2 messy bags
If you prefer a more casual vibe then this is the bag for you, and little ones will love the fun rainbow-coloured straps.
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. It comes with a removable insulated bottle chamber to keep drinks warm or cool, and a removable wipe-clean padded changing mat. There’s even a purse to keep your coins and keys separate.
Available from: Mothercare
13. Kerikit Thor Nude Leather Baby Changing Backpack, £275
Capacity: 31cm x 17cm x 34 cm
Weight of product: 1.5kg
Extras/features: Changing mat, bottle holders, laptop sleeve, multi-use bag
Yes, the price tag for this one is, ahem, eyewatering. But if you are lucky enough to stretch your baby budget to this award-winning backpack, you’ll also be weeping tears of joy ( and changing bags are the new going out, right?).
Kerikit’s gorgeous leather bag is as hardworking as it is good looking, with 2 separate 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 4 insulated bottle holders.
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: Kerikit and Amazon
14. Ticent Diaper Bag Multi-Function Waterproof Travel Backpack, £28.99
Capacity: 42cm x 27cm x 21cm
Weight of product: 649g
Extras/features: Versatile strap style, insulated bottle holder
Ticent’s backpack comes in a range of colours, but this super-smart unisex black version is our favourite. While it doesn’t come with the extras that some bags offer (like a changing mat), it has 12 multi-purpose pockets (including a tissue dispenser!) and an insulated bottle pocket for a pretty decent price.
You can wear it as a backback or a tote bag, or it can be hung from your stroller.
Available from Amazon
15. Mothercare Essential Changing Bag – Black, £20
Capacity: 29cm x 12cm x 36cm
Weight of product: 95g
Extras/features: Adjustable strap, changing mat
If you’re on a tight budget, or looking for a back-up bag to keep at the grandparents’ house, Mothercare’s simple design is perfect.
It’s great value (currently on offer at £15) and features an adjustable strap, removable padded changing mat and 2 removable messy bags.
Available from Mothercare
16. Pink Lining Yummy Mummy – Hummingbird changing bag, £79.99
Capacity: 37cm x 14cm x 28cm
Weight of product: 980g
Extras/features: Cute designs, changing mat, detachable mirror
Pink Lining’s collection of changing bags specialise in gorgeous designs, and this hummingbird pattern is especially sweet.
It’s also a well-designed changing-time essential though, with a spacious interior packed with handy pockets, a padded changing mat and a wet zip bag, plus 3 external pockets.
Little extras like a key/dummy fob on an elasticated ribbon, plus a pen holder and detachable mirror make it a pleasure to use.
Available from Pink Lining and Mothercare
17. Skiphop Duo Special Edition – French Stripe, £70
Capacity: 36cm x 33cm x 11cm
Weight of product: 700g
Extras/features: 9 pockets, 2 bottle holders, padding mat, buggy clips
A tres-chic twist on one of Skiphop’s bestsellers, with stylish rolled handles, and 9 pockets, including 2 hidden insulated bottle pockets. It has a secure, zip-top closure, wipe-clean fabric and comes with a padded changing mat. You can use the shoulder strap, or attach it neatly to your stroller with the included clips.
Available from: Boots and Amazon
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