Any new parent will know leaving the house without a massive bag full of baby essentials isn't an option.
For a long time, baby changing bags have been seen as the ugly, bulky, unwanted accessory that comes with motherhood. Nowadays, fashion-forward baby bags for mums and dads are on the rise and the market is full of options you don’t mind carrying.
Many modern options are also amazingly practical, including loads of side pockets and internal compartments (sometimes colour-coded), multiple straps so you can attach it to your buggy, hang from your shoulder or wear as as a backpack, bottle holders and dirty nappy compartments (they've thought of everything!)
It's an essential baby item, and a good idea to have at least one changing bag packed and ready to go at all times - which makes a great excuse to buy multiple and make the most of the different designs available!
What should I look for in a baby changing bag?
First of all, you need the best baby changing bag for carrying around everything you need for your baby, including nappies, clothes, bottles, wipes and spare clothes. So when looking for the right one for you, it's important to consider:
- Separate pockets for placing everything in the right place
- More than one way to wear, usually cross-body, shoulder, and backpack
- Thermo insulation to keep bottles warm or cool (or insulated bottle holder)
- Stroller friendly with two clips for easy attachment
- Built-in changing mat
- Design that goes with your style
- Wipe-clean fabric
- Dirty nappy compartment
- Detachable mini bags for food storage
- A light-coloured interior or see-through pockets
- Anti-odour technology
Whether you’re looking for something that looks designer, or just a practical bag with enough pockets, we’ve hand-picked some of our favourites.
The best baby changing bags
- Lassig Glam Rosie Changing Bag
- Mia Tui Jennie Travel Changing Bag
- Pink Lining WonderBag
- Allis City Plus Changing Bag
- Babymule Charcoal Baby Changing Bag
- Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack
- ToTs by Smartrike Infinity Changing Bag
- Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Backpack
- Babymel Grace Changing Bag
- Lekebaby Baby Nappy Bag Backpack
- Maxi-Cosi Modern Bag
- Mamas & Papas 2 Way Bowling Style Changing Bag
Read on to find out more detail about each of our product top picks, and what our mum testers has to say about them.
Best baby changing bag with handy accessories
The Lassig Glam Rosie Changing Bag is a Bronze Mother&Baby Award winner 2018. This bag comes with a large main compartment with water-repellent changing mat. It comes with removable compartment for baby food jars, stroller hooks, adjustable shoulder strap, cell phone compartment and other features.
Our real-mum tester Ruth McAuley said: "I love the fact that this bag is roomy but still feels so light. I can fit everything into it without struggling for space and there are so many different compartments so everything has a place. The days of wondering where to put that jar of baby puree are long gone!"
Best changing bag according to our Mother&Baby Awards mum testers
The Mia Tui Jennie Travel Changing Bag is one of the most popular bags on the market, a Gold Mother&Baby Award 2019 and 2018 winner. This is the perfect changing bag, big enough for everything you need while looking super stylish. The beauty of this bag is you have a pocket on the back that slips over the handles of your suitcase, making it super easy to travel with, especially as it keeps your hands free for your baby or toddlers.
Our real-mum tester Michelle said: "It was easy to find what I needed quickly and the bag was organised well. There are sections for everything, including two insulated bottle holding pockets, somewhere for pens and keys and a transparent bag to hold whatever you need."
Best lightweight changing bag
Pink Lining WonderBag is a Silver Mother & Baby Award 2019 winner. The new-look Wonder Bag really is wonderful! More lightweight and streamlined than before, you can carry as a tote, wear as a rucksack to be hands-free, or attach to your buggy. The large front zip pocket contains areas for all mummy essentials or for making that favourite toy or snack for baby instantly accessible.
Our real-mum tester Nikita said: "The WonderBag can be used as a handbag, backpack or you can attach it to your pram. I personally like to have it as a backpack as it balances me out well. The bold design makes it easy to find amongst other changing bags when going to a playgroup."
Best changing bag for ample packing space
The Allis City Plus Changing Bag is a Silver Mother&Baby Award 2018 winner. It has unique design and integrated changing station. You can use in four ways: cross-body bag, shoulder bag, tote bag and backpack. It comes with a thermo-insulated holder to keep bottles warm or cool for up to four hours, and is stroller friendly with two clips for easy attachment to prams.
Our real-mum tester Sarah Mawdsley said: "The bag is a great size with lots of handy pockets – I have three children and can easily fit in everything we need for a day out. It fits in extra drinks and snacks for the bigger kids as well as all I need for the baby. It makes life easier by using just the one bag rather than needing a separate bag for the bigger kids."
Best unisex baby changing bag
The best baby changing bag for unisex wear: this is a great bag you both won’t mind carrying. The Babymule changing bag can be carried in three different ways to suit you — as a backpack, a messenger bag or clipped on to the buggy. It comes with a changing pouch, a changing mat and a wet bag in a handy purse, which is a great added feature. It’s comfortable to use and you can carry everything you need and more inside. Read our full review about Babymule Charcoal Baby Changing Bag.
Our real-mum tester Yvonne McFaul said: "This change bag is AMAZING!!! I would recommend this bag to any of my mummy friends (and it's perfect for daddies too as they love a good rucksack! Hubby said he would 100% use it if it was the plain one not patterned). I love it as you can fit so much in and they have thought of everything and the quality is excellent!"
Best multiwear baby changing bag
The best multi-wear baby changing bag: this affordable Babymel Robyn changing bag looks beautiful and can be worn four different ways, as a backpack style bag and as a shoulder bag, across your body or handheld. We love the contrasting faux leather trim and the clever easy-wipes pocket, allowing you to remove a wet wipe on the go, without unpacking your changing bag. It’s extremely roomy, waterproof and versatile and went down well with our panel of mum testers.
Our real-mum tester Victoria Borner said: "The wet wipe pocket is my favourite feature. It is important to me that the bag also looks stylish as a bag in its own right and this one certainly does! I'd happily take it out and about with no baby in tow too!"
Best waterproof changing bag
This bag is versatile with multi-purpose, style and functionality. This is a waterproof quilted fabric bag with many interior pockets and hidden external compartments. It can be used as backpack, shoulder bag, tote bag or attached to a pushchair. Also, there are some removable accessories as thermos flask holder, changing mat and hooks to attach to the pram. Read our full review about ToTs by Smartrike Infinity Changing Bag.
Our real-mum tester Samantha Rosamond said: "The backpack to tote convertable bag is such a smart idea as it means you've got hands-free options, great for not only babies but for toddlers too. And there isn't a more apt name - it's huge with numerous multi-function pockets."
Best changing bag with organisational pockets (vegan)
This is another vegan leather bag with nine pockets, changing pad pocket, stroller straps and, other essential features. This is the perfect bag if you need space as it brings two separate zipped compartments, making it ideal for parents of twins. It can also be worn as a backpack for hands free use. Read our full review about Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Backpack. It was Shortlisted in the 2019 M&B Awards for Best Baby Changing Bag.
Our real-mum tester Sahra said: "A versatile bag that can go on your back but also has handy clips to allow it to go on any buggy. It has multiple compartments that help organise your bag. The bottle compartment can be used for wipes as well. In addition, it is very stylish so makes you feel less like you are carrying a nappy bag around!"
Best fashionable baby changing bag (vegan)
The best baby changing bag for fashionable and stylish mums: this bag is made of vegan leather. If you are looking for something more stylish and fashionable, this is an excellent choice. It can be carried by hands or by shoulders. It includes a coordinating changing mat.
Review: 'I spent a while looking for a changing bag that would suit my needs and look stylish. (I'm not a fan of the ones covered in patterns) the bag arrived and it is everything I wanted. There is great amount of room for everything and I love the side insulated pocket for the bottle.'
Best baby changing bag for weekends away
The best baby changing bag for weekends way: this bag can be carried in four different ways and comes with a hidden bottom compartment, a wipes dispenser and bottle holders. This bag is also water resistant and super easy to clean. And its wide open design makes packing easy, and you don't have to take out all your items to find the one you need at the bottom.
Review: 'Literally just recieved this and I already love it. I had a perfectly lovely change bag however i was getting shoulder pain a lot from the single strap. I ordered this as it had so many pockets and was backpack style aswell as have handles and buggy fastenings. You get a free change mat and tons of pockets. I have another child so can pop his drinks bottle in here too. Its high quality and beautiful design.'
Best for quick access
This smart changing bag could be mistaken for a laptop bag, it's so discreet. Plus it's reall spacious - there are plenty of large compartments and pockets to hold every baby essential. It includes a handy toiletry bag for those emergency essentials, at easy reach for quick access (plus it has a hanging hook - super useful in public changing rooms). There's also an insulated bag to keep food and drinks cold or warm, and a foldable changing mat.
Review: 'Great item and matches my pram perfectly! I love now many compartments are in the bag and the additional changing bag, changing mat and insulated bottle bags are great! I highly recommend this changing bag.'
Best bowling bag design
Bowling bag designs are user-friendly and stylish, and especially great for sharing with your partner without being too overtly changing-bag-like. The flexible straps also mean you can wear this across the body or even as a rucksack. It comes with a removable insulated bottle holder and a co-ordinating changing mat (plus this is a great choice if you have a Mamas & Papas pushchair). The water-resistant fabric means it's good in our unpredictable British weather, and there are plenty of pockets for everything you need to take with you.
Review: 'Great quality bag with changing mat and bottle warmers. Love that the strap can be changed to wear on the back.'