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The best baby changing bags – backpacks, holdalls and designer bags for every mum

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Baby changing bag

Any new parent will know leaving the house without a bag full of baby essentials is no longer an option. For a long time, baby changing bags have been seen as the ugly, bulky, unwanted accessory that comes with motherhood. Yet nowadays, fashion-forward baby bags are on the rise and the market is full of options you don’t mind carrying.

What should I look for in a baby changing bag?

Obviously the first thing you’ll notice is how the bag looks, and it’s important that any bag ticks that box, as you’ll be the one carrying it. Yet there are some other extras that you might want to think about:

  • Separate pockets – A lifesaver and something that will save those ‘I can’t find my keys and my baby is screaming’ moments.
  • A unisex bag – If you’re going to be sharing the parent duties, it’s a good idea to find a bag he doesn’t mind carrying at the weekends, to avoid tedious un-packing and re-packing.
  • In-built changing mats – It might sound simple, but having a mat built to fold down into your bag can make all the difference.
  • Buggy clips – Unless it’ a backpack design, you’ll probably want a bag you can safely clip onto your buggy on-the-move.
  • The little details – From wet wipe pockets and bottle holders to wipe-clean fabric, look out for the little details that will make life easier in the long run.

What are the best baby changing bags on the market?

Whether you’re looking for something that looks designer, or just a practical bag with enough pockets, we’ve hand-picked our favourites.

The best baby changing bag handbag: Mia Tui Jennie Changing Bag, £55.00

Mia Tui Jennie Changing Bag

A changing bag that allows you to feel like Mary Poppins, without looking like her too, the Mia Tui Emma changing bag definitely gets our real-mum seal of approval. With interior pockets, multiple compartments and changing mat and an elegant tote bag look.

The bag comes in a range of lovely colours to suit every type of mum, and even comes with a handy additional clutch bag for those rare trips when you’re travelling light!

The best baby changing bag for those on a budget: Allis City Tote Changing Bag, £19.99, Amazon

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Allis City Tote

This clever changing bag is super affordable, as well as being one of the most spacious bags we’ve ever seen. With numerous pockets to make it easy to find what you’re looking for in a rush, it’s extremely good value for money, and the cross-body style is handy when you’re holding your tot’s hand.

This is a great baby changing bag, although the colour options in the range are a little limited.   

The best baby changing bag for unisex wear: Babymule Charcoal Baby Changing Bag, £85.00, Amazon

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Babymule

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 onto 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.

The best baby changing backpack: Skip Hop Suite Collection Backpack, £95.00, Mothercare

Skip Hop Suite Collection Backpack

This beautiful backpack definitely stands out from the crowd, available in a number of different eye-catching colours. With multiple pockets both inside and out, the backpack has a number of handy features including side pockets, a front zip pocket, an insulated bottle holder and a lovely padded changing mat.

The bag itself is comfortable on the shoulders, roomy enough for all your baby essentials and has clips to attach it to your pram safely, without tipping it. The only downside is that it’s a bit smaller than others on the market, but all in all, it’s a great bag.

The best multi-wear baby changing bag: Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack, £60.00, Amazon

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Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack

This affordable bag looks beautiful and can be worn four different ways – wear it as a backpack, a shoulder bag, across your body or hand held. We love the contrasting faux leather trim and the clever easy-wipes pocket, allowing you to remove a wet wipe on the go, without un-packing your changing bag. It’s extremely roomy, waterproof and versatile and went down well with our panel of mum testers.

The best luxury baby changing bag over £100: Cath Kidston Island Bunch Smart Nappy Bag, £110.00, Cath Kidston 

Cath Kidston

This baby changing bag from Cath Kidston looks beautiful and is filled with handy features, including a removable carry case and mat, multiple pockets, pushchair clips and cross body straps. This is definitely one you’ll use for years, long after you’re carrying nappies, and is a good choice if you’re looking for a baby changing bag that doesn’t look like a changing bag.

The best luxury baby changing bag under £100: Jem + Bea Marlow Bag, £89.00, John Lewis 

Jem + Bea

This beautiful changing bag from Jem + Bea is another unisex bag both of you will love carrying. With multiple pockets inside and outside, a lovely matching changing mat, an insulated pocket and even a dust bag, you’ll definitely feel luxurious with this on your arm. It might not be as affordable as other bags on this list, but if you can afford it, it’s a lovely pick.

The best baby changing bag for disorganised mums: PacaPod Richmond Herringbone Bag, £92.00, John Lewis 

PacaPod

This innovative bag from PacaPod divides all your baby essentials into separate bags. The funky print bag can be held using the large leather handles, or the detachable shoulder strap and comes with the clever 3-in-1 organisation system the brand us known for. The parent bag comes with a front pocket and a key fob, the feeder pod doubles as a cool bag for your baby’s feeding essentials on the move, and the changer pod is packed with a padded changing mat.

A great choice for disorganised mums, the individual pods can also be removed from the main bag and attached to the pushchair on the move. A great little bag you’ll use long after your baby needs changing, the main bag is big enough to fit most laptops.

The best baby changing clutch bag: Tiba + Marl Etta Changing Clutch – Gold Python, £45.00, Selfridges 

Tiba + Marl clutch

This sleek changing bag is perfect for those days or evenings where you need to travel a little lighter. With built in pockets for the baby essentials, a fold-away mat with a removable, washable fleece layer and a wristlet for easy carrying, you can dance the night away, knowing you have everything at hand when your baby needs changing.

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