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Changing Bags

(93 Posts)
Cheffie100 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:14:55

I'm looking for something really nice and a bit cool -would pay up to £80. Any recommendations welcome? X

Flisspaps Tue 05-Mar-13 09:24:20

I would wait until the baby is born, and is a few weeks old so you have an idea of what you actually need.

You might buy one with lots of pockets but find that you'd actually find it easier to have everything in one place, or you might get one with one big compartment and find it'd be easier to have lots of pockets!

Will you need one with a strap that you can hang over your buggy or shoulder, or one that you need to wear on your back?

I got the free Boots bag with DD 3 years ago, and used that until I got a lovely Radley oilskin bag, which I asked for without thinking about what I actually needed it to do. It's a lovely looking bag but is useless for what I need (no long strap, too big to sit under the buggy properly) so have gone back to the Boots freebie!

sophiad Tue 05-Mar-13 10:52:57

I've got this one ready and waiting to be used


butterflybuns Tue 05-Mar-13 12:50:44

Have got a Pink Lining one which I've used for 3 years and is still going strong for dd3 due next month. I think they're great bags but have had to resist the urge to get a pacapod as I think they look fab too.

My SIL spent the extra money and got herself a Yummy Mummy bag from John Lewis - they're gorgeous!! Look like a slightly large handbag, has spaces for bottles and wipes etc, and once my little one is here I will also be getting one!!

Seriously, check them out. Totally worth the extra money for something you could use beyond babyhood x

christinarossetti Tue 05-Mar-13 15:28:12

Agree with the use holdall for a few weeks then decide what you need school of thought. I did this with dc2 and ended up just carrying on using the holdall.

A fold up changing mat will be useful though.

Yannah2006 Tue 05-Mar-13 16:40:01

Yummy mummy bags are massive! My step-sister turned up with one, i thought she was staying over night. They're about the size of a weekend bag- totally unnecessary. They get grubby very easily (light colours, canvas material) and ss says they're not the easiest to clean.

I have a skip-hop dash. Great design, holds everything we need (i have a 6yo DS, i'm a childminder and new baby will be joining us in May), wipe clean and not too huge.

I almost got a pacapod, as i think they're great if you have just one or two children.

PureedGoodness Tue 05-Mar-13 16:43:24

mama et bebe bag from john lewis. mine is excellent. similar to the yummy mummy.

forevergreek Tue 05-Mar-13 16:50:59

Melo baby. Is small compact mat/ nappy/ wipe pockets. Will fit in any current bag you own, or just thrown under pram/ in rucksack etc etc

Notmyidea Tue 05-Mar-13 16:54:47

look up a company called Sew Nicely Done on Facebook! She makes an oilcloth changing bag for about £65 and you get to choose your own pattern combintions. I've been dropping heavy hints ready for mothering sunday.

IcouldstillbeJoseph Tue 05-Mar-13 16:55:29

IMO I would avoid Pacapod - myself and close friend bought one each with first babies and both of our zips bust. Luckily mine was still under warranty but my friend not so fortunate. Since then I've heard lots of others say same.
I've just had DD2 and bought an Orla Kiely shoulder bag in sale - perfectly serviceable as change bag and now I have a nice bag when I no longer need baby detritus....

bananananacoconuts Tue 05-Mar-13 17:45:28

get an oilily changing bag. simply gorgeous

riskit4abiskit Tue 05-Mar-13 17:56:41

I'm going to use a large Kipling bag I already have as they are so washable and just buy a changing mat. Unless I'm missing any key features I desperately need?

FoofFighter Tue 05-Mar-13 17:57:59

SkipHop bags are lovely and usually can find them in TKMaxx at a very good price.

I'm just going for an oilcloth satchel that's not a changing bag really, just a handbag.

Camwombat Tue 05-Mar-13 18:01:05

We faffed about with changing bags, until I bought a SkipHop, and wish I'd found it sooner.
DS is now 20months and he carries it or it pops in the bottom of the buggy or in another bag.
Perhaps one of the best buys I have made!

ButteryJam Tue 05-Mar-13 18:05:39

I'm planning to buy a large leather handbag (maybe even go as far as Mulberry) and use that, with a folding changing mat inside. I don't see why it can't be a two in one bag that I can use post-baby too! smile

I am thinking of also getting a smaller bag like a radley cross bag that I can stick into the big one, and take out easily.

Yannah2006 Tue 05-Mar-13 18:17:46

I think it's important to remember that changing bags will regularly have vommity, wet, pooey items in. Also, leaking bottles, leaking snacks, leaking baby food. You'll probably also be frequenting parks, woods, sticky soft play areas, dusty village halls for baby groups and will be around many small people that seem to sweat jam, snotter a lot and stagger about with pens/paint/food.

I think they key thing aspect of a changing bag is that it needs to be very washable!

northerngoldilocks Tue 05-Mar-13 18:54:04

Interesting re pacapod zips breaking- mine too but out of warranty and the company didn't want to know. Terrible customer service so best avoided

nomoreplease Tue 05-Mar-13 18:56:10

Storksaks are supposed to be good, like a big posh handbag but changing bag.

I've just bought a pacapod

MewlingQuim Wed 06-Mar-13 07:34:48

I just use an old rucksack blush

Rainbowbabyhope Wed 06-Mar-13 10:40:06

Agree with just using a rucksack - don't see the point of special changing bags especially ones which just go over one shoulder which is both bad for posture and means you never really have your hands free. Plus needs to be something that both I and DH can use so handbag type bag is not going to work.

I just used the free boots one with dd and will probably do the same this time too. Its black and grey too so dh did actually use it and take it out with dd.

fairimum Wed 06-Mar-13 10:54:04

I have had a pacapod for almost 2 years and never had a problem with it, used daily and love it! smile

notso Wed 06-Mar-13 11:01:34

I love skip hop changing bags, I love the idea of pacapod but I don't like the bags.

Yannah2006 indeed, just cleaned out my changing bag and found three woodlice among Ds2's 'treasures' from the park!

Paradisefound Wed 06-Mar-13 11:39:18

I bought a pacapod a Portland one as its bigger... The problem with the smaller ones is they are too small and get crammed full, then the zip goes. Haven't started using mine yet..so we shall see. The Portland is good as hubby can carry it..works well as man bag! He won't carry anything floral or pink and fluffy...let's face it I'm gonna want him to be involved and having the wrong bag..can be a great excuse for him not to help. Go for something plain and simple in my opinion.

Szeli Wed 06-Mar-13 11:45:58

I bought a mid sized oilcloth polka dot handbag and then a liner/organiser off ebay to pop in it; if baby b doesn't ruin it I can use it quite happily for a long time as it's essentially a slighter larger version of a handbag I would use and only cost £11... I then had to pack it myself tho with changing mat/bottle insulator etc but it still all came in under £20 thanks to the wonders of ebay and shops in hong kong.


Locketjuice Wed 06-Mar-13 11:56:20

Don't get the baby k one whatever you do!

It's rubbish! I know 5 people and myself who have it and all of them the front popper has come off so can close it, its tiny inside when you actually have filled it with all you need and when it rains everything inside gets wet as it doesn't have anything to cover the top fully hmm

SoYo Wed 06-Mar-13 12:04:14

I got an OiOi hobo (English Rose red pattern to brighten up navy buggy but there's lots of patterns). It's fairly big but clips nicely onto pram & has a big central section & useful pockets. Cost me around £60 I think but may have been in sale. Got it from kiddicare.

SoYo Wed 06-Mar-13 12:05:25

Also lushbaby.co.uk have good selection of skip hop ones.

I agree with others - why bother with a changing bag? I just use larger handbags and have a foldable changing mat with pockets for nappies, wipes and nappy bags. It goes everywhere with us and I use it at home to change nappies downstairs.

I searched for ages for the right changing bag before DS was born and it's hardly been used, just in the very early days when every nappy seems to leak and you need a change of clothes and 6 nappies for a day out!

It might depend on whether you'll need bottles with you. I breastfed so needed to carry less than if I'd been FF.

farmersdaughter Wed 06-Mar-13 12:45:28

We have a skip-hop one and its been brilliant. It also depends on what sort of pushchair you have and you'll need to hang it.

Big consideration for us was that DH would have to carry it about and he didn't want something too girly grin

glorious Wed 06-Mar-13 13:01:18

Sophia and Matt do lovely ones. small business in Greenwich but you can buy online. I use that with the pushchair and a rucksack with the sling.

AmberSocks Thu 07-Mar-13 10:57:10

i have a cath kidston one,blue with red spots,pretty good,no complaints.

i also had a pink lining one,that was nicer,but my cat weed in it.

atrcts Thu 07-Mar-13 12:14:55

I like the iCandy peach jogger changing bag, lots o useful compartments and a big internal space. Good plain black colour for Hubby to not feel too feminised too!

enormouse Thu 07-Mar-13 12:19:08

I have a cath kidston one too. It's the cowboy print and I got it second hand off ebay. I love it to death and got a few more things in the cowboy print.

scarletforya Thu 07-Mar-13 12:19:30

I got a changing bag but it is never used as dd has decided to never poop outside the house. So I just have a nappy, sudocreme and wipes in my normal handbag.

beanandspud Thu 07-Mar-13 13:09:26

I had a black SkipHop ones that was pretty indestructible!

Having a black one meant that DH was far more likely to go out with it and do nappy changes - he wouldn't have been seen dead carrying a Kath Kidston/Yummy Mummy type bag.

JuJuBe used to do some nice ones, not sure if they're still around?

Don't get one that's too big/bulky or it will just annoy you! Loads of people I know (me included for a long time) used the Boots free one despite having others, because it's nice and flat so it doesn't get in the way when hung on the back of a pushchair or fits in the basket easily. Also some are so full of extra whatnots that they weigh a ton even before you put all the baby clobber in, which is also annoying.

Once we got past the poo-nami stage, I also often used a free fold-up mini change kit I got in a Huggies pack, it was just big enough for a couple of nappies, bags and a small (or half-full) pack of wipes and it folded out to form a mat. That was great to chuck in the pushchair basket, or in another bag if I had lots of other stuff to carry somewhere.

LindaMcCartneySausage Thu 07-Mar-13 14:24:44

I love, love, love my StorkSak changing bag. Can't recommend it enough. Used it daily for about 2 years and doubles as my (smart) handbag. They are designed to take a lap top, so multifunctional. I've had loads of compliments about it. The StorkSak website is excellent, but JohnLewis also stock them.

I've just treated myself to a new one for DC2, due any day now. They range from about £70 to about £250 for the leather ones that look like Mulberry Alexa bags

ladymontdore Thu 07-Mar-13 14:38:27

I just used a big leather handbag. If you are bf you won't be carrying bottles and stuff. If you put nappies in nappy bags they won't leak either! Vomit washes off leather as well as anything else! For longer days out I also took shopping bag style bags, I had a nice spotty kath kidstone one which had a zip. Personally I don't get on with lots of little pockets - one big space much more useful!

Want2bSupermum Thu 07-Mar-13 15:11:02

We have the skip hop bag which is good for pockets BUT it isn't washable. I end up replacing it every 3 months or so (I buy them on sale for $30 a pop). I am still looking for something machine washable. I found one bag by Ju Ju Be - Be All which is machine washable but I wasn't too keen on the design. I would like more pockets to keep poo and food separate. Will have to check out the kipling bags. I forgot they are machine washable.

For changing pads I love the kushies changing pads. They are flannel on top with a waterproof layer underneath and are machine washable. They double up as a piddle/puke pad, blanket and wind deflector.

Flickstar Thu 07-Mar-13 19:31:22

I love my Paca Pod- I have the OBan in patent red and will miss it when I don't use it any more! here

Bouncey Thu 07-Mar-13 19:36:13

Another vote for storksak. Loving my Elizabeth bag which I've used non stop for a year. Now that I'm back at work I sometimes use it for laptops and files. It still looks perfect.

Andcake Thu 07-Mar-13 20:02:06

Used the free boots one for ages too but now use the wallaboo in brown www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000WHOBME/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9557946549&ref=asc_df_B000WHOBME quite happy with it haven't washed it yet though and DP doesn't mind holding it. Just for bums seem to always come with free travel changing mats so I use one of those as they are smaller so gives me more space. The free 'just for bums' mats re so handy for around the house too on route to bathroom, when the other mat has just been weed on, or poo etc etc

beancounting Thu 07-Mar-13 20:24:21

I loved my pacapod but found the quality pretty poor - the pad thing on the shoulder strap frayed and then disintegrated after about 6 months (not an element that got much wear and tear), and I had to practically beg them to send a replacement (because I didn't have a receipt - it was a present from work). I ended up binning it after about 18 months by which time the strap had gone, as had two of the three zips and the Velcro loops on both the internal bags, and the lining on the inside of the food bag was shredded. I do miss it as it was a perfect size and I loved the separate sections, but I just use a rucksack now and it's much more practical with a toddler.

scottishmummy Thu 07-Mar-13 20:29:02
Slainte Thu 07-Mar-13 20:48:49

Storksaks are great. Mine is still going strong 2.5 years later.

It also looks great and I'm always being complimented on it. Link here

Elkieb Thu 07-Mar-13 20:53:49

I love my bababing bag- I got it second hand and it's like new. Holds everything and is light and smart. Also washable which is very important.

MustafaCake Thu 07-Mar-13 21:00:59

Do you have a TK Max near you?

Our 2 have fabulous changing bags (many of the brands named on this thread) but half price or less.

I got a gorgeous JJ Cole one reduced from £70 to £30

Wibblytummy Thu 07-Mar-13 21:01:36

I had a Pink Lining Yummy Mummy bag from birth until my DS was about 18m old. It looked filthy after 2 months and no amount of washing got the light canvas material clean.

My friend gave me her like new SkipHop bag. I wish I had had this bag from the start, it is so much easier to stay organised with. A pocket for everything and it doesn't all get lost in the big main compartment like it used to with the Pink Lining. The design on this is much more flattering to wear and tear and getting a bit grubby being dumped on the ground at parks and playgroups!

MinnesotaNice Thu 07-Mar-13 21:10:32

I had a Skip Hop but after awhile I found it to be too big and heavy so I downsized to a Vera Bradley messenger style diaper bag. However, these days I tend to just throw an extra diaper and some wipes under the stroller.

elk4baby Thu 07-Mar-13 21:46:19

Ju-Ju-Be are the best!
I'd had one that came with a pushchair, pacapod and oioi - I feel Ju-Ju-Be's THE best.
They have a number of different models for you to choose from, but all are really high quality and fantastically organized! Brilliant!

Damash12 Thu 07-Mar-13 21:50:36

My best advice is get a large one and get it from eBay!! I originally wanted a Yummy Mummy bag but they are way too small. I saw a Ll Tuttu Nico bag in Mamas & Papas £150 and got one from eBay for £68 and I live it!! Loads of pockets and room for everything plus it looks fab but I also keep looking at the Storksak bags £200 in JLewis but go for around £80 on eBay.

craftycottontail Thu 07-Mar-13 22:30:35

Oooh no that sucks about Pacapod zips breaking - my step mum has just bought me one. Still has the labels on so maybe I should see if John Lewis will exchange it now...

haveapear Thu 07-Mar-13 22:44:16

My mum makes beautiful oilcloth change bags to order. I think they are £75 including wet wipe cover and change mat.

I can't link but google exclusively by Christine and you should find her web page and Facebook page.

I only wish she'd made them when mine were babies! Hth smile

PoppyWearer Thu 07-Mar-13 22:47:06

I bought a custom-made oilcloth one from eBay, Cath Kidston-style but it cost me £15, is going very strong a year on and is just the right size, not too big. It will remain a useful bag once it's days as a nappy bag are done.

DH got a leather messenger Storksak when DC1 was born (nearly 5 years ago) and uses it quite happily as a manbag even for work.

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 07-Mar-13 23:24:17

I have a kath kidston one, its very practical. I got it as a present after baby one and still going strong four years later. I personally don't like the yummy mummy ones- I think they are pretty but a bit naff and gimmicky, although I am sure the kath kidston bags are too!

byhec Thu 07-Mar-13 23:53:15

I just use a rucksack, a large fatface handbag or keep a changing mat/nappies under the pram, never really understood why you need a changing bag.

Camwombat Fri 08-Mar-13 07:55:40

Ours is the skiphop pronto and fits in most other bags. DS loves carrying it himself mostly.

ivytree Fri 08-Mar-13 09:09:43

Don't get on that is too girly. Otherwise it can be a bit mean on the other half when they use it.

notso Fri 08-Mar-13 09:37:50

I am always hmm at Dads who wouldn't carry a bag because it's too girly. Surely when they have a baby with them it's pretty obvious what the bag is for, it's not as if they have to wear a matching dress.
Also don't understand why people get so anti-changing bag it's like saying you don't see the point of a handbag or a suitcase.

LexiLoganberryBump Fri 08-Mar-13 10:45:41

Boots have a lovely Koto leatherette change bag, it's the kind you could use for a overnight bag after you no longer need it for baby, it has pockets but not to many if you prefer more of a open space bag.

I brought the Tomy JJ Cole Mode because it's large and has alot of pockets but they're positioned in such away that you could use the large internal space or seperate everything, I needed to choose a large bag as will be using reusable nappies and need to have seperate space for clean and used nappies. It also has buggy straps so you don't have to hook it over the handles.

I use a large clutch from topshop and have done since DS was over the regular poo-splosions at about 10 weeks. Even before that I was using it for trips out for just a couple of hours.

I'd advise waiting until you've settled in, use an existing bag, work out whether you're breast or bottle feeding, what nappies you want to use etc. and then buy a bag to the size of the stuff you end up carrying around. But then I'm very much of the carry-the-child/avoid-a-pushchair-if-I-can type brigade and I have never wanted a big changing bag.

I have used a fat face over the shoulder bag too for previous DSs.

Lucky you having a new baby smile

grin notso I quite like DH carrying my gold studded clutch bag to do DS's nappy. It was obvious it wasn't his handbag and it's always nice to see a strapping rugby player carrying a baby and handbag.

notso Fri 08-Mar-13 12:24:42

grin it takes a real man to carry a clutch bag Tea!

ButteryJam Fri 08-Mar-13 13:34:11

This looks lush! smile

scottishmummy Fri 08-Mar-13 20:54:12

HaveaPear your mums bags are gorgeous,what a talented lady
Bags by exclusively by Christine

haveapear Sat 09-Mar-13 18:20:12

Thankyou Scottishmummy I'll tell her smile

MustafaCake Sat 09-Mar-13 19:11:56

Wow, I love your Mum's bags haveapear.

I would happily buy any of them but would absolutely love the camper van one for a changing bag! Gutted I recently bought a bag and can't justify another one sad

haveapear Sat 09-Mar-13 20:24:38

Did you see the Facebook page someone recently ordered a campervan change bag and there are photos of it there ?

I love the campervan fabric too, but I have so many bags I can't justify it either and although she's my mum I still have to pay! grin

Bodicea Sat 09-Mar-13 20:27:42

just to throw a spannner in the works:

what are people's opinions on whether to get a beautiful girly bag or a unisex bag that your partner won't be embarrassed carrying?

Bodicea Sat 09-Mar-13 20:29:36

just realised this topic is already up for discussion doh!'

olivertheoctopus Sat 09-Mar-13 20:36:44

I bloody hate those Boots bags, so ugly. I have a 4.5yr old Skip Hop Dash which has worn really well and I either use that or a Boden oilcloth satchel. The SkipHop is better if you're going to get the changing mat out a lot (ie with a newborn) as it has a separate sleeve for it so no need to try and shove it past everything else to get back in. The mat that came with it wasn't wipe clean though (durrrrr...) so I wasn't that bothered when MIL lost it and I got a custom made wipe clean one folding one off eBay.

SilverSixpence Sun 10-Mar-13 02:17:29

I got a nice bag from Zara to use as a changing bag but it doesn't have compartments or external pockets do drives me mad! The new Storksak bags look lovely am thinking about this or this

hannah9000 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:47:24

There's a new brand (yes it's mine but I am a mum not a big mean company!) who offer changing bags and footmuff sets - Petit Banan

xigris Mon 11-Mar-13 21:58:20

Scottish your mum's bags are fabulous! smile

carameldecaflatte Mon 11-Mar-13 22:05:30

I bought a ju ju be bag and I love it. They are expensive but I had a stressful time of pregnancy so I decided that I deserved a treat! It is huge, has zillions of pockets, extra backpack straps and I can and have thrown it in the washing machine after a poonami's worth of clothing. You can find them on ebay too.

scottishmummy Tue 12-Mar-13 21:36:33

It's haveapear who's got the talented mum,with lovely bags
I emailed link to my friend shes considering an order

Lou9899 Mon 20-May-13 14:16:40

The Babybeau ones are really nice and if your worried about leakage etc. There is a baby insert which can be removed and washed. I have the Belle and Eden which is very spacious and very, very light which is quite good as I tend to bulk up my bags. I did have a storksak Elizabeth but the handle snapped so i traded it for the Kate which I think is a better alternative to the Elizabeth.

elsabel Mon 20-May-13 17:44:32

Ive got a babymel satchel. I chose it because it was reasonably priced and was the one i could find that looks most like a normal bag, as thats what i was going for. Its not particularly big though, so depends how much space you need

ButteryJam Mon 20-May-13 17:46:24

MustafaCake Thanks for the TKMaxx tip. Are the changing bags put in a different place or are they just all dumped together with the other bags?

MsTillyPepper Sun 26-May-13 12:20:31

I stumbled across a new brand. I do like their range and I bought this baby bag which i've been using for my twin boys. You can pack your baby wardrobe and more in this changing bag.

redwellybluewelly Mon 27-May-13 07:04:21


Just to say I've been trying to find a nice changing bag for three bloody years and usually just use a fat face holdall handbag but emailing your v talented mum later to see about a custom order. Thank you!

MummySparkle Wed 05-Jun-13 17:49:05

We have a skip hop dad for DS. I chose the wave / spot design as its not too girly to hang on the pram, poor DS! And so that OH will carry it (although the free boots one is stocked for him).

It has separate click loops that go over the handle of the buggy and they ate brilliant, it doesn't slide anywhere, it can't fall off. I get comments on it often. It had just the right amount if pockets too - highly recommended!

Smerlin Wed 05-Jun-13 18:30:18

Any other recommendations for unisex ones as I want my OH to be able to carry it too...?

Nasty thought just occurred. Maybe he could have the free Boots bag and I could get one of the lovely handbag type ones

Loupee Wed 05-Jun-13 18:57:07

Smerlin, that's exactly what we have done. I have a lovely Pink Lining bag that was a gift from my sister, and my DH uses the freebie one from Boots.
I love my pink lining bag, haven't had any issues with it getting dirty etc. DS is now 10 months.

Rhubarb78 Wed 05-Jun-13 20:35:46

Another fan of skip hop here. The buggy straps are very good as they stop the bag slipping down the pram frame.

MsTillyPepper Wed 19-Jun-13 14:35:23

@Cheffie100 - I posted a comment back in May. If you are still looking for a changing bag around £80 you can use the voucher code BUTTER for a £20 voucher off this messenger changing bag

I have bought an uppababy pram and just seen that they've started to make changing bags

Queazy Thu 20-Jun-13 18:01:28

Pink lining have a sale on their website on yummy mummy bags

Babymel Quilted black Amanda bag, lovely looking if like me you are not keen on crazy colours and prints. It looks like a normal bag, comes with changing mat and buggy clips xx

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