We went for one on sale in M&S that they don't seem to stock anymore ... It's a messenger bag style one with LOTS of pockets as I gather that's the most important thing... I'm still expecting so haven't used it yet, but it seems to have enough space for the bulkier nappies (terry and preforms/AIO) as well as the dirties bags, foods, toys, my purse etc. I think any large messenger bag would do tbh, as long as it can fit a fair amount in hth!
I used a messenger style bag as well. In fact for a long time one of the free navy huggies ones I seem to remember but I guess you don't get them anymore!
Once they weren't newborns I used to pack to clean cloth nappies and a couple of disposables. For the dirty cloth nappies I used £1 draw string wash bags. I also used to use a disposable nappy overnight once they were sleeping through because mine were incredible heavy wetters!
I did pretty much exactly what RandomMess did. I used a North Face courier bag. They are made out of waterproof fabric anyway. The night time/holiday/ emergency disposables I used were bamboo Bambo brand, although I could only get them on line.
Should also have added that I ised cloth out an about if I thought I'd have up to 2 changes. Any more I used disposables as the bag got quite heavy. I always used disposables if I had DS in the sling for a day out on public transport on my own as it cut the weight and bulk I was carrying
Any bag that you like will do. You just need a nice waterproof bag for the wet/dirty nappies.
Yes, this. I don't get the whole "changing bag" thing. Maybe it is more useful if you are bottle feeding & need insulated pockets & stuff? But I have never had a "changing bag", I've used bags I already own, not always the same one as different days have different needs!
Phew! It all seems so bewildering - the "changing bag" thing. I just don't really get it!
I'm pleased I'm not about to make a huge mistake just buying an ordinary bag and some waterproof bags (I got two free with some cloth nappies I bought but I think I may need more - but they're not expensive!).
Thank you, ladies, you've helped me solve a problem, which sounds like a small one but I seem to be hyping up everything and panicking that I'm going to be a terrible mother if I get the wrong thing now... sounds completely daft I know. I'm just getting in a bit of a state over stuff that I know I won't care about once baby's here. Silly me....
Don't worry, ARV (your username always makes me think of Avro planes btw, I've noticed it in a couple of threads), it is bewildering with your first. I remember making endless lists compiled from books/internet about what we should have, not that we bought most of it. How many weeks are you?
I had to Google Avro planes...! It's my initials, I couldn't think of anything more imaginative when I signed up.
I'm 28 weeks on Monday, so still a little way to go!
Now stressing about which travel changing mat I need... I don't think I'll need one with side pockets though, will I? - as the cloth nappies are so much bulkier than the disposable ones... thinking I should just get the £3.99 one in mothercare as it's just a mat and cheap.
Arrrgggghhhh, why do they make so much bloody stuff for babies? Rational me is saying I don't need half the stuff I'm being bombarded with, but emotional, pregnant me is thinking that I need it aaaaaallllll to be a good mum (which is clearly bullshit).
Sign up for the boots parenting club. You get a free change bag with a decent size change mat. You also get 10 points per pound spent. Cheap is the way to go as you can also use them as a makeshift groundsheet if you need to sit on the floor (picnic, quick feed etc) and you don't get uncomfortable lumpy pockets. You can always buy a more expensive one later once the baby is here if you feel it would work for you