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Baby changing bag, worth the money?

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WantingBaby1 Mon 27-Feb-17 13:38:33

Is it worth buying a baby changing bag? I've got lots of big handbags which are a lot nicer than the affordable changing bags, and I'm wondering whether to just use one of those rather than a designated changing bag. Surely if I have a slip in divider a large normal handbag would be fine? If not, do you have any recommendations? Looking to spent less than £100. Thanks smile

CatBean Mon 27-Feb-17 13:39:34

If you are breastfeeding, definitely don't need a seperate bag, plus they are not very nice at all.

Just get a changing mat to put in your normal bag.

welshweasel Mon 27-Feb-17 13:39:53

Completely up to you. I like the multiple compartments in mine for putting bottles, clothes, calpol, dummies etc in. And the fact it's waterproof so any leaks can be wiped out. Also like that it velcroes on to the buggy handle.

strawberrypenguin Mon 27-Feb-17 13:40:53

Nope. I just use a backpack. Easily fits in everything I need and is more comfortable to carry

user1487776842 Mon 27-Feb-17 13:41:14

I couldn't live without my pram bag... Don't think I've owned an actual bag in 5 years since I had dd1 grin I get mine on ebay paid less than £20 and I love it, more than big enough and came with a change mat grin

NoArmaniNoPunani Mon 27-Feb-17 13:41:58

They are a waste of money, I just use a rucksack

welshweasel Mon 27-Feb-17 13:42:15

I've got the old version of this.

NapQueen Mon 27-Feb-17 13:43:30

I used old satchel sized bags for both of mine - the cloth type. Sizeable and machine washable. Didnt buy one specifically. Ikea do a great foldy change mat.

MargaretCabbage Mon 27-Feb-17 13:45:10

No. I use a rucksack or a tote. You can get fold up changing mats with a pocket for nappies so you can just grab what you need easily when changing.

Lules Mon 27-Feb-17 13:45:13

I spent about a tenner on one from boots. There's no need to spend loads. It's annoying having to pack and unpack a bag and it's useful having different compartments but if you've got a spare bag that's the right size then use that.

welshweasel Mon 27-Feb-17 13:45:15

It's bizarre. On mumsnet everyone always says they use a rucksack/their normal bag but all the people I know with babies the same age as mine have a changing bag, every single one! All my usual handbags are way more expensive than my change bag and not really suitable for minging baby clothes/snotrags and also my husband wanted something that he would feel stupid carrying either.

Squidgling Mon 27-Feb-17 13:45:17

I breastfed and loved the changing bag! We still use it now sometimes and DD is almost 2! They have lots of handy compartments for spare clothes, bibs, snacks, drinks, nappies, wipes etc. They also have a small fold up change mat which is very useful. I just found it easier to have it all in one place and one thing to make sure was stocked before we went out.

arbrighton Mon 27-Feb-17 14:39:16

I've bought an £18 changing bag. Messenger style as I'd like DH to be happy using it.

He could not believe how much some of the bags cost. Of course, we then ended up with another as a freebie with the travel system but not a bad thing to have two. That one apparently has a £40 tag....

They have a waterproof lining/ mat included- you're not going to want to put bottles/ wipes/ bits of food in a nice handbag, really, are you?

MrsOllyMurs Mon 27-Feb-17 14:46:27

As PP said, I wanted to have a bag handy that either of us could grab and go. Personally don't like carrying a rucksack and found it handy to have loops to attach it to the pram......

Spudlet Mon 27-Feb-17 14:48:14

I use the free one from the Boots Parenting Club. It's not stylish but it serves a purpose. smile

Glossolalia Mon 27-Feb-17 14:50:19

I have a Pacapod. I love it.

MrsDustyBusty Mon 27-Feb-17 14:52:33

I wouldn't. I spent a lot of the changing bag with the compartments and other features. It weighed a ton when fully loaded, was bulky and really unwieldy. Now that my daughter is coming up for two, we don't bother with it at all.

wobblywonderwoman Mon 27-Feb-17 14:59:55

I didn't. I used to bring out a towel for changing baby on and used a pretty large holdall I already had. Then I used a picnic basket when I had two and left that in the car with just a nappy/wipes/bottle in my handbag. At one stage I had two under 15 months and didn't miss having a proper change bag.

billybigballs Mon 27-Feb-17 15:00:46

I didn't have a changing bag, I used an longchamp let pilage I already had with long handles which was fine.

Next time I'd consider getting one though as I recon the extra pockets would be handy

Flipthebirdy Mon 27-Feb-17 15:15:10

The pros of my changing bag are- large but lightweight, waterproof throughout, both handle straps and a shoulder strap and velcro tags for hanging from buggy, looks like a changing bag- rather than an ugly handbag, outside bottle compartments useful.

SockQueen Mon 27-Feb-17 15:45:51

I didn't have any appropriately sized handbags, and I just bought a cheap one off Amazon for about £15. It has lots of compartments for nappies, wipes, cream, spare outfit, a folding change mat, sanitary towels/breast pads (for you) plus one section which is my "grown-up" bit of phone, money, keys. It's pretty ugly but absolutely functional and better than having everything all jumbled in together. It also had an insulated bottle bag included, which I don't use as I breastfeed, but might come in use once we start weaning soon.

NerrSnerr Mon 27-Feb-17 16:00:15

I either used a rucksack or a big handbag. I breastfed so no need for bottles and managed to travel light.

Sparklyuggs Mon 27-Feb-17 16:38:46

I've got one of these which I'm currently using as my day to day commuting rucksack and the coordinating changing mat is somewhere in the house.

I don't think you can tell it's technically a changing bag, IMO it's a non-ugly backpack that stands up to being bashed on the tube. I have back problems so I knew a shoulder bag was a nogo.

If you want one and think you would use it, then treat yourself. DH is happy using his own rucksack so we'll buy pacapods to move between our bags.

Sparklyuggs Mon 27-Feb-17 16:39:29

And before anyone says it, I know it's a very expensive rucksack blush

jessm2109 Mon 27-Feb-17 16:41:13

I have this one:

Its lovely. Comes with a changing mat and a compartment for keeping bottles if you are bottle feeding.
Also great for my partner as its so plain.

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