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Change bag recommendations please!

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hazelnutlatte Fri 05-Jun-15 10:34:28

With my first dd I carried around the ugly free boots baby change bag for nearly 2 years, barely using my handbag in all that time. Now dc2 is due imminent and my mum has given me £100 for my birthday and I want to spend it on a really nice change bag.
I'm looking for the sort of bag that looks like a handbag but has useful compartments, is wipe clean and has a change may etc. It will also need to have a strap that will hang off a pram handle.
Storksak look pretty nice but the leather ones are over my budget, can anyone recommend anything similar?

Bumblebzz Fri 05-Jun-15 11:51:01

Do you need a changing bag specifically, can't you find a biggish bag you like and use that? I was given an all singing all dancing changing bag with my 1st and even when empty it was far heavier/bulkier than a normal bag, and it looked, well, like a changing bag. I never ever used it. With my second I used anything from a 'bag for life' type fabric shopping bag, a big leather handbag, s mall leather handbag (that was bait awkward in fairness, I had to roll the nappies up to fit them in) a nice oilskin type shopping bag, and sometimes (when out with the pram) an ocado plastic shopping bag thrown under the pram. So my advice would be to use most of the £100 to buy yourself a really nice handbag, and then buy something practical and cheap for nappies and wipes smile

nottheOP Fri 05-Jun-15 11:52:31

Skip hop duo

Oly4 Fri 05-Jun-15 13:51:22

I want a new change bag too as my Phil and Teds one is falling apart. I've been eyeing up this one, it comes in loads of colours

Oly4 Fri 05-Jun-15 13:54:04

pantsjustpants Fri 05-Jun-15 14:18:28

I had a Skip Hop Duo too. Reasonably priced, hard-wearing and available in lots of colours and patterns. Easy to sling over your shoulder or cross body, and the best clips for going on the buggy.

BarbieBrightSide Fri 05-Jun-15 16:13:22

I used a Storksak GiGi and loved it.

I still haven't got rid of it and my youngest is nearly 5 because it's a really useful bag when we're travelling.

Nosynora Fri 05-Jun-15 19:39:51

Tk maxx are always good for bags

trilbydoll Fri 05-Jun-15 19:41:57

I've got a Mia Tui one, it's had 2 years of daily use and I haven't made any effort to look after it. It still looks good as new, apart from the pen on the lining! Lots of compartments too.

Wishful80smontage Fri 05-Jun-15 19:43:04

Pacapods are fab got mine from john lewis

Nevercan Fri 05-Jun-15 19:43:39

Another skip hop duo grin

PrincessOfChina Fri 05-Jun-15 19:48:22

I've got a Pacapod this time and I'm really enjoying it. Nice pattern, good size and the little pods are great for feeding and changing stuff. I often take the change one out without the rest of the bag.

Lots of sizes and patterns.

Icedfinger Fri 05-Jun-15 20:18:10

Another Pacapod fan. Two years on ours still looks great and we're still using it.

Itscurtainsforyou Fri 05-Jun-15 21:04:32

I have a pacapod but found the pods too small (I used washable nappies and could only fit in one at a time).

Stinkersmum Fri 05-Jun-15 21:08:41

Pacapod, love them.

thecrimsonpetal Fri 05-Jun-15 21:08:49

I love my Pacapod, I have the Napier but if you don't like prints the Mirano is lovely too

thetropicmama7 Fri 05-Jun-15 21:15:23

Storksak for me! Lasted me two babies and still looked lovely and classy. Great investment

araminem Fri 05-Jun-15 21:34:12

I got a Skip Hop Dash from TK Maxx. I like it as big enough to hold everything but not too big. Just right for me!

squiz81 Fri 05-Jun-15 21:44:08

I had a lovely grey one form tk maxx, faux leather, looked like a normal bag and cost about £30. I'm now back on my normal handbag though (ds2 is 1) I have wash bag style bag containing nappies, wipes, sun cream etc that I chuck in my normal bag.

Rivercam Fri 05-Jun-15 21:49:02

do,you need a proper change bag? But a nice rucksac or large handbag and use that instead. For my first child, I carried everything around, and had a proper change bag. For my second, I think it Was literally one spare nappy and some wipes, and not much more. Maybe I would have a bag with spare clothes in the car, but for everyday use, I took the bare minimum.

Coastingit Fri 05-Jun-15 21:54:44

Get something like this that you just stick inside your handbag. I have a Mulberry Mitzy - £275 or so from a Mulberry outlet store - and slot this inside. It fits a few nappies, a pack of wipes, a muslin and some nappy bags. If you're using a bottle, a separate insulated bottle holder. No need for a monstrous dedicated 'I Am A Mama' bag. Any big crossbody nice leather bag is fine. A satchel type thing works well and sits nicely across buggy handles.

Rivercam Fri 05-Jun-15 21:57:36

I take it all back. I have jut googled parapodia. I want one and I'm not even pregnant. I had a blue, quilted bag with elephants on it.

BikeRunSki Fri 05-Jun-15 22:00:13

Don't get a Cath Kidston one. They are deceptively small and weigh a tonne.

Bohemond Fri 05-Jun-15 22:02:33

Pacapod here too. The pods are great but it's best feature is being so light; vital when you have to carry so much crap around. And easily fits a laptop.

roverover Fri 05-Jun-15 22:20:47

does it have to be an actual changing bag?? I gave up on the search for a decently priced leather changing bag and got a 'normal' roomy leather bag from John Lewis which has been great for both dd. It has a good few pockets so still allows easy location of wipes etc. .. smile

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