Mumsnet has been helping to make parents' lives easier since 2000. We’ve watched trends come and go and styles and engineering become more and more slick.

We choose 10 products to test based on Mumsnetters’ recommendations and our Talk boards, as well as which products are being searched for most on Google. We also look at new releases, meaning we give newcomers a level playing field to compete on with old favourites.

Unlike many other product testing sites, at Mumsnet, we have a single expert who looks at all the products within a category. This means they are can make like-for-like comparisons between products as well as provide a more standardised approach to testing, ensuring fewer variables between product tests so we can recommend products with confidence.

We tested each of the changing bags with a family in everyday situations to see how they performed in those spontaneous ‘we-never-could-have-predicted-this’ moments. We also ran some more standardised tests, to ensure all the product’s claimed features were really put through their paces. We’re confident that our testing is truly exhaustive.

Each of the changing bags were used exclusively by our tester for three days. They were taken on days out and attached to buggies, paying attention to how much could fit inside, how easy the bags were to stay organised, and how effective they were at keeping milk cool and valuables safe. We considered how easy it is to keep the bag clean, including whether or not it could go in the washing machine. And as all of our winning bags could, we tested for wear and tear, and how well they stood up to a wash.

We also considered the comfort for the parent in using the product. Was the bag comfortable to wear on long days out? Were the straps padded, and was it easy to do things hands-free?

Last but by no means least, we analysed whether the product was good value for money.


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