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Baby changing bag, worth the money?

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WantingBaby1 · 27/02/2017 13:38

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


Hello, this thread is quite old so some of the product recommendations are a little out of date. There are lots of differing opinions on whether changing bags are really worth the investment. Some MNners recommend using an ordinary backpack, or like the OP, a handbag they already own. Whereas others swear by their trusty, multi compartment, wipeable changing bags.

Having a baby is expensive enough, so there's no point in shelling out money for something you don't need, but if the idea of a designated changing bag appeals to you, then take a look at our top changing bag recommendations. We tested the top 10 most popular bags to find out which ones really are worth the money.


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MillieMoodle · 27/02/2017 17:48

I bought a yummy mummy bag when I had DS1 and it was fab. It cost £75, 6 years ago. I used it until he was about 4 for taking spare clothes, drinks and snacks in if we went anywhere. Am using it now for DS2 and I have to say it has lasted really well. I can get loads in it too. It was a lot of money but it was worth it.

Have also got a boots one I got free when DS1 was little. I use that for swimming kit if we go on holiday. And have got a mothercare one which I used to send to DS1's childminder every day. DH uses that one if he takes the boys anywhere as he refuses to carry the yummy mummy one Hmm

Isabellaandthepotofbasil · 27/02/2017 17:51

I've had several change bags:

  • first I had a plain cloth ruck sack. Didn't like it as it wasn't waterproof and didn't have any pouches/dividers inside. Abandoned it.
  • Quinny bag. This fixed on to the chassis of the buggy and was useful until we got the double buggy. Obvious downside was you couldn't carry it!

-Pacapod. £100 worth of mistake! It was massive but actually didn't hold that much. I think it's designed to hang off a buggy. Sure as shit not designed to hang on a person without breaking said persons back!
-Babymel- It was ok but uncomfortable to carry and we couldn't hang it on the double buggy.

Now we have two, a little jeep rucksack and a bigger jeep rucksack! I use the little one if I only have one baby and the big one if I have both. Has compartments, waterproof and comfy to carry?
Kintan · 27/02/2017 18:12

I got a storksak in very good condition on eBay for £20 (rrp £99), definitely don't pay full price for a changing bag if you decide to get one!

Imavinoops · 27/02/2017 19:22

I wasn't going to get one and was planning on just using a big bag but then I saw one on sale at mothercare and had to get it. I was pretty pleased to discover after that it also came with a little changing mat and a bottle holder. (The dog sneaked off with the bottle holder mind and ate it but that's a naughty dog story for another time!)

VeryPunny · 27/02/2017 19:26

Never used one, just used a rucksack. But I am very definitely a minimalist - only ever bought a couple of spare nappies and wipes out and about.

littlejeopardy · 27/02/2017 19:29

I got a red spotty changing bag from Amazon and use it daily. We were also given a superhero themed one too, that we use for special occasions because it is the 'naice one'

Lules · 27/02/2017 19:41

People who only take a couple of spare nappies - did your baby not vomit or have explosive poos ever? I always needed at least one set of spare clothes. And do you not need to take food with you once they're weaned?

ILikeyourHairyHands · 27/02/2017 19:49

Just used a large Maxmara xbody bag when mine were babies. Couple of nappies and wipes in nappy bag, spare change of clothes and a couple of muslins in another. Never needed anything else.

Don't remember ever taking food out when they were weaning, just gave them a few bits of whatever I was having for them to mess about with.

I do have an inner chortle when I see new parents with huge great bags. WTF is in them??

Eclecticmama · 27/02/2017 20:04

I just use a rucksack, especially as I generally have my daughter in the carrier. I have also used my handbag with a skiphop pronto that carries nappies. I'm using cloth nappies so need a slightly bigger bag to transport them about.

bummymummy77 · 27/02/2017 20:43

I mentioned the bf thing as I think actually the only thing that you NEED in a nappy bag is the insulated bottle pockets. Although they're amazing for keeping drinks cool in summer or not frozen in the winter.

Audrey, they just have amazing pockets. Just pockets. I love pockets. POCKETS! Grin

AudreyBradshaw · 27/02/2017 20:58

It is all about the pockets bummy when ds was a tiny newborn and I was too scared to fall asleep in case he did something like breathe funny or blink, I spent quite a lot of time watching American YouTube videos of how people pack their jujube's. It is pocket porn.

Littlelegs19 · 27/02/2017 21:18

I bought the changing bag that matched my pram. I wanted plain black so DH could also feel comfortable carrying it. Initially I didn't want to spend more than £40/£50, ended up spending £90 but glad I did as I love it. Only down side is that there wasn't enough room for my stuff so I bought a small back pack to use as my hand bag as a normal one was too much of a faff. This really works for me

bummymummy77 · 27/02/2017 21:18

I did too! Dh thought I was mental! 😂

Sparklyuggs · 27/02/2017 21:30

bummymummy I love my tiba + marl, so pretty and very durable Smile

bummymummy77 · 27/02/2017 21:37

Does it have pockets? 😐

GreyBird84 · 27/02/2017 22:11

I spent £250 on a storksak Sofia. Dearest bag I've ever bought but I just love it & it's not just a changing bag - it can be used as an overnight bag & great for going swimming. I'll have it forever.

peaceloveandbiscuits · 28/02/2017 08:29

Would you be happy to spill milk or calpol or put vommy, pooey clothes or dirty nappies in your nice handbag? If not, get a purpose-built bag. Mine survived having 5oz expressed breast milk dumped in the bottom of it (SadSad) because it's waterproof inside.

GreedyDuck · 28/02/2017 12:40

I just used a bog standard rucksack too, much easier if you're using a sling, and more practical once they start running around too. DD was never particularly prone to explosive nappies or vomming either so I only needed to carry the bare minimum.

Mind you, I'm not a particularly handbag-y sort of person anyway.

NameChange30 · 28/02/2017 12:41

The BabyMule bag I've bought is both a rucksack and a messenger bag

Sparklyuggs · 28/02/2017 14:41

There are pockets Smile

Bubbinsmakesthree · 28/02/2017 14:50

Never had a changing bag and the amount of stuff people transport with them never fails to baffle me.

We have Skip Hop Pronto portable mat which has pockets big enough for a few nappies, wipes and a spare babygrow and a couple of bibs. For a local trip out that was more than adequate and no bigger than a clutch bag.

For a bigger trip out I'd have packed more clothing and a couple of small toys if needed. A pouch of baby food when weaning. All fits easily into a small handbag.

I've never felt the need to carry Calpol, huge tubs of sudocrem, massive Lamaze toys or any of the other paraphernalia you see people lugging about with them.

Candidfruits · 28/02/2017 14:52

I've bought a BabyMule one too. Didn't find as good a discount as you did though user!

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