“ Type: Changing Bags „
When you have a baby one of the most important things to think about is what changing bag you are going to buy. I know a lot more things are important too but if you buy the right changing bag the first time then you're going to save a good bit of money.
There are all sorts of changing bags available, some that are padded and you can tell exactly what they are, or there are some that look like big handbags and others that work as rucksacks or backpacks.
The main thing you need to think about in my opinion is that there is a waterproof lining in the bag you choose, that's because you'll probably be transporting bottles and other WET stuff about with you and you don't want your bag soaked through every time you use it.
The bags that come with a seperate compartment for dirty nappies are a waste of time because however well it says the bag will contain odours I can't think of anything more disgusting than walking around with a bag containing a dirty nappy! Another thing is that they want you to carry your babies used nappy in the SAME bag as you've got their bottles in..... I've never understood that! lol
You need a bag that is going to be big enough to hold everything you want to carry around with you. That will usually be a couple of bottles, nappies, wipes, spare clothes, a blanket and any toys or books you want to take out for your baby. It gets easier as the baby grows because it's STUPID the amount of stuff you have to take out with you when they are new born!
Another thing worth checking is that the bag you pick is going to be suitable for your pram. This sounds silly but when my sister was born my mum brought a perfect Mamas And Papas changing bag..... perfect except it didn't fit on the handles of her pram anyway so she had to lug it over her shoulder all the time! She then went and brought a changing bag from Boots that cost £20.00 less and it was a brill bag that I still use on the days that I take my sister to playgroup!
Another thing worth thinking about is the colour of the bag. I'm not going all Colleen Rooney on you because it's not a fashion thing but if you get a light coloured changing bag it will get dirty a lot quicker than a navy blue or black one. This is my mums tip because she said when she had me she had a pure white Peter Rabbit changing bag but it got ruined dead quick because she had to keep washing it nearly every time she went out!
Recommended..... just make sure you buy the right one!!!
When I was pregnant I imagined myself to have a lovely changing bag, afterall its the only Me thing I would probably be getting regular use out of, I didnt really want to have to use a hand bag and a changing bag, so I was looking for the works.
When we set out the budget I started researching bags and found some for about the £50 mark which I thought was an ok price. when running it by my husband he had other ideas and couldnt get over why anyone would pay so much for a change bag.
During the pregnancy I was given a BabyBjorn bag and I got the free Boots bag, because of this my husband was quite set of the fact I didnt NEED a fancy bag and the ones ive got would be fine. so I packed the Baby Bjorn up and thought ok ill go with it, I managed to get nappies, wipes, change of clothes, mini Sudocrem, Antibac hand gel, Antibac wipes, Travel change mat, purse, phone and keys, perfect! except I could never also get a bottle in there with everything else, so I always had to put the bottle bag in the basket on the pram or take it seperately, not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things.
The problem of size has only got worse as my son has got bigger, his clothes are bigger, his nappies are bigger and now not only does he sometimes need milk he needs real food, I had no option but to give in and use a seperate handbag... its not the end of the world, and it gives me the mummy bag I wanted.
after looking at more bags I think I would have been disapointed had I spent a small fortune on the 'perfect' bag, none of them seem to be overly big unless you go to the other extreme, which you would be looking at spending £100 :O
All I can really say is im glad I was given a perfectly adequate changing bag without having to break the bank.
There seem to be hundreds of these on the market and when i was pregnant i decided i wanted a really nice one as this is something i would get plenty of use out of and unlike many other baby -related items could be trendy and good looking while still being practical. However...having set aside around £50 to buy one i soon decided not to bother - all of the things you need to buy for your impending arrival soon add up. The free bag you get when joining the Boots Parenting club is brilliant and perfectly adequate. It has a bottle holder, small chaging mat, seperate compartments, adjustable strap so it can go across the body or on your shoulder and surprisingly fits pretty much everything you need in there. The only downside is that most other parents have one too so you are bound to see people with the same bag as you, but that doesn't bother me and for a freebie definitely recommended!
I have had 2 children and have owned a few change bags.
When I had my first I did not see the point in spending a fortune so I bought a cheap one. It did the job fine but I soon got bored of it so purchased another one. In the end I wanted a bag that did not look like a change bag but more like a handbag. To be honest I had got fed up of carting round something so obviously a change bag, so I spent a fortune on a special change bag that was fashionable and more for me.
What a waste of money! It did the job no better than the cheaper ones.
With my second I decided that Change bags were a waste of money although they had got more funky so I purchased a bag that I liked that had pockets etc in it and purchased a travel change mat. This worked aswell as any changebag I had owned and was less money and lasted me longer. Once I found I needed less I then just purchased a nice hangbag that was big enough for what I needed to carry around and my own bits and bobs!
I spent less with my second than I did my first and wish I had just bought a simple bag to start with.
There are so many changebags on the market but don't be fooled into thinking the more expensive the better as in my experience this just is not true.
When my daughter was born, we were given a Hauck travel system that came with a changing bag. We used the bag at first, but I found that it was too big, and tended to get in the way when hanging off the back of the pushchair, and it also completely filled the basket, leaving no room for anything else. So, we started to use that bag for keeping nappies, wipes, etc. in, and just left it at home, and it is still there now. After that, I used one of my large shoulder bags for a while, but found it a bit small, so I got a Mamas and Papas changing bag from Argos. This was in black and matched the new lightweight buggy I had got from Mothercare. It had a changing mat, bottle holder and lots of compartments to put things in. This bag cost about £30.00, and worked very well until my daughter became a toddler, and I found that I didn't need to take so much stuff out with me. With a newborn baby, you need lots of nappies, wipes, bibs, muslins, changes of clothes, and bottles of water and formula milk, if bottle feeding. In Summer and Winter, there will be additional items on your list, such as suncream and a sunhat, or a coat and extra blankets.
As my daughter became older, the things I needed to take out changed. I needed less nappies, as a toddler doesn't need to be changed as much as a newborn, and could leave muslin cloths and bibs at home. Over the last year, I have stopped taking out the Mamas and Papas changing bag, as that also felt too large and bulky. Instead, I have used a Kath Kidston shopping bag from Tesco (made from recycled plastic bottles) that cost about £3.50. This has been very good, except that they cannot be washed in the washing machine, only wiped clean. I have found that, with a lot of use, they get a bit grubby, and are not easy to clean. I have used two of the Kath Kidston bags, and have recently tried a smaller shopping bag, with a butterfly decoration, that was a present from a friend of my mother. This bag is very practical, as it is wipe clean.
Now my daughter is approaching three, the items I take out in the bag are -
a couple of nappies
a few snacks
plate and toddler sized cutlery
If we are going out for a whole day, I take a few extra things, such as, a change of clothes, just in case they are needed.
I don't think it is necessary to spend a lot of money on a designer changing bag. They look really nice, but you can spend a lot less, and still have something that is attractive and stylish. I had a look at the range of changing bags in John Lewis, and they ranged in price from, £55.00 (for a paternity satchel) to £244.00 for a quilted leather one. A lot of these bags are also available at JoJo Maman Bebe and Blooming Marvellous, and seem to be aimed at the 'Yummy Mummy' type, who may or may not have a lot of money to spend, and those who wish to copy 'celebrities'.
Changing bags have been the biggest dilemma of my life as a mother. When we bought the pram before my first daughter was born, we got a free bag and at first I just used it because I'd never actually thought of what else was out there in the form of changing bags.
I soon realised after a few uses that this bag was lacking in many aspects. There was only one main compartment and one side pocket. Now once you have a baby, you realise that you have to carry many many things around with you, and you need a bag with different pockets and compartments, just so it's easier to find things when you are having a feeding/changing/general baby crisis.
So I trawled the internet looking for the perfect bag and I came across an Allerhand bag which was made from durable wipe clean material and had various pockets and compartments dotted around the bag. It also had thermal lined pouches inside to keep bottles warm and a messy bag (PVC zip up pouch for soiled items such as wipes, used spoons, bibs etc). I also got a change mat, thermal bottle holder and a little dummy pouch with this bag which I thought was pretty cool.
When this bag arrived, I thought I had cracked the changing bag dilemma, it was brightly coloured, really strong, and held everything I needed comfortably. But I soon realised that this bag was just too bulky to use as a bag (it was okay for car journeys, but to have it hanging on the pram while out and about wasn't practical).
And there were that many pockets that I'd actually forget where I had put things and found myself panicking when I thought I had forgotten a majorly important baby item, when in fact I had put it in one of the numerous pockets and couldn't find it again.
I did soldier on with this bag for many months (mainly because I didn't want to upset my husband by saying I wanted another bag).
I did actually get a free changing bag with the Boots Parenting Club which was equally as poor as my first bag (not enough pockets and generally poor quality) so I did switch to that one for a while, but it just wasn't good enough. I also tried out a general hold-all in this era of my change bag life, but again it wasn't any good because there was only one main compartment.
So when baby number two came along, I persuaded my husband that I needed a new bag because I was now carrying items for two children and I definitely 'needed' another bag, and I promised him that this would be 'THE' bag.
This time I went for a change bag that I could clip on the buggy but I could also use as a shoulder bag. And now my toddler was in pants, I would only be carrying one lot of nappies around with me so I didn't need a lot of nappy space (and I also now use disposables when out and about because they take up less space!)
So I downsized to a smaller bag with less pockets. It still had separate compartments in the main section of the bag so I could separate things like nappies and wipes from spare clothes and food, and I could keep one compartment for my belongings such as purse, keys and mobile phone.
I also made sure this bag had bottle sized pockets so it was easy to transport drinks without worrying about them spilling inside the bag. This bag also had small pockets on the front which are perfect for things like bum cream, nappy bags, plasters, tissues...any small item that you need to hand. A thermal bottle holder, change mat and wet bag also came free with this bag, which I think are essential items to look for when choosing a changing bag.
So after going through 4 changing bags, when I got to number 5 I think I finally found the bag I was looking for. It's small enough to carry on my shoulder, but large enough to hold enough items for two kids for an afternoon out. It has enough pockets and compartments to hold all the important items needed for babies, and to keep items separate from one another. It's also durable and wipe clean.
I paid about £30 for it which I thought was quite expensive but I'm glad I paid that because they bag is well made and will last me until long after both my children are out of nappies.
So after saying all that, I will just give out a few tips when choosing a bag:
Go for good quality because you will be using this bag a lot, don't be scared about spending a bit more than usual on your changing bag, it will be worth it.
Make sure the bag comes with a thermal bottle holder (if you are bottle feeding) and changing mat.
Choose a design that isn't too babyish because then you can use it when your babies aren't babies anymore (and also because your husband/partner won't feel too silly when they're carrying it around).
Choose a bag with good size pockets and different compartments so it is easy to keep things separate and easy to find things.
Make sure it will attach to your pram or buggy.
Make sure it is made from good quality sturdy material, wipe clean if possible.
Right, that's it from me. Hope you find your perfect changing bag quicker than I did.
When I had my first child my changing bag came with the pram I brought so I didn't even have to think about the bag.
The bag that came with pram was great did the job, it was ruck sack style and in side it came with a changing mat (tho I did never use this I found it took a lot of round up in the bag and found every where I went I was able to change baby with out using this), a little plastic pouch that I found handy for popping my bits in to so I could find them easily.
This changing bag did me for around 8 months and one day the strap broke and could not be fixed.
So off I went to mother care to have a look at the changing bags thinking it would be easy get a bag pay for it around the 15 pound mark and left with my new changing bag, but god I was so wrong.
There are so many different types of changing bags ranging from around £10 to £100. The bags have become some thing for mum now not some thing to but you baby stuff in, I was so shocked.
It took me a while to find a bag in my price range and when I did I was quite happy with it all I wanted was a bag to but my babies and my stuff in as since I have had children I don't use a handbag.
I was so pleased with my second child that boots parenting club had started to give changing bags away to new mums who brought nappies.
To me a changing bag is just that a bag for your changing stuff not a new bag for mum
Changing bags, where to begin, i looked round for a bag for ages - it is not really a bag, it is a suitcase for your baby, as a new mum you seem to leave the house with enough things to last your baby for a week, things that your very unlikely to need and worse still rather then packing the bag i seem to just add things to it which means that i have no idea what is at the bottom of the bag and then it is really heavy. You need to make sure that you buy a bag that is big enough for what you need but not likely to be full of the whole of the babies wardrobe and enough toiletries to stock a chemist.
I wish i had got a smaller bag then there would have been less chance of this happening - i now try to empty the bag at least once a week !
Choosing a good changing bag is a very important decision. Do you want one that matches the buggy? Do you want an over the shoulder one so that you have your hands free? Can you get away with a large handbag? I bought the expensive bugaboo one in red to match my buggy with my first child. It was Rubbish, it hardly held anything, didn't have many compartments - the only good thing was that it had 2 themos bottle holders on the outside of it. So when I was pregnant again I decided to try and find a better one that was handsfree, more subtle in colour and one that my husband would be more comfortable wearing. I opted for the Caboodle over -my shoulder bag. It's Black, I Bought it brand new on ebay for a bargain price of £14 and it's so practical. As it's over my shoulder/body it means I have my hands free which is great with 2 little ones to contend with. It has a compartment at the bottom which I store the change of clothes in, the main compartment for muslins, bibs, nappies for both kids, nappy sacks and snacks. It has a couple of other compartments which are great for storing the milk powder, a thermos bit for milk bottle and a fold-up changing mat. I think it's brilliant and was a bargain.
Eight months ago I decided to go for a black rucksack from Mothercare for my baby bag. It cost £30 and is still available in the catalogue.
I was given the free Pampers / Boots bag but I decided not to use it as it didn't look big enough and I thought everyone else would have it. I did look at a very expensive one in Blooming Marvelous (leather and £140) but I decided against it due to price, my husband wouldn't be able to carry it and I fancied a rucksack that I could just put on my back. I have a Bugaboo pram that was given to me and I decided the bag that fits with the pram was again, too expensive.
So what do I think of the bag I went for.. well it's great.
It has a very roomy main compartment with lots of side pockets. In the main compartment there is also a portable changing mat and a resealable bag for wipes. It can easily cope with a full days kit. It has two front pcokets . One which I store nappies and nappy bags in adn the other which is meant to be a pocket for wipes but I use it as a mobile phone and keys pocket. There are two side pockets. One is insulated to carry a bottle (I never used it as I breast fed) and in the other I keep a collection of pens, medicine, comb etc.
All in all it is a really roomy bag that is really easy to carry. I always have both hands free. It is unisex so the husband is happy to carry it and it is not too expensive. It is also easy to wipe down if it gets dirty. Despite being a Mothercare bag I've only seen one other mum with it. I'm still glad I got it.
For my first baby i used the free changing bag i got from boots parenting club, and was very impressed. The bag itself was navy blue with a plastic waterproof lining inside ( i guess incase of any spilages). It came with a travel changing mat which fits nicely into one of the slots in the bag. The main compartment in the bag has two bottle holders and a large area to store nappies, wipes, cream etc.
The bag has to side netting pockets and a zip slot across the front of it for items such as keys, purse, mobile phone etc. It has a large strap that can be lengthened and shorten as required.
I originally wanted to the changing bag that matched my pushchair, but after using the free changing bag i didnt feel the need as it had everything i needed in a changing bag.
Needless to say with baby number 2 when i got sent a coupon through for a new changing bag i took the offer and still have the changing bag today. It is still in amazing condition even after a year of daily use.
For my baby im currently expecting im thinking about purchasing a new changing bag that will go with my new pushchair, and i will be comparing the difference between them.
When carrying No.1 son, and still earning a wage, I decided to treat myself to a changing bag from Cath Kidston (www.cathkidston.co.uk). It was a lovely pale blue with a vintage rose print, and contained a matching roll up changing mat and bottle insulator. It was very pretty and cost me around £50.00 if I remember rightly (a lot has happened since then!).
It was great for days out as I could fit in lots of nappies, a bottle, change of clothes for baby in case of 'accidents', wipes etc., and the oilcloth fabric meant it was wipeable, which was very handy.
However, babies needs change so quickly, that I soon needed to carry less changing stuff, more food stuff, which didn't fit in quite so well. Round tupperware+rectangular bag=not so useful. The changing bag was consigned to storage, and in its place I made do with a 'free' bag from the cover of a magazine for sometime.
The arrival of No.2 Son a year later saw me still using this now inadequate freebie, so my very kind and extravagant hubby treated me to a new changing bag (the old one was locked miles away in storage but thats another story!).
This was a large £50.00 OiOi bag, from an independent retailer in Winchester, in dark grey and aqua, and looked the business.
I have to say it was more impressive than the CK bag, as it had lots of pockets for stashing stuff, a changing mat, a plastic box I assume for wipes and a plastic wallet, which could have been for anything but I never used it! The design was stylish and slightly more masculine, & probably more appropriate for boys bits! I think it might have had a bottle insulator, but think No.1 son might have added this to his stash of stolen property a long way back!
On a short excursion I would normally carry:
x6 nappies (varying sizes)
Umpteen nappy bags
change of clothes for No.1
change of clothes for No.2
Bottle & carton of milk
Snack for No.1 + drink cup
Lipstick and powder
Crayons for No.1 (usually as an extra snack!)
Taggie/soft toy for No.2
I could fit it all in reasonably enough, but the main flip side was that having a Phil and Teds meant No.2 was bumped on the head if I hung the bag over the bars of the buggy, so it had to be put in the underbasket, which left NO room for anything else and made it fiddly to access my stuff.
It was too heavy and large to carry comfortably on my shoulder, and not good for a post-pregnancy back. (good for hiding a mummy tummy though!!)
As money has to stretch further these days, I probably wouldn't buy one for myself, as I am already back to my freebie faithful for nipping out and about, saving the OiOi for longer days out.
It was a nice item to have, and didn't make me feel so out of place at the weekly yummy mummy gathering that is the Health Visitor Clinic, but it didn't turn me into one all the same!
My pregnant cousin has reserved it for use when her little one arrives so it wasn't a waste, and has served some purpose and worn well.
As with many of my reviews, I would say one to consider if you have the readies, but if you are a frugalista (I am now trying to be!), there are billions of other options (my friend doesn't use a bag at all but just shoves it all in her buggy basket which is one way of doing it!)
We have a Skip-Hop changing bag. This has a waterproof coating and ours has a bright blue design with circles on. It has two zippable top pockets, one of which has a key holder. Outside it has two end pockets and a large side pocket, all fastened by magnetic poppers. Inside the main compartment there are two sectioned off small pockets. It comes with a matching changing mat which is padded at one end to cushion the head on rough surfaces. It's selling feature is that the shoulder strap can be unclipped and two loops can be made that can go around your buggy handles.
I have found this product difficult to use as a shoulder bag - the strap material is slippy meaning that it often falls off and I'm constantly moving it back. The changing mat is smaller than other travel changing mats I've seen, so not as good for wriggle bottoms like my baby has become. The centre compartment loses much of it's capacity once the zipped pockets are filled. Apart from the zipped pockets, much of the bag is easily accessible by the rain. Personally I don't see the advantage of the skip hop system as most of this style of bag could be looped around handles easily.
I think changing bags are a great investment for mums (new or old).
I was fortunate that my pram bag came as part of a package with my pram as they can be very expensive, averaging about £50 for one with all the accessories. They are very useful as well as, in my opinion, very stylish.
My pram bag (Emmajuna) had a compact changing mat (folder neatly along the bottom) that could go in the washing machine which I loved (can never be too clean with a new baby)
It also had several different compartments to keep all the baby essential, for example a large pouch that I used to store wet clothes if an accident occoured whilst I was out.
There was also a bottle shaped storage compartment that allowed the bottle to rest upright in the bag, preventing any spillages.
My pram bag matched my pram and I felt that it added the finishing touches and comleted the look.
I found that when you have a specific bag for going out it make it easier to get out the door (I found this difficult with a new babay)
Overall-A good investment
I think changing bags are almost like a status symbol. The woman who has the matching bag and pram is seen to be signalling that she can afford such a luxury and only the best will do for her child. When I was pregnant I was determined to have a stylish changing bag too, what I didn't realise is that noone ever sees it as it is always tucked away under the pushchair anyway! Now after much debate I opted for the Next changing bag price at £19-99 which is almost cheap for one of these items. It is a black bag with Next printed in silver in small letters. Inside was a flimsy changing mat and a pocket. There are 3 bottle holders at the front of the bag which fasten with velcro. At the back is a zip pocket where I keep the nappies. The bag is quite big and holds far more than any sane mother would ever attempt to take out on a regular basis. What I don't understand is why these bags are so expensive in comparison with say sports bags. I eventually ditched my changing bag as it was too big. I couldn't be bothered to pull the drawstring shut and knot it each time I used it and so was constantly dropping things out of it. It was difficult to find anything in it due to its size which is bad news when you are hunting for food to calm a screaming baby. The bag wore badly too and I found it difficult to wipe clean. The changing mat was useless as it was so small and not at all comfortable for baby to lie on. Now I use a sports bag which is much more compact or some days I just put everything into a carrier bag. I still think the matching pram and bag idea looks good but I have decided that I would rather be unstylish yet practical, boring as that may be. I hope in writing this I can save someone £20 but in all honesty I wouldn't have listened to this advice 12 months ago. Thanks for reading.