The Best Baby Changing Bags That Are Both Stylish And Practical

From stylish designer totes to practical backpacks for on-the-go mums.

Best Baby Changing Bags

by Charlotte Pavitt |

Any new parent will know leaving the house without a massive bag full of nappies, bottles, wipes, dummies and spare clothes isn't an option - and sadly, your favourite tote just won't cut it. Instead, you need one of the best baby changing bags money can buy.

The wonderful world of baby accessories can be a minefield when it comes to finding something that delivers on both practicality and style - because why should you have to compromise on coordination the minute you become a parent?

What should you look for in a baby changing bag?

• Ease of carrying - hands-free backpacks, cross-body and shoulder bags are best for busy mums

• Wipe-clean

• Durability

• Pram-friendly - look for styles with clips to attach onto your stroller

• Built-in changing mat and nappy compartment

Whether you're looking for yourself or to get as a gift for an expectant mother, we've done all the hard work for you and rounded up the best baby changing bags on the market that look good, too.

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What should you pack in your baby changing bag?

You’ve got your bag, but what should you pack in it? The NCT recommends packing the following to make sure you’re never caught at a loose end:

• A changing mat (that'll be built-in your bag) and alcohol-free and fragrance-free wipes

• Bags for dirty nappies or clothing should there be any nappy leaks

• Barrier cream (if you’re using it) to protect your baby's skin

• Three to four clean disposable nappies, or liners and covers if you're using cloth nappies. How many you need depends on how long you'll be out for and how old your baby is

• A change of clothes for your baby in case of any accidents

• Portable toys to keep them entertained on the move

• Food for your baby. If you’re breastfeeding, you may need to pack clean breast pads or a breastfeeding shawl, or if they’re on formula, you may need to pack sterilised bottles and formula powder. If they’re a little older, it would be worth having some purees or finger foods to hand.

And after all that, don’t forget about you! As well as the essentials, it would be worth bringing your own snacks or something to keep you entertained when baby is napping and you can grab some time to yourself while out and about.

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