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Before You Buy A Baby Changing Bag

Updated on August 9, 2011


Choosing a baby changing bag is one of the many thing you will do as a new parent. There are so many choices available that it can sometimes be difficult to select the best one. There are two main types – satchel and rucksack. One may be more suited to your needs than the other. The changing bag should be durable and have enough space inside to accommodate everything you need for a day out. It should also suit anybody who will use it. It may not be just mum who carries the bag around and dad should feel just as happy with it.


Which Type Of Changing Bag Is Best?

There are many different types of baby changing bags to choose from but getting the right one is important. As to which is best is down to you but consider how you want to use it. A rucksack style changing bag will allow to keep your hands free when pushing a stroller or dealing with baby. A satchel style bag may be more appropriate as it can be worn across the shoulder and still be accessible without removing it. Many can attach to stroller handle bars to relieve you of the burden, which is especially good for parents with back problems.


Think Practicality

Your changing bag will get used a lot and may end up being used again in the future. You want it to look right but don’t get detracted from what you want it for. A baby changing bag should be:

  • Durable – there are many cheap baby changing bags that look nice but in reality will not last. Look for strong stitching and well-made straps and fastenings. This bag will be going everywhere with you and you need to rely upon it.
  • Easy to wipe clean or wash - given the circumstances in which the bag will be used it will get dirty at some point. A changing bag should be easily wiped clean to avoid permanent stains. Many bags look nice but are made with materials that really are not suited to this type of bag.
  • Large enough – is there enough room inside for all your baby’s needs as well as some of your own? Nappies (diapers), creams, wipes, changing mat, nappy bags, bottles, mobile phone, keys… the list can seem endless so make sure it all fits.

A good feature that many changing bags include is an insulated bottle pocket to keep milk fresh whilst out and about. Also look for water-resistant linings and compartments. A bottle may leak and ruin your last nappy or just make a mess. A common feature these days is a mobile phone pocket. This is something you may place importance on, it may not.

A good feature that many changing bags include is an insulated bottle pocket to keep milk fresh whilst out and about. Also look for water-resistant linings and compartments. A bottle may leak and ruin your last nappy or just make a mess. A common feature these days is a mobile phone pocket. This is something you may place importance on, it may not.


Style Is Important

Although you need to think about the practicality of the changing bag you should also give some thought to how the bag looks. It may not be the best idea to choose something covered with cartoon characters or baby designs. You will be carrying it, not your baby. Choose something that suits you and your style. If a dad or male partner is going to use the bag be careful not to choose something too feminine. He won’t thank you for it as he will want to feel confident when out and about. There are some cool baby changing bags that suit both mums and dads. There are even some that are designed with dads in mind.


Whether you are looking at funky baby changing bags, or something more discrete you should ensure it is right for you and your baby. A rucksack style changing bag may be better for you than a satchel, for example. It should have enough room for all your baby’s items as well as your own; mobile phone, keys, wallet. You may be better off choosing something that baby’s dad can carry too, without feeling less confident or masculine.


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