We know the most important thing is keeping baby’s essential items - nappies, wet wipes, spare clothes, muslin cloths, soothers and feeding bottles - to hand, but there’s no reason why you can’t carry it all with a bit of style.
If you have already seen our picks for the 5 best changing bags of 2017 (opens in new tab) and are looking for further inspiration, you’re in the right place. Here we’ve rounded up a funky clutch of diaper bags that go as big on looks as they do on functionality.
From unisex messenger bags and backpacks to handbag-style changing bags, these 11 trendy diaper bags will flatter, rather than cramp, your personal style.
No-one will guess this stylish tote is actually a nappy bag – unless they spy the padded, fold-up changing mat nestled inside. Made from water-repellent nylon and designed with an eye-catching contrasting colour base, the lightweight and roomy (H31 x W 45 x D16cm) Storksak Diaper Tote (opens in new tab) has enough space to accommodate baby’s essentials. There’s an insulated bottle compartment to keep one bottle upright, and either warm or cool for up to four hours, plus two large drop pockets for nappies, muslin clothes, soothers and wet wipes. A Velcro slip pocket offers dry storage for spare clothes.
2. PacaPod Richmond Bag
The canvas-coated Richmond took home a 2016 National Parenting Product Award because of its nifty three-in-one baby organisation system, comprising a removable feeder pod, changer pod and a padded changing mat, plus a detachable, insulated bottle cover. The feeder pod acts as a fully-insulated cool bag for up to four bottles, while the changer pod is where you store nappies, wipes and cream. There’s also a parent pocket with an additional security-zipped compartment for storing your keys, purse and phone. Wear the PacaPod Richmond (opens in new tab)over your shoulder or cross-body, or clip it onto your stroller via the pram attachment straps.
There’s something decidedly retro-looking about this gorgeous vegan leather satchel. A Loved By Parents 2016 Platinum Award winner, the Grace Diaper Bag (opens in new tab) is stylish yet functional. Whether you carry it by the shorter top handles or sling it over your shoulder, this diaper bag is comfortable enough for long-term use and will flatter your work wardrobe as well as more casual attire. Inside you’ll find an insulated bottle holder, designed to keep one bottle upright and either warm or cool; a washable changing mat, and four internal pockets, including a zipped area for stashing small valuables. If you need a break from carrying the Grace Satchel, attach it to your pram or stroller via the integrated stroller straps.
4. Babymoov Urban Changing Bag
Available in Navy Blue or Smokey Grey, the Urban Changing Bag (opens in new tab) is a unisex design that will appeal to minimalist dressers – or any parent who wants a no-frills diaper bag to get them through a day out with baby. Large (38 x 12.5 x 28cm) but without feeling bulky, this changing bag offers enough room for storing a change of babies clothes, with dedicated compartments for all the essentials – there’s even a transparent pocket for storing used nappies. Inside the bag you’ll find a changing mat, insulated bottle pocket, a soother pocket and universal stroller clips for attaching the diaper bag to your stroller.
5. Stokke Changing Bag
A great diaper bag for stylish mums and dads to share, the unisex Stokke Changing Bag comes in a range of colours, including Purple, Deep Blue and Red, and can be worn in a variety of ways. Wear it over both shoulders like a mini backpack, sling it over one shoulder or across your body via the padded carrying strap, or attach it to your pram via the stroller attachment straps. The Stokke Changing Bag (opens in new tab) stores your diaper bag essentials, for one baby or for twins, in various sized internal pockets, with a waterproof outer pocket protecting any items you need regular access to. A folding changing mat is included, along with a detachable mini changing purse – handy if you don’t want to take the entire diaper bag into the toilet.
As worn by Ashton Kutcher, the DadGear Diaper Backpack (opens in new tab) is perfect for backpack-loving dads (and mums). It boasts an extra-large capacity with 13 specially-designed compartments for storing baby wipes, nappies, up to four bottles, clothing, toys and more – no more digging around for stuff! You’ll love the quick-access wet wipes compartment at the front of the backpack, and the innovative nappy hammock that always keeps nappies at the top of the bag for super-fast changes. The clamshell design of the Diaper Backpack means you can unzip the entire thing to view all of the contents at once.
7. Nova Harley Wedge
Indulge your love of fashion while prioritising baby’s changing needs with this luxury diaper bag. The Harley Wedge (opens in new tab) has removable interiors, enabling it to be transformed from a changing bag to a handbag for work or play. We love the hypnotic Aztec pattern, made from wipe-clean canvas and complimented by a black leatherette trim. Inside the Harley Wedge you’ll find a Wet Pack, thermo-insulated bottle tote and a changing mat. There are 13 picture-labelled pockets and zipper storage sections for stashing diapers, medicine, bibs, food and wipes, plus a compartment for your purse/wallet, phone, keys and umbrella. The changing bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and stroller straps.
8. Tots by Smart Rike Infinity Bag
A Mother and Baby Awards 2017 Bronze winner, the Infinity Changing Bag (opens in new tab) is a five-in-one bag created with both style and function in mind. A beautiful, quilted diaper bag that would suit minimalist dressers and sporty types alike, the waterproof Infinity has a series of internal pockets, plus hidden external compartments and two large thermal side pockets for keeping baby’s bottle warm or cool. The bag comes with a padded changing mat and a thermal bottle holder, is available in four different colours, and can be converted for wear as a backpack, tote, shoulder bag or clutch, or it can be attached to your stroller.
Taking you from playdate to the office, the Mia Tui Ascot Changing Bag (opens in new tab) acts as a laptop bag when not crammed with diapers and baby bottles. It’s subtle design and colour makes it a good purchase for mums and dads, or couples looking to share a changing bag, with enough room (H39 x W44 x D4cm) for housing spare clothes, food, toys and more. The Ascot Changing Bag comes with an insulated bottle holder and a clear PVC bag for storing nappies, wet wipes or medicine. Throw everything you need into the main zipped compartment and put smaller valuables into the secure zip pocket at the back.
10. Skip Hop Chelsea Changing Bag
There’s a distinct city vibe to the style of Skip Hop’s runway-inspired, faux leather Chelsea Changing Backpack (opens in new tab), with its sleek gold metal accents and miniature studded feet. The flip-down front compartment gives it three distinct looks, too – it can be transformed from a carry tote to a shoulder bag via the included adjustable strap. Insulated side pockets accommodate bottles, sippy cups and snacks, with multiple internal compartments ready for filling with baby’s changing and playtime essentials. A padded changing pad and clip-on stroller straps are included as standard.
11. BabyMoov City Baby Changing Bag
A gorgeous, fashion-forward changing bag for style-conscious mums, the BabyMoov City (opens in new tab) bag is packed with useful features and accessories to help with changing, feeding and entertaining baby on the move. The City, available in Savannah, Zinc or Black, has a sophisticated leather-look design with a wide opening and plenty of internal pockets for carrying changing and feeding essentials – enough for one baby or for twins. Inside you’ll find a changing mat, stroller harness, insulated bottle holder, a laundry pocket and soother pouch.