The best baby changing bags for every parent

Baby changing bag

by Samantha Ball |
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A baby changing bag is an absolute necessity but finding one of the best baby changing bags for you is important. You'll be taking the bag everywhere with you so you'll need to find one that's not only comfortable to use, but practical enough to fasten onto a pushchair and fit everything in it that you need.

Many modern options for changing bags can be amazingly practical, with rucksack changing bags including loads of side pockets and lots of options with internal compartments (sometimes colour-coded), bottle holders, and dirty nappy compartments.

Some have multiple straps so that you can attach them to your newborn's pushchair and are designed so you can hang them from your shoulder or wear it as a backpack. It's always good to check what comes with the changing bag too, as some will come with a matching travel changing mat and thermal bottle holder, and even a wet bag for soggy clothes.

Baby changing bags are an essential baby item, so much so that there are also baby changing bags for dad, and it's a good idea to have at least one changing bag packed and ready to go at all times.

Editor's choice:

Best practical baby changing bag: The Bloom Changing Backpack
Best eco-friendly baby changing bag: Babymel Georgi Eco Convertible Backpack
Best for pockets: Allis City Plus Changing Bag

Every year we thoroughly test and review the best new products on the market, including the best baby-changing bags. We can then bring you comprehensive reviews from real parents who've tried out the bags in real life. Discover who the Mother&Baby Award Winners 2023 are.

Now it's time to shop from the best baby-changing bags that parents and Mother&Baby shopping experts have recommended.

The best baby changing bags 2023

Best practical baby changing bags

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Award: Gold – Changing Bag

The stylish Bloom Changing Backpack won the Gold Award at the

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Plenty of individual compartments
  • Unisex
  • Includes changing mat
  • Made from vegan leather

Cons

  • Pushchair straps aren't adjustable

Best spacious baby changing bags

Description

Award: Silver – Changing bag

If you're a Disney fan, you'll love this Disney Baby

Pros

  • D-rings to attach to your stroller
  • Plenty of compartment space
  • Child-friendly print
  • Padded back and shoulder straps for comfort when carrying

Cons

  • No changing mat

Best eco-friendly baby changing bags

Description

Made from recycled plastic bottles, this Babymel Georgi Eco Convertible changing bag helps the

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Wipe-clean
  • Water-resistant
  • Convertible design
  • Stroller straps included
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • The leopard pattern isn't for everyone, but there are other colours available

Best gender-neutral baby changing bags

Description

Multi-functional and gender-neutral, we love that this changing bag can be used by any parent

Pros

  • Wipe-clean
  • Stroller clips included
  • Weather and batter-proof
  • Easy access nappy pouch
  • Large changing mat

Cons

  • Backpack straps aren't the best quality compared to the rest of the bag

Best lightweight baby changing bags

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Rrp: £85.28

Price: £69.99

Description

This lightweight, quilted Skip Hop Forma Changing Backpack offers hands-free convenience and

Pros

  • Wipe-clean
  • Extra wide opening for easy access
  • Multi-purpose packing cubes for storage
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The changing mat is a little on the small side

Best baby changing bags for sustainability

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Price: £113.15

Description

LÄSSIG Rolltop Backpack Diaper Bag is one of the best baby changing bags for those looking for

Pros

  • Easy access with full-length zipper
  • Stroller hooks included
  • Roll top to maximise capacity
  • wipe-clean

Cons

  • One of our mums found the magnetic 'buckle' kept opening when the bag was full

Best stylish baby changing bags

Description

Who says your changing bag can't be fashionable? Merging style and functionality, the Storksak St

Pros

  • Detachable stroller clips
  • Machine-washable
  • Durable
  • Wipe-clean and water-resistant
  • Comes with matching insulated bag for food and drink

Cons

  • One customer found the straps a bit short to wear comfortably on the back

Best baby changing bags for a designer look on a budget

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Price: £28.79

Description

Deceptively large, the LÄSSIG Glam Rosie Changing Bag won our Bronze Mother&Baby Award for Best

Pros

  • Choice of colours
  • Stroller hooks included
  • Adjustable and multi-wear options
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • The location of the main zip can be a little tricky to open if you're juggling a baby

Best baby changing bags for multiple storage

Description

This stylish KeriKit Amber eco recycled nylon black changing backpack has multiple pockets and

Pros

  • Can be used beyond nappies as a handbag
  • Compartments for organised storage
  • Lots of extras included, such as dummy holder and D-rings
  • Vegan friendly

Cons

  • Wipe clean but not washable

Best baby changing bags for adorable design

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Rrp: £65.30

Price: £45.99

Description

The Peter Rabbit Changing Backpack was shortlisted in the Mother&Baby Awards 2022 for its adorable

Pros

  • Cute design
  • Wide opening for easy access
  • Large and comfortable handle
  • Wipe-clean
  • Great for gifting

Cons

  • Parents found the backpack straps a bit flimsy

Best baby changing bags for pockets

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Rrp: £39.99

Price: £29.99

Description

The Allis City Plus Changing Bag is a Silver Mother&Baby Award 2018 winner. It has a unique design

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Multiple wear options
  • Durable
  • Wipe-clean
  • Buggy clips included
  • A huge number of pockets, including specific ones for teethers and dummies

Cons

  • If you have one child, you might find this one a bit big

Best baby changing bags for large capacity

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Rrp: £39.99

Price: £29.99

Description

With a capacity for eight to 10 nappies, two phones, three small toys and loads more baby bits,

Pros

  • Water-resistant
  • Huge capacity
  • Pram straps included
  • Muti-wear options
  • Neutral colours

Cons

  • Too big and heavy for a light buggy - you might prefer it as an overnight bag instead

Best baby changing bags for reusable nappies

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Price: £39.99 (was £79.99)

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Description

We're obsessed with this Bambino Mio Baby and Beyond Change Bag. Firstly, it won a Bronze Award in

Pros

  • Water-resistant
  • Wipe-clean
  • Wide opening for easy access
  • Unisex style
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-wear options
  • Comfortable straps

Cons

  • Doesn't come with a changing mat

Best baby changing bags for days out

Description

What we like most about this Maxi-Cosi Modern Bag is that there are plenty of large compartments

Pros

  • Unisex style
  • Useful accessories
  • Large capacity
  • Robust
  • Sturdy shoulder strap

Cons

  • Doesn't come with buggy clips

Best compact baby changing bags

Description

Cut from luxurious-grained leather, the Bonnie & Kind Bonnie Kit has been thoughtfully designed to

Pros

  • Choice of colours
  • Compact
  • Stylish
  • Full zip for easy access
  • Very lightweight
  • Great quality

Cons

  • Whilst it's handy for quick trips, fitting everything in can be quite a squeeze

Best user-friendly baby changing bags

Description

Bowling bag designs are user-friendly and stylish and especially great for sharing with your

Pros

  • Multi-wear options
  • Water-resistant
  • Wipe-clean
  • Unisex design
  • Lightweight to carry

Cons

  • Doesn't seem to come with buggy clips

Best baby changing bags for bold design

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Price: £39.95 (was £74.95)

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Description

The Bubble and Pop Baby Changing Bag is a Silver Mother&Baby Award Winner 2021. It features a

Pros

  • Water-resistant
  • Stroller clips included
  • Comfy padded straps
  • Wipe-clean
  • Durable
  • Fun design

Cons

  • Not to everyone's taste

Best premium baby changing bags

Description

For a baby changing bag that you can effortlessly switch to a work or day bag, the Jem + Bea

Pros

  • Sleek
  • Stroller clips included
  • Multi-functional
  • Wipe-clean
  • Water-repellent

Cons

  • Limited range of colours

Best baby changing bags for being versatility

Description

The Pink Lining WonderBag is a Silver Mother&Baby Award 2019 Winner. The new-look Wonder Bag

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile wear options
  • Easy access
  • Wipe-clean
  • Fun design

Cons

  • Loops for stroller straps sold separately

Choosing the right baby changing bag for you

First of all, you need the best baby changing bag for carrying around everything you need for your baby, including nappies, clothes, bottles, wipes, spare clothes and items for loud events such as baby ear defenders. So when looking for the right one for you, it's important to consider the following:

• Separate pockets for placing everything in the right place

• More than one way to wear it - do you want to wear it cross-body, over your shoulder, or as a backpack?

• Thermo-insulation to keep bottles warm or cool (or an insulated bottle holder)

• Stroller-friendly with two clips for easy attachment

• Built-in changing mat or additional matching changing mat

• Design that goes with your style

• Wipe-clean fabric

• Dirty nappy compartment

• Detachable mini bags for food storage

• A light-coloured interior or see-through pockets so you can spot everything

• Anti-odour technology

Do I really need a changing bag?

You could technically use any old bag, but a baby changing bag is going to become a must-have for the first few years. Not only will it provide you with all the space you need, but it also makes sure nothing gets forgotten. Instead of panic-packing nappies in your handbag before you leave the house or emergency buying whilst out and about, having a dedicated baby changing bag will ensure you've got it all in one place.

It also helps that baby changing bags are fit for purpose; they're designed to be durable, have all the pockets, and many come with a baby changing mat included. It'll last through the baby years and beyond, and with our pick of bags you'll actually want to carry, you can repurpose them when you no longer need them for baby duty.

What can I use instead of a changing bag?

Whilst a changing bag is a worthwhile investment, there are alternatives if you're looking to save money and re-use what you already have at home.

The best alternative option is a practical backpack that's suitable for parents; they're typically large in size, easy to use and carry, and free up your hands for looking after your bubba. You can find some great backpacks on the market with an array of pockets. However, if yours just has one large compartment, you can split this up using smaller pouches for different items, i.e. clothes, nappies, toiletries, and more. The perfect excuse to get out a label maker too!

What should you pack in your changing bag?

The NCT recommends that you should pack the following:

• A changing mat if it's not built into your bag, plus alcohol-free and fragrance-free wipes

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

• Barrier cream, if necessary, 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 baby - just in case!

• Portable toys to keep them entertained on the move

• Food for your baby.

What our writer keeps in her baby changing bag:

• A muslin cloth - to act as a mini blanket or changing mat as these are less bulky

• Nappies and changing essentials - wipes, nappy bags and nappy cream

• Snacks in storage bags

• A change of clothes

• Board book with touch and feel pages

• Little toys include - small bag with wooden biscuits, toy car, fidget toys

• Mini first aid kit with calpol, plasters, bandages and wipes

If you're breastfeeding, you may need to pack clean breast pads or a breastfeeding shawl. 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.

You might also want to pack a muslin cloth, great for breastfeeding, spillages, comforting, and more.

Samantha Ball is a Product & Lifestyle Writer for Mother&Baby and freelanced for the website for two years before joining the team full time. She's a mum of two and loves browsing for the best products and cute outfits.

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