I hunted down practical and stylish changing bags that are functional and fashionable, mama!
We all know that a changing bag is much more than a bag for every sassy mama out there, and while you are counting down the precious days until your little cherub arrives, what better way to while away your time than on Pinterest stalking celebrity mama bags or googling the most practical changing bag on the market?
After joining the bubs club in October ’14, I know how vital this piece of kit is to a new mum. We need space, space and more space to fit that never ending list of diapers, milk, muslins, bibs, change of clothes, dummies, toys (you get the point!). If someone could give Mary Poppins’ bag a bit of a modern revamp I am sure that would be the winner (imagine a bag you could store everything and the kitchen sink in, including in Mary’s case, a floor lamp…), but until then we have rounded up some of the most fabulous designs (both stylish and practical) to assist your quest to source the perfect changing bag and keep you looking yummy.
1. Motherknot Range by Coco Bow
This bag range is designed by British Designer and mum of two, Katie Kaminski, founder of Coco Bow. This mama is ticking all the right boxes when it comes to crossing practicality with aesthetics. This unique and classic range is made of real leather, which is a rarity in the world of changing bags. What I love about this range is the story behind it (every mum loves a good story). The ‘Motherknot’ logo is the Celtic symbol of motherhood, which features two hearts intertwined with no beginning and no end, representing the unbreakable bond between mother and child. This chic leather bag comes in two colours (tan and grey) with ample storage and a removable lining with its own strap, perfect for daddy to take away without depriving mama of her handbag (this feature is genius). The Motherknot also comes with detachable pram straps and shoulder strap, making it an incredibly versatile design. In my opinion, this is the Kobe beef of the changing bag world. If this wasn’t enough, Coco Bow have given Sassy Mama readers a discount code to enjoy free international shipping – fabulous (code can be found at the bottom of the page).
Find it: Available for £249 from Coco Bow by Motherknot (online)
2. Le Pliage by Longchamp
Le Pliage by Longchamp is an alternative changing bag which had to be included in our top 5. Even though it is not designed as a changing bag, a lot of our mamas confessed to this being their go-to changing bag. This origami-inspired bag is a great run-around bag, and if you are a ‘grab and go’ kinda girl then this is a must-have changing bag for you. This bag comes in more than 12 colours, there is one small card pocket to the interior and the rest is a ‘black hole’ for you to fill to your heart’s content. This is a great travel option, and you don’t have to be precious with it; the nylon makes it incredibly hard wearing, which is great for when your cheeky little monkeys start eating and rubbing their lovely snacks over everything (don’t we just love them for that!). One downside is that, since it is not specifically a changing bag, Le Pliage has no pram straps.
Find it: Available for $1,000 from any Longchamp store
3. Duo Signature Bag by Skip Hop
This over-the-shoulder tote is incredibly ergonomic and very reasonably priced. From the chevron design to the many pockets, this Skiphop design is a crowd pleaser. It is probably the one bag that looks most obviously like a changing bag in our top 5, but one advantage of this is that your husband won’t mind carrying it around when he is on daddy day care duties! This bag also comes with a removable changing mat and pram straps – magnifique!
Find it: Available for $599 from Tiny Footprints
4. Reid Backpack By Herschel Supply
On trend brand Herschel have a fantastic range of backpacks to suit every look. Inspired by vintage mountaineering equipment, the Herschel bag is definitely a must if you want that extra support without compromising on style. My favourite is the Reid range, which comes in a variety of finishes and features a very minimalistic design. However, like the Longchamp Le Pliage, this bag is not designed specifically with diaper duties in mind, although it certainly makes a great (and ergonomic) option, and its versatility means it will have a longer lifespan than the average changing bag.
Find it: Available for $560 at the Herschel Store in Hysan Place
5. Lucinda by Storksak
‘A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place’: Storksak’s moto for creating the perfect bag. This new design for Storksak is the perfect on-the-go bag, ideal in my opinion for all you sassy mamas who have had to return to work but still need to express, giving you plenty of space for that all-important pump but disguising itself as a stylish handbag. Its minimalist design helps to camouflage the changing bag interior, making this bag a great option for anything from a play date through to after work cocktails.
Find it: Available for £175 from Storksak (pre order for August delivery)
Happy bag hunting ladies x