alternatives to a changing bag

When you become a mum for the first time, if you are anything like us you look for the best changing bag you can find. It must have multiple pockets, a changing mat, bottle holder and, obviously, look the part. However, as our minis grow and numbers two, three…maybe more come along it dawns on you that all is required is a very large, and preferably stylish bag which will look good both on and off duty. So, here are our top picks for alternatives to a changing bag.

alternatives to a changing bag

 1. Effie Hobo bag by Mulberry – these slouchy, wearable bags go with most outfits and can be dressed up or down. They are roomy enough for kiddy essentials and maintain their looks. This style has been such a success Katie has one in brown and one in black!

2. O’Hare II leather tote by WANT les essentiels de la Vie – a large leather tote without fuss and just pure good design. The front pockets provide easy access for keys and phone whilst trying to carry a toddler at the same time whilst the roomy main zipped part has divided sections to help organise all the usual mummy bits and bobs.

3. Large leather tote by Mansur Gavriel – I am lusting after this one…why? I love the understated exterior and then the whammy of a gold interior (I am a sucker for all things shiny). Very roomy with a purse for mummy’s own essentials.

4. Neoprene bag by Leghila – yes, a bag made out of neoprene! I’ve had one since Harry was a few months old and I have used it constantly – due to the material its light but durable. The brilliant thing about them is that they can be washed in the washing machine – fantastic for when accidents and spills happen. I’ve washed mine a few times and it still looks like new. I just love it – they come in some amazing colour combinations and styles so there is a bag for everyone.

5. Leather tote by – a large roomy tote is perfect to carrying around the many essentials a mum on the go requires. The lovely soft grey colour is a perfect neutral colour to go with many outfits (although available in four colours). The price seems a steal for such a lovely looking bag and the long strap makes it ideal for a changing bag with handles for a stylish alternative.

6. Le Pilage Nylon by Longchamp – being able to personalise your changing bag alternative with Langchamp – you can be your own bag designer! Le Pilage has been a Langchamp staple for years and this is a fun way to make it one-of-a-kind, just for you. The bags are roomy and being nylon are hardwearing and practical.

7. Little America backpack by Herschel – yes, a backpack isn’t the most glamorous of bags but when you’re carrying goodness knows what around a theme park, museum or walk, a backpack is a must. Herschel is a cool American brand which also features sensible back support and padded straps. Don’t be fooled by the “Little America” name – it’s big. I have one and have found it invaluable when taking our minis out on adventures.

8. Verity large backpack by Whistles – for a chic take on a backpack which still is functional this backpack ticks the boxes. It can be carried as a backpack or a bag with its handle and the large zip opening at the top makes looking for hand wipes and snacks simple.

Do you have any of these or, have we missed any off the list you feel work well as alternatives to a changing bag?


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