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9 of the best luxury changing bags

Beautiful baby Bea, aged 16 months, models some of the latest luxury changing bags - with a little help from mum...



Styling and photography: Catherine Hudson
Models: Bea, and mum, Claire

We all know that times have changed and that baby changing bags aren't resigned to the realms of 'bad taste' any more. We have rounded up nine of the latest luxury models that combine practicality (wipe clean, bottle holders galore) with a beautiful aesthetic. Who says you can't have it all?

1. (Above and below) The Bellamy Baby Leopard tote, £219 - A glossed black tote which has a clever expander zip on both top sides, this bag is 100% leather with an Italian hair hide leather front panel. 

Bea wears: Smock dress, Question Everything, pink leather boot shoes, Step2wohair bow and tights, model's own

Mum, Claire, says: "For me, this bag is the epitome of the new, slick brand of baby changing bags. It's massive amount of storage room is very cleverly hidden! This would go with everything in my wardrobe, as I tend to stick to a grey/navy/black colour palette, so it would add a special hint of print - perfect for those days I don't have time to style my outfit, which as a busy, working (pregnant) mum, is a lot of the time. The handle is long enough to tuck comfortably underneath my arm, and the extender zips are a Godsend for when I am rummaging trying to find something quickly. It gives the illusion of a calm, cool exterior, with all the room, and lots of pockets, inside to organise the potential chaos within."

Features: 

  • Wipe clean lining
  • Buggy straps
  • Elasticated key holder
  • 5 x leather trimmed internal pockets (including secure zip compartment & phone compartment)
  • Exterior slip pocket with covered mag dot closure
  • Luxury padded changing mat
  • Detachable leather trimmed drawstring bottle holder
  • Metal feet to protect your bag
  • Embossed branding
  • Bellamy Baby dust bag
  • Dimensions when expanded - W:53cm / H:28cm / D: 18.5cm 

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



2. (Below) Elwood floral rucksack, Tiba + Marl, £115



2. (Above and below) Tiba + Marl Elwood floral rucksack, £115 - Ideal for a those days when you are out and about and need both hands free (isn't that every day?). Can fit most laptops, making it a great choice for city dwelling parents as well as those who want to fit in with the florals in the countryside.

Bea wears: Jersey two-piece set, Marks & Spencer, gold slip-on shoes, Step2wo, hair bow, model's own. Claire's clothing, all model's own.

Mum, Claire, says: "Remember when it was the height of uncool to 'two-strap'? The 'rucksack revolution' has undone all of that, and it has quickly filtered through to changing bags, too - where sharing the load across both shoulders is a massive helping hand! Leaving you hands-free to partake in the daily chores that come with being a busy parent, the floral print on this Elwood style bag instantly cheers up any outfit. Think it's too girly for dad? Think again. Lots of hipster dads have been spotted donning this model - so the question is, will your man give it a go? and more to the point, will you want to share it? I love the comfort and freedom wearing a rucksack as my changing bag gives me."

Features:

  • Luxury padded changing mat
  • Insulated bottle holder
  • Internal laptop pocket
  • Smart phone pocket
  • Removable wet clutch / cross body bag
  • Grab top handle
  • Padded lower back panel
  • Chunky metal zips with double pullers for easy access
  • Metal feet
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps
  • Wipe clean lining

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



3. (Below) Farah black 'grab and go', JEM + BEA, £115



3. (Above and below) JEM + BEA Farah black 'grab and go', £115 - A neat size for when you are just popping out or for using as an extra easy-to-reach into bag. Includes a changing mat.

Bea wears: Rainbow print dress by Wild Things, hair bow, model's own.

We say: "This bag will have you at 'hello' - the classic croc effect with gold trimming is truly beautiful. But, is it practical? Well, yes. It has room for wipes and a nappy, and comes with a changing mat. We would actually use it when popping out to the shops or round to a friends house as a changing bag in the truest sense, or as an extra bag along with our changing bag, so we could grab keys or money or a snack, quickly. Also, this bag is one that can definitely be used after baby needs it. In fact, our friends without kids also have it on their Christmas list."

Features:

  • 100% Smooth & Croc-effect Calf leather 
  • Space in the main compartment for 1 small pack of wipes & 1 to 2 nappies.
  • Detachable and adjustable leather crossbody strap
  • 3 seperate compartments: including secure zip compartment at front for smaller items
  • Travel-size luxury padded changing mat in seperate slip pocket at back of bag
  • Water repellent & wipe clean logo lining
  • Polished gold toned hardware
  • Jem + Bea branded dustbag
  • Dimensions: H21 W29 D5 cm

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



4. (Below) Noa Storksak changing bag, £75



4. (Above and below) Storksak Noa, £75 (available from August 2016) and mini organiser, £20 - A practical design of changing bag in a beautifully bold colour. 

Bea wears: Limited Edition print Vild House of Little bamboo cotton bodysuit, £34, (with a percentage of all sales donated to mothers2mothers - a nonprofit charity fighting paediatric AIDS by training women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, panda print sun hat, Hotdog Watson, £19.99

We say: "Wow! This bag shouted to be photographed as soon as we unpacked it! What a beautiful and eye catching colour, and even better - it is wipe clean. There's loads of room to carry everything, and the webbing on the leather handles means it won't slip. Love the idea of the mini organiser, which you can use separately by hanging the D rings onto your pram, or fit inside the changing bag. The mini organiser has useful side pockets for keeping bottles upright."

Features:

  • Made from premium wipe clean coated canvas
  • Luxury padded changing mat
  • Built in side insulated bottle compartment which keeps bottle upright and warm or cool for up to four hours 
  • Patented Integrated stroller straps
  • Premium Leather Handles backed with webbing for anti slip
  • Long detachable webbing shoulder strap
  • One external outer pocket 
  • Large internal zipped pocket for valuables 
  • Wipe Clean Linings Throughout 
  • Mini Organiser bag with five outer pockets and one large internal zipped compartment 

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



5. (Below) Colby rucksack from Coco Bow by Motherknot, Coco Bow, £195



5. (Above and below)  Colby rucksack from Motherknot by Coco Bow, £195 - A leather baby changing bag that converts easily to a rucksack. Furry pom pom decoration, stylist's own

Bea wears: Smock dress, Question Everything, hair bow and tights, model's own. Claire wears own clothes.

We say: "Another rucksack making it cool and easy to carry things on your back... This leather is hardwearing and still gorgeously soft. The genius here, is that when you are wearing it on your back, the straps are looped through the top rings so that with one swing, you can convert it into an over the shoulder bag. Perfect for when you need to rummage but don't want to take your bag off or put it on the floor. There is also an inner lining, which can be removed and carried as it's own light bag or taken out when you want to use the bag without baby bits."

Features:

  • The Colby converts into a backpack but with no extra straps - simply pull through.
  • The bag can be used three ways: as a backpack, across the body or as a handbag all by adjusting the one strap.
  • A removable lining which can be used as a separate bag (with it's own strap) so if someone is caring for your child you can zip up the inner bag and hand it over. This allows you to keep your handbag.
  • Pram straps to attach to your buggy/pram.
  • A wet bag
  • A changing mat.

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



6. (Below) Marlow camo changing bag, £89, JEM + BEA




6. (Above and below)  - JEM + BEA Marlow camo changing bag, £89

Bea wears: Jersey two-piece set, Soft Gallery, gold slip-on shoes, Step2wo, hair bow, model's own. Claire's jumper, H&M, rest - all model's own.

We say: "This Ripstop nylon changing bag is robust and feels luxurious due to the thick lining and strong handles. The print is really on trend and the ice blues are really unusual - another 'love at first sight' kind of bag. Mums and dads alike will enjoy carrying this stylish piece. But, it is also one of the most practical of all the bags we shot. It's the perfect size to use for a night away, but also light enough to take out for day to day. It is very lightweight and just a joy to carry."

Features:

  • 100% Ripstop Nylon with Camoflauge print
  • Strong & durable nylon shoulder straps
  • PU ‘leather look’ keyring holder
  • Thermo-insulated bottle pocket
  • 5 interior pockets, including secure zip compartment for valuables
  • Luxury padded changing mat
  • Detachable crossbody strap
  • Water repellent & wipe clean logo lining
  • PU ‘leather look’ trims throughout
  • 4 exterior pockets
  • Polished gold toned hardware
  • Jem + Bea branded dustbag
  • Dimensions: H28 W40 D13cm

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



7. (Below) Pacapod Jasper changing bag, £225


Pacapod

7. (Above) Pacapod Jasper changing bag, £225 - A slouchy style of changing bag which is designed to 'hug' your body. Complete with Pacapod 'pods'. Also available in black.

Bea wears: Blue dress, Question Everything, gold slip-on shoes, Step2wo

We say: "Pacapod has become known, and loved, for it's ingenious duo pod design - which others have tried, and failed, to copy successfully. Inside the front zip pocket are two removable pods - one for changing bits and one insulated pod for feeding stuff. You can remove these completely, if you don't have a need for them - although they will bring a whole new level of organisation to your life. I find they are also great for using as lunch boxes. The new Jasper style is buttery soft, and comfortable to wear."

Features:

  • 3-in-1 organising system
  • Changer pod, feeder pod and changing mat
  • Across Body Strap
  • Pram Attachment Straps
  • Inner cargo hold
  • 39cm x 34cm x 17cm
  • Full grain cow leather with hardwearing finish
  • Wipe clean inner and phthalates free, tested to EC & BS food standards
  • Chunky gold hardwear and branded disc

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



8. (Above) BabyBeau Grab and Go clutch, £69.99 - A compact changing bag designed for mums on the run.

Bea wears: Blue dress, Question Everything, gold slip-on shoes, Step2wo, cardigan, model's own

We say: "This bag has the faux leather snakeskin effect on the outside and the striped inside, which won't be to everyone's taste - but, good! Who wants to look the same as everyone else? It's a veritable tardis of a bag, which unfolds to open much like a roll out make up bag. Each of the three pouches when you unfold is clear plastic, so it is all waterproof and wipe clean and means you can see exactly what is where - genius!"

Features:

  • Details:
    • Leather and snake skin effect
    • Gold hardware 
    • 20 - 40cm handle drop 
    • Fold out clutch 
    • Mini padded changing mat
    • 3 water resistant compartments
    • Hand held

  • Dimensions

    Height: 21cm
    Depth: 6cm
    Length: 24cm

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



9. (Above) Kerikit Charlie pony changing bag, £380 - A large baby changing bag with a removable inner pouch. Available in leather or pony skin (cow hide with hair).

Bea wears: Jersey two-piece set, Marks & Spencer, gold slip-on shoes, Step2wo, hair bow, model's own. Claire's clothing, all model's own.

We say: "This bag will certainly help you carry that kitchen sink! It's a Mary Poppins bag that will enable you to carry no end of baby paraphenalia. The removable lined pouch means that you can easily 'remove' all of baby's things and turn it into a luxury weekend bag for yourself. It's a little bit divisive - some of our testers felt it was a bit heavy, even before they put things into it. And if you aren't keen on the cow hide, there is a tan leather option, too. You can also choose to have wording embossed on the bags - an elegant touch, which will help your bag stand out from the crowd."

Features:

  • Pony skin leather changing bag
  • Multi functional pockets
  • Two front zip pockets, one back zip pocket and two end pockets that keep bottles upright and secure
  • Waterproof lined zip pocket which is perfect for dirty nappies or a wet umbrella.
  • The top of the bag can be fully closed for added security using a two way zip.
  • An extra wide shoulder strap,
  • A removable cross body strap and the
  • An internal removable organiser liner (IRO) which is unique to KeriKit.

SEE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAGS, HERE



With huge thanks to Bea, and her mum, Claire, for being excellent models - and to the cats, Basil and Dolly, for being great distractions

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