13 nappy bags for mums on the run

The best nappy bags for 2020 | Mum's Grapevine

When you say hello to baby, you can say goodbye to the days of going out with just your phone, keys and purse. Babies need a lot of stuff. And most new mums learn pretty quickly it’s better to be prepared than to be caught short.

That means lots of packing. Suddenly, your faithful old handbag doesn’t cut it any more and it’s time to upgrade. But while a good nappy bag is invaluable, there are so many choices out there. So, where do you start?

Things to look for when buying a nappy bag

What to look for when buying a nappy bag

Here are the key features to look for when buying a nappy bag:

Style: Your nappy bag will be your best friend for a good couple of years, so choose a style that suits your life. If you like your space, consider a tote. If you like your hands free, consider a backpack. Or if you’re a minimalist, a clutch should do the job.

Storage: Parents need a bag big enough to carry all the bits and bobs bub needs. Beyond just nappies, think change mat, change of clothes, wipes, bottles, snacks, toys – this list goes on and on. But also think about how to arrange that space. Lots of bags come with built-in pockets, dividers and even waterproof sections.

Accessories: Does the bag come with necessities such as a change mat and bottle holder? Some even come with wipes dispensers and wet pouches. We think the more accessories, the better!

Straps and handles: Wrestling with a nappy bag while poppet’s on your hip can get a bit messy. Many nappy bags come with multiple straps for flexibility so keep an eye out for a bag that’s easy to grab and go. Short handles are easy to grab, a long strap is easy to sling over your shoulder and stroller straps help take the load off and clip the bag to bub’s rig.

Durability: As a faithful travel companion, the nappy bag is going to get a beating. From the car to the stroller, to the park, to the shops and more. Look for quality stitching and material that’s strong enough to go the distance. Some nappy bags even come with little feet to protect the base and give it stability.

Washability: There’s no avoiding little messes and spills with a tiny tot around. Bags that easily wipe clean or come with removable washable inserts can save a lot of elbow grease come clean up time.

13 nappy bag brands for mums on the run

To help you find the best nappy bags for you and your babe, we’ve rounded up our favourite brands to help get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Babymel

Babymel Georgi Eco Convertible Backpack

Babymel Georgi Eco Convertible Backpack (from $154.99)

If you’re after versatility, look no further than Babymel. One bag can be worn in four ways, like the Georgi Convertible Backpack. Use the convertible strap to wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross-body or handheld. Easy peasy!

In the range: Totes, backpacks

Materials: Polyester, faux leather, scuba

Accessories: Stroller straps, change mat, shoulder strap

2. Isoki

Isoki Double Zip Satchel

Isoki Double Zip Satchel ($139.95)

Boasting 13 pockets, this baby holds everything you could need with bub in tow. Fully lined with waterproof fabric, the double zip satchels are available in six colourways to suit every mumma’s style.

In the range: Clutch, purse, satchels, crossover bags, totes, backpacks

Materials: Canvas, wipe clean exteriors

Accessories: Change mat, bottle bag (available separately)

3. Il Tutto

Il Tutto Nico Nappy Bag

Il Tutto Nico Nappy Bag ($249)

Inject a little euro-chic into your day with an Il Tutto nappy bag or backpack. Packed with all the essentials, it even comes with a matching collectable Il Tutto monster teddy so your poppet will always have something to play with.

In the range: Tote, backpack

Materials: Faux leather, nylon, patent leather

Accessories: Bottle bag, wet bag, change mat

4. Alf the Label

Alf the Label, The Maud Duffle Backpack Golden Peach

Alf the Label Maud Active Nappy Bag ($289)

Just because it’s a nappy bag doesn’t mean it can’t be a little bit luxe. And Alf has it in spades. Check out The Maud – a 4-way duffle backpack that can be worn five different ways. With chic styling and accessories aplenty, it’s full-on fancy pants meets all things functional. We love!

In the range: Totes

Materials: Leather and cowhide

Accessories: Change mat, pram clips, bottle holder, crossbody strap

5. Storksak

Storksak Stevie Luxe Scuba Diaper Bag

Storksak Stevie Luxe Scuba Diaper Bag ($239.99)

From backpacks to totes, Storksak has it all for the modern mumma. If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the Stevie Scuba – it’s packed with pockets and oozing with style.

In the range: Totes, backpack

Materials: Nylon, leather

Accessories: Change mat, bottle holder

6. Gr8x

GR8X Lulu Neoprene Nappy Bag

Gr8x Lulu Neoprene Tote (from $99.95)

There’s a huge range of totes, satchels and shoulder bags to suit every kind of mum at Gr8x. Lighten up with the lightweight Lulu Neoprene Tote. Super durable with a removable base, it’s even machine washable.

In the range: Totes, satchels, shoulder bag

Materials: Neoprene, canvas, microfiber, PU leather, PU canvas laminate

Accessories: Pram straps, change mat, bottle holder

7. Tiba + Marl

Tiba + Marl Elwood Backpack Changing Bag

Tiba + Marl Elwood Backpack Changing Bag ($285)

Raising a bub can be hard work. So why not use the ultimate bag for the job. Tiba + Marl make a stunning range of multipurpose bags for the modern-day parent. Take the laptop out and slip the nappies in. Stunners like their Elwood Backpack handbag have become the ultimate nappy bag.

In the range: Backpacks, holdalls, change clutches

Materials: Faux Leather, polyamide

Accessories: Wet bag, change mat, insulated bottle holder

8. OiOi

OiOi Diamond Quilted Carry All Nappy Bag

OiOi Quilted Diamond Black Carry All Nappy Bag ($189.95)

Trusted and loved by parents for 23 years, OiOi has everything on offer. From change clutches to clever totes and backpacks, whether you’re after classic styling or a splash of colour – OiOi has a bag for you.

In the range: Totes, backpacks, bags

Materials: Leather, faux leather, linen, canvas

Accessories: Sunglasses case, wet bag, stroller straps, change mat, bottle holder

9. Toots & Co

Toots and Co Everything Backpack

Toots & Co Everything Backpack ($425)

Toots & Co bags are meticulously designed to not only look amazing but to magically transform to suit every situation. Need a nappy bag but not ready to say goodbye to your handbag? Pair the Pinnacle Tote or Everything Backpack with the removable Orbit Cross Body bag and you’ll have both.

Also, check out their Mini backpack that converts to a smart shoulder bag. Genius.

In the range: Totes. backpacks

Materials: Leather and nylon

Accessories: Adjustable straps, change mat

10. PacaPod

Pacapod nappy bag

PacaPod Changing Bag (from $199)

This isn’t just a nappy bag – it’s a 3-in-1 organising system. Outside is for you and inside is all about baby. Featuring two clever pods to help keep everything in place, the feed pod (aka the cool bag) keeps bottles or snacks at the right temperature while the changing pod is for wipes, nappies, creams and more.

In the range: Totes, bags, backpacks, satchel

Materials: Leather, coated canvas, cordura type material

Accessories: Packing pods, change mat

11. Vanchi

Vanchi Indie Holdall

Vanchi Indie Holdall ($199.95)

These guys are all about class and their totes are totes amazing. The Indie is equal parts ease and elegance – perfect for parents on the go.

In the range: Tote, bags, backpack

Materials: Leatherette

Accessories: Wipes case, change mat

12. Budu

Budu Nappy Bag

Budu Nappy Bag ($399)

They may only do two nappy bags (to match their stylish baby carrier) but they do it so very well. Generously sized and packed with pockets, it even comes with a zip-out removable lining for easy washing.

In the range: Tote

Materials: Leather

Accessories: Bottle holder and change mat sold separately

13. Obi Kinomi

Obi Kinomi Baby Weekender Nappy Bag

Obi Kinomi Baby Weekender Nappy Bag ($267)

Say goodbye to boring with Obi Kinomi. Look like a star with the Baby Weekender nappy bag – a digitally printed canvas stunner. Complete with matching change mat, you’re sure to stand out wherever you go. Classic black styles are also available if this one’s a little bit bold for you.

In the range: Totes

Materials: Canvas, nylon

Accessories: Insulated side pockets, change mat, shoulder strap

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