11 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 a lot of 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 | Mum's Grapevine

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 nappy clutch should do the job.

Storage: Parents need a bag big enough to carry all the bits and bobs bubs need. Beyond just nappies, think change mat, change of clothes, wipes, bottles, snacks, toys – and more. 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. The more accessories your bag comes with, the less you have to purchase separately.

Straps and handles: Wrestling with a nappy bag with a poppet on your hip can be tricky. 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 grasp fast, a long strap is easier to sling over your shoulder, and stroller straps allow you to clip the bag to your pram.

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 back again. Look for quality stitching and material that’s strong enough to go the distance. Some nappy bags even come with metal feet to protect the base and give it stability.

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

10 best nappy bags and backpacks | Mum's Grapevine

11 nappy bags 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:


Best Nappy Bag: OiOi Faux Leather Nappy Backpack

OiOi Faux Leather Nappy Backpack ($189.95)

Casually cool and seriously comfy, it’s little wonder this nappy backpack is winning the hearts of mums Australia-wide. Crafted from waterproof faux-leather, it features a wide opening, eight roomy pockets and protective metal feet.

In the range: Totes, backpacks, bags
Materials: Leather, faux leather, linen, canvas
Accessories: Wet purse, stroller straps, change mat, bottle holder


Best Nappy Bag: Vanchi Manhattan Backpack

Vanchi Manhattan 2 Way Backpack ($179.95)

It’s functional, fashionable and it frees up both hands. Thoughtfully designed by Aussie mums, the Manhattan Backpack Nappy Bag includes insulated food and bottle pockets, leatherette pram clips and the option to add a personalised luggage tag.

In the range: Shoulder bags, backpacks, clutches
Materials: Leatherette
Accessories: Pram clips, change mat, personalised luggage tag, mesh bag


Best Nappy Bag: M&B Chloe

M&B Nappy Bags (from $130)

More than just a nappy bag, the Chloe is a statement backpack you’ll be rocking well beyond the nappy stage. Expertly crafted from vegan leather, it boasts gold hardware, a roomy main compartment and multiple pockets. Available in three colour options.

In the range: Backpacks
Materials: Faux leather
Accessories: Change mat, zip purse, insulated bottle warmer, stroller straps

From Day Dot

Best Nappy Bag: From Day Dot

From Day Dot Sunday Luxe Nappy Bag ($199.95)

Modern convenience meets urban cool in this versatile winner. It has a generous central opening for storing all your baby must-haves and comes equipped with a USB port, padded laptop sleeve and an anti-theft pocket at the rear. And did we mention tassels?!

In the range: Backpacks
Materials: Faux leather
Accessories: Pram clips


Best Nappy Bag: Arrived

Arrived Baby Bags (from $129)

With a sleek silhouette and dialled-up luxe, the bags from Arrived are perfect for the mum who wants an elegant solution for toting baby gear. But it’s not all about looks; the Hayes Backpack has a fully functional interior with insulated bottle holders and room for your tablet.

In the range: Backpacks, totes, overnight bags, holdalls
Materials: Nylon, cotton, faux leather
Accessories: Change mat, detachable keyring


Best Nappy Bag: ARCH Bags

ARCH LUXE Nappy Bags ($180)

Designed to give parents a bag that doesn’t compromise on function, this beauty has it all. The unique strap easily converts the bag from a tote to a backpack when tired arms set in and a roomy main compartment packed with pockets means everyone’s essentials have a designated space.

In the range: Backpacks, totes, clutches
Materials: Waxed canvas, vegetable leather
Accessories: Change mat

Spark of Wild

Best Nappy Bags: Spark of Wild Nappy Bags

Spark of Wild Nappy Bags (from $365)

These stunners are crafted from top-grain leather for a deliciously smooth exterior and lined with signature prints that are all style. Both styles include internal and external pockets for keeping belongings organised and come with change mat and matching cosmetic case.

In the range: Backpacks, totes, shoulder bags
Materials: Nylon, leather
Accessories: Change mat, pram straps, cross-body strap, cosmetic case

The Nappy Society

Nappy Society Nappy Bag Inserts

The Nappy Society Original Baby Bag Insert ($99)

It’s the genius insert that converts regular bags into multi-compartment nappy bags – perfect for new mums who can’t bear to part with their favourite tote. Made of coated cotton canvas, this universal organiser sports phone pockets, insulated bottle pockets and it comes with a change mat.

In the range: Totes, pram caddies, inserts, cross-body bags
Materials: Nylon, canvas
Accessories: Wipes pouch, stroller clips, change mat, pacifier bag

Vogue & Van

Best Nappy Bag: Vogue & Van

Vogue & Van Nappy Bags (from $169.95)

Created from sustainable vegan leather that looks as luxe as it feels, the nappy bags from Vogue & Van have a minimum of four internal pockets, plus two insulated pockets for bub’s bottles. With adjustable straps for switching from backpack to tote, they tick all the boxes.

In the range: Backpacks, adjustable handbags
Materials: Vegan leather
Accessories: Change mat, insulated bottle holder, cosmetics pouch


ONE NINE Leather Nappy Bag

ONE NINE Nappy Backpack ($299)

This stunning black backpack is the brainchild of two professional athletes. Designed for modern parents, it’s gender-neutral, crafted from top-grain leather and they’ll even monogram it for you for free.

In the range: Backpack
Materials: Top-grain leather
Accessories: Personalised changing mat, personalised bag tag


Pregnancy Pillow Co

Best Nappy Bag: Pregnancy Pillow Co

Pregnancy Pillow Co Nappy Backpack ($49.95)

Made from high-quality durable nylon, this backpack nappy bag has got your back. A roomy main compartment gives parents oodles of space for baby’s day-to-day things and the front zippered pocket houses three insulated bottle holders to keep mini’s milk within arms reach.

In the range: Backpacks
Materials: Oxford & Nylon Cloth
Accessories: N/A

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