5. Babymoov Baby Star
I’m starting out with the most girly on the list. I’ve justified it in my head though – it suits a baby boy, not (just) a grown woman. I can get away with it if it’s ‘for Mason’.
- Transparent pocket for medicines n stuff.
- Amy liked the style. Come on now, we’ve gotta be fair.
- Large changing mat.
- It’s not massive (actually, none on my list are but this is the bag that inspired me to keep away from the ones you could store your cricket bats in – there’s loads).
- Price isn’t sky high, but it’s also not cheap.
- It’s a make people will recognise, if you care.
- It has all the usual features – insulated bottle compartment, dummy holder (we’re not using one, a post for another time perhaps), pram attachments – no bag is getting bonus points for the things we’d expect to be standard on a changing bag.
- You’re not going to be re-purposing this style decision once the nappy phase is over.
- If you can reuse it for a second child, great! But if you happen upon a girl you’ll no longer be ‘getting away with it’.
- You will at some point pick this up by those top handles. Then you have yourself a handbag.
- Did I mention the style?
4. Hauck Disney Baby Mickey
Hidden Mickey? Well, not really but it’s close in that it’s Mickey and it’s subtle.
- Well, what I just said if you’re a Disney fan.
- It’s sleek and, frankly, doesn’t look like a changing bag.
- The changing mat is machine washable. Which’d be great for, y’know, poop.
- It’s only 14 cm deep, basically just a standard messenger bag modded into a changing bag.
- It’s not easy to find.
- The price for this one is too high. Not much higher than number 5 in most cases but it’s basically a budget bag with Disney tax, I mean, tag.
- Where’s the lowdown on this thing?? The Hauck website doesn’t list it, features are barely touched upon, reviews are non-existent and I’ve not yet found a decent set of pictures beyond the one above. That’s what ultimately knocked this one down the list, it could have been a contender.
- If you’re not a Disney fan then this is just a black messenger bag. (see the honorable mention at the end)
Is a backpack more your thing?
- Much easier to carry if you’re not used to a messenger bag.
- More modern image.
- Still attaches to a pram like all the others.
- Plenty of room in there; you could probably squeeze an extra baby or 2 in, if needs be.
- It’s pushing the measurements slightly, click on that image and have a peek at the other promo shots. That woman can’t be that small.
- The ease of carriage makes you lose out on the ease of access. Does it matter? That’s why it’s in moot.
- The big blow for me? I’ve got a baby carrier. An expensive one. I’m not being strapped front, back and for cash.
- £85?? It’s a bag! Granted, once I’d decided it wasn’t my first choice I didn’t hunt for the best deal (that’s my last stage of researching).
2. Diaper Dude Messenger
Look at that image… that’s a pretty cool bag. Who’d even suspect a nappy or 2 was tucked away under that flap?
- Plenty stylish. If a man bag has to be carried then this at least softens the blow.
- Got things you want to keep in pockets? Sorted! Although best not to put screwdrivers and measuring tapes in them.
- This thing has got your back, seriously. The flap, on the inside, has a checklist of things you need before leaving the house! My number one choice doesn’t. I’m a bit sad about that.
- Great size.
- Diaper? Yeah, no.
- Visible stitching doesn’t look great.
- That checklist on the flap? It’s now your new worst enemy – don’t ever, EVER, forget an item on that list because “you’ve got a bloody checklist right under your nose, how did you forget the cream???”.
1. BabaBing Daytripper
Merge 5 through 2 and what do you get? Well, not this bag, but not far off! A fantastic compromise on price, size, pockets, style and manliness.
- It’s innocuous, but obvious. It doesn’t scream ‘I’m carrying Sudocrem and talc” but no one’s going to try to nab it hoping for a new laptop.
- Ha, idiots, it totally could have your laptop in there – it’s the perfect size and shape. Bonus, see?
- Once you’re done with changing nappies (forever, hopefully!) this could quite easily be reused. OK, you’ll need to patch that BabaBing logo but it’s small and the rest of the bag would be great for general use. And the bottle insulator? Get your hot coffee mug in there, or a nice cold Irn Bru! (I’m not Scottish, FYI)
- OK, it doesn’t have the little flappy checklist but it does have tiny little icon tags on each interior pocket that tells you what goes where – pretty thoughtful still.
- There’s a few different colours – grey (pictured and bought), grey with a dark grey stripe, truffle (dark brown? green?) and black.
- The changing mat is medium sized. Some would say slightly too small but I own this now, I’m protective of my purchases. It’s fine.
- The grey we bought isn’t as light as in the image. It’s not far off but it’s a bit darker. Great for me, I prefer darker grey, but maybe not for all.
- There’s a deluxe version of this bag. Same size, slightly different looks, a mobile phone pocket on the strap and circa £20 more expensive. Why is it more expensive?? I can’t help but feel like I didn’t get the ‘better’ one. I’m not paying that much to find out what it is though, so I’m assuming you’d be paying for the word ‘Deluxe’.