This morning I embarked upon an epic quest to….find a new nappy bag.
Of course, you don’t *need* a specially designed nappy bag. They’re often ugly and overpriced, because these days making something for pregnant women or new mums seems to be an excuse to slap an extra $100 on the price tag. Most nappy bags are cheap ones from Target or $300 boutique designer bags – there’s not a huge range in between. You can use any bag that’s big enough, but a waterproof lining is essential. A wipe-clean exterior is important, too, and pockets designed for bottles and dummies are really useful.
I’ve had two from Target (both given to me as presents). One of them has a fabric lining, not waterproof, which started to tear away from the seams not long after I started using it. The other is a red messenger bag-type – red is always good in my books – and is water repellent inside and out, so it’s easy to wipe clean (and can even be chucked in the washing machine if necessary). It’s this one but in red:
Both came with matching change pads and the red one has separate pockets for bottles and dummies. Those extra details are really useful, but I find that this bag takes up a lot of room and doesn’t store much inside. It’s quite stiff and hard to shove under the pram or in front of my feet in the car, etc.
As my boys got older and needed less ‘stuff’ when we went out, I bought a nifty little tote bag from Myer that I could use as a handbag and just shove a couple nappies in when I needed.
I liked it much better than my real nappy bag, but the big downside is ease of cleaning. The fabric lining started to smell like sour milk after a couple of bottle leaks and I had to try and wash the lining without getting the exterior damp. It also doesn’t have any big compartments, so everything floats around together (which is a big issue if you’re carrying sippers or bottles).
And seeing as this will be my third baby, and doesn’t need a lot of stuff bought for him/her, I figured I could afford to splurge on a new bag, especially if it’s something I really love and will use after baby. I’ll probably use it to pack my things when I go into hospital, too. It has to be easy to clean, flexible enough to shove underneath prams, have plenty of internal storage, and look fabulous. So here’s what I found:
Cute, and budget friendly. But it looks like a nappy bag (I’d rather have something that looks like a regular tote) and I’m not sold on chevrons. The yellow zip is a cute touch.
This is pretty cute – I like the colour and the storage cubes, plus it comes with a change pad and can be hand-washed. I don’t love the quilted detail, though.
Made from laminated cotton canvas with a wipe-clean lining, insulated bottle holder, and detachable shoulder strap with stroller clips. It also looks *amazing*, and not the least bit mumsy. They also make a similar version in navy, which might be more versatile:
I confess I like the stripes better myself.
I can’t decide if I like this or not – part of me likes the boho tassel detail and bright pattern and part of me thinks it looks like shower curtain. It’s made of canvas and comes with a removable bottle holder, changing pad, and storage bag. If you go to the clearance section on the Isoki website, you’ll find a number of nappy bags that have been heavily discounted (mostly factory seconds). I’m talking $169 down to $39, like this one:
Storksak nappy bags go all the way up to $499, so this is one of their more economical options :p It comes in a range of different colours – powder blue and pink, navy, burgundy, and a few more – and is made of coated canvas with a removable bag organizer. I like the colour options and the removable compartment looks quite handy, too.
I love the tan faux leather and the size – possibly too big to squeeze under my pram, but it comes with a pram strap anyway, as well as a matching change mat, bottle holder, and snack/dummy container. It also has a waterproof lining, lots of inside pockets, and a detachable zippered divider. And of course it looks awesome.
After finding these bags I couldn’t decide which one I liked the most – and then I checked my bank account, and that decided for me ;P But if money was no object, I’d go with the BabyMel or the yellow Storksak. What about you?