Is it a changing bag or a handbag?

Or how about both, these changing bags can double up as handbags

Changing bags that make a statement

Want a changing bag that doubles up as a smart handbag? Take a look at our top picks

Mum with changing bag

The Lowdown

One of the key items that no parent can do without is a bag for carrying their baby’s changing gear in. You could be looking at using this bag for at least two years (more if you have more children) so choosing one that you really like is essential! 
If the thought of lugging a changing bag around for years fills you with horror, why not choose one that gives the appearance of an everyday handbag? This means you can even use it when you’re away from your baby, at work for example.

What to look for

Even though you’ll be swayed by the exterior sleek design, it’s really important to check out the inside thoroughly. Lots of pockets for separating wet and dry clothes, bottle pockets and a compact changing mat are all key features to look for.

Need to know

If you want a bag made from real rather than faux leather, you’ll need to stretch your budget well above £100. It’s hard to tell the difference though, and often faux leather is much more durable.

1. Slouch Hobo, £89, OiOi
This hobo-style bag is perfect for on-trend mums. Made from faux lizard-effect leather it has a detachable handle, so can also be worn across the body with a longer strap and also clipped onto your stroller’s handles. There are multiple zippered pockets and a changing mat inside, too. You can buy a cheaper version in nylon for £69.

2. Divine, £99.99, Nova Harley
From the outside it might look like a swish leather bag, but it’s interior boasts thirteen different compartments to organise all your baby gear, plus a thermo insulated bottle tote and a changing mat. The inside is easily wipe-cleaned and you also get a wet bag and keyring included.

3. Grace, £62, Babymel
Available in grey, tan or black, this bag has an unusual curved design at the top, and can be carried with either the handles or by using the longer shoulder strap. The changing mat is luxuriously padded, and there are several pockets and compartments inside. Made from super-soft leather-look PU.

4. Chester satchel changing bag, £60, Jojo Maman Bebe
A roomy and practical satchel-style bag that mums looking for something a little different will love. Made from tough and hard wearing faux leather in classic brown, the Chester has two large external pockets, four inside, with one that can be zipped for valuables, a bottle bag, and a large back pocket containing the plushly padded changing mat.

5. Emma bag , £59.99, Mia Tui
The Emma is a purse-friendly model with the added bonus that it's available in thirteen different colours. It’s appeal is also in the amount of extras included in the price, from buggy clips to a changing mat, plus two insulated bottle holders and even a matching clutch bag for quick trips out or for stashing valuables.

Is it a changing bag or a handbag?