I Used All The Changing Bags So You Don’t Have To

A little while ago Pregnancy and Birth magazine asked on Twitter if there were any mothers with young babies who wanted to test out baby changing bags. As I change so many bums these days I list ‘poo’ as one of my Facebook interests I responded wholeheartedly with a YES PLEASE.

When I was pregnant with Elfie I went straight for the Limited Edition Cowshed bag by Pink Lining (as you know what a big fan of Cowshed I am) but as it was so, well, pink I was looking forward to trying something a bit different. I was sent bags from Mia Tui, Pacapod, Pink Lining and Sugarjack… here’s what I thought.

Pink Lining and Pacapod changing bag


The Pacapod (above, right), £80

This is an awesome changing bag as it’s so different to anything else I’ve ever used. I love the colour and pattern and it’s made from really good-quality wipeable canvas. There are two main pockets on this bag: the first one is large and opens at the top and the second is located on the side and contains two little containers, a ‘changer pod’ and a ‘feeder pod’. These ‘pods’ are for all the bits and pieces you need for changing and feeding and whilst at first I thought it’d be a little fiddly to be getting bits in and out of them it actually works really well. There’s no scrabbling round at the bottom of the bag looking for bottles as you know exactly where to find them, in the dedicated insulated ‘pod’! If you are happy to be carrying around a bag that’s quite obviously a baby changing bag, this is an excellent option for meticulously organized mothers (like me). The bag comes with a changing mat along with the various ‘pods’ you might need. Check out the Pacapod website for full information on how the bag works.

The Pink Lining (above, left), £79

I was lucky enough to be sent a bag from Pink Lining’s collection before its release to the general public on 10th September (though it’s currently available on pre-order). The interior of the bag is very similar to my current Pink Lining bag so there were no surprises, it’s a great sized bag with loads of handy pockets (some insulated for bottles) along with my favourite feature, the in-built mirror! A matching changing mat is included. I have to admit that the exterior of it is just a little too, hmm, twee for me… I’m not a ‘yummy mummy’ sort of gal and having had one baby already I was more interested in a bag that perhaps didn’t look so much like it is carrying nappies.


Mia Tui and Sugarjack changing bag

The Sugarjack (above, right) £249

For me, this is the Dogs Bollocks of changing bags. Just look at it: burnt orange, gorgeous leather… you’d never know you were toting nappies around in it. Since I received this bag it has not left my arm, there’s nothing I dislike about it. There are pockets on the front for keys and other little bits and a detachable lining that has pockets for baby-related paraphernalia, so once the baby has grown out of nappies you can still use it as a handbag. Again it comes with a matching changing mat and bottle insulator but it’s so super-stylish nobody would ever know that is what you are carrying around. Basically, if I had to use one bag for the rest of my life then this would be it, and if I had £249 to splash on a changing bag then I’d be throwing it Sugarjack’s way.

The Mia Tui (above, left) £44.99

This is another bag that’s constantly in rotation in our house: as I use the Sugarjack as a handbag this one travels with Elfie as her nappy bag to my Mum and Mother-in-Law’s houses. For those on more of a budget (and really, few can afford to spend £250 on a nappy bag with a baby on the way)  this is a most excellent option. It doesn’t look like a nappy bag but it has everything you need; including even a handy matching interior wallet that can be used to switch your ‘handbag belongings’ between bags. It’s easy and simple to use with plenty of room for all your baby bits and pieces and is super-stylish too, a friend commented recently to me how much she liked my new handbag. I was lucky enough to meet Charlotte, the creator of Mia Tui and her beautiful daughter Amelie (who has a bag named after her, just like Harper Beckham) and hear the lovely story behind the inception of Mia Tui which you can read about here.

Conclusion: if you’re looking for a traditional ‘nappy bag’ then either the Pacapod or Pink Lining are great options. They’d especially work well if you’re bottle feeding or starting to wean as there are so many features to assist with this. However, if you’d rather carry around a bag that looks like a handbag or that you can use when you’re not with baby (we used the Mia Tui when travelling to Madrid) then I’d definitely recommend the Mia Tui or Sugarjack.

Psst… Mia Tui are offering 10% off with the code ‘MT2012’. 


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  1. I think the Pacapod could be my ticket. I am awaiting the next scan and given that all is OK (fingers crossed…) will start shopping after that. Can’t wait, really. Nest, nest, must nest… :) xx

    Posted 8.15.12 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Ahh baby shopping is the best – it’s all guilt-free! x

      Posted 8.20.12 Reply
  2. HonestMum wrote:

    Love the red sugarjack! Fab post x

    Posted 8.16.12 Reply
  3. Kitty wrote:

    Love them all. Well, I have to admit the Pink Lining bag is not me at all but it’s still cute.

    We love our Skip Hop Duo Deluxe. It’s practical, washable, has loads of pockets and is not overly girlie. Mr K takes the baby out sometimes and I think it’s important for him not to feel weird carrying around a “nappy bag” that’s overly feminine (i.e. looks like a handbag).

    K xx

    Posted 8.16.12 Reply
  4. Bryony wrote:

    I fell in love with your Sugarjack at Britmums but realistically I’m too scared to carry something so expensive round full of potentially explosive nappy creams and baby food. I think you’ve found the next best thing in the Mia Tui though! I want to see what it looks like IRL though – bring it along next time I see you? (Pleeassseeee!)

    I love how much choice us Mama’s have! x

    Posted 8.16.12 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      I will – it’s such a lovely bag! And the creator of Mia Tui lives in MK: bonus! x

      Posted 8.21.12 Reply
  5. But the most important question is….. did you get to keep them all?? x

    Posted 8.16.12 Reply
  6. I had a couple of changing bags: a practical one and a more stylish one. I have to admit the more stylish one I used the most. Very informative post Alice!

    Posted 8.16.12 Reply
  7. From fun to mum wrote:

    I’m a big fan of my storksak as it looks like a normal handbag and it’s made of lightweight metallic blue plastic, which I like as I find the leather ones to be heavier once they’re packed with bottles and what not.

    My favourite of all has to be the Marc Jacobs one. They have a few different patterns under the name Eliz-A-Baby Diaper Bag and they are just so cool that you will want to use the bag way past the baby stage…check them out in case you need to erm…expand your research :)

    Posted 8.27.12 Reply
  8. Katharine wrote:

    Thanks for the review, I’d stopped using a (frumpy feeling) changing bag for my twins and was using my largest pre-baby handbag instead – and watching it get more and more knackered – but as it’s not structured it was rubbish for carrying around 2 beakers.

    Thanks to your review I checked out the Ava, and was sold the second I saw the 2 bottle holders. I use it as a laptop bag on my one day a week in the office and have been gratified to ge a few ‘nice handbag’ comments.

    Shame I got it stuck in the gates getting onto the tube and tore a small patch on the back – oops.

    Posted 9.18.12 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Really glad the review helped you – our MiaTui is now the one that’s in constant use and I’ve had positive comments on it too! Sorry to hear of your tube accident, grrrr.

      Posted 9.18.12 Reply
  9. k perrins wrote:

    Hi, my favourite chnaging bag is by a company called Pitterpac, they offer sone really lovely bags for a great price, including lots of functions in the lining, you can check out their Autumn/Winter Leather Changing Bag collection.

    Posted 9.21.12 Reply
  10. Helen wrote:

    Hi, I’ve just stumbled across this blog and love the MiaTui bag but can’t seem to find it on their website. Do you know the name of the style and colour by any chance? Thanks, Helen

    Posted 1.29.13 Reply
  11. Ruby wrote:

    Wow, the Mia Tui is so stylish! Great blog post thanks, Ruby x http://hamiltonturnberry.com/what-are-designer-baby-changing-bags

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply