As a new parent or preparing for the arrival of your new family member, you probably wouldn’t think that choosing something as simple as changing bags is a big deal. Yet there are so many things you should be taking into consideration to ensure the bag you choose is going to provide you with years of use and convenience from when your baby first comes home until they are out of nappies and becoming a little person.
One of the first and probably the most important thing to note when looking at changing bags is spaciousness. You need the bag to be spacious because you will be amazed how many things you have to take out with you every time you leave the house once you have a baby in tow. It’s not as simple as grabbing the push chair and heading out the door. Your baby may need changing, they may be hungry or they may need a change of clothes, all things you have to factor into your decision every single time you leave the house.
Further you are going to want to ensure the changing bags you look at are easy to carry. Remember you are going to have a push chair or carry cot, you are going to have the baby and then you need the bag, so you want something you can simply sling over your shoulder, freeing up both hands for everything else.
Remember what you will want to carry with you when leaving the house with your new baby. You are going to want to pack a change of clothes, feeding equipment, wipes, nappies, creams and more. But while you want a spacious bag that can hold all of these items, it is also important to not buy something that is too big, making it impractical when heading out for an afternoon in the city with friends.
The best style is a shoulder bag or back pack. Both of these changing bags styles can be easily slung over your shoulder, but can also hang with ease over the handle of the push chair, ensuring that you have everything you need with you at all times.
Focus on the number of pockets that comes with the changing bag. Remember you are going to have a variety of items that you are going to want to take out with you, but at the same time, you don’t want the bottle sitting next to the powder when out and about. If the powder opens and goes everywhere, you are going to be caught out with a hungry baby and a bottle covered in powder, not the situation any parent wants to find themselves in.
You may want to choose a bag with an insulated bottle pouch. This enables you to keep drinks warmer for longer when your baby is still very young, but also enables you to keep drinks colder when your baby becomes a toddler.
Look at the accessories that comes with the changing bag. Many of these bags will have an additional nappy bag and other items that you can use and enjoy, offering you added convenience when leaving the home with baby.
The bag should be machine washable or at very least wipe clean. Having a baby doesn’t mean that you are going to be able to keep everything clean at all times. The inside and outside of the bag will need regular cleaning as this is an item you are going to have on you a lot of the time.
The final consideration when choosing changing bags is to ensure the strap is adjustable, ensuring it is comfortable to sling over your shoulder with ease at all times.