When I was pregnant my husband’s colleagues very kindly bought us a titanic-sized baby bath filled to the brim with baby paraphernalia. Nappies, dummies, every kind of wipe you could imagine.
Before that, I hadn’t really considered how much stuff babies actually need. I knew about the big stuff, prams and cots etc but not the day to day stuff… the baby’s ‘toiletries’. Stuff that you need to keep on you at all times if you want to keep the baby fed, watered and clean if when you’re out and about.
As a serious bag addict, I soon realised that I now had a whole new legitimate reason to go on the prowl for a fancy new bag. A mama bag.
It’s worth noting that you will use this bag everyday for at least a year-probably even longer. So, it’s worth splashing out on something special. Might be the last time you get to treat yourself for quite some time.
Most baby changing bags have the following key features differentiating it from a normal bag: A changing mat, separate section for keeping bottles warm/cool, attachments for the pram and compartments. Lots of compartments to keep all the baby stuff in. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of it.
So where do you start? There are hundreds of baby changing bags (as they are more commonly known) on the market. There are baby changing totes, rucksacks, clutches, even baby changing bumbags!
Here are my top four picks for the coolest mama bags around…
1.Tiba + Marl MABEL (Black), £115.00
Want your mama bag to make a statement? You can’t get more achingly hip than the MABEL. Made by uber-cool new label Tiba + Marl, the Mabel tote doesn’t even look like a changing bag so it can double up perfectly as a work bag or weekend bag.
It features all the accessories that the urban mama could need from a bag : luxury padded changing mat, insulated bottle holder etc. It even has a removable wet clutch / cross body bag, so you get two bags for the price of one. It’s even large enough to fit your macbook air.
Available @Tiba + Marl
2. Laessig Neckline Changing Bag (Sky Blue), £109.95
Not only gorgeous to look at, Laessig bags are also kind on the environment (in this case, 93% recycled polyester) making this the perfect bag for eco-conscious mamas.
This stylish bag has all the mod-cons including the standard insulated bottle holder and changing mat but also has a hand water-repellent wet pocket and removable compartment for jars. It’s also comes with the hooks you need to swing from your buggy.
Available @ John Lewis
3. Storksak Lucinda (Sunset Orange) £100 (£75.00 Spring saving!)
Looking for a mama bag to help you stand out from the crowd? The bright and beautiful Lucinda is the one.
Made of luxurious textured leather, this bag has a deceptively minimalist appearance with two main zipped compartments, four elasticated pockets and built in pram clips and bottle pocket to keep all your essentials organised. It also fits most laptops.
4. Jem + Bea Beatrice (Taupe), £199
If luxury is what you are looking for in a mama bag, look no further than The Beatrice. Luxuriously crafted in butter smooth calf leather, this classic tote from Jem + Bea is the crème de la crème of mama bags.
It features five interior pockets with a zip compartment for valuables, a thermo-insulated bottle pocket, a water repellent and wipe clean lining, and of course comes with a luxury padded changing mat. Other features include: Leather keyring holder, Logo embossed leather tag, Gold toned hardware, Slip pocket on front, Mobile phone compartment and Jem + Bea branded dustbag.
Available from @John Lewis