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There are so many gorgeous nappy bags available, how do you make the right choice that will go the distance and will meet your needs, as well as those of bub?

If you pick a nappy bag using the same method for picking a new handbag (as a fashion item) you might find that you have an expensive bag that you don’t want or like using. What a waste.

This is the one thing that I wished I splurged on but unfortunately, the pragmatic part of the brain won out and instead of a colourful signature designer bag that I was over the moon about, I ended up with basic black, very plain and entirely serviceable number.

Whatever you decide on, it needs to work. That’s why I’ve put together this list of what to look for in a functional nappy bag – hope it helps:

  • How does it work with your pram – Think about it, you’ll be using your nappy bag when out and about with bub who will generally cruising in the pram. So how the bag works with the pram is paramount. It needs to fit either neatly in the storage area when full or hang over the pram handles. Ideally take your pram to the store to try for size or alternatively ensure you can return it if it’s not a good fit. Try to get the bag out or off in a hurry with one hand (picture a poo disaster) to really test the fit with your pram.
  • Change mat – these are durable, generally match the bag and fit neatly inside and will get hundreds of uses in all sorts of situations. I carry a few of these disposable mats in addition to the mat that comes with the bag for those really messy occasions when you don’t want to be wiping down your lovely one.
  • Sections – great for sorting all the gear you have to carry so it’s easy to find. When you have one hand on baby for stability, it needs to be a one-handed job to reach in and find what you need quickly and easily. Snap lock bags help keep things neat inside.
  • Insulated compartment – perfect for bottle that is already cooled or heated to maintain temperature while out and about.
  • Mum’s essentials area – So you don’t have to manage a handbag as well, nappy bags with a special secure area, for wallet, mobile and keys etc are really handy. This is often on the outside of the bag, but they need to be a little tucked away or well secured with a sturdy strap to prevent pilfering.
  • It is you? – Finally, does this bag express your personality? Would you be happy to carry and use if for the next two to three years or so? Hope so! Because you just never know!

Happy shopping!

Check out the latest nappy bag trends at www.pregnancypanache.com.au.

Do you have any tips and tricks on how to choose a nappy bag?

Image courtesy of Isoki 

  • great help thanks just ordered my Isoki

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  • so its not all about style but style is still key but practicality comes first

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  • most nappy bags are so overpriced I was thinking of just buying a gigantic good looking bag and just making it my nappy bag!

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  • How your going to carry it over shoulder, backpack, etc is another consideration.

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  • Some nappy bags are soooo expensive! Any large tote or handbag that catches your eye at end of season sales would serve you just as well!

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  • I swap between a large handbag and just putting a nappy wallet into whatever bag I’ve got.

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  • with so many choices its hard to decide

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  • Lots and lots of compartments! A must for any nappy bag!

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  • I love my nappy bag as it has all of these handy compartments mentioned….however it still just does not seem big enough!!

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  • I love my nappy bag, I actually take it over my hand bag if I have the choice!

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  • These are some good tips

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  • I just use a normal handbag that is big

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  • My added suggestion is that get something that doesnt look too girly or too “baby-like”-weird I know, but to encourage your partner to be more involved, get something that is neutral

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  • Thanks a lot for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • very useful indeed! there are so many different designs and sizes it can get so confusing especially when you dont know what you are looking for

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