Along with pinning a “Baby on Board” badge to your lapel and learning how to fit a car seat in under three hours, buying a baby changing bag is a parenting rite of passage.

It’s the moment you acknowledge that for at least a year, you will never leave the house again without a ridiculous amount of baby paraphernalia that needs to be corralled into a winning combination of pockets, pouches and compartments.

Choosing a good, serviceable baby change bag is paramount. This bag will likely accompany you to the delivery room, packed with teeny, tiny hats and blankets and will then be by your side for at least one child’s time in nappies or possibly more.

Here are our favourite changing bags that not only work hard to make your life easier but will hopefully keep your style cred up too at a time when, let’s face it, you’ll need as much help as possible in that department. We judged these bags on portability, quality of finish, and ease of use.

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The verdict: Baby changing bags

For ease of use, practicality and style, the Tiba + Marl Elwood in whichever fabric you choose is a great buy. The fact that this bag is robust enough to be passed down through several children and will last way beyond the baby years makes it a long term investment.

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