It's one of the most essential items for any new mum - the nappy bag. Packed to the brim with things for baby and mum, it's gotta be one of the hardest working mama accessories out there. And the truth is, most of us would like it to look pretty good too, right? It's a tough task to hit this criteria, so we asked a bunch of mums which nappy bag they love the most.
1. Ryco 'Kylie' nappy bag, $19.
Christy says: I couldn't justify spending a lot on a nappy bag before baby came along, so I'm really happy with my awesome budget Ryco bag from Target. Sturdy, with lots of pockets, a change mat, side pockets for bottles and a bag for dirty clothes and nappies, it does everything I need with change from $20. www.target.com.au
2. Isoki Reversible Hobo bag, $169.95.
Jen says: Isoki's reversible handbag is one of my favourite baby purchases. It comes with a storage bag, a cooler bag and a change mat that are all removable, and the huge size makes it great for roadtrips or overnight stays at the grandparents' place. I love the bright print and the endless pockets, and when it gets dirty, I can turn it inside out for a simple, stylish black shoulder bag. www.isoki.com.au
3. Storksak 'Emma' bag, $499.99.
Karen says: The Storksak 'Emma' has been a great bag. I love the buttery soft leather, and the fact that it looks like a classic everyday handbag, while having lots of room to keep everything you need when going out with baby. It has numerous internal and external compartments, including an insulated bottle pocket, which makes organising everything so easy. It comes with a nappy change mat, and has a wipeable interior which is perfect for the inevitable spills and messes that comes with young children. Plus it's big enough to fit in everything that both bub and I need, so I can just grab and go. www.storksak.com.au
4. Mimco Lucid bag, $299.
Amanda says: I didn't want to sacrifice style when it came to nappy bags, so I love that my Mimco bag is super-functional while still looking like a stylish handbag. There are loads of pockets inside and out to fit in all the wipes, bottles, nappies and change of clothes I need, and both top handles and shoulder straps depending on how I want to carry it. And I really appreciate all the little attention to detail, like the gold hardware and striped lining – it's a bag I can take with me wherever I go, with or without baby, that feels like a fashionable, sleek tote bag, even if it's crammed to the brim with baby's bits and pieces. www.mimco.com.au
5. Babymel 'Robyn' convertible backpack, $139.99.
Suzie says: Babyel's 'Robyn' backpack nappy bag has been an absolute dream to use. It keeps my hands free to juggle a toddler and a newborn at the same time, without one shoulder having to bear all the weight of the bag. It can convert to a shoulder bag or crossbody bag if need be, and features really clever stroller straps so that I can attach it to the pram handle. With lots of pockets, a washable change mat, and side pocket for quick access to wipes, it's one of my best-ever baby buys. www.babymel.com.au
6. OiOi grey dot change mat clutch, $59.99.
Hayley says: Instead of lugging around a huge nappy bag full of stuff, I keep it really simple and use a change mat clutch by OiOi. It fits all the essentials I need – nappies, wipes, and cream, and it also has a pocket to fit my keys. Plus it's easily portable so I can throw it into my handbag, or hang it off the pram handle or in the basket underneath. It takes up very little space and it stops me from loading up with lots of unnecessary items that I won't use. www.oioi.com.au
7. Colette Hayman 'Pocket and Zip' baby bag, $79.99.
Jacqueline says: I love my Colette nappy bag. It's sturdy and so easy to clean, and comes with heaps of compartments and storage space. The zip pockets are the front are great to stash things that I need to grab in a hurry, like wipes or my phone, and I love that the change mat is in the back side pocket – it saves me digging into the depths of the bag when I'm in a rush. It was a great budget buy that's seen me through two pregnancies, and still looks as good as new. www.colettehayman.com.au
8. gr8x 'Baby Traveller' bag, $119.95.
Michelle says: After doing lots of research, we decided to go with the gr8x traveller bag, because it ticked all the boxes we were looking for. It works as a nappy bag and change station in one, and because it's unisex in style and colour, my husband is only happy to carry it around as a satchel bag or on his back. Changing bub is really easy, because it folds out and has everything within arm's reach, but it also fits it toys, snacks, and a spare onesie without being too bulky. www.gr8x.com.au