Sometimes cheap and cheerful does the trick: a plastic beaded necklace that your baby is just going to be chewing on, a pair of op shop jeans to wear until your pre-pregnancy jeans fit again. Not so with your nappy bag.
This bag is going to be slung over the handle of your pram for at least the next two years – that’s 712 days – so invest in something you’re going to love.
Babyology favourite Nova Harley makes luxury baby changing bags that have every detail covered. Each bag has 13 labelled pockets to hold things like keys, bottles and dirty nappies, they all come with long shoulder straps so that you can wear the bag low or sling it over your pram handles, and linings zip out so you can keep using the bag long after your baby is grown.
New to the baby changing bag collection are the Miami, Athens, Nevada and Florence bags, each inspired by their namesake city.
I’m a Florence kind of girl, and I’m talking about the city and the bag. On the vacation in my dreams, the warm chocolate brown leatherette will go with all my best sightseeing and Uffizi-visiting outfits, and the wide mouth will make it easy to find that lost Lego shark my son helpfully popped inside as we were walking out of the hotel. Even in my dreams my kids are being pesky.
The textured leatherette of the black Nevada bag and two tone Miami tote makes them incredibly hardy when it comes to scratches or being the target of hurled food. The Nevada’s stud border gives the bag an edge that would look great with one of those cool denim vests I can never quite pull off, while the sharply contrasting panels of the Miami would look lovely with a floral maxi dress or a rich blue top and jeans.
The Athens bag is the most chic of the new arrivals, and will transition best into a mamas-only bag when the time comes. The centre panel of saturated blue is gorgeous and we love the added texture of the quilted leather flap closure.
The Baby Closet stocks Nova Harley locally and shipping for orders over $150 is free within Australia.