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The (not so) comprehensive list of South African Baby Bags

You may or may not know, but there is a month and a bit left… and then my second baby through surrogacy arrives. If you missed the baby announcement, you can read it here.

It works a bit differently when it comes to motherhood through surrogacy. There is no glowing skin and people going aaaaw, it makes them uncomfortable when they realise that your ‘my baby is coming in November’ means somebody else had to be pregnant so you can have a baby. Just this weekend I visited my aunt and some of her friends arrived, my aunt shared the news and immediately all heads and eyes turned to my (almost) flat stomach… yeah, that is uncomfortable for me too.

I still have almost everything from Lexa’s arrival, but I thought I’d check out what is available now in the Baby Bag or Nappy Bag world – that was made in my favourite country in the world (South Africa). I spoke to a few people and they recommended I check out Mally Bags, Wellington Leather, Thandana, Lou Harvey and Jean Kelly.

Mally Bags

Mally Leather Bags is a proudly South African leather bags company with a growing client base internationally. They were founded in 2009, by Marian Nel and pushed forward by her dream to make lasting items that only get better with age.

They work alongside an in-house team who support underprivileged women by offering them employment opportunities. All of the extra material is also donated to the Nelsview Integrated Community Project.

Bags are conceptualised in the Klein Karoo but produced in Cape Town. Their bags are made with 100% bovine, African leather and all elements are sourced locally.

Mally Bags – Bambino Backpack

This multi functional baby bag is perfect for those hands-free moments. This light weight backpack fits comfortably on your back for everyday outings and when you on the run. With its spacious interior it has more than enough space for all those baby essentials. It has 3 inside bottle holders, 2 outer bottle holders, a dummy and car key clip, a zipped inner pocket, a cell phone and money pocket, as well as an outer front pocket with more space for 3 bottles, and an outer back zip pocket for wipes. It’s basically a dream come true for moms, dads, nannies and family members who are on babysitting duty, and just a need a little extra help. It can also be used as a camera, study or travel bag.

Product Description

  • Water resistant & wipeable baby proof lining
  • Three inside bottle holders
  • Dummy and car key clip
  • Zipped inner pocket
  • Cell phone and money pocket
  • Zipped bag closure
  • Two outer bottle pockets
  • One outer front pocket with zip with three bottle holders
  • One outer back zip pocket for wipes
  • Double carry handles
  • Adjustable back strap
  • Hand crafted in South Africa
  • Finest hand selected distressed bovine leather
  • 40cm H x 29cm L x 22cm W
  • R2495 ( free delivery)

This beautiful backpack with space for all the stuff you need for baby is available from www.mally.co.za.

Mally Bags – Beula Baby Bag

This bag is my personal favourite! Big enough to keep your and baby’s stuff in and beautiful enough to be used after baby is all grown up.

The Beula leather baby bag looks like a handbag and is the size of a handbag but has the functionality of a baby bag. This compact baby bag is for everyday outings and when you on the run.

Product Description

  • Water resistant & wipeable baby proof lining
  • Three inside bottle holders
  • Two outer bottle pockets
  • Two outer front pockets
  • Dummy and car key clip
  • Zipped inner pocket
  • Cell phone and money pocket
  • Double carry handles
  • Removable & adjustable leather shoulder strap
  • Metal feet underneath for protection
  • Hand crafted in South Africa
  • Finest hand selected distressed bovine leather
  • Recommended to purchase leather care with order
  • H 30cm x W 35cm x 13cm base
  • R2495 ( free delivery)

The ultimate bag for moms with babies is available from www.mally.co.za.

Wellington Leather Co

The Wellington Leather Co is situated in the historic old Tannery Mill in Wellington. The create bespoke handmade leather shoes, bags and accessories.

Wellies Baby Bag

Where to get it: www.leatherco.co.za

The Wellies Baby Bag is made from 100% cow hide with an inside lining, double soft adjustable back straps and stroller clips.

The bag has the following features:

Dimensions : 51cm x 36cm x 14cm

External Features:

  • 2 Bottle Holders
  • Front Diaper Bag Holder
  • Back Safety Pocket for Wallet & Phone
  • Comfortable Back-straps

Inside Features :

  • 2 Side Pockets for Wipes & accessories
  • 2 Zip Pocket
  • 2 Accessory pockets
  • Big Diaper Pocket
  • Waterproof Changing Matt
  • Large inside Clothing Pocket
  • Stroller Clips


Thandana

Thandana is a home grown luggage brand from KwaZulu-Natal. They create exquisite handcrafted pieces.

Thandana Nappy Back Pack

  • L43cm x H39cm x W15cm
  • The ultimate stylish and practical nappy backpack with change mat
  • The Thandana snappy backpack is lined with waterproof lining and comes in fabric and water-resistant fabric
  • RETAIL R2,138 EX VAT

Thandana Nappy Bag – Scale Away with me: Moonstruck

  • L42cm x H29 x W14cm
  • Thandana’s number one nappy bag, stylish and so easy to use, comes with matching change mat with two separate inner compartments ,available in full genuine leather or water resistant fabric
  • RETAIL R1,898 EX VAT

Lou Harvey

For more than a decade, the Lou Harvey brand has become synonymous with high quality, unique design & vibrant colors. Now selling around the globe (most recently in the USA), this sophisticated range is the realization of Lou’s desire to balance style and functionality for every woman at any lifestyle juncture: whether you are a new mom in need of a nappy/diaper bag, Lou’s creations are designed to support your journey in the most practical and fashionable way.

  • Dimensions of bag/s: 350 x 150 x 450mm
  • PVC coated printed Fabric Nappy Bag – 50% PVC and 50% Fabric

You can buy these bags on www.louharvey.co.za – under Product categories – KIDS – Nappy Bag.

Jean Kelly

The Jean Kelly range is made by South Africa’s leading handbag manufacturer who has many years’ experience in crafting fine leather products.

Jean Kelly Contemporary

The Jean Kelly Contemporary baby bag has a water resistant inner lining, 4 inner pockets, a zipped pocket for your mobile and other personal items, a key/dummy clip and a removable shoulder/pram strap. The outside of this baby bag has 2 pockets and 1 zipped pocket. A padded changing mat is included and you can choose the design of the fabric.


  • Dimensions: Length 500mm, Height 340mm, Opens from a base of 140mm to the top opening of 350mm

Jean Kelly Classic 5 Pocket Leather Bag

The Jean Kelly Classic 5 Pocket baby bag has a water resistant inner lining, 4 inner pockets, a zipped pocket for your mobile and other personal items, a key/dummy clip and a removable genuine leather shoulder/pram strap. The outside has 4 pockets and magnetic closing pocket. Padded changing mat included.

  • Dimensions: Length 500mm, Height 340mm, Opens from a base of 140mm to the top opening of 350mm

Jean Kelly Leather Backpack

The Jean Kelly Leather Backpack is lightweight and crafted with natural leather. This back is aimed at active moms/dads. The inside features include a water resistant canvas lining, 5 inner pockets and an inner zipped pocket for your personal items. The outside has 2 side pockets, a secure zipped back pocket for your cell phone, keys etc and a quick grab handle on the top. A padded changing mat is included.

  • Dimensions : 40cm x 29cm x 14cm width

 

2 thoughts on “The (not so) comprehensive list of South African Baby Bags

  1. So what backpack would you recommend… I’m undecided!!! This is our 3rd baby so we want a backpack for easy use and free hands. Mally, Thandana or Jeankelly?

    1. My opinion – I like the Bambino from Mally bags because everything is zipped up and enclosed and it has the awesome carry handles if you want to use it as a normal bag. The shape of the Bambino also lends itself to one day become a lifestyle bag… however, you have to decide if you want the bottles easy access and can live with that side bottle feature once baby is grown up 🙂

      Congratulations on the new baby tho 🙂

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