When searching for a changing bag, you have to envisage everything that will go inside it as one point or another and make your decision based on that. When you have a baby and all their diva demands you need everything bar he kitchen sink in there... well I have 3 kids so sometimes the kitchen sink would be nice too!
Over the years I have had many changing bags. Stylish, designer, and really expensive, but would you believe that I've actually managed to find a bag that holds everything that I could have ever imagined I would need whilst out with my brood, and it costs just £40.
Yes, I know, I didn't believe it could be possible either but after over 6 years of using changing bags, I came across Caboodle Bags and their gorgeous Fun & Funky Baby Changing Bag which has changed the way I pack for our days out.
I would usually have a changing bag, a tote bag and then maybe even one of the kids backpacks too. That way everything would be to hand when I wanted it. But that's a thing of the past now I have a Caboodle bag. Let me explain why...
The Fun & Funky baby changing bag is a quirky and unique designer bag without the price tag and is larger than most changing bags, 42cm wide x 33.5cm high x 16.5cm deep, without the added extra weight that you'd expect. This extra space isn't just wasted on a deep inner though where everything gets lost into the abyss that is the bottom of a bag, it's been cleverly thought out and has so many pockets to store things that you'll be left wondering whether the designer has some sort of pocket fetish.
Lets first of all start with the outside because, as all us mums know, the look and style of the bag is up there with practicality when it comes to finding a bag. The bag is made from oil cloth which means that not only is it waterproof which is such an important feature for a changing bag which will more than likely be hung over the pram handles, but it is also wipeable. This is a genius idea. Do you realise how many times I have had a material changing bag that has been stained within the first week. Let's just say that all changing bags should be wipeable, no one wants a poo-stained bag!
As you can see, I went for the Grey Stars design. This was down to the fact that I thought it would look beautiful at the side of Joseph's Cosatto Ooba pram and I was not wrong. Because it is grey, it will more than likely suit any pram and the design is so subtle that it's not garish and is instead, a thing of beauty. Finished off with a bright green zipper at the top, just to give a funky wink.
Then the pockets start. 2 outer pockets, one at each end of the bag which have magnetic clasp fastenings. As a mum of 3, let's just say that I know what I'm talking about when I say that this is a must for changing bags. It means that there is always some to hand for when your toddler is having a melt down. Be it a drink, a toy or even a sneaky chocolate bar to bribe them to calm down, whatever works, but these pockets are essentials for me!
Inside we go where you'll find a smart geometric patterned fabric which is great for hiding any little marks or spillages that have happened. The five, yes 5, internal pockets give a multitude of ways to hold all the small baby items you will need without taking up much needed space in the bag itself.
Not only is the Caboodle Bag a wonder in it's own right, but it also comes with extras to give it that 5 star rating when it comes to changing bags. It has a wipe clean changing mat, a grubby stuff bag for when a poonami strikes and an insulated bottle bag which is big enough to keep both Joseph's food and bottle warm.
I love it. I love the size, the design, the fact that it's wipe clean, it has so many pockets that it holds everything I need and I also love it as the Yorkshire-person inside me is beaming as Caboodle has announced that they are now stocked in store at Paul Stride which is a famous store in the heart of York. High five Yorkshire Folk!
Anyway, now it's your turn to get to use the marvellous Caboodle bag as they are giving one of my lovely blog readers the chance to win your very own. For your chance to win a Caboodle Bag, just enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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Ends midnight 8th November 2015