When it comes to the perfect changing bag I have quite a specific list of requirements. It needs to be spacious, practical, comfortable to carry, stylish and something that doesn’t look too baby like, and the range of bags available by PacaPod meet every one of my requirements and more.
PacaPod was launched in 2008 by clothing designer and Mum of two, Jacqueline, and has taken the market by storm. It’s since been snapped up by a string of A-list celebs and is stocked in major department stores such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Mothercare. .
I’m the proud owner of The Lewis ‘dove tile’ changing bag which provides multiple carrying options, converting from a messenger bag to a backpack with a few simple adjustments. Combining design with functionality, Lewis has a sleek silhouette, with a tile print in gorgeous neutral grey tones, co-ordinating with my pram perfectly. Kangaroo pouch pockets at the front are perfect for easy reach items. What makes this changing bag different to all the rest though is the brand’s signature 3-in-1 baby organiser.
First of all there’s the parent bag, a handy place for your phone, wallet and any other essentials you need like toys and a change of clothes for your little one.
Then neatly tucked away in the back zip you’ll find two removable pods, each one serving a different purpose.
There’s a changer pod which comfortably holds a changing mat, wipes, sanitiser and nappies. Once zipped up, the pod shrinks to tiny proportions and has its own carry handle for quick changes. Then there’s the feeder pod, which is fully thermo-insulated and more than big enough for 3 bottles, or a bottle, some food and all your babies weaning gear.
The functionality of these pods speak for themselves but what really stood out to me is:
- you don’t have to fish around for the essentials as they’re all neatly organised inside each pod
- you can simply take the relevant pod into a changing room, rather than taking the entire bag
- the pods are detachable and can easily clip onto your pram, once again meaning you don’t need to take the entire bag with you if you’re just popping out for a short walk
I’ll admit that when the bag first arrived I was dubious as to whether it was actually big enough. I compared it to my previous changing bag which looked a lot more roomy. But I was soon converted and now realise that looks can be deceiving, this bag is like a tardis.
Adam loves this changing bag and the subtle colour, size and ease of wearing makes it his bag of choice and he always takes it out when he’s having a boys day out with Max. It’s also more than big enough for all his man-bits (seriously, it’s amazing how much stuff one man can need) and will even hold his laptop when it’s no longer needed for Max, which is handy for an on the go web designer.
As for me, I honestly have no faults with my Lewis bag, and at £85 it’s great value for money in my opinion. It’s so versatile and stylish and it’s clear to see that PacaPod has been designed with the intention of making parent’s lives as easy as possible.