Sunday, 5 January 2014

The great baby changing bag debate! Reviews of Pink Lining, Babymel, Il Tutto and Skip Hop to name a few. So many to choose from.

I have decided that parenting is a minefield in itself but when it comes to choosing all of the equipment needed for when your new little bundle arrives it has become increasingly confusing over the years. In the 16 years since my firstborn arrived the choice that parents are given has become overwhelming and it's hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing prams, cots, car seats, and all of the other baby related paraphernalia needed!

It's even more scary when it's your first child. When you've done it once you either already have most of what is needed or if you find yourself making new purchases you at least know some of what you need to know and also what is essential and what isn't!

So I thought I would try and do a rundown on some changing bags. Over the years I have had many, many changing bags. I have even used everyday rucksacks, holdalls, shoulder bags etc.... any bag would make an ideal changing bag as long as you can fit every essential possible in it for your journey out with a young baby in tow. This is another part of the baby goods market that has grown increasingly over the years since I have been in the market for baby items. As well as most pram manufacturers these days making a changing bag to match their different pram styles there is also a huge market of change bag manufacturers out there to be found. Each giving their own individual style and purpose to the changing bag market.








 PINK LINING- Starting us off is Pink Lining. Established in 2001 by husband and wife team, Charlotte and Rufus Pearl it has grown from handstitching handbags for friends and colleagues in their basement flat to being stocked by Harrods and featuring in Vogue all within 6 months. Their range currently features the ever popular Yummy Mummy bag alongside Twin Bags, Mini Yummy Mummy bags, Wanderlust Rucksacks and more. There is also a range of accessories, On The Go items and a full range of childrens rucksacks, holdalls, wheelie cases, lunch bags and more.

I personally have owned the Yummy Mummy changing bag and a Norland Tote bag. The Norland Tote is no longer available from them although a similar style from them would be the Bramley Tote.



PINK LINING YUMMY MUMMY BAG- RRP £79

 I have found recently that Pink Lining are becoming more popular and the Yummy Mummy bag is the one I see most out of all of their change bags when I am out and about and is Pink Linings most popular bag. Currently available in six fabric designs on the Pink Lining website and also available in a John Lewis exclusive pattern on the John Lewis website. The bag features two large internal elasticated pockets for nappies, two thermo-insulated integrated bottle holders (keeps bottles warm/cold for up to 4 hours, subject to external temp), a slip pocket ideal for an iPhone/iPod, external front pocket that fastens with a popper, signature shocking pink, water resistant lining, external side pockets for easy access, pen loop, detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, padded water resistant change pad, wet bag, 2 zips for easy opening/closing and a key/dummy fob on stretchy elasticated ribbon.

Measuring 38cm length x 28cm high x 14cm width I found the Yummy Mummy bag to be a good sized change bag. I could fit everything in that I needed for one baby with room left over for any extras. The colours/patterns available are always lovely and colourful and geared to both boys/girls and Mummies that are looking for something that looks good as well as functions as it should and serves its purpose well. They are durable with a wipe clean 100% cotton laminated with EVA coating exterior and sturdy shoulder strap.

Pink Lining Yummy Mummy bag in purple dragonflies design

Change pad and wet bag are included


My first Pink Lining Yummy Mummy bag which was in the gorgeous navy bows design (no longer available), although now available in grey bows and cream bows on peppermint.






BABYMEL LONDON- Babymel London was established in 2006 by Melanie Marshall and Suzie Bergman, the co-founders of luxury change bag brand Storksak. They launched their first collection in Spring 2007 with the introduction of the Amanda bag. This bag still remains one of their best sellers. Their website carries a range of change bags as well as rucksacks and childrens bags.


I have owned the Babymel Big Slouchy in Tweed and also currently use the Babymel Satchel in the Mamas and Papas exclusive in hearts designs.

BIG SLOUCHY bag features four outer pockets, two internal pockets, wipe clean and water resistant lining, a change mat, and an insulated bottle holder. Its dimensions are 45cm height x 33cm width x 16cm depth. RRP £47

Babymel Big Slouchy bag in Tweed


Babymel Big Slouchy in use on the handle of my Stokke Xplory using the strollerstraps to attach.


SATCHEL bag features one built in insulated bottle pocket, two large storage compartments, two large internal storage pockets, wipe clean lining and a change mat. Its dimensions are 40cm height x 21.5cm width x 15.5cm depth.  RRP £42


Babymel London Satchel in Hearts, this is an exclusive Mamas and Papas print.


Both bags were fab and stylish and again they were roomy enough for what I needed plus room to spare. I prefer a wipe clean outer material which the two designs I chose did not have although the Big Slouchy is available in designs that do have a wipe clean outer material. A big advantage on the Babymel bags is the Babymel Strollerstraps, a patent pending invention which allows you to easily switch between shoulder and stroller. They are made with the highest quality velcro and a streamlined shape to fit most strollers.





IL TUTTO- NICO RRP £149

Il Tutto was founded by Lucie Trinco. Il Tutto, luxury baby changing bags for mums, is an exciting brand for the style conscious mother - a woman who wants the practicality of a nappy bag hidden in the fa├žade of a cool, designer handbag. Meaning ‘everything' in Italian, Il Tutto handbags have been designed to carry literally ‘everything'.

Their website carries a range of changing bags, handbags and accessories. I have owned an Il Tutto Nico in nude and an Il Tutto Chiara in red leather. 


IL TUTTO NICO is the biggest change bag I have owned, it was an amazing size and was fab for overnight stays as well as every day use. It had 2 large carry handles that could be used for carrying on the shoulder too. Its features include zip out printed lining for easy washing, insulated bottle holder, waterproof changing mat with easy velcro closure, clear plastic zip pocket case for wet items, Il Tutto metallic silver monster teddy, large back zip pocket and roomy end pockets. It measures 43cm width x 29cm height x 21cm depth.




Il Tutto Nico in nude leather with a view of the inside of a Nico bag.


I have liked all the change bags I have owned for different reasons. The Il Tutto Nico in its nude leather outer looked fab and the other Il Tutto change bags follow suit in their luxury leather designs. The Nico is also available in Black, Navy, Berry and Red. 








SKIP HOP


Skip Hop was founded in 2003 by new parents who were overwhelmed by choice but ultimately few solutions satisfied what they needed. Now almost a decade on, Ellen and Michael Diamant are still inventing 'everything in its place' solutions that are smart, functional and great looking. 


I have had the Skip Hop Dash and Duo changing bags as well as the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies bags and the Skip Hop Zoo Playspot playmat. Skip Hop also cover nursery, feeding, toys, bath and On the Go items. 


 SKIP HOP DASH- RRP around £60


Hangs neatly on a stroller & can be worn over the shoulder, Includes patented Shuttle Clips—leave the shoulder strap attached or remove it for a cleaner look, , Slip-resistant stroller strapsHidden magnets allow the flap to close in different ways, Adjustable shoulder strap includes soft, removable shoulder pad, Eleven pockets include a zippered personal pocket, Two side pockets for bottles or juice cups, Key fob & easy-access pen holders, Contrasting lining makes it easy to find everything inside, Cushioned changing pad, BPA-free, Phthalate-free. Dimension: 31cm width x 29cm height x 11cm depth


Again the Skip Hop bags also have built in straps to attach the bag to a pram handle as well as a large adjustable shoulder strap. I found them a good size inside and the outer material was easy to keep clean and come in a good variety of designs to choose from.



Skip Hop Dash



Skip Hop Dash in flowers design (no longer available) on the Bugaboo Bee Plus, attached using the Shuttle clips. 



Skip Hop Duo

I have had many changing bags over the years and I have covered just a few of the brands that are currently available on the market. Prices vary a lot deoending on brand, style, size and materials used and some of the brands featured range from around £33.99 up to £249 for certain styles of bags from the various brands mentioned Well known pram brands such as Bugaboo, Stokke, Silver Cross & Mamas and Papas have co ordinating changing bags to match their pram fabrics. There are also many other changing bag manufacturers including Ju-Ju-Be, Sugarjack, OiOi, Rosebud of London, Pacapod, Room Seven, Storksak and Lin and Leo.


Just a few of the other makes mentioned.





Pictured (from L-R); Lin and Leo BabyBag in turquoise,  Rosebud London in flying geese design and the Sugarjack Lily in Orange.

I hope these reviews can help in just one of the many choices that a parent to be has to make when choosing baby items for their new arrival.




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