Handbags and glad rags, what else does a girl need? A decent bag can be a game changer when it comes to giving off the right impression. So when pregnant with Baby R the one and only thing I wanted new out of all the paraphernalia I needed, was a changing bag. It would be the one thing I would use every day and as I would be be with my baby more often than not, it would become y new hand bag. So I spent my evenings searching the web and reading through baby mags to find the perfect one.
My criteria was quite specific; I needed space, I wanted comfort, I didn’t want it looking too baby like and it had to be something that Daz wouldn’t mind carrying now and then. And as the months ticked by, I kept coming back to the same brand, PacaPod. Their neat pod features suited my need to have everything organised. As a working mum, I thrived on lists and a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I also liked how they didn’t look too obviously like a baby changing bag. If I was going to spend my hard earned cash, I wanted it to last from baby through to pre-school and beyond and the more I researched the more a PacaPod seemed to fit.
There’s a few different styles to choose from which will appeal to everyone. From those wanting a handbag style though to practical rucksack. The Portland falls into the luxury category with it’s classic style and leather trim but is versatile enough that Dad would be able to use it.
After unwrapping and studying the nicely written information labels, I could see why the changing bag has won so many awards. It consists of a parent bag, and two pods- a feeder and changer, that are tucked nicely inside. This shows they’ve though of everything. Both pods are completely removable, with a hanging strap which can be hung on your pushchair for quick trips out. That’s is probably one of my favourite features as there’s nothing worse than having to cart everything around when you’re just popping down to the park. and they attach with a quick release bra strap style hook so no fiddling around.
The Changer pod is also ideal for descret trips to the changing room when your in a restaurant, having everything you need to hand and avoiding the hand in the bag rummage as you feel around for wipes, hand gel and nappies. Inside there are handy little labels showing you where everything fits from the wet bag, to the wipes and the hand gel. This is perfect for restocking and reminding those who may not be so familiar with taking babies or toddlers out and what they may need (I’m think grandparents here) There’s even a zipped side pocket for a small amount of first aid items. I’ve filled mine with a couple if antiseptic wipes, plasters and arnica cream.
Most importantly for me, as a real nappy user is the size of the wet bag. It’s just the right size and can be tied up to keep those nasty smells at bay.
The change mat is just the right size, without taking up half the bag and tucks neatly in the back section. I found the pod is big enough to hold 3 cloth nappies or 4 disposable, nappy sacks or nappy liners can be stored in the front section.
The feeder pod is another bag is it’s own right. It’s insulated and comes with neat little straps which gives it a few extra years use for any independent toddler wanting to carry their own lunch, freeing up the rest of parent bag for their clothes, toys and various other items of bribery and coercion.
The parent (or main bag) has 2 compartments for your own bits and bobs as well as a change of clothes. There are pockets for mobiles and smaller items and a key holder which is invaluable when trying to find yours in amongst everything else you need to transport. There are also zips on each side which allow the bag to extend for the days when you need to carry extra items.
The Portland also comes with 2 pram straps which hold the bag in place on the handles. This means you can keep the strap at the length you need instead of always adjusting it to sit on the pushchair correctly. These are quick release and I managed to hook them on and off with one hand.
The last feature I’d like to share is the strap, with it’s adjustable padded section, carrying a heavy load is much more comfortable as you don’t having it digging in your shoulder.
I’m yet to find anything that annoys me with the Portland PacaPod changing bag, so for a bag that will see your from newborn through to pre school and beyond, it seems the perfect choose.
I was gifted a Portland PacaPod for the purpose of this review and these are my honest thoughts.