Monday, 9 April 2012

A Change Bag For The Better

I was SO excited when I opened the bag - it's gorgeous!
Let's face women do love a good handbag.

So when we are faced with a newborn baby and the thought of lugging around an unsightly change bag it can send us into a cold sweat.

I was faced with this dilemma quite recently. I needed a new change bag for my little man so I took to Twitter. I wanted something practical but stylish. There were a lot of suggestions that came back but one that stood out completely from the rest.


I have to be totally honest, I'd never heard of Pacapod but one look at their website and I was totally in love.

I had fixed my sights on the gorgeous new Mirano bag but my budget was a little tight so I was going to go for the equally lovely Logan bag. So, can you imagine just how much I squealed when, out of the blue, the lovely people at Pacapod landed in my email inbox offering me a Mirano bag to review. I think my husband thought I'd won the lottery!

The 'pods' - genious
When I received the bag I fell in love even more - it's completely gorgeous. I've never experienced this with a handbag I own, so I never thought I'd experience this with a change bag.

It's made from soft leather and natural fabrics in a stunning design that just oozes the 'Riviera chic' it claims to have. Also, it's very large without being cumbersome - boasting a 32 litre capacity - so plenty of room for all your supplies, as well as baby's. It was the perfect companion in hospital.

Plenty of iPad room!
If you're unaware of how the Pacapod bags work then let me explain. The bags contain 'pods' which can be removed from the main bag. These are 'change bags' and 'feeding bags' and make it easier to store the items you need and access them easily when you need them most.

The bag has straps and clips so it can be easily attached to your pram or buggy and the removable pods can also be attached separately. The main bag has plenty of room for all my bits and pieces and, more importantly, has ample of room for my new iPad.

Having now owned a Pacapod I will never use another change bag again. You wouldn't know it was a change bag and that's what I love about it.

The Mirano bag comes in two colours (chalk - as shown - and navy) and retails at £95. This may seem a little pricey to some, but, in my opinion it's totally worth it for something you will get a lot of use out of for years to come.

This is not a sponsored post.  
Pacapod were kind enough to send me a Mirano bag to review but 
all words, views and opinions are my own.


I Heart Motherhood said...

Pacapod is brilliant isn't it! I love mine and it gets used Every day!

Mintyking said...

Does look nice but definately too pricey! Nearly spat my wine out when I saw the price.

Looking for blue sky said...

This is the bag I always wanted! I could never understand all these bags where the nappies would end up getting muddled in with the bottles, very unhygienic :( If the pods arebig enough for special needs nappies, I might even invest in one myself.

SAHMlovingit said...

It is gorgeous...I'm not sure about special needs nappies - maybe tweet @Pacapod and ask them? 

SAHMlovingit said...

They do cheaper ones which are the same concept - it's just this one is gorgeous soft leather, bigger and is totally lush! I wouldn't have gone out and spent £95 on it without seeing it but once I saw it it's totally worth the money.
Glad you didn't waste any wine ;)

SAHMlovingit said...

It is Sharon - thanks SO much for recommending them on Twitter with some other lovely tweeps. I adore the Pacapod range.

Actually Mummy said...

You have just reminded me of my first few months with a baby, when I wastold very firmly to stop carrying around  a handbag a changing bag and mix the two. Would that this had been around then - I made do with a backpack!

Dreamer78 said...

I have been umming and ahhing about pacapod for two years but now with the second bub here I finally may take the plunge! Is the Mirano too big for a handbag though - love the design but worried about the size?

SAHMlovingit said...

It's dimensions are 45cm x 36cm x 20cm so it's like an oversized handbag which are very much the norm. I guess it depends what you're used to...if you are used to a small handbag then it may be too big but I think it's ideal size and combining the 2 is easier than having a handbag and a change bag. Pacapod do smaller equally gorgeous change bags. Are you on Twitter? You can tweet them @pacapod - they re really friendly and helpful.  Hope you get something you want :)

Kimglover1982 said...

Was having a look at the Pacapod Mirano in Navy and you have just convinced me. I now need to convince my husband!


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