Head over to Pacapod’s site quick smart as you could be in the running to win a luxury weekend for two and one of their chic Madison changing bags.
We can’t get enough of Pacapod’s sleek designs, practical solutions and just general genius when it comes to changing bag know-how. For a busy mum the Pacapod is unbeatable when it comes to speed and simplicity of packing (yup, we’ve all been there with those nappy brain moments of leaving the wipes on the roof of the car) – and dare we mention that little air of smugness that comes from knowing that even though you might have yogurt in your own hair, your changing bag is impeccable.
The Madison bag is of course no exception: from the outside looking like something that Pippa Middleton would tote down Bond St but with a tardis-like interior that neatly stores the Pacapod changer and feeder pods, plus a whole plethora of baby clobber…
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As you know, we adore these clever little disposable changing bags from Becky Mantin – ideal for taking to the park, chucking in the car – they’ll even fit in your pocket – for a quick change.
And now the list of stockists has been extended to include Amazon, WholeFoods, Tree of Life and more – for the full list go here.
PS they are on offer via Amazon Prime (and you’ll get free delivery too).
As a recent #MMHA winner, we squealed when we got sent a sneak preview of the new Pacapod range.
The practical and stylish ‘pod’ system – which really will change your life as well as the way you think about a changing bag – comes in all sorts of bang-on-trend styles including grab bags, knapsacks or dad-friendly messengers and this A/W blue seems to be the hue!
From denim to azure, there’s a shade to suit every parent – take a look:
Idaho marine (pictured below) pretty up your pram with this timeless slouchy hobo. Lightweight construction, flat pack pods and an alluring new shade make it perfect for busy family days spent on the beach, or every day mummy duties. Price £70.
Oban denim is a pioneering messenger bag that adapts in seconds to a backpack for the ultimate in versatility and adaptability. Great for travelling with tots, multi-tasking on the move and dads will love it too. Price £80.
Napier fossil adorn your arm with this classic clutch tote with a stunning new print inspired by nature. It’s perfectly casual, yet chic and the wipeable cotton coated canvas mean that it’s practical too – so no need to worry about rogue spillages! Price £85.
Available now to pre-order for delivery in August from www.pacapod.com or call 0844 351 0222
A cause very close to our hearts is decent baby changing facilities in public places and we’re always happy to applaud those who go the extra mile for easing the stress of on-the-move bot-wiping.
For the second year running, Sudocrem Care & Protect launched its Awards in September 2014 to recognise the very best in baby changing facilities across the UK. The campaign prompted almost 1,000 parents to nominate their favourite baby changing rooms.
The award will be presented by TV and radio presenter and mother of two Katy Hill: “It’s vital that parents have access to clean and spacious baby changing facilities when they’re out and about with their baby. With two kids of my own, I know it’s the little things that count and facilities, which have been developed with parents in mind, are right up there with the coffee!”
Up trumps in first place came Sainsbury’s Wandsworth – parents were keen to praise the clean and spacious facilities, comfortable changing mat in a calm environment, disposable towels, spacious toilet and plenty of room to swing a pram.
Runners up were John Lewis and Westfield.
Find out more at www.sudocrem.co.uk
In the first of our new series ‘Quick Change!’ our mum testers will be putting changing bags and changing rooms through their paces.
This week our mum tests the Ruby and Ginger nappy purse (£14 from their site) in Marks & Spencer, Islington.
Our tester says: I thought this little clutch bag was gorgeous, the pattern was so pretty and not ‘babyish’. Obviously it is small so not meant for long trips out where you might need bottles or a change of clothes, but for my eight month old it works fine as you can sneak an Ella’s pouch and spoon in there along with a nappy. The bag comes with a fold up changing mat which is towelling on one side so doesn’t slip and despite being quite small is big enough to do the job and easy peasy to bung in the wash. In fact you can wash the whole bag easily. One downside is the plastic dispenser for wipes – ok it does make carrying a few easy and compact but I for one don’t have enough hours in the day to be stocking a dispenser up with wipes – I just took that bit out and put my regular wipes straight in the bag and they didn’t take up much more room anyway.
The changing room at M&S is on the top floor but there is a nice wide lift. There was a queue and only one changing room, but it is a small(ish) store so you can’t really complain – at least nobody else in the queue complained about me! There is plenty of space and it was clean, there was a nappy bin… it was very bright in there though, very harsh lighting, if you had an already screaming child it wouldn’t help.
With the Ruby and Ginger clutch you would need to have a flat surface to do the changing on and ideally a bassinette; the mat it comes with isn’t large enough to put your child on the floor. The bag fastens with velcro which actually isn’t that easy to open one-handed (I know it seems like it would be) but the bag literally just holds the mat, one maybe two nappies, wipes and if you wanted to bring sudacrem or some nappy bags they would squeeze in too.
All in all I would say this is a great little bag to have for an older baby (6 months +) when you are just popping out, or going somewhere in the car. The designs are lovely, great for a baby shower present, and doubtless I’ll use this as a make up bag in a couple of years…