Following my failure to choose a good baby changing bag when first pregnant, I was determined to treat myself to something fabulous second time around, something that would make me feel feminine and fabulous. So I had two baby changing bags as I was still using the one my husband and I had chosen first time around. And both of them made me very, very happy.
There are small moments of shopping joy in life where you find something that is practical andsensible and that suits your style. My nappy bags made me feel good – which was great as I spent every day with them, they travelled with me and my baby to cafés, to friends’ houses, on flights and they sat on display in my house every day, packed and ready for adventures. They replaced my handbags and it was great to choose ones which were lovely grown-up designs in beautiful leather (rather than cheapy, plasticky, kids’ ones).
Here are some things that are worth considering when you buy a baby changing bag (nappy bag,diaper bag, bag-that-can-help-you!)
Feelgood tip – bags make a really thoughtful pregnancy gift for a sister, wife or someone going on maternity leave. There’s free giftwrap and UK delivery included on all bags at Bb London.
1. To thine own self be true
It may seem obvious but many people (myself included) accidentally choose a style which bears no resemblance to their pre-baby handbags. Having a baby won’t transform you into Bree Van der Camp if you were Lady Gaga before.
It’s great to choose something that suits you and that will mean that you have something that’s a bit different from every other bag hanging off the Bugaboo in your local cafes.
- · Super Organised? Try the Coramandel or Phoenix which have lots of sections.
- · Elegant classic taste? Try the Elizabeth for Bond Street chic.
- · Fashionista? The Nico comes in patent pink, cool blue and patent black.
- · Luxe Lover? The Limited edition Nico in silver could be perfect.
- · Laid-back cool. Emily in pewter is funky and fabulous.
- · Style Queen. The Shivali bag doesn’t look like a baby bag at all.
2. How will you travel?
Live in the country and drive everywhere? Live in London and on and off the bus? Consider whether you need a bag which fits easily on your buggy handles (you can always use Stroller Clips if you have problems) and which needs to be quite light. There are also ones which you can wear easily across the body (the Jamie messenger bag is good for this).
3. The colour of mummy
Consider your buggy colour and whether your bag will go well with that but also consider what colours make you happy!
Feelgood energy-giving colours that will get you noticed? Striking red or shocking pink? Gorgeous navy?
Neutral classic, elegant colours? The camel Elizabeth or tan Coramandel? Or black quilted Elizabeth?
We hope these thoughts help you define what you’re looking for in a bag.
What do you feel is important in choosing a bag? Have you had any good or bad experiences with these? We’d love to know what you think!