Review: PacaPod Sequoia
Those of you who read Make, Do and Push! regularly will be aware of my love for PacaPod changing bags. I have been besotted with PacaPod since they first graced my “What’s in your changing bag?” feature over a year ago. So you can imagine my utter delight when one appeared on my doorstep for me to review.
I was sent the Sequoia bag in Mink.
My first thoughts on the bag, after recovering from the initial excitement that I was now the beholder and owner of a PacaPod, was that it was bigger than I had imagined. Not that big is a bad thing at all; in fact when dealing with Little People, the greater the surface area of a bag, the better!
The first thing that attracted me to PacaPod bags was their organisation system! Before I had Busby I would say that I was an incredibly organised person, however, add a baby into the equation of life, and I seem to have misplaced the part of my brain that ensured I was always on time (or early) and made sure I replied to every letter/email etc! So I needed something to help me get my brain into gear… which is exactly what the PacaPod does! Everything is labelled so all your items have a place (and this excites me greatly).
The Pods (Feeder and Changing – discussed below) take up the majority of the Sequoia’s space, however, there is still a surprising amount of room left for your Mama bits. In the “main” part of the bag I’ve managed to fit my sizeable purse, iPhone, A5 diary, make-up bag, change of clothes for Busby and books for Busby. I love that the key chain is in the top of the bag; this is extremely convenient for grabbing your keys, and means that you don’t have to throw everything out of the bag whilst searching for them. The side pockets are great for keeping things like perfume and toy dinosaurs in.
The Sequoia comes with pram straps, which is rather ingenious! They prevent the bag from slipping down the pram handles (one of my pet hates), and means that your bag is at a handy height incase you need to find your iPhone in a hurry to take a photo of your cute, little Munchkin.
Initially the print is something I wasn’t so keen on; I’m one for bright colours and bold prints, but it has definitely grown on me, and in someways I love it more because it’s my “adult” changing bag. It’s also fairly unisex, and Nick is happy to be seen out and about with it.
The bag has two pods; the Changing Pod and the Feeder Pod. Both pods clip out of the bag, which is fantastic for occasions such as nappy changes, as it means you don’t need to lug the whole bag (chocca with toys, snacks, books etc) to the toilet with you.
The Feeder Pod
The Feeder Pod is insulated and keeps items impressively at temperature (hot/cold). It also comes with an insulated bottle wrap, which incidentally is the perfect size for a small bottle of prosecco for those cheeky summer Yummy Mummy picnics… and obviously fits around a bottle for your child (as it was designed to)!
I love that the Feeder Pod has straps on the back so it can be turned into a rucksack for when your Little One is off on adventures and requires a packed lunch. Busby isn’t so keen on it quite yet, but she does look very sweet wearing the Pod.
The Changing Pod
The Changing Pod has room for four (disposable) nappies, a full pack of wipes and bags. It comes with a handy little box for keeping your cream in and a beautiful changing mat. The changing mat has an orange fleece headrest to prevent the mat from being used the wrong way round (fab!), and can also be bunged in the washing machine if you’ve experienced a particularly messy nappy! It rolls up very neatly and fits into a pocket behind the Changing Pod. My only niggle about the changing mat is that it’s quite small; perfect for under 12 months, but it’s getting a bit tight now with an almost 15 month old. There’s a special “first aid” side pocket on the Changing Pod, which is ideal for storing teething granules and calpol sachets, as well as plasters for those toddler bumps!
Overall, I’m in love! The PacaPod system is amazing; I love the organisation of it all and I am excited every time I take it out as it is such a joy to use. It feels special. A very well designed and thought out product.
One of the only things that I found slightly disappointing about the bag is that it’s heavy; fine when attached to the pram, but if you’re a frequent baby-wearer this might not be the bag for you. However, this would not deter me from recommending it!
The PacaPod Sequoia is from the PacaPod luxury range and costs £140. It is available to buy on the PacaPod website.
*I was sent the PacaPod Sequoia free of charge in exchange for an honest and fair review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*