Since becoming a Mama, my shoe and handbag addiction has been replaced by new, slightly more appropriate obsessions for parent-related things… such as pushchairs, children’s clothing, and changing bags, so you can imagine my excitement when the lovely folk at Pink Lining got in touch and asked me to choose a bag for myself AND a bag for my mini-me: Busby!
I spent ages on the beautiful Pink Lining website, ogling bags and the gorgeous new SS16 prints. Finally I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t resist the Zebra Crossing print, which is a funky, vibrant, repetitive print of rainbow zebras! Best of all? It also comes in a Busby-sized rucksack!
But which bag to choose?
The Wonder Bag stole my heart with it’s multi-way wearing! Oh, and it looked like the ideal bag for two bears worth of stuff!
The Wonder Bag can be used as a rucksack, hand-held bag, or can be attached to the pram with the included stroller straps (utter genius!), which makes it ideal for every parent because it’s so versatile.
Regular readers will know that I ‘wear’ H-Bear frequently, so a changing bag that converts into a rucksack is essential. The deep inner (zipped) pockets mean that I’m not constantly worrying about my purse being stolen whilst in rucksack mode, which is a relief. And the rucksack straps tuck neatly away in the back of the bag when not required.
The Wonder Bag is a fantastic size if you have more than one child! It has three main outer zipped pockets:
- The first pocket is split into two sections, and has a built in bottle holder in one of the sections. I use these pocket for snacks and H-Bear’s water bottle.
- The second pocket has a mirror, phone ‘pocket’, key clip, pen holder and lots of space for a diary and other parenting essentials!
- The third pocket is the largest and has one deep pocket, one deep zipped pocket, and SO much space for everything! I use this for storing spare clothes, nappy changing items, and the changing mat. There’s also an insulated bottle holder in this section, which is attached via velcro so can be moved into another pocket if you don’t want to store your baby’s milk next to the changing mat.
The bag also has two side pockets (without zips) which are the ideal size for water beakers, crayons, or as often happens with my bag: sticks, feathers, and any other random treasures Busby picks up on our adventures.
The bag comes with a changing mat, wet bag, mirror, key clip and stroller straps as standard.
I was surprised to see that the Pink Lining changing mat has changed – it’s now a pink, fabric mat (as opposed to the previous plastic mat)… I have to admit I’m not so keen on the new changing mat; it’s warmer for little bottoms, but it’s not as easy to clean if there’s a nappy explosion. I do like that it can go in the washing machine, however.
I love that the outer fabric of the Wonder Bag is a wipe-clean oil cloth, which as well as being practical around sticky little fingers etc, means that it is water-resistant!
I have been so impressed with the gorgeous Wonder Bag, and would definitely recommend it to parents who are looking for a versatile changing bag for more than one child.
The Wonder Bag costs £95 and is available to buy on the Pink Lining website.
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Busby was sent the mini rucksack, also in the zebra crossing print.
Busby loves anything that makes her a ‘big girl’ at the moment, so you can imagine her elation when she saw that she had a bag to match Mummy… and she has barely taken the bag off since it arrived!
The mini rucksack is the perfect size for mini explorers, and she loves to take it out on trips with us! It’s usually full of dinosaurs, paper and crayons – and she got rather annoyed with me when I tried to put in her spare pants and clothes…! It’s a good job the Wonder Bag is so big!
The mini rucksack is made from the same oil cloth as the Wonder Bag, which (again) makes it ideal for little hands, as can be wiped clean.
When she lets me, the rucksack can hold her water beaker, snacks, spare clothes, and has a small front zip pocket for treasures. It’s a great size for a pre-schooler without it being too heavy or bulky.
The mini rucksack costs £15, and can also be found on the Pink Lining website.