Review // Pink Lining Wonder Bag (+ Mini Rucksack) in Zebra Crossing

pink lining wonder bag review

Since becoming a Mama, my shoe and handbag addiction has been replaced by new, slightly more appropriate obsessions for parent-related things… such as pushchairs, children’s clothing, and changing bags, so you can imagine my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.

pink lining wonder bag review

pink lining wonder bag review

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.

pink lining wonder bag review

The Wonder Bag is a fantastic size if you have more than one child! It has three main outer zipped pockets:

  1. 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.
  2. The second pocket has a mirror, phone ‘pocket’, key clip, pen holder and lots of space for a diary and other parenting essentials!
  3. 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.

pink lining wonder bag review

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!

pink lining wonder bag review

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.

pink lining mini rucksack review

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!

pink lining mini rucksack review

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.

pink lining mini rucksack review

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.


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  1. 5th April 2016 / 11:38 am

    This bag looks great, I love bags that are so versatile and fit into your life rather than you fitting in around it! The price may put me off slightly but you get your moneys worth and the fact the prints are so cute help a lot! I love the mini-rucksack, Mia would love it! I will definitely check out the website 🙂


  2. 5th April 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Aww, she looks so sweet with the matching bag! I love the print you chose and the fact your changing bag is convertible is brilliant for baby wearing. This would be perfect to replace our old changing bag. #triedandtested

  3. 5th April 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness I love that Zebra print!! I have never had a pink lining bag but i’m forever swooning over them. The matching mini bag is super cute too! xo

  4. 5th April 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Such a gorgeous print! I adore animal patterns, and Zebras and I go way back – because it was the only word beginning with ‘Z’ (apart from my name) I knew as a child!

  5. 5th April 2016 / 6:55 pm

    How sweet! It’s so nice that you have matching bags xx

  6. 5th April 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I love the look of this bag, its brilliant that its so versatile perfect for us mummy’s. My youngest loves to copy mummy and is obsessed with bags, she would love having one that looked like mine x #triedtested

  7. 5th April 2016 / 9:19 pm

    How super cute are those bags! I love the design and the fact you have a mini version!

  8. 5th April 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Oh my gosh the mini rucksack is completely adorable! I love the zebra print too nice to have something modern and funky.

  9. 6th April 2016 / 10:50 am

    That zebra print is AMAZING! I love the fact that your bag converts from a traditional bag to a rucksack, that is so clever, and very handy as the kids get older. Busby’s bag is just the cutest. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  10. 6th April 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Matching rucksacks, now that is adorable. I love pink lining and all the beautiful designs but the kids back pack has really caught my eye, my daughter would love it for our summer adventures. Who doesn’t like Zebra’s.

  11. 7th April 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Those stroller straps are genius. The number of times things are hanging off our buggy at a rather curious angle – this might be the cure.

  12. 7th April 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Oh my gosh I love these! The versatility of your bag sounds great and I would actually prefer the new style fabric mat as I always felt guilty putting my baby on the plasticky mats! Love Busby’s little rucksack, that’s so cute x

  13. 8th April 2016 / 10:43 am

    Aaah this is fantastic!! When the boys were very small I treated myself to a PacaPod bag (it’s HUGE — big enough for all we needed) but these days we’ve replaced it with a rucksack!! It’s a boring, black one that came free with tokens from Tesco!! Not very attractive but it works. I’d love to get something a little brighter — this one is fantastic!! 🙂 Love the mini-me bag too — gorgeous!

  14. 8th April 2016 / 10:10 pm

    I love pink lining! I’ve had a changing bag and my daughter has a wheelie case. This wonder bag looks fab! Love the different ways it can be carried! x

  15. 9th April 2016 / 12:03 am

    These are so gorgeous! I’m not a huge fan of the Yummy Mummy bags, these are far more up my street!xx #TriedTested

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