When I went into London last week with Baby Girl I knew I was going to use the sling. I couldn’t even imagine trying to battle with the buggy on the tube, let alone get it up and down the escalators. But one of the pros of using a buggy when you’re out and about is having a constant “base camp” for all the baby paraphernalia you need when you leave the house. The change bag can go under the buggy or over the handlebars and job’s a good’un. So what do you do about baby paraphernalia when you’re going down the babywearing route? Let me introduce you to the Wanderlust Rucksack baby change bag from Pink Lining.
The benefit of this style of bag is obvious – you can wear it on your back. This is SUCH a useful option if you ever carry your baby in a sling or carrier. When we went to London I used the Pao Papoose carrier all day and the Pink Lining Rucksack. It made getting around the city with a baby so much easier than if I’d have had a bulky change bag on my shoulder or a big buggy.
I went for the Sam the Dalmation print Wanderlust bag, featuring a quirky dalmation motif with pink edging. The fabric of the bag is a handy wipe-clean type, meaning sticky baby finger marks are easy to get rid of. Inside, there are multiple compartments, a clip attachment to keep keys safe and a portable baby change mat.
The bag is big enough to easily carry everything you need for a day out – nappies, wipes, a change of clothes, snacks. Plus, the front compartment also has a drinks holder section which you can use for a bottle or a beaker of water. They really have thought of everything.
What I also like about this bag, though, is that it has clips that attach it to the handlebars of a buggy, so you don’t just have to wear it on your back.
As change bags though, it’s not cheap – it’s non-sale price is £79. But the thing that makes this bag different from just a regular rucksack is that it’s wipe clean, has compartments for all your baby bits, a portable mat, bottle holder and clips for the buggy handlebars. You wouldn’t get all of these features for a £20 rucksack. So I think it’s worth the money, if you’re looking for a bag that will cover all your baby change bag needs in one.
My only criticism? The husband won’t wear it. Apparently big tall men from Rochdale don’t do dalmation prints with pink edging. Oh well. You can’t win them all.
Disclosure: Thanks to Pink Lining for sending me a sample bag for the purpose of this review. For more details of how I work with brands check out my Work With Me page.