One of the first purchases that I made before Bells was born was my changing bag. I know it’s ridiculous but so much gets bought for the baby, it’s the only thing that you can really claim as your own (even though it’s 100% for their benefit). I was determined that I didn’t want a mumsy bag, I wanted something cool, something that I’d want to be seen with… and so I purchased my Jem & Bea bag.
Fast forward 18 months down the line and I’ve loved my bag, I’ve used it to death. It’s been put through it’s paces and it still lives to tell the tale (and look gorgeous at the same time!). However, the needs of a toddler are different from that of a baby and as Bells becomes more independent, I’m finding myself heading out more and more without the pram (I do realise this is all about to change with baby no. 2).
For months now, I’ve been struggling on with a backpack that I bought from Topshop, determined that I wanted something cool…. and yet if the truth be known, it’s just not functional. Everything gets bundled in together and as a girl who likes organisation, well, that’s a bit of a problem for me. As if they’d read my mind (more like they’d seen me scrabbling to the bottom of my bag as they patiently waited in Starbucks to buy a latte), I was contacted by the founder of Idaho Jones.
Having checked out their Gallivant Baby Changing Diaper Backpack, I knew that it was something that I had to give a try and what’s more, it looked stylish too. However, I had my reservations, you never quite know how these things will look in real life. However, I needn’t have worried, as I opened the beautiful black dust bag in which it arrived, I could tell that it was great quality.
As a form AND function kind of girl, it ticked all of the boxes, with plenty of separate compartments to keep everything in its place. It contains an insulated bottle pocket, three elasticated pockets, a padded sleeve for a laptop or changing bag, various side pockets, a phone pocket, front parent pocket, matching changing pad and velcro stroller straps. What’s more, it’s made of a wipeable material meaning that Bells can do her worst and it’ll still look good.
From the day it arrived, I transferred all of my essentials (read: Calpol), saying goodbye to the crumbs and dummy covers at the bottom of my good old Topshop bag and haven’t been anywhere without it since. As I love the bag so much, I spoke to the Idaho Jones team and have managed to secure you guys a 15% discount using this link and the code PEONIES. The backpack retails at £75.00, which is much cheaper than some of it’s designer counterparts and there’s also a breastpump bag if that’s your thang! It’s well worth checking out.
I’d love to know what you think! Do you still use a changing bag? What’s your method of transporting a dozen games, eating utensils, nappies and spare outfits?
NB: Please note I’ve been offered a small amount for each bag sold and so if you like it and want to try it, I’d really appreciate it if you could purchase the bag using the links above rather than purchasing directly. I should add that I’d only initially said that I was going to post a picture of the bag to Instagram but I genuinely love it that much that I decided to dedicate a whole post, so whilst money is nice (hello bills!), helping you guys discover cool new things is WAY more important. I hope you like it too!
NNB: All of the photos taken above have been done after using the bag for a good month (in case you think they’re not immaculate). I wanted to put the bag through it’s paces before I recommended it to anyone!