The Miracle Bag CITY range of baby changing bags, is it a miracle? February 25 2014
Are you looking for a baby changing bag? not sure what to go for, what type, style, colour etc.? So many choices!!
I have tested products from the miracle box before, we are an official Miracle Products Blogger and we ran review and giveaway last year for their fab CroydeB rucksack, which is still used now on a daily basis and still in great condition. We have now got their fab City Changing Bag for review, the city bag has had a bit of a revamp and some fab new features.
The City bag comes with a bright spotted interior fabric, a matching spotted changing mat and lovely plastic wipes holder/messy bag. It also has a deep thermal bottle holder and a shoulder strap, the bag itself has 2 handles so you can carry it that way to. The bag has 2 really big internal compartments, these in turn have internal pockets so the bag is really handy for storing all your little bots and pieces in. There is 2 elasticated netted pockets as well as a zip pocket. The outer of the bag has 2 pockets on the front, 1 on the back and 2 side pockets 1 of which is insulated. The bag is made from 100% cotton and them laminated to make it hard wearing and easy to clean which when you have children is a must!! The bottom of the bag also have 4 chrome studded feet which means it wont get scuffed on the bottom when you place it down.
Now with my youngest child being 3 and almost out of nappies your probably wondering what use I have for a changing bag! But as you know Skye who is 5 and has autism and limited communication is till in nappies. Obviously due to her age they are not regular sized nappies and almost double the size of a standard nappy. This makes carrying them about difficult as there not so big, coupled with the fact we need spare clothes, wipes, drinks and a few of her items shes loving at the moment!
The City Bag easily accommodates all her things she needs and there is still lots and lots of room left in case we needed to add anything else!
The first 2 pictures above are from this weekend when I used to City Bag as an overnight bag. I was lucky enough to be whisked off to a hotel for the night for a meal and drinks with my hubby and the City bag was perfect. I managed to fit in a change of clothes, night wear, toiletries, make up, hair brush and even my straighteners! As you can see the bag is still practically empty as its such a good size so it would make an ideal weekend bag!
The second 2 pictures are from this morning when Skye was going on a day trip with her school, normally she doesn't have to take supplies on a day to day basis as it is all at school. In her bag today I had to include 4 of her nappies, wipes, juice supply, medications, school book and medical file for emergencies. There was bags of room left, I could have fitted her wellingtons, but school supplied them today and a change of clothes.
I'm really impressed with the size f the bag and how much space there is it is perfect for Skye's specialist nappies, it would be perfect for real nappy users to. The one thing I did wonder when I saw the size of the bag was would it look huge on the back of the pushchair?
What makes a for a great baby changing bag?
Today, changing bags have become more and more of a fashion accessory, this is all very good, however, they do need to be spacious, functional, practical, easy to carry and if you want it to stay looking new, made from wipe clean material. Once you have all the basics considered, choose one that looks great too!
Beware of choosing a changing bag that's too big, unless you have twins, or wish to carry for the family, as it can become bulky to carry. Deep bags can also be a problem, it may hold a lot, but it may be hard to find what you are looking for, unless they have a light coloured interior, as it has been proven a bag with a dark colour interior is much harder to find your personal effects. As a busy new mum, you don't want to be rummaging for that elusive, but essential, item in the deepest reaches of your bag. Changing bags come is a range of styles from backpack to shoulder bag style, both styles offer practicality making it easier to leave your hands free for carrying your baby or pushing the buggy. However, there are now a great range of practical accessories for clipping your changing bag to your stroller/pram or pushchair. Examples are Secure Buggy Clips, Super Clips or Buggy Hooks, each making your life easier, when shopping or holding your baby.
All too often dads, says “I am not carrying that bag”, so it really is worth thinking about your lifestyle before choosing a changing bag. Is this bag just for you or are you both going to be using the bag? Do you need a large or small changing bag? Do I need a bag to occasions? Etc.
There have been over the last couple of years, a massive influx of baby changing bag ranging from the very basic to the super deluxe. Before you buy here's what to look for: (taken from a survey of our mums)
- Must have a Wipe Clean Material: as changing bags tend to get a little messy.
- A Padded Changing Mat: essential for all those nappy changes.
- Plenty of Pockets: for keeping things separate and to hand.
- Compartments: useful for keeping bottles separate or used nappies separate from clean clothes.
- An Insulated Bottle Pocket: another useful feature for keeping items hot or cold.
- Accessories: some come with extras, such as a dirty nappy bags etc. Find out what you get for your money.
- Mesh, see-through pockets or Light Coloured Interiors: help you spot the items you need from inside your bag more easily.
- Washable or wipe-clean lining: things can get messy inside the bag, so you need to be able to clean it easily.
- Shoulder strap: this makes the bag easier to carry.
- Buggy Clips