Generally speaking, I don’t believe too much in regret – I think it’s good to be aware when you’ve made a mistake, learn from it and move on. But my one big regret since becoming a parent? Not buying a PacaPod baby change bag when my daughter was a baby.
I didn’t even know about PacaPod when I was a new mum, so I went for a super pretty change bag from one of my favourite brands – and it was great. It was waterproof, had loads of pockets and lasted well. But when a friend had a baby 18 months later, and got herself a PacaPod bag, I immediately wished I’d known about them sooner. Her change bag had whole compartments which held the nappy changing bits, or the feeding bits, and which came out of the main bag and could be carried with ease to the loo or in the cafe, or wherever you were. It was GENIUS.
Since then, PacaPod have grown and they have added some seriously luxe leather bags to their collection, including the Madison. Isn’t it pretty?
It’s a gorgeous buttery tan leather, with a top handle and a long shoulder strap too. The back of it opens up, as all PacaPod bags do, to reveal two removable pouches, one for nappy changing gear and one for bottle feeding gear.
The changing pod comes with a small changing mat and a drawstring bag to pop wet or soiled clothing into. The feeder pod is insulated so will keep milk at a steady temperature and comes with an insulated bottle cover too. When your baby is moving onto solids, you can pop food in this pod, and it has a pouch for spoons. Both the feeder pod and the changing pod have little loops which mean you can attach them directly to your pram or buggy, if you want to travel light and – best of all – the feeder pod can turn into a mini rucksack, so you can pop it on your back if you’re using a baby carrier or walking with a toddler and want to be hands-free.
The PacaPod Madison comes with buggy clips, to make attaching the bag to your buggy super easy and inside the front section, there’s plenty of room for your purse, phone and you can clip your keys onto the keychain, so you don’t have to root around for them all the time.
It’s not cheap, at £290, but the really clever thing about the PacaPod Madison is that it’s a bag that can stay with you for years. Even once your toddler is out of nappies, you can still use this bag for days out, for work or for a mini break. It’s super chic and is so much more than a baby change bag.
So my one regret as a parent is that I never owned a PacaPod change bag. Now that I have this one, I plan to use it as a regular bag and if we are lucky enough to have another child (more on that later), I’ll get to use it as a change bag. Hooray!
Big thanks to PacaPod for asking me to review the Madison bag. As always, all views are my own – check out my Work With Me page for info on how I work with brands.
Ooh, that looks lovely! I bought their Firenze when I had Tom and used it to death – still use it now, but as a weekend bag. Again, gorgeous leather, but that one is a beige colour. I do absolutely adore Pacapod.
Oh I love the Firenze – it’s a gorgeous shape!
Oh I so wish I had known about these beautiful changing bags when I was first buying changing bags – they look so stylish and such lovely leather! They look great bags to have even when kids are growing up – when your handbag is still full of crayons, books, raisins and other little people paraphernalia!!
Wow, now that’s a posh looking changing bag! 🙂 I think we would be terrified of getting poop on it.
Oh my goodness – I COVET! I am bag OBSESSED and when I had my two, my arm bling was top of my “to do” list before their respective births! LOVE that this looks like such a “regular” bag. Never understood why, in the past, people clearly thought your style left your house with the pregnancy test! AMAZING colour too. And it will get better with age. Like all of us – hopefully! x
Oh wow, that’s such a nice bag! I’ve not really been using changing bags for my youngest two, but I’m starting to develop an obsession for those well-designed changing bags. They are perfect for the modern mum, in my view. I like having lots of small bags that each have a purpose so I can easily change handbags to match my outfits or moods. The Madison is absolutely gorgeous. I wonder if they have a grey, yellow or a bright pink version.
Ooh I’m not surprised that you were envious of your friends bag and YAY for getting it now! It’s ace! I love a good leather bag, especially one as handy as this one x
That is such a gorgeous bag! We have a Pacapod, but this would be a lovely upgrade x
What a gorgeous bag! I’ve never really done a proper change bag. I tried a couple of second hand cheapo ones which were pretty awful then just started using a normal bag, which was OK except I could never find anything! These look so well thought through.
Lovely bag! I love all the little separate pods inside, such a good ideas as everything always get messed up in my back and it would be nice to keep the nappies and nappy bags away from all my things. When Cherry I had the most boring nappy bag, it’s so good these days how they are designed to actually look good too instead of just being functional x
I had the pacapod your friend had (in the grey colourway) along with a super swanky Lin & Leo leather bag. I ADORED our pacapod, & it was unisex enough that the Mr was happy to use it too (my Lin & Leo was was reserved for more dressy occasions, & was quite heavy on it’s own). I’ve definitely got my eyes on another PacaPad (an upgraded version) for the next addition! I still use the pods now, especially when travelling (to make separate compartments in a larger travel bag) to help organise the threenagers ‘stuff’.
Am i the only person who loves the smell of a good leather bag? I find myself having a good ole sniff of it……. Rhetorical question……. 🙂
That is a gorgeous and clever thing – if a bit out of my price range. If we have another baby, I’ll be sooo tempted to head over to their online shop.
Once you know something like this exists, it’s hard to settle for something else…