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.