A while ago, when I was pregnant enough to show but not so pregnant that babies were an imminent reality, Babymule got in touch to offer me one of their changing bags in exchange for a few pictures on social media and the blog. They haven’t asked for a review but actually, I’d like to tell you about my bag. Because my Babymule bag is somehow one of the biggest assets in our arsenal when raising two under four.
I say this as somebody who didn’t have a changing bag with the first two. Didn’t use one. Nor did Kirsty. When you’re wearing two babies you don’t really have room to carry a big bag as well. That was her reason. Mine? I just refused to venture that far from the home with the boys. Two bottles, two nappies, a packet of wipes stuffed in a carrier bag and I was sorted, that was all I needed for an hour or two of walking the dog.
But now? Total convert.
This is the bag that came everywhere with me when I was pregnant. Everywhere. It’s big enough, and compartmentalised enough, that I could store my flip-babies-are-coming-now supplies (camera, video camera, hospital notes) in one of the pockets just in case by some small miracle I transpired to be one of those women who went into labour and popped them out in an hour, in the office. Ha.
I liked that I could use one compartment for baby things and another for office things. And there were still many spare for emergency chocolate etc. Or a laptop.
It came back to the office with me until Kirsty demanded it. She has this idea that items sent to the babies should belong with the babies. She has a point.
Venturing out of the house with four under two requires an awful lot of luggage: nappies and wipes, changes of clothing, healthy snacks for my ‘big’ two, expressed milk in bottles for the baby who prefers a bottle, more nappies and wipes and changes of clothing (trust me: it’s best this way!), distractions and toys for the bus, whatever random items the toddlers are insistant about bringing. And that’s without factoring in our own essentials: iPhone and cash and cards and keys, perhaps a jumper in case the weather turns. The camera, usually. We don’t just spontaneously dash out of the house any more. We PLAN.
This bag is a good size for planners. It’s a good size for a not-small family.
It’s a good sort of bag for someone like me, someone who is prone to spillages and chocolate smears, because the material is that sort with the name that I knew before I was trying to write a review at should-be-asleep o’ clock, the one that easily wipes. It’s a sensible bag. It is very clearly a bag designed by a mum.
I’m not sure that it’s the most stylish changing bag, to be honest, but style isn’t really what you want in a changing bag. It’s attractive enough. It won’t embarrass you when you’re out. And it is deeply, deeply practical.
It gets a ‘thumbs up’ from this busy mum.