Baby Bjorn Changing Bag
The BABYBJÖRN Changing Case is the stylish and compact diaper bag alternative for active parents on the go. The BABYBJÖRN Changing Case holds the esse...
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Review of "Baby Bjorn Changing Bag"
It has two separate main compartments, with a rigid central spine - useful for separating the basic functions of eating and changing (whatever most department stores are thinking when they offer you a smelly nappy-changing room to feed your baby, these two don't mix any more pleasantly for babies than the rest of us). You can access these sides with separate zips, and they flap down to reveal an array of smaller pockets and elastic straps along the central panel - for bottles, tubs, jars etc, - as well as wider wallet-style pockets for nappies, bibs etc.This feature is particularly handy for changes in less than ideal facilities (one of the least ideal I recall was an intercity train!) - the weight and structure of the bags keeps it upright whilst the side you want 'points' towards you with everything on view. This means single-handed access is possible, whilst the other hand attempts to restrain your wriggling bundle. You could probably just about open it with one hand too.
The elastic/webbing small pockets are a particularly thoughtful touch, that will be recognised by any parent who has ever had to deal with the aftermath of a leaky beaker of juice/ pot of youghurt/ tub of nappy cream. The top few pockets can be successfully reached simply by unpoppering the top flap of the bag (ie without unzipping either side), very useful for keeping a drink handy whether on the back of the buggy or in the back of the car.There is one longer zip-up compartment, which I believe is meant for bottles and is insulated. As we didn't use bottles I found it handy for a mobile phone! There is also a discreet purse section in what I think of as the feeding side, although this could be more accessible - I generally end up jamming car keys etc in one of the webbing pockets reachable from the top.
The strap is another nice design touch - poppering together it adjusts instantly from shoulder-bag length to fit the handles of a pram or buggy with minimum 'flap around' factor. It's also designed so as you grap the strap (eg from the back of the car with a struggling toddler under the other arm) it rights itself and keeps everything pretty much upright however much you yank it about. It does come with the ubiquitous changing mat - do they imagine you won't already have one? - but I found this so thin and unpadded as to be not much use.I've seen the ad where the bag's appearance seems to be likened to a smart briefcase or handbag, and in terms of looks it doesn't do badly. It's black, fabric covered with a silver catch - not a Winnie the Pooh in sight, which makes a change. But it's not the kind of thing you could really pass off as a general 'bag about town' - it's the wrong shape for a briefcase and simply too large/rigid for a handbag. I think when we finally have no further need of nappies I shall pass it on to someone who does, rather than really envisage using it again for anything else. But we still have a lot of journeys to make as a family first.
It's probably too early to be looking for them second hand yet, as it was a new product when I bought mine, but it's well made enough that in a few years this will be a real possibility. Despite how useful I've found it I have to say that for most new parents, considering the massive demands on your cash at this time, it's probably not a high priority buy. But if you have good friends with a bit of spending power who ask you what you really want (instead of just buying you your fiftieth cute, impractical newborn-size outfit) then this could be a hint well worth dropping.
Product Information : Baby Bjorn Changing Bag
Manufacturer's product descriptionThe BABYBJÖRN Changing Case is the stylish and compact diaper bag alternative for active parents on the go. The BABYBJÖRN Changing Case holds the essentials and comes with a soft, full-sized, wipe-off insulated changing pad with an extra soft pillow for baby's head. Friction material on the bottom of the changing pad keeps it in place during use. Features: One pocket can be accessed when the bag is closed. Velcro closure allows easy access. Made from insulated, easy-wipe material that's warm on baby's skin. Includes built-in pillow for baby's head. Spacious mesh pockets offer space for baby necessities. High-friction material on underside prevents slippage. Available Colors: Black.
Long Name: Changing Bag, BabyBjörn Changing Case
Type: Changing Bag
Manufacturer: Baby Bjorn, Babybjorn
Brand Manufacturer: Babybjörn AB
Listed on Ciao since: 26/03/2001