Skip Hop Double Duo
The Skip Hop Double Duo is the first changing bag designed to attach to the handles of any side-by-side double pushchair! It will also fit onto the ha...
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Review of "Skip Hop Double Duo"
Baby number 3 has arrived another beautiful little boy.... life is hectic at the moment so I wont be rating and reviewing much but will be back soon!!!
Maybe prior to becoming a parent I was slightly ignorant or blasé to the amount of "stuff" babies in particular need. Whilst pregnant, I started to notice mothers with babies and the fact they had a changing bag with them, usually attached to their pushchair. Knowing that I was expecting twins, I started to become concerned that I was going to need a BIG bag especially as I live by the motto of "being prepared". After much deliberation and conversations with mothers of more than one child, I opted for the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Changing Bag.
Skip Hop are a high quality reputable US brand based in New York offering a range of baby products, including nursery items and toys although are most well known for their changing bags.
The company was started by Ellen and Michael Diamant in 2003, after becoming passionate about creating practical stylish changing bags based upon their experience of becoming parents.Skip Hop ensures they meet all safety standards for products they make. The company also donates a percentage of its profits to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and also Baby Buggy, a New York charity helping underprivileged young children and families.
The Skip Hop Duo Double has been specially designed to be used and attached to side by side double pushchairs. The bag has special clips named "shuttle clips" which allow you to safely and easily attach the bag to the handle bars of a double pushchair. The bag also has a large adjustable shoulder strap, and has two handles to use the bag as a tote bag.
***Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe Bag***
As with all Skip Hop bags the Duo Double is made from 600 denier poly-canvas and have a water resistant lining. This is to help keep the bag clean and tidy inside as well as out.The Double Duo boasts 16 pockets in total. The bag has 3 large front pouch pockets with secure magnetic closure buttons. There are also two large rear pockets to put the waterproof changing mat in, which is included with the bag. There are also two large mesh side pockets to put bottles or cups in. The main compartment inside the bag zips shut. This is very roomy and has seven interior pockets inside to organise all of your things in.
The bag is available in three colours, plain black, charcoal with a red trim and those who want a more colourful option "Uptown Stripe" which is a brown bag with a multi-coloured stripe front. I opted for the black option, as Mr Lools wanted a plain changing bag for the times he was expected to carry the bag! The range of colours that this bag is available in is very disappointing if you compare it to the single Duo bag which is available in a staggering 15 different colours.The bag is quite large (its dimensions are 47cm long, 35.5cm high and 11.5cm wide) in particular its length, however it is quite flat which makes it easy to attach to your pushchair.
Skip Hop recommends that the Duo Double is not used on single strollers.
I paid £75.00 from my Duo Double from Kiddicare. The changing bag is available online with prices ranging from £70-£90 depending on retailer. Mothercare and John Lewis are currently selling the item for £80.
Online there is a large number of specialist changing bag sites selling the Skip Hop Duo Double. You can also purchase directly from Skip Hop, or more well-known retailers like Kiddicare, Mothercare, and John Lewis stock the item. The latter two retailers also stock the item in store too however you have to order
***Using the Bag***
As a shoulder bag, although very practical for more than one child, the Skip Hop Double Duo is pretty large and quite bulky. The problem I find when using this as stand-alone bag is that is that it is very long and quite awkward. It is however quite slim which means it fits under your arm when on your shoulder easily. As a shoulder bag you have the option of using the longer shoulder strap over your shoulder or top handles on the bag. Personally I prefer using the smaller top handles as I find the bag moves about a lot as I move when using the longer shoulder strap.Although bulky as a shoulder bag this is a very stylish, practical and compact option when attached to your double pushchair. The bag sits perfectly on a double pushchair and the length of the bag is no longer a problem. Even when you have your bag fully packed it is not bulky and sits very flush on the back of a double pushchair. I even find this is the case if I have packed the front three pockets full.
The shoulder strap of the bag adjusts to a very long length, so that it can actually fit over the handles of a double pushchair (which are usually around 75cm wide) if you decide not to attach the changing bag to the handles using the "shuttle clips".In my opinion it is advisable to attach the Double Duo using the shuttle clips. This means the bag sits at a much more convenient position on your double pushchair, in particular if using with my Baby Jogger City Mini Double it sits behind the seats rather than underneath them. This saves you having to stop and bend down to get things out of your bag; you can simply reach down into it as you are on the move. The Shuttle Clips are very easy to use, you simply clip them open loop around the pushchair handles then snap the clips back into place and your changing bag is attached. Even as a confused, dazed new parent I found this very easy!
The material the bag is made from is very hardwearing and durable. It is also very easy if you do spill things onto it to wipe it clean and it does not get stained. I purchased the Duo Double in black and the colour has not faded despite spending much of last summer outside on my pushchair. Although the canvas material is not completely waterproof, if you are caught in a rain shower the raindrops sit on the bag rather than being soaked through, making everything inside of your bag wet. The inside of the bag also has a water resistant lining which is also a strong thick material which catches small spillages. Overall the bag is made to a very high quality. The zips on the bag are very secure and even if you do tug hard on a zip, it does not pull off or tear away from the material it is attached to.This is a very practical bag to use. And I feel definitely is large enough to hold all of the items you need for two children for a day trip out. For example I can fit into my changing bag:
1 pack of baby wipes
Nappy rash cream
2 pairs of trousers
2 t shirts
2 pairs of socks
2 beakers of water
2 muslin squares
A pack of nappy sacks
3 jars of baby food
1 bag of baby snacks
4 medium sized rattles
My purse, mobile phone and car keys.
The zipped large inner section of the bag is brilliant for keeping all of your other items organised and secure. Within the inner section is a pocket with a zip which is reasonably large and where I keep my purse mobile and car keys. There are also sections within the bag where I keep all of my spare clothes, a separate section with pockets where I keep all of the items needed for feeding and then a larger section which is easily accessible by unzipping the main zip for other items that I need to keep at hand. The compartments within the bag which are designed to hold bottles are cups are excellent for holding bottles, even the wider shaped Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles fit within these. However smaller beakers with handles on do not fit into these sections. Although taller beakers with handles on do fit into these sections.
A friend of mine could not believe how much stuff I carried yet how organised the contents of my changing bag are. I believe this is due to the number of separate compartments and pockets within the Skip Hop Duo Double. The outer pockets are great for keeping toys or items that you need at hand quickly. The larger pockets on the back of the bag where the changing mat is located is great for keeping nappies and wipes, so all of your nappy changing items are in the same place.
There is a waterproof small padded changing mat included with the Skip Hop Duo Double. This is very compact and light therefore folds up into the bag very easily. However the size particularly the length of the changing mat is very small. My children are both very small but even at around 6 months my boys were hanging off the edges of the changing mat making it slightly pointless to use.
The Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe is an excellent changing bag for parents of more than one child. It is very stylish and although quite pricey I think the quality of the bag is excellent. After a year of use and regularly being thrown in the boot of my car with items put on top of it, the bag looks still brand new.
The amount of space within this bag is excellent especially as it sits very compact and flush on the back of a double pushchair. I was very surprised at how much I can fit in this bag and still make sure all of my stuff is organised due to the number of pockets and compartments.A great investment which will keep you organised and prepared!
~~~~~~~~~~~~Also published on Dooyoo 2011~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Product Information : Skip Hop Double Duo
Manufacturer's product descriptionThe Skip Hop Double Duo is the first changing bag designed to attach to the handles of any side-by-side double pushchair! It will also fit onto the handles of single and tandem pushchairs. So, if you're after a changing bag that will cope with the fast pace of city life AND two babies (or more!) the Skip Hop Double Duo is the bag for you. Stylish, roomy inside and out, you'll find plenty of pockets to handle double of everything. and then simply and easily converts to a messenger style shoulder bag or tote. Features: Specially designed to hand on any side-by-side double stroller Unique strapping system converts to a messenger style shoulder bag, its handles also mean it can be used as a tote bag Waterproof changing pad included Includes adjustable stroller straps/shoulder strap 15 spacious pockets Two large rear pockets hold changing pad and nappies Three large front pockets with magnetic
Long Name: Double Duo
Type: Changing Bag
Manufacturer: Skip Hop
Listed on Ciao since: 31/01/2008