I’ve been using a new changing bag, kindly sent to me by The Miracle Box for about three weeks now, giving it a thorough test so that I can review it! It is waterproof (handy for this weather!) and it matches the spots on the inside of my pram hood, I’m very easily pleased clearly!
The Milan Changing Bag is a messenger style bag in laminated cotton, and came in a dust bag for easy storage when not in use, between babies perhaps? It’s black with white polka dots and a sky blue spotty lining. Sam is happy to cart this around, as it’s not overly girly in pattern or design! It fastens with 2 magnets, with fake buckles which makes it look snazzy but you don’t actually have to faff with the buckles to get in and out, very handy indeed, although the only potential negative is that the prong on the buckles point upwards so could perhaps snag on things, although this hasn’t happened yet! The bottom of the bag has metal studded feet too, so you don’t have to worry so much about dirty changing room floors etc making the bottom of your bag grubby.
using the buggy clips & using the shoulder strap
The Milan changing bag has 2 side pockets, large enough to fit a big bottle in, and one is fully insulated. Inside you have a secure zipped compartment, 2 netted pockets and another with a velcro fastening which fits 6 nappies and a full pack of wipes with ease. Then you have the main inner compartment which is deep and wide and even with a complete spare outfit, woolly hat & 2 muslins there is still loads of spare space and the bag easily zips up. I’ve even managed to fit a rolled up towel in it for Athena when we went swimming! Also included is a padded changing mat in sky blue, and a clear wallet for your bits and bobs (we have anti-bac gel and a teething toy in it, but would be perfect for those using cloth nappies for the dirty ones. The back pocket that the changing mat fits into also has a little key chain so you can easily attach your keys without faffing about in the main section in the rain, a feature I’m glad exists after this week!
The best feature of this bag are the buggy clips, which are just inside the bag on either side enabling you to attach it to your buggy without using the shoulder strap, so it hangs higher and doesn't wobble around so much when you push, ideal! Plus it doesn't obviously look like a changing bag either, so could easily be used as a gym/overnight bag when no longer being put to task as a nappy bag!
I was also sent a pack of 2 Buggy Hooks, although have only needed to use one so far! This is perfect for when you've filled up your shopping basket, or if you can’t bend down to get into it easily (useful for post C sections, I couldn't bend down that far for about 2 weeks). Each hook holds up to 2.5kg and they swivel too. They’re easy to attach with a strong velcro fastening. I can see these being really handy when we start weaning to keep a cool-bag safe and easily to grab when needed!If you like the sound of these two products, or know someone who is expecting a baby then please do enter my competition to win a Milan Changing Bag and set of 2 Buggy Hooks below.