This post is written in collaboration with Pacapod.
It’s been a little while since I blogged on here! The main reason being that Hyperemesis Gravidarum had me out of action for the first 17 weeks of my pregnancy and thankfully since it passed, I’ve been taking some much needed relax time to begin to enjoy the pregnancy!
At 25 weeks we know what we’re having – it’s a boy this time! We feel so blessed to be able to experience both a girl and boy and look very much to welcoming him into the world early May 2018.
Since I’ve been feeling well again I’ve been looking into ways to make life a little easier the second time round. Despite keeping many of Emilia’s things such her pram/pushchair, there are still lots of things we need to buy and as I’m feeling organised, I’ve been doing lots of research!
One of the first things I looked into was a new changing bag and in my research noticed that so many things have changed in the three years since Emilia came along! So I took to forums to ask about ‘what’s new in babies’, one of the overwhelming responses was to go for a backpack changing bag this time round and I couldn’t agree more. So it was perfect timing when I was approached on behalf of Pacapod to review a Travel Lite Changing Bag along with the new SS18 Feeder Pod.
So bearing in mind the advice I was given re going for a backpack changing bag this time round, I just had to choose the Hartland Tan Leather Changing Bag.
Having always been a huge fan of tan, as my main handbag is tan and one of the changing bags we used for Emilia (the Mirano), I knew this tan leather version would be fantastic. And it is!
The Hartland is made from the softest, most supple leather and although large enough to fit in everything I will need for two, it feels remarkably lightweight and streamlined. Zip compartments both inside and out give me some room to fit in my essentials too! I love the outer design, it has lovely attention to detail and even converts to a messenger bag. Wearing it either way will be so handy with two littles to run after, or also if I decide to baby wear.
What I really love about the Pacapod ethos is how they help to keep me organised and this one is no exception! With it’s 3-in-1 organisation, everything has it’s place and there’s no rummaging around to find the things you need. The 3-in-1 organisation comprises of the Feeder pod, Changing pod and the outer bag itself.
The feeder and changer pods are now available in fantastic prints, the bag itself came with two of the new design pods and I was gifted an extra feeder pod to review. The Pods can be bought individually and I chose the Feeder Pod Lite in Map Print (available now for pre order) and received the Duck Egg Herringbone in the bag.
The Feeder and Changer Pods are definitely more lightweight and come with a handy strap that can be used to clip to your changing bag or onto the handle of the pushchair. Emilia loves the outer design of her new snack bag (she’s currently obsessed with the Earth and Outer Space so this is the reason I chose the design) and it’s roomy enough to fit snacks, a drink and a small pack up! Exactly what we need and there’s no more rummaging around the bottom of her pushchair to find her drink!
One of the handiest things I found is that the new style Pods can be flat packed when not in use, great for space saving and for frequent travellers. They’re easy to wipe clean and the Feeder Pods are insulated, which will be great for keeping the baby’s milk warm and snacks/food cool when weaning. The ability to buy the Pods separately is great for those of you with twins or an older child like Emilia who still needs a separate food bag.
The Lite Changer Pod which comes with the bag is the Stone Egg design. Inside there is plenty of room in the various handy compartments to store nappies, wipes, nappy bags, salve, sanitiser and of course a spare outfit change or two! Again it can be clipped onto your pushchair or inserted into a Pacapod changing bag.
I will be sure to add to this post and social media when the little one arrives with more shots of the bag and pods in use!
With huge thanks to Pacapod for the opportunity and collaboration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. XO