Willvin Changing Bag – Review and Competition

For a little while now I have been searching for the perfect changing bag. I have had the same changing bag for 4 years now and quite frankly it now looks grubby, mis-shapen and old. During this time however, I have been able to discover exactly what I need my changing bag to do for me and I’m not about to compromise. You see, over the last four years I have taken my changing bag out with me every day. It is my most used accessory, even more so than my handbag because I will often throw my phone and wallet into my changing bag, rather than take two bags. Every mum deserves to carry a stylish, practical changing bag with them. So when Willvin of Sweden offered to send me a sample bag to review I jumped at the chance.

My first criteria for the perfect bag is style and this one has bags of it! (I am so sorry, I just could not resist the pun!) There is not a whiff of frumpy mummy with these bags, just casual sophistication. And a massive bonus is that they are also styled to suit both men and women. Garden Dad loves it and is trying to claim it for his own. Often when bags are designed to suit men as well, they no longer suit women but this one really is great for both. I chose the Leatherette Brown Bag because I liked the muted brown shade but there are a few to choose from so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Size is the next big thing for me. I have two toddlers and a 4 month old baby so I virtually have to pack the kitchen sink when I leave the house! I need space for nappies, wipes, spare knickers and pants, changes of clothing for all three kids, nappy cream, plasters, bottles, milk powder, snacks for the older children (often with some extras for their friends), changing mat, suncream in summer, spare socks in winter, weaning food for Garden Lass, bibs and ideally my phone, wallet, hairbrush and bottle of water. And it pains me to have to say this, because I love this bag, but it couldn’t hold it all. I think the reason is that it is quite a narrow changing bag, measuring 13cm deep. Just an extra couple of cm’s would have made all the difference.

I do however have three children, all under the age of 4 so I would imagine that for most of you out there the bag would have sufficient space. It isn’t exactly small, just not quite big enough for three kids. It would be absolutely ideal for a first time mum or someone with a couple of toddlers but no baby.

It has lots of pockets to help you keep your bag organised which is a must for a changing bag. You don’t want to spend ages rummaging for a bottle when your baby is screaming for milk. In fact the Willvin Changing Bag comes with its own bottle holder as well as two side pockets, which are ideally sized for bottles. The main compartment has a zip, which for me is a huge bonus and inside this there are 4 pockets which are really handy to keep the smaller things from getting lost in the bottom of the bag, such as spare socks and pants. There is a genius zipped compartment at the bottom of the bag which is a great place to put your nappies and two front pockets for extra bits and pieces. I think it is a shame these don’t also zip up, as they would be a great place to put ‘Mum stuff’ such as phone, wallet, keys etc, but with the velcro flaps they aren’t really secure enough for this. There is an additional zipped compartment immediately behind these flaps which I have been using for my stuff but when the main compartment is full it is quite hard to squeeze anything into this extra bit.

The bag comes with bottle holder, fold up changing mat, a waterproof drawstring bag which is perfect for wet or dirty clothes and a clear zip wallet for little bits and pieces. I think overall the functional design is well thought out, with a first time mum in mind. It is stylish and made from good quality, durable material that you can wipe clean. The strap is strong and wide so it doesn’t dig into your shoulder and is adjustable for carrying yourself or for popping over the pushchair. The weather today has also given me the opportunity to test the bag’s waterproof capabilities and it passed with flying colours.

I think any first time mum or dad would be extremely pleased with these bags. It didn’t hold everything I need for a full day out with three children but is definitely spacious enough for one or two.¬† I will be using it for short trips to the supermarket or school run when I don’t need all the spare clothes and snacks but do need some bits and pieces for Garden Lass.

And now for the exciting bit. Willvin have offered me an additional bag to give away to one of our readers. All you need to do is take a look at the Willvin website to look at their range of bags. Choose your favourite then come come back here and leave a comment telling us which is your favourite bag.

Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to UK residents only
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. You must leave us with an e-mail address so we can contact you, or you will not be entered into the draw
  4. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries received by 11.59pm on Friday 15th Oct 2010
  5. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  6. The winner will be notified during the following week using the email address used to comment and will be told how to claim their  prize

Good luck!