One thing I loved before getting pregnant was handbags. Now pregnant for the second time and having a toddler I still love them but I've swapped handbags for changing bags. Don't get me wrong I have used handbags as changing bags but sometimes they just aren't practical. What you need is a great inbetween. A changing bag that looks like a handbag.
Some details about the bag...
The outside of the bag itself is gorgeous. I regularly find myself just staring at it (yes I am one of those people). The attention to detail and quality is amazing. I love the added details of the buckles and the outside zipped pocket, I tend to keep my phone in here so it's easy to reach if I need it.
I also love that the OiOi logo isn't in your face. It cleverly blends in with the bag but is there to show you who the bag is by at the sides of the bag. I am also in love with the stroller straps which are included. With a few high end changing bags you have to purchase the stroller straps separately. It isn't always convenient to carry your changing bag and sometimes it is very useful to be able to hang it off your stroller.
On the bottom of the bag are 5 metal feet. These are great for lifting the bag off the floor and stopping it getting dirty. It just helps protect the bag a little and helps it last that bit longer. A great added feature in my opinion.
Inside the bag you will find everything a normal changing bag has... Pockets!! I love pockets, especially since having Paige. They keep your bag so organised and tidy. I hate the feeling of digging through a bag and not being able to find what you are looking for. When you have a crying baby or a screaming toddler this can be very stressful. This bag is pretty big so I would get annoyed if I couldn't find what I was looking for but with the pockets this doesn't happen. Although the bag is on the bigger side it isn't uncomfortable to carry, I personally love a big bag and with nearly two children I need the space!
You get a small zipped pocket on the outside as I mentioned earlier. Inside you also get another zipped pocket. In here I tend to keep more my things. You also get a large pocket with two other smaller pockets on the opposite side. These are where I keep things for Paige that I reach for most often. Mostly snacks, nappies and little activities for her to do if we are out. The rest of the bag is still very spacious leaving you room for other essential things.
The bag does come with it's own colour coordinated accessories which I love aswell. They all go so nicely with the bag and are a great addition. You get a bottle holder, changing mat, wipes case and a small zipped wet bag. We don't currently use the bottle holder but will when baby boy gets here. It holds both Tommee Tippee and Dr Browns bottles without a problem. The changing mat is quite padded and a good size. One thing I would say about the mat is that way it folds up. It rolls up and is secured with Velcro. I'm personally not a fan, I'd rather have a changing mat that folded up just because I find it easier than messing around with Velcro but one good thing about it is that it keeps it neat and tidy in the bag and fits perfectly. I'd also like the zipped wet bag to be a little bigger. I normally use these bags to put a spare outfit change in. I've no idea if that the intended use but I find it works well. I just pop an extra outfit in them and if Paige's original outfit gets dirty or her nappy leaks I can change her then pop the dirty/wet outfit into the wet bag and it doesn't get anything else in the bag dirty. I do find this wet bag slightly too small to fit her outfit in but it would be fine for a baby with smaller clothes or for use with less weighty clothes rather than jeans and a jumper. Last up is the wipes case.. can you believe I've never actually owned one of these? I've always just popped a packet of wipes into my changing bag. But it is a handy little case and means that the wipes stay where you put them in the bag and don't get squashed like a packet of wipes can. The wipes stay nice and wet but don't get anything else in the bag wet.
I love this bag. I think its stylish, practical and great quality. The bag retails at £220 which is expensive but considering the quality and how long you use it for I think it's reasonable. You could easily use the bag for two years with one child and then save it for future children. If you weren't planning on more children you could defiantly use the bag as a normal handbag and no one would know the difference.
This bag also won the lovedbyparents.com best changing bag over £150 in 2013.
Don't forget to check out oioibaby.co.uk for other gorgeous changing bags, changing mat sets, blankets and muslins. They also do a lovely range of mens changing bags.
Thanks for reading,
*Disclaimer - I was sent the bag for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*