Summer stripes and a perfect travel baby bag
Are you off on holiday or looking for a summer baby bag? I’ve been trying out the Babymel Cara bag in the red stripe pattern, which I think might just be the ticket.
First off, who loves stripes? More to the point, who doesn’t love stripes? I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. Babymel bags have an emphasis on colours and patterned designs, and the Cara in red stripes looks great. It’s a bold and striking pattern; definitely no frills or cupcakes. It’s nautical and nice.
Practical bits; there are lots of pockets, including three on the outside, and an inner zipped one that’s perfect for phone, keys, Oyster card and so on. It has two main handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap, which also has built in pram clips – hidden Velcro sections – which I think is pretty clever.
It comes with a fairly big change mat as well as an insulated bottle holder (genuine question, does anyone use these?) And it’s wipe clean, something I always look for after one too many leaking sippy cup incidents.
I know it’s slightly too early to be talking about holidays, but we have just booked one for June so I’m looking ahead at the moment. And this would make a great travel change bag. It’s lightweight so is ideal for weight restrictions are an issue.
It also has one main compartment inside, which is great for cramming everything in when you’re off on a journey. Or for when you have two children and double the amount of general stuff you have to cart around. And it looks like a summer beach bag, doesn’t it?
In terms of the not-so-brilliant parts, the shoulder handles are very rigid which means they can get in the way – and look slightly odd – when you’re using the strap. It doesn’t also have the structured organisation or the sophisticated feel of a leather bag like the Pacapod Sydney. But it’s bold, looks great, and I’m definitely taking it on our trip.
We were sent the BabyMel Cara red stripe which £58 and is available from Babymel online, John Lewis and Mothercare among other places.