Summer stripes and a perfect travel baby bag

March 25, 2015

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.

Babymel Cara baby bag review - red stripe

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.

Review of the Babymel Cara diaper bag in red stripe

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.

Diaper bag review - Babymel Cara red stripe

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?

Babymel change bag review

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.


  • Fiona

    March 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I love the nautical feel of this bag, very nice, and it looks like there’s plenty of room for baby items in there! x

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    March 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    You look fab! I love big bags too, they are so useful when you have kids even if you aren’t travelling! x

  • Alice

    March 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I absolutely adore your outfit in this Gill – bare legs, yay! The bag compliments it perfectly. There are so many blue striped things around it’s refreshing to see red stripes x

    1. Alice

      March 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      I comment on the bare legs because of the arrival of spring, not because I’m some sort of crazy perv 😉

  • Laura

    March 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Oh wow really love this stripy nautical style bag – perfect for summer and looking stylish with all the baby stuff in tow. I still need to find a decent changing bag

    Laura x

  • fritha

    March 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

    love it! it looks like such a beautiful bag even without it’s functionality of it being a change bag. I think finding a good one is so important, when W was born I thought I could just use my handbag but quickly realised that was a silly idea! x

  • Polly

    March 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    love the bag! I need a new changing bag, don’t like the one I have so I’m using an old handbag atm!

  • Shirley

    March 27, 2015 at 3:48 am

    This seems a pretty versatile bag which can be used after you need a changing bag, the type of bag you would be proud to be seen with. It looks very summery but would cheer you up during the winter too

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    March 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Big stripes fan here and I love the navy bow too. Looks great with your outfit *winks suggestively*

  • abigail

    March 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Oo I love the stripes, but I have definitely fallen out of love with shoulder bags since backpacks have made a comeback. I always feel a bit weighed down and hate not having my arms and hands free!

  • Rachel

    April 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Totally agree that the stripes look great – can’t say I have ever used an insulated bottle cover though..

  • MicahP

    April 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Love the bag. Time for me to change bags. My bag is getting really old. The price of the bag is really reasonable.

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