I hadn't heard of Babymoov, until recently, but the moment I looked at their bags I was instantly sure that they were the way forward for me. The bags have a really nice look (there's prettier designs as well as the simpler ones) and they have every feature that I'd be looking from in a bag, and more.
The bag costs around £40-£45 from most available online retailers, but I've seen them in various special offers so it's well worth shopping around. I've currently found it on Amazon for £43.70 and Mothercare for £44.99 but during my shopping around I definitely remember seeing it on lots of sites.
When I was ordering I had a voucher to get a bit of money off at eBay so I bought mine from there but I'd not recommend doing that as you have a lot less security from your order. The seller I bought from had one of the older models of the bag which ended up having a damaged changing mat due to the way the metal star studs used to be attached. When I found this I contacted Babymoov and explained that I was going to be reviewing my bag so I wanted to know if amendments had been made to the bag in order to stop this from happening and they said that the design had been changed, as this was a known issue, and they very kindly offered to replace my bag (which they couldn't normally do due to the fact that I'd bought from a third party) - So I returned my damaged bag to them and they gave me a new one, very very kind of them.
As much as it was a shame that the first one had some damage, it's really good to know that the company is aware of issues and make changes to prevent it from happening again - So, nicely done Babymoov. And that's enough from me for the pre-story, on to the bag!
I'm loving grey, at the moment, and I am always drawn to star print things with my babies (it seems) so the Star design was a no-brainer for me. We've ordered a grey buggy so I think that the bag will look great with it.
This is the bag with the changing mat attachment on the front, the removable mat being one of the things that drew me to the bag.
When you remove the mat you have a very nice looking bag, still, just with a little less decoration. As you can see from the picture it has smaller handles for carrying, as well as a bigger shoulder strap which makes it much easier to wear the bag.
The detailing on the bag is just lovely, you'll find stars on various parts of the bag and on the accessories that come with it. As much as it's hardly a massive selling point, it's something which really makes me happy with a product as it proves that the manufacturer concentrate on both the bigger and the smaller elements.
On the outside of the bag there's a small zip pocket on one side - You might be able to fit a phone in there, or a small purse, as well as other smaller bits and bobs, maybe a snack for a toddler or even just pocket change for parking machines.
One feature I loved in my old changing bag was straps on each end which help it attach to the buggy handle so you don't end up with using the shoulder strap and having it hanging low and bashing against the wheels or even the floor if it's a long strap. This feature was perfected even more, on this bag, the buggy straps are adjustable so you can make it fit to different makes of buggy more easily.
I didn't get the best picture of the inside as I wanted to keep my flaky nails out of the shot (vanity, I know), but I think you can get a good idea of how big a space there is inside, you'll not have any trouble fitting a good day's worth of bits and bobs inside.
Additionally you can see there's two small, elasticated pockets at the back of the bag which you can slip smaller items in to, and at the far left there's a mesh pocket for holding a drinks bottle or beaker in.
On the other side of the bag there's a huge pouch which the wet bag/pouch fits in, but I also look at it and see it as a perfect kindle pouch, haha, I rarely leave the house without mine, It'd also be ideal for baby's red book or any other flat, larger items that need to get in there. Interestingly you an also, just about, see that the wall of the pocket opens up, and is held closed by velcro, and this gives you yet another little place to slip your items in. Lastly, for the inside, you can see that there's another small, zip up pocket.
Ok, so I think I've detailed every pouch and pocket in the bag, but you can see my point, there's tonnes and tonnes of ways to store your things, and make it work for both yours and babies things.
As if all the storage solutions weren't enough, the bag also comes with four helpful accessories - At the top you can see the waterproof pouch which would be handy for damp clothing, or anything else that needs keeping separate. Just below that, somewhat blending in to the bag, there's a thin, black fleece blanket with a grey border, another non-essential, but something that could be really handy as it folds up really small and there's so many situations in which an extra layer is just ideal.
Both the insulated bottle bag and the dummy holder can be attached to the outside of the bag for easy access on the go and both are in keeping with fabric and designs of the bag.
And, as if all of that wasn't enough, lastly we have the detachable changing mat. A lot of changing bags come with mats but normally they fit inside the bag and, so, take up a lot of space which you want to save for other things. With the Babymoov 'Style' bag it clips on to the front of the bag which means that you don't lose essential internal space, but it also means that you can get to it more easily when you need to do a change on the fly. If you were only going out for a small journey, too, you can remove the strap from the main back and attach it to the rings on the back of the changing mat, which you can use as a small bag instead.
The mat is designed so you can keep the basics in with it and use it independently of the big bag. As you can see there's a small mesh pouch at the top which you could keep a couple of nappies in, and then, as you can see above, there's the fold out 'arms' of the mat which means that if you put a travel pack of wipes in there you'd not have them falling out of the sides if used as a small shoulder bag. The extra width will also be really handy when changing the baby.
I love this idea of being able to keep the basics in the changing mat so you don't need to take the whole bag with you in to a changing area, it's such a handy little idea, but it's yet another little innovation that really sold me on the bag.
Phew, that was a bit of a long one. A lot of pictures, I know, and I'm aware I tirelessly pointed out all the tiny details, but I wanted to explain what sold the bag to me and what has me really excited to use it. I expect I'll do what I did with Ethan, when it comes to hospital bags, and I'll use this as Oliver's bag and I'll use a small bag for myself too rather than having one huge bag for both of us. It makes it easier for others to get to his bits and bobs and it makes it easier for getting around the hospital and for storing the bags away too. I can't wait to use this and store all of Oliver's bits and pieces in here, just having the bag reminds me of how real everything is, in only a matter of weeks our little boy will be here and this bag will be so so useful.