Pacapod Napier Changing Bag Review

So my Pacapod Napier arrived, ready for my baby massage class today!  I would like to share my review with you.

Below is the front of the bag.  It has 2 smaller clutch handles and one long adjustable over body strap which can be removed.  On the front you can see the orange Pacapod branded label and a zip around (2 zips) main compartment which holds the main pods which I will come to later.  The outside fabric is a cotton coated canvas with wipe clean finish.  Dimensions are H41 x W31 x D18cm.

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Below is the back of the bag.  There is a pocket halfway down the bag which has a magnetic hold, this is great for items you need to grab quickly, I keep my muslin cloth in here!   Above that there is a small zip pocket with a large zip pull.

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I have pulled the inside of the small zip pocket out of the bag so you can see exactly what this is like.  There are 3 separate sections which have an elasticated top.  You could put things like your mobile phone (if it fits – they seem to get larger and larger each year!), lip gloss, teething gel…
Another idea which I love as it’s one of those things easily misplaced or that you lose at the bottom of a bag is the key fob, you can easily clip your keys on, but not only this, the fob is on elastic so can be pulled out the pocket.

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Below is a shot of the top of the bag, you can see another zip compartment here, you could use this for your purse, baby clothes, toys…  There are 2 pram/pushchair straps which I have pulled out so you can see, these actually keep down in the bag and you just pull them out when you need them.  These straps are adjustable and rather than held with velcro are held together with plastic fastenings which I like.

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OK so the whole speciality of the Pacapod bags are the Pods so let me explain those.  Below is a picture of the front of the bag with the main compartment opened, this opens downwards to reveal the 2 pods. These are held in by velcro straps but each or both Pods can be removed from the bag.  P1030747

Another great design idea is that you could for example just remove the Changer Pod and take this to the Baby Changing Room rather than having to take the whole bag, or take out the Feeder Pod from the bottom of the pushchair.  Not only that but the handle at the back of each Pod has a velcro fastening so you could also attach each pod to the pushchair or take out just the Pod you need,  Great if you want to give your partner one Pod to take out or leave a Pod with a Childminder.

If you do remove the Pods there is obviously more room in the main bag or you could use on it’s own as for example a laptop bag.  When the main compartment is open you can see a pocket in the lid and you can just see the changing mat folded in here.  The changing mat has a velcro fastening to keep it folded.  You can then see 2 pods, one is called a ‘Changer Pod’ (grey) and one is a ‘Feeder Pod’ (black).  This is written on the little orange labels you can see on the Pods. You will also find that in the Pods there are little cute picture labels to tell you where everything goes to keep you organised.

So let’s look and see what’s in the Pods, firstly the Changer Pod, below I have added a picture so you can see what I have put in.  There are 2 zips so you can open up the front which folds open flat.  In the lid there is a pocket where you can slide in nappies, I have 4 in here.  At the back of the Pod are 2 large elastic straps which hold baby wipes but what I love about this is that you don’t actually have to pull the wipes packet out!  You can open the wipes packet from the centre without having to take the whole wipes pack, love it!  Then you have pockets on either side of the Pod, so you could put nappy change cream, nappy disposable bags, hand gel, sun cream etc in here.  There is still room to put other bits in the centre of the Pod.

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The second Pod is the Feeder Pod as below.  This is an insulated bag which Pacapod say holds 4 bottles and keeps them warm for up to 3 hours.  Later this could be used for pots of food and there is a little pocket on the right hand side where you can slip in cutlery.

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I think that’s pretty much everything,  You will see from my previous posts that I have already tried quite a few bags but the Pacapod stands out as quite different.  I have a baby massage class today so this should help me keep really organised which is sometimes impossible with a baby!  I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any comments or have used this bag please leave me a message below.

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