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Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag
Member Name: kat1234
Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag
Advantages: it's free!, wipe clean
Disadvantages: can't fit a lot in
When you are pregnant or have a young baby, there are a lot of parent clubs that you can join or subscribe to. Most offer free stuff or money off vouchers but you often find yourself inundated with marketing leaflets and the like once you join up. One of the best parenting clubs that I have found, and joined, is that offered by Boots. When you sign up to this, you can receive a free changing bag which they claim to be worth £30. A changing bag is a necessity for a mum to a young child as it allows you to carry all the things that they need with you when you go out - nappies, wipes, change of clothes, snacks, milk etc.
This bag is black in colour and has an adjustable shoulder strap so you can tailor it to your needs - and also fit over the straps of your pushchair for ease of transport. The material that the bag is made of is polyester and this is both waterproof and wipeable. On the front of the bag, there are two pouch pockets with grey flap covers. These are held down over the pocket using a magnetic fastening. The pockets are quite small but big enough to get a couple of things in there - too small to hold a bottle securely perhaps but some snacks or nappy sacks maybe.
The main section of the bag is fastened by a zip and within this there is a foil pouch that can be used to hold a bottle and insulate the contents - so keep it warm/cold depending on requirements. On the back of the bag there is a small zipped mesh pocket. This is large enough to carry a few things and I usually use this to hold my keys and phone if out and about. Within the bag, there is also a small black material changing mat that comes in a zipped cover. The mat folds down neatly to slot into the bag. It is quite small but enough to put under baby's body (or at least bottom half as they get older!) to protect them from dirty surfaces if changing on the go - or protect surfaces from little accidents. This is also wipe clean.
The bag is decent but I wouldn't call it wonderful. Changing bags are expensive things so, at a time when you have all manner of things to buy, a free one is definitely a help - even if, like me, you just have it as a spare one. Personally, I like a changing bag with a few more pockets and compartments - this helps me to keep things organised - nappies in one place, change of clothes in another etc. With this bag, whilst it does hold a fair amount, things just end up being disorganised no matter how organised they are when I put them in. This is not very practical or convenient when you are out and about and in a rush. Also, when your baby is young, they need quite a lot of things during a day (especially if you are bottle feeding) and there is not enough room to fit everything in.
Overall, a nice freebie to collect but I wouldn't pay £30 for it. There are definitely better changing bags on the market but this does a job none-the-less. You can't look a gift horse in the mouth after all......
Summary: A good freebie
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