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The Boots changing bag retails for £30 or 'free' if you join the Boots parenting club. I say 'free' as you need to buy a pack of size 1 or 2 pampers nappies to pick one up. Joining the parenting club will also increase your reward points when spending on baby items, get you a free magazine and get you a range of further money off tokens. The money off vouchers I received were pretty good - one pound off a jar of indigestion liquid for example. You can join the club by registering in store or on line. I registered online and seemed to wait a long time for my nappy/bag voucher to arrive in a welcome pack. As I was eager to pin down my changing bag choice I did give boots a call where the friendly and efficient staff member promised my pack would be with me soon which it was.
One of the reasons I was keen to get my bag was because a relative had offered to buy me one and I wondered if this was one purchase that I could economise on. My pram did have a matching bag to go with it but this cost an eye watering one hundred pounds! Granted, it was huge but I wondered if the size was excessive. Looking further in to the bag situation showed that bags tend to come in two sizes - fairly compact for a days outing and bigger for more than one day - sometimes called a weekender. I think if I was away overnight, the baby gear would be going in a case so decided that a more compact bag was right for me. The boots changing bag is of the compact variety.
The other reason I was keen to get the bag was because I see them everywhere! On one short supermarket trip I counted three mums with these! They looked smart and hung over the buggy handles neatly.
So, now on to the detailed description. I'll be quite precise here as boots have run this offer for a decade, or so I am told, and the bag has seen some changes.
Colour: black with a grey trim
Features: a large padded changing mat, an insulated pocket for a bottle, an adjustable shoulder strap suitable for hanging on the pram or over the shoulder.
Compartments: one flap covered pocket on the front of the bag, divided in to two sections closing with Velcro. Insulated pocket on one side of the bag exterior. A slatted pocket across the back of the bag closing with Velcro. Main compartment seals with a zip. Inside on the front there is an open pocket divided in to three sections. On the back there is a zippered section.
Shape: rectangular though slightly smaller at the top than bottom.
Aesthetic design: simple and inoffensive. My partner says he is happy to take this out and about as its not 'girly'.
Dimensions: height 28cm, width 38cm, depth 14cm.
At the moment I have the change mat in there which is fairly bulky, plus the entire pack of 33 size 2 nappies I bought to get it. There is still space left over for a clean outfit and wipes.
Time will tell how robust this is or whether I have underestimated how large a bag is required. However I am confident that this 'freebie' is not smaller in size or worse in quality than others I have looked at.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, like most mothers I signed up to any baby clubs that invited me - anything that helps with the cost of raising a baby can only be useful. One of the better baby clubs has to be Boots, and when you join up to their baby card they will send you a host of vouchers, including one that gives you a free changing bag, which you would be mad not to take up. When you go to pick up a bag you will see that you can actually buy this bag for £30 but to be totally honest it really is NOT worth paying £30 for.
This changing bag comes with its own separate fold up changing mat, which is always handy when out and about or to keep as a spare in the home or car (I have changed my daughter's nappy in lots of places!) This changing mat is grey with dark grey spots so it does like quite nice and the fact that it is dark is an added bonus. It fits inside the changing bag well, and matches the interior lining.
This bag comes with lots of pockets, which is essential when carrying baby items. There are two side pockets, one which is lined with reflective silver to keep a bottle warm/cool. I find these pockets great for bottle, or juice cup or even for holding a bottle of calpol for those bad teething days.
On either side of the bag there are more pockets, one with a flap down cover though this is pretty narrow but good for holding the likes of spare nappy bags, and there is also an open pocket where you can put a few teethers etc.
Inside the bag, there is a internal zip pocket on one side and three little pockets on the other which are perfect for holding three nappies. In the main part of the bag, there is enough room to house enough baby items that you would need when out and about, although my bag is always stuffed with all those 'just in case' items.
I have had this bag for almost 10 months now, and I honestly thought it wouldn't last with all the wear and tear it undergoes coming with us on every outing, however it is really durable and apart from the odd mark at the bottom of the bag, it is as good as new, and I wouldn't say that I have looked after it with great care. There is no doubt that there are some really pretty changing bags on the market, and before my daughter was born I planned on getting one, however when I got this one for free and it held all my stuff, I just didn't think it was worth spending big money on another bag to literally hold my daughters nappies. I tend to carry toys etc for her in my big handbag and I would rather put the money into that. In my view, this is a durable, well laid out changing bag offering ample space, and although it is black and there is nothing attractive on the outside about it, it does what it needs to do and didn't cost me a penny! I won't be changing until this bag does me no longer!
Having a very young baby means that whenever I go out now, not only do I have to take all of my own stuff with me including medication, I now have to take everything that he is going to need as well, and it is surprising how one small person can need so much stuff. There was no way that all of mine and Jayden's stuff was going to fit in my handbag so before he was born I was on the look out for a bag suitable, something large enough to fit all of my baby equipment into, but something that was not going to be to large and bulky to carry around with me or hang on the pushchair. A lot of the bags I looked at were quite expensive and I was struggling to find something, that was until I received some coupons from the Boots Parenting Club, with these coupons I received one for a free Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag, all I had to do was buy a packet of nappies, this was a real bargain which I had to have.
The Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag came in a large cardboard box, this had the name of the product written on it along with the Boots logo, there was also a large picture of the bag on the box as well, I cannot remember the exact details of the packaging as this was thrown away a while ago now. When I got the bag I didn't really expect anything fancy, it was free after all, however I was quite impressed with the bag.
The bag is mainly black with grey trims around the pockets and it actually went quite well with the pushchair that I had bought. The Boot Parenting Club Bag is made from a strong material which on the Boots website is described as micro fibre, the material of the bag reminds me a bit of they type a typical school bag would be made of, the fabric actually felt strong and hardwearing, not the sort that would split easy if you slightly overloaded the bag. The bag has a long adjustable strap on it, this can be made as long or as short as you like so that you can have it either over your shoulder, across your body or even hanging on the back of the pushchair/ pram which is actually what I do most of the time. Again the strap is made from an extremely strong and tough material which also reminds me of the sort you find of a child's school bag. The strap can be easily adjusted by sliding the plastic bit up and down the strap to suit your needs.
The main thing with the Changing Bag was going to be whether it was big enough and also had enough compartments to hold all of the bits I needed to take out with me. The main section of the bag is fastened with a zip which goes the whole width of the bag and is positioned just on top of it. It is this section where you can store most of your things, it is also where you will find the travel changing mat folded up which also comes with the bag. As well as the main large pocket there are also smaller pockets positioned around the bag, on the back is on large pocket which goes the whole length of the bag, this is not particularly large and is only fastened with a small square of Velcro, I found this pocket quite handy for keeping paperwork in when I was hospital with Jayden, as it does not open particularly wide and also it is not that securely fastened I wouldn't risk putting too much stuff in this pocket that could fall out. There are a further two pockets on the front of the bag, this is the same size as the pocket on the back in that it goes the whole length of the bag, yet it is split in two to make two smaller ones. These have a flap of fabric going over them and secure with two pieces of Velcro, these pockets are much more secure with the flap going over the top of them, the pockets aren't massive but they are handy for keeping any little bits in that you do not want to get lost at the bottom of the main pocket, I find these handy for putting Jayden's dummy in just in case we need it whilst we are out. On the end of the bag there is also a pocket designed to hold a bottle, this has a foil lining to keep the bottle warm or cool (which ever it is to start with) this has an elasticised top to hold the bottle in place. Personally I have found there to be plenty of pockets and storage space in the Changing Bag, there are enough pockets to store any smaller items you have with you and the main compartment is large enough to hold larger items such as nappies, wipes, spare clothes and so on as well as the changing mat that comes with it as I have mentioned.
I particularly liked the fact that the bag came with a travel changing mat, it is nothing fancy but does the job. The changing mat is basically a thin pieces of foam type material covered with a plastic material with a fabric edge. The mat is a light grey colour, one side is designed to be waterproof and suitable to just wipe clean, whilst the other side is more of a non slip texture and prevents the mat from moving around depending on the surface you are using it on. The mat is also of a decent size and measures 68 x 45cm which gives you plenty of room, when folded it measures 24 x 26cm allowing it to fit inside the bag. Whilst the mat is thin it is also soft enough to make a hard surface a bit more comfortable for you baby to lay on whilst the plastic material makes any little accidents easy to clean up. The fact that the mat is thin makes it possible to fold it into four so that it comfortably fits inside the changing bag. I liked the idea of the travel mat as I hate the thought of laying Jayden on any old surfaces whilst we are out to change his nappy, I do not like the idea of taking him in public toilets to change him as a lot of them really are not very clean at all, however if you need to do a quick change the mat provides a barrier between his skin and the surface below so I know he is not being laid on anything dirty. Since having the Boot Parenting Club Changing Bag we have taken it out with us every time, even if its just to our parents house, we took a trip to the beach the other day and took this bag with us, we easily fitted all of Jayden's equipment into the bag and the travel mat allowed us to change his nappy quickly in the back of the car.
Obviously this bag is only available from Boots, as I have mentioned I did not actually pay for this as I joined the parenting club and got a coupon to receive this free when I purchased a packet of nappies, however you can buy the bag from either a Boots store or online and it costs £30.63, whilst I am extremely pleased with the bag I do not think I would be prepared to pay that amount of money for it, I do feel that it is a little bit over priced.
I would definitely recommend the Boot Parenting Club Changing Bag, it is of a decent size and allows you to carry all of your baby equipment with you, the various pockets mean you can keep things separate and there is even space to keep your baby's bottle hot/ cold in the foil lined pocket. The travel changing mat which comes with the bag is extremely useful for when you are out and about whether its shopping, a day at the beach or even just around friends or families you can change your baby's nappy without having to worry about laying them on a dirty surface or any little accidents occurring.
The bag is strong and hardwearing, I'm not sure about washing it or cleaning it, to be honest I haven't had the need to so far, however I think if I spill anything on it I w try wiping it down first before putting it in the washing machine. The adjustable strap allows you to carry the bag in whichever way you want, I always hang mine over the pushchair handle, I can have it on the shortest length and it is at the perfect height meaning I can quickly get to anything in the bag if needed. For me the only disadvantage is the price which I do think is a little high, however this did not affect me. I would certainly recommend the Boot Parenting Club Bag especially if you can get it as a freebie as I did.
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......
I decided to claim this even though I already had my heart set on a changing bag which I still bought, I thought this would be useful if my daughter went out with her nan for the day or as a backup.
To get the changing bag you have to first join the Boots parenting club which you can do in store or online. You then get sent a voucher which you take into Boots and you have to purchase a carry pack of either Pampers New Baby or Pampers Active Fit, they cost around £4 so hardly likely to break the bank and always a useful purchase.
Apparently according to the Boots website the bag retails for around £30. The bag is on the shelves in most Boots stores so you pick it up with the nappies and take it to the til. The bag comes in a cardboard box with a plastic handle at the top, the box prominently displays the bag.
The bag I got differs slightly from the picture I think that is an older style bag. The bag I have has each side an insulated pocket for baby food or milk bottles to keep them cold/warm it has a toggle design to close this part of the bag. The front of the bag has a large pocket which is secured with velcro, inside this compartment is also a zip for you to put something like a mobile phone or your keys. The main part of the bag is secured with a zip. Inside the main compartment is a changing mat which is a shiny silver one side and a matt white the other. I used this bag when I was in hospital as I ended up staying in a week so my other half had to bring in supplies, I used the changing mat daily while I was in hospital, it is a decent size it is a rectangular shape. The one side of the mat is waterproof and wipe clean, it is also slightly padded, I liked it as it saved any mess getting on the bed as that was where I had to change my daughter. When the mat is not in use it can be folded up with ease and it fits neatly into the zipped compartment within the bags main compartment. Inside the bag are a few extra pockets for bits and pieces you may need to carry.
I found the bag to be a decent size, I managed to fit in about 8 nappies, a full pack of wipes, some nappy bags, a spare change of clothes, some muslin clothes and a few little bits and the bag still didn't look overpacked. You can adjust the handle easily so it suits you height, it is comfortable to carry as the strap is slightly padded. The bag is black and silver in colour too so it suits most pushchairs if like me you like a matching changing bag. The material is strong and feels hardwearing and I have managed to get any marks of spills off using just a wetwipe.
All in all this is a decent bag for free, I have noticed a lot of mums use this particular bag, it is useful as a backup if you don't use it as your main bag.
4 out of 5 from me, I would like a little more choice in colour!
I signed up to the Boots Parenting Club whilst I was pregnant and was pleased to recieve this bag, it was one thing ticked off the endless list of baby things I needed! My baby is now 1 and I am still using this bag and have never felt the need to buy a different one.
The bag has a large compartment with which is divided into 2 sections, the main area has a foiled area to keep a bottle fresh (if heated it also keeps it warm for ages) and the smaller section has a changing mat. The front of the bag has 2 pockets which are easy to open as they are magnetic and are handy for keeping little toys, your phone etc in.
The strap is fully adjustable so its perfect for mum and dad and the neutral colour mean anyone would feel comfortable using it and would be suitable for a baby boy or girl. The strap has a metal fastening on which is very handy to attach a toy to allowing you to keep baby entertained on the go.
This bag is big enough to carry all the essentials you need when your out and about and is lightweight.
This is a great bag and fantastic for free, worth a go as changing bags tend to be quite pricey!
I joined the Boots parenting club when I found out I was pregnant well over a year ago now. When you join the parenting club you receive a whole host of offers and advice to help you through the early years of parenthood. You are allowed to stay in the club until you baby reaches their 2nd birthday. You will receive 10 Advantage club points for every £1 you spend on baby products (all other products in the store will get you 4 points per £1), as well as free gifts a magazine and other offers. When I joined one of the advantages of joining was to receive a changing bag free, I think with you first purchase of Pampers nappies. I don't actually think they do this offer anymore however you can buy the bag for about £30 instore which is a lot cheaper than most changing bags that you can buy.
I took up this offer, not really to get the bag but to join the club but I thought as long as I am getting something free that was worth it too. The bag is pretty basic but really provides you with everything you need in a changing bag. It is black and grey. The majority of the bag is black and it has a grey lining. The trim on the bag is grey too, for example around the front pocket and down the sides.
The bag has one shoulder strap down the middle so it's easy to sling over your shoulder and take out for the day. It's not amazingly big which is quite good as I think any bigger and it would be too heavy with all the things you need to put in it. I can easily fit a stack of nappies, wipes, bottles and food in this bag. The bag is made out of microfibre and polyester pockets and so it is wipe clean which I think is absolutely essential as you will always experience spills in your changing bag, from milk being spilt or food being spilt so being able to just wipe this bag down is great.
The bag also comes with a change mat which is one of the essentials you really need. I have found this mat really handy for when you are out and need to change your baby but the toilets do not have a change table so you need to put them on the floor. To be able to have a mat to put on the floor is great as you do not have to put your baby down on a dirty bathroom floor. The mat also comes in handy when your baby has a little accident with their nappy off. If the mat is underneath them then you don't have to worry that theyhave made a mess on the carpet or on the floor, especially if you are at someone else's house. The mat is also wipe clean so again is extremely easy to clean. The mat rolls up and so folds away easily in the change bag.
This bag also has pockets on the outside of the bag which are so handy for putting milk bottles in. As this seems to be the item I use most frequently from the bag it is nice to have it in a place when I can access it easily and put it away easily when my little girl ahs finished with her milk.
It's a pretty basic bag and not that fashionable but it does its job and all in all a great bag at a great price!
When I was pregnant with my daughter (now four months old), I made a discovery; in exchange for your personal details, companies (Boots, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Bounty...) are keen to give you baby-related freebies.
With this Boots offer, if you are already an Advantage Card holder, you can sign up for the Boots Parenting club. When you receive your welcome pack, there are a number of vouchers for money off or bonus points in store and one for this bag. You simply take one of these bags off the shelf (found near the nappies in most stores) and take it along with your voucher to the till and then the bag's all yours!
The bag is a standard 'record bag' size, with a wider base than top. It is made predominantly of black polyester with the front pocket flaps being made of silver polyester. It has a zip that runs the length of the top of the bag and an adjustable shoulder strap which is useful for hanging it from pushchair or pram handles.
Inside, has a wipe clean grey/silver lining. It has a mesh pocket running its entire length, and an insulated bottle pocket with drawstring top. As I mentioned before, there are two outer pockets which fasten with magnets.
Overall, the bag is great, especially if you are having your first (like me) and don't really know what you need from a changing bag until you've tried one out. It is big enough to fit a wad of disposable nappies, change of clothes, portable changing mat, nappy bags and wipes inside. Mine very often also contains my purse, bottle of water and mobile phone, so it's a pretty good size. It's also good because it is gender neutral so my husband doesn't mind carrying it around.
The things that I have found annoying about this bag are:
- There are lots around, so it's a good idea to personalize yours so you don't end up taking someone else's baby paraphernalia home
- It looks cheap
- It's not waterproof (but this is generally not a problem when you have a raincover for your pram)
- The zip does not go straight across. You can se from the picture that it forms an arc, which means space is wasted either side inside
I think this is a very good freebie. However, as this bag that is used everyday and doubles as a handbag, I am now ready to invest some of my own hard earned cash into something I prefer.
Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag
I recieved a voucher for a free Boots Parenting Club Changing Bag when I was pregnant with my daughter, now 11 months, after I signed up for the Boots Advantage Card Parenting Club.
To be honest when I first got the bag, I was not amazed or overly excited by it, I don't know why because to be fair it is a really nice bag and what was I expecting for free?!
The bag itself is black and silvery-grey and is easily wiped clean as is the changing mat that comes inside the bag. It has a strong extendable strap and many pockets and compartments. The bag itself has a decent sized main compartment, another which is insulated and has a drawstring cord on it which is suitable for a baby bottle, there are also two smaller pockets on the inside and opposite them one larger zipped compartment. On the outside there are also two more decent sized pockets with magnetic closing.
Personally I never really intended on using the bag as I had no use for it, I had already bought a cosy toes, parasol and changing bag set to match my pram. However when I realised that I needed a hospital bag to store all of my first night essentials in (I knew that I was going to end up with a C-Sect before the doctors did - I know just how stubborn my children are!). I managed to fit in the bag one pair of PJ's, a towel, slippers, deoderant, a large book, fresh wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush and other wash essentials, my phone, keys and phone charger!! It may have been a bit of a squeeze but the point is that it all fitted!
Until a couple of months ago that was the only time that I had used the bag. I started to take the kids swimming and thought that it was handy and would be suitable to fit mine and the youngest's costumes and towels in (my older daughter has her own Dora swim bag which she cannot be parted from). It is compact, looks good and from what I have found is waterproof, I am not sure how much but I do know that it manages to withstand the puddly changing room floors. (Just incase you are wondering my partner swiped the changing mat as soon as he seen it - for fishing apparantly!?)
To be honest I cannot see a downside to this bag for my purposes but other mothers may if they are using it as a changing bag as everyone knows, babies come with a whole lot of baggage, but you can't complain for free can you.
Overall, it may have been a slow-starter for me but now I find it indespesible and am really starting to like it!
Free with a postal voucher for Boots Parenting Club or £25.00 to purchace separately.
I've had a Boots Advantage Card for ages, and when I became pregnant I signed up to their Parenting Club. On joining I was sent a voucher which I could exchange for a free Changing Bag in Boots. Now, I am always up for a freebie, so I was soon down at Boots picking up my Changing Bag. That was over 18 months ago, but I've only just started using this bag. I ended up with two bags, as one came in the accessories pack with the buggy. Unfortunately I've just broken the zip, so I've been using the Boots freebie as a replacement.
For a freebie, this bag is really good. It's made from black and silver grey polyester, which appears to be splash proof (although I've not got the bag wet, so don't hold me to that). There is a zip fastening at the top, which opens into the main compartment. Inside there is a sizeable black changing mat in its own zip fasten black bag. This is made of PVC and polyester and is wipe clean (as is the bag itself). The main compartment is plenty big enough for nappies and wipes. There is a big inner zipped net pocket, which I use for my purse and keys. There is also an insulated pocket with a draw cord closure, for bottles. There are two further pockets, which are about the right size for a mobile. On the outside of the bag, there are two further pockets with magnetic closures. I find these useful for tissues and shopping bags.
The bag has an easily extendable strap. I like this because it allows me to alter the length depending on what I am doing. I now have the options of the bag fitting over my shoulder, right across my body or over the handles of the buggy.
The major downside of this bag is that I don't really find it big enough. Now my son is 18 months, when we go out I have to take food, snacks, cups and usually something to entertain him. I can just get all of that in with the nappies and wipes, but there is no room to spare.
The other problem that I have found is that these bags are everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for a unique, stand out from the crowd bag. My problem is that it would be very easy to walk off with someone else's bag, when you have a large gathering of mums together!
I thoroughly recommend that any parent joins Boots Parenting Club, and not only to get your free bag. As a member you are frequently sent money off vouchers, and you earn double Advantage points on many baby products.
Despite the downsides to this bag, I have to give it 5 stars, because none of these outweighs the fact that you seldom get such a good freebie.
Well, I dont know how anyone can have any complaints about a FREE changing bag! when I fell pregnant I was given a token for a bounty pack and within the bounty pack there was all sorts of samples and vouchers, including a voucher for Boots Parenting Club. When I joined the Parenting club Boots sent me a pack with tokens to spend in boots and tips for pregnancy, birth and babies, one of the tokens was for a free changing bag, I was straight off to Boots to collect my free bag. And I have to say I was very impressed. I expected something cheap feeling and Tiny, Its really not, its a good size, especially for the early days and its a good quality bag, made from waterproof material, its black with two silver pockets on the front, with magnetic flaps, great for quick reach items, but not really for valubles, they are easy opening. The bag has one top zip opening, inside the bag you will find one further pocket, handy for a simple change of clothes, a insulated bottle bag, perfect for bottle feeders, and a travel sized changing mat. The bag is a good size for essentials, but now my son is getting bigger im struggling to fit in things for his weaning stage as well as bigger clothes for him, plenty of nappies for a full day out and all the other basics. I usually take out an Eco Carrier bag to put the extras in.
Cant be faulted for a freebie, Thanks Boots for helping out families so much.
What a wondeful time it is being pregnant, your skin is glowing, you hair is silky, you can eat what you like and not have to worry, and it seems every baby product manufacturer known to mankind would like to congratulate you and your family with a whole range of freebies, and for most these are very welcomed.
In the bounty pack which you receive after your booking in appointment with the midwife, you receive a lovely little voucher for the Boots mother and baby club and they send you a voucher for the Boots changing bag. Every few months they send a booklet with help advice and tips, and lots of little vouchers to help with costs. Being a member of the baby club gets you extra points in the Johnsons range and Boots range.
This changing bag is black with silver magnetic pockets on the front, which are handy for muslin squares but I wouldn't recommend putting anything of value in these pockets as they do open quite easily. It is made from a waterproof fabric with zip fastening on top. Inside there is a free waterproof travel change mat with waterfproof cover. This doubles up to section your change bag into two sides for ease of use finding things. There is a bottle holder compartment with silver foiled lining to hold one bottle and to keep it insulated, perfect for mums who bottle feed. There is another seperate pocket on the inside which I like to keep a spare babygrow and vest.
This bag is big enough to carry all your essentials with ease, and is small enough to carry with you as the long strap can be used to carry as an across body bag or just as easily across the shoulder. What I like about this bag is that it's not too girly for my husband to take out and about with him, he quite likes it and it has now been designated as his.
We have kept this for my husband to use although it is brilliant and for a freebie it's fantastic, having a changing bag negates the need to lug around a handbag. Being a trendy young mum I ideally need a changing bag that can double up as a handbag and for me it doesn't quite cut it, and wouldnt be big enough for my daughters things plus all my bits and bobs.
Overall this was brilliant for us as new parents, the last thing we wanted to do was get caught up in which changing bag should we buy when we had so many other things to think about. We used it for the first few months and my husband still does now. This is definately a fantastic freebie so well done to Boots for helping out new families in a practical way but actually giving away a decent changing bag too.
I received this bag free with Boots Parenting club when (I think) I bought some disposable nappies. It says the bag retails at £29.99 but if anyone paid that for this bag then they would be completely bonkers.
As changing bags go, it's pretty basic (I should know I've been through a fair few). The material is a cheap thin canvassy type material, pretty low budget if you ask me, and it's not waterproof, in my experience.
It's basically a shoulder bag with a few extra pockets. On the outside are two small flap pockets that close with magnetic catches. These are handy for storing small items such as tissues, breast pads, keys, dummies, snacks, small toys etc.
Inside the bag is an insulated bottle holder which fastens with a string & toggle to keep your bottle safe. This is large enough to contain a 9oz Avent bottle. But if you are going out for the day then you are going to need a separate bottle holder for your other bottles, but still, this pocket is handy.
Also inside the bag is a zipped mesh compartment which is large enough to hold wipes or a few disposable nappies. Then on the opposite side are two small pouches, one is mobile phone size and the other is a bit bigger, I suppose for your purse (but my purse is huge so it would never fit in this bit).
Then you obviously get your main compartment, which to be honest is not very large. Once you have filled the pockets with wipes, nappies and your bottle then that perhaps leaves space enough for a change of clothes for your baby and perhaps a couple of other items.
The main compartment is sealed with a zip.
The shoulder strap is long and has quite a large adjustment, so if you hang it over your pushchair handles then you can adjust it to your perferred height.
As bags go this is not so bad. I was actually going to slag it off completely but as I have been writing about it's features I have begun to realise that it's not all that bad. For a quick trip out with your child it would serve it's purpose well enough, managing to hold all those essential items.
I just found it dull and unappealling, and really not to my taste, but I suppose you can't expect much more from a freebie. I'm not sure it would last the required lifetime of a changing bag because of the cheap material, but it would do as a stop gap until you find yourself that perfect bag.
Don't ever ever pay for this bag.
I heard about the Boots Parenting Club from a friend at work and she also mentioned a free bag when joining up. So extremely conscious of how much money babies take from you - and knowing that I probably wouldn't be able to afford a decent bag - I went along and signed up. I received money off coupons and a free bag - well not really free since you had to buy nappies with it but needing nappies anyway I didn't think too much of it.
The bag itself is black and silver - it has a see through netted zip inside, a bottle warmer and two open inside pockets. Outside it has two pockets which have a magnetic close on them. The material of the bag is not worth £29.99 but you can't really complain as it being free.
I have found this bag to be useful as I do take it everywhere with me. I have accessorised it by adding a few pins etc to make it different from others as you are most likely to see another exactly the same being used! I use the inside zipper for nappies - I can get about 6 nappies in there altogether. I used to use the bottle warmer but this was only useful for the smaller bottles. I have hand gel in one of the inside open pockets and tend to put spoons in the other. I can usually get all of his food and a changing pad with wipes and bags in there but it does become difficult to zip up - I also try and take extra clothes when out but I'm not that bothered about it closing. The outside pockets are used for tissues in one and dummy in the other.
As previously mentioned I have used this bag quite a bit - the disadvantages are that you cannot get everything you want in it (then again being female I do try to get everything but the kitchen sink in!). the bottle warmer is only useful for a small 5oz bottle. It does not have any secured pockets on the outside. Advantages are that it is a free bag (save as to the costs of nappies). It does do the trick. It doesn't have lots of writing and promotional advertising on the front (most freebies will have logos everywhere).
If the opportunity to get another bag was available to me again - I would take it. It's not something that you can probably parade around and show off to your friends, but for those who just need a bag to help keep baby's stuff together - then it is worth it. I'm not saying it is the best bag in the world - but for something that was worth the amount in nappies (which you already need) then why not? For me, it keeps little one's things together and it's not overly big so that it's hard to carry. Saying that it, it isn't a bag I would pay £29.99 for!
Comes with: Boots own-label baby products, Pampers nappies and wipes, Heinz baby food, Philips Avent bottles and sterilisers and Johnson's Baby toiletries.