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review: a summer of babymule adventures

As September is drawing to a close, and it’s now officially Autumn, our first summer as a family of four already seems a distant memory. Before Joe started school this month and Daddy also had to go back to work after his well-timed teacher’s summer holiday of paternity leave, we made the most of our time together by getting out and about and enjoying the days of sunshine in between the numerous rainy ones.

Of course getting out and about with a new baby often involves bringing half the house out with you. Fortunately, I’ve been able to make use of a fab bit of kit which has made carrying the kitchen sink that much easier – our Babymule backpack changing bag.

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The generous changing mat provides a comfy surface wherever you are

I was very lucky to be chosen to be a Babymule Ambassador in time for Jake’s arrival, and have since found the bag to be indispensable for day trips out, popping into town, or just acting as a permanent changing station in the corner of the living room. Here’s why the Babymule works so well for me:

  • It’s big without being cumbersome – there is ample room inside for all baby’s nappy paraphernalia, changes of clothes, bottles if you’re using them (we have easily carried three at once), your own stuff (purse, keys, phone, books etc.), and space to shove a bit of shopping in the top on your way home.
  • It’s comfortable to carry – the wide adjustable straps and padded back mean that you can carry a full bag for hours without it becoming a burden, and makes babywearing an absolute breeze as you can easily have baby on the front and bag on the back leaving hands free. There is a hidden strap to enable you to carry as a messenger bag if you prefer, and you can clip onto your buggy handles.
  • There’s a space for everything – the clever design provides several pockets for storage of various items, including a bottle bag, zip pouch for dirty clothes, and a removable nappy bag for nipping to the baby change.
  • There’s an ample changing mat – the nappy bag includes a folded padded changing mat which matches the floral design on the main bag, and is big enough to stop an errant mid-change wee from escaping all over the place.
  • It is excellent quality – the Babymule feels lovely to use, is well put together, and seems as though it will last to use as a straightforward backpack long after Jake is no longer a baby.
  • They’re for dads too! – no ‘yummy mummies’ here. The designs are attractive without being too feminine for dad to want to carry.

On the downside (and this is being quite picky), sometimes the plethora of pockets and compartments means you have to open two or three before you remember where you put something so it won’t suit everyone if you want a straightforward bag to chuck everything in. Also, one thing it is lacking is a mesh pocket on the outside of the bag to slot water bottles or an umbrella in, as you might find on a standard rucksack. We would have found this a useful addition. Some may also find it too big to use as an everyday bag, which I can understand as you might not need all the space for a trip to the shops, but it really comes into its own when you’re out for the whole day.

On the whole, we’ve loved taking our Babymule around picturesque North East England over the holidays. Check out what we’ve been up to:

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The gorgeous coastline at Tynemouth – Daddy and Joe had fun on the boating lake
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Joe loves the play park at Cullercoats, just up the coast from Tynemouth
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The Babymule in action thanks to my dad’s sneaky photography
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The bag doubled as a very useful goalpost down at Jesmond Dene, a popular local park for families
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We took the bag all the way up to Holy Island off the Northumberland coast – here it is in the shadow of Lindisfarne Castle. Joe loved it on the beach at Bamburgh later that day.
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Unfazed by the sand on Bamburgh beach
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Enjoying some pizza in our local park on their Family Fun Day
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I couldn’t resist the blue sky on the rooftop car park of our local High Street shopping centre (you don’t always have to go far!)
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Even in the supermarket Babymule has its uses!
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Whatever we’ve been up to, it’s always good to come back home for cuddles

 

As a Babymule Ambassador I have been given a Babymule changing bag for the purpose of sharing our experience of using it. All opinions of the bag are my own. Find out more about Babymule at babymule.co.uk

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