Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Nursery Bag

I spent some time researching diaper bags looking at functionality, price, look and whether my husband would be prepared to carry it. You don’t need to buy a special diaper bag, any bag can carry diapers, bottles and so on, but since I would be using it often I wanted to get something best suited for the job. Prices vary from about R300 to over R2 000 and you have to decide what you are prepared to spend and what your taste in bags is. The Skip Hop range appealed to me as it was stylish and offered a variety of colour schemes which both men and women will like. The price was also right at R600.

The main feature of the bag is that it converts from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag by using what they call shuttle clips. The bag clips onto the handles of a pram which means no lugging the bag over your shoulder, putting it down on a dirty floor or having to squeeze it into the storage basket of the pram. The shoulder strap is padded and the bag lies neatly against the body when carried. There are 11 pockets and compartments to store all baby’s bits and bobs and mom’s personal belongings. A decent changing mat is included with the bag.

The pattern in the photo is called pop flower and matches my pram (I colour tested various bags in store before buying it much to the amusement of the Baby City staff). The bag ticked all my boxes and I hope it is as durable as it feels and looks. My one complaint is that the bag is narrow and deep so make sure you pack your most used items on top or in the side pockets. If you are looking for something a little different, Skip Hop have a messenger-style design called the Dash Deluxe which is slightly smaller and wider.

Green Point Park

After a trip to the clinic, Paige and I crossed the road and went for a walk in Green Point Park. The start of our excursion was delayed as I stood roadside trying to open the pram like a bumbling fool. Five minutes later and a kind offer of assistance by the gardener, I finally noticed the clip holding it shut and our excursion got under way.

Green Point Play Areas

I have been impressed with the Park since they opened it and look forward to the day when Paige will be old enough to play on the well crafted jungle gyms. The park is located behind the Stadium and there is ample parking behind the Virgin Active and along the Mouille Point entrances. The grounds are well cared for and time and thought went into the landscaping and designing the interactive walkways and adventure playgrounds. The park offers activities for all ages with a toddler play area for 1 to 6 year olds, the adventure play area for 6 to 16 year olds, designated ball game area, and a fitness area with outdoor gym equipment. There is plenty of space to relax in the grounds or at the shaded picnic spot by the pond.

Green Point Park

This park is super child friendly and offers safe, clean and fun facilities for all ages. The toilet facilities are clean and there are two baby changing rooms with a pull down changing mat. I highly recommend this park for a family outing in a scenic part of the city.