Skip HopI 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.

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