“Once upon a time an accessories designer and mother of 3 children all under 6 years old decided to utilise her experience and expertise to create a design-led, yet highly functional changing bag at a very competitive price.
Rosebud London was born.”
Rosebud London is the second brand for Charlotte Pearl of Pink Lining fame. Pink Lining are well known for being stylish, excellent quality and totally practical changing bags. You won’t go to a baby group and not spot a Yummy Mummy, Mama et Bebe or Blooming gorgeous. These highly desirable changing bags also come with a pretty hefty price tag. It is extremely hard to convince a man that one of these bags are a must when baby club schemes offer you a drab but usable alternative for free.
Step in Rosebud London. With the same quirky style and handy features the Rosebud London range offer everything you could possibly want out of a bag but at a very affordable price. When Rosebud London asked me if I would like to review the Family Tree Messenger changing bag I of course bit their hand off.
When the huge box arrived I was like a child at Christmas and when I saw the lovely wrapping I almost couldn’t bring myself to open it. When I did it was love at first sight. I absolutely love the pattern and the lining is fun and quirky. Being the owner of a Pink Lining I immediately recognised the features and the layout but have to say I wasn’t that impressed. The features were all there but the quality wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong it is made fantastically and the quality is fab for it’s price tag but it doesn’t cut the flawless quality of a Pink Lining. I put it in the cupboard and decided that I had to get out of the mentality that it was a Pink Lining bag.
A few days later I got the bag out again and had a good look at what it had to offer. The internal fabric is lovely, it is a lovely blue floral pattern and is water resistant so should there be any little spills it won’t ruin the bag. On one side it has two large pockets, a zip pocket and pen loop set behind them and a key hook. On the other side it has two thermo-insulated bottle pockets and a mobile phone pocket. The padded changing mat is wipe clean and made from the same fabric as the lining. The outside boasts a wipe clean, water resistant fabric and two elasticated pockets. The bag flap secures itself with Velcro and the strap is adjustable from 22 inches to 41 inches but isn’t removable. At the back of the bag, on the outside there is a slip pocket that is perfect for notebooks, red books, the changing mat or smaller items that you need in a rush.
I filled it up with everything that I needed for a trip to the shops and off we went. I don’t usually hang bags from the handles of my pushchairs because they slip down but I found that on it’s shortest setting it sat really nicely on the pushchair with no slippage and it didn’t bang against my knees. It could benefit from a removable strap though because when Spud decided he wanted to go on the buggy board I had to take it off the handle and tried to hook it around the chassis of the Quinny Mood but had to fit to wrap it around rather than just unclip and feed it through. I also found that the vecro doesn’t like to stay shut. The bag flaps open really easily if you don’t ensure the velco pieces have met which can lead to a huge security risk. The biggest negative has to be the changing mat. It’s pretty rubbish really, it’s really quite thin so I’m not sure Spike would notice any comfort from it so it only acts as a hygenic barrier.
The bag offers lots of space for all the essentials that you may need and even though Spike doesn’t use bottles for milk during the day anymore I made use of the bottle pockets by putting food jars and snacks in them to keep them safe. With a baby and a potty training toddler I managed to fit the following into my Rosebud London with extra space:
2 x spare pants
2 x Juice
Jar and Spoon
2 x bibs
Overall it is a really good bag. The wipe clean outer fabric means you don’t have to be too precious about it in situations like having to put it on the floor to get children into the car and it appears to be very hard wearing. It fits a lot into it, in an organised way and looks amazing. The amount of people that I have seen eyeing up my bag (and not the sort that look as though they are after my purse!) is unreal and I often think they are trying to work out what brand it is. It looks like a designer changing bag and with a price tag of £45 it certainly doesn’t break the bank like some of it’s competitors.