Towards the end of last year I was gifted the award-winning Jennie changing bag by handbag brand Mia Tui. This was my second Mia Tui bag, as they had gifted me the smaller version of the Jennie, the Mini Jen, earlier last year. With a baby on the way, I was excited to try out the Jennie, which was voted Mother and Baby’s Best Changing Bag 2018 and 2019 and Mumsnet’s Best Baby Changing Bag 2018.
It’s taken me a while to put together this review, as I have had my hands full with my 12-week-old daughter Emily. It’s been tricky finding the time to write whilst juggling motherhood with everyday chores. But I’ve managed to find a quiet ten minutes to share with you my thoughts on the bag.
First of all, although the Jennie has won awards as a changing bag, it is actually the ideal travel bag due to its size, compartments and handy strap which slots over a suitcase handle. I took the smaller version on holiday on Britannia with me last year, and found it invaluable. The main features that make the Jennie a changing bag are the changing mat and buggy clips, which can be detached/removed. There are also insulated bottle holders, which you can use for a baby’s bottle or an adult water bottle.
The Jennie has the following features:
- Travel changing mat
- Buggy clips
- 1 clear internal bag with hand strap
- 1 matching clutch bag with wrist and cross body strap
- 2 insulated water bottle holders
- Key clip
- Phone pocket
- Pen holder
- Hands-free shoulder strap
- Turquoise interior (Aubergine has a cream interior)
Using the bag
It comes in a number of colours but I chose cornflower blue, which has Mia Tui’s trademark turquoise interior. The Jennie has plenty of space for all of your baby bits (or travel items). As well as internal pockets, the bag comes with a clear waterproof pouch, which I use to hold baby creams, hand gel and make-up. It’s easy to take out, so you can use it in a smaller handbag if you want to. There is also a small clutch bag which detaches if you don’t want to carry a full changing/travel bag with you all the time.
I found the buggy clips a really useful feature as these are something a lot of changing bags don’t come with. The bag attaches to my Egg stroller very well and I found it easy to access. The only downside is that it is quite bulky when walking along with the stroller.
Organising the Jennie is very easy, due to the handy internal pockets and compartments. I found it easy to separate nappies, wipes and nappy sacks from spare clothes and muslins. I also really like the option of being able to slide the bag over your suitcase handle, something which was very useful with my Mini Jen last year.
I can see why this bag has won awards, and its soft vegan-friendly material makes it an item anyone can use. The quality of the bag is very good and I can see it being very durable over time. It doesn’t look like a typical changing bag which makes it very versatile and I like the fact that it can be used for other purposes.
About Mia Tui
Launched in 2010, Mia Tui’s creator Charlotte wanted to make a bag that suited her busy lifestyle. She views her creations as the busy woman’s best friend, with an emphasis on style and practicality. All of Charlotte’s bags are made in her friend Van’s factory in Vietnam and the company do not use any animal based products, making them a great choice for vegans. Mia Tui have a wide range of items to suit a variety of needs including work bags, backpacks and occasion bags.
If you are interested in finding out more about Mia Tui, or the Jennie, you can find more details on the company’s website.
Although I was gifted this bag, I was not paid or asked to write this review.
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