Review: Storksak 'Charlie' Backpack Changing Bag

As our babies become toddlers, the content of our changing bags changes, although the amount of stuff we need to cart around barely alters.  Vast quantities of nappies, wipes etc are replaced by the odd pull up or two, and muslins and other baby essentials give way to snacks, toys, crayons etc etc.  But how do you avoid getting stuck with a cutesy, obviously baby changing bag as children grow?  Or indeed, if pastel shades and flowers aren't your thing, how do you find a stylish, hard-wearing and functional changing bag in the first place?  Enter the stylish yet functional luxury baby changing bags from Storksak.

Founded in 2003 by two design-conscious North London mums who met at the school gates, Storksak bags have been spotted on some high-profile working mums like Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum and Jools Oliver.  The collection includes a wide range of leather and non-leather styles suitable for mums and dads, and is renowned as a premier fashion baby bag brand whose elegant designs with innovative features and quality detailing refuse to sacrifice style for function.

This summer Storksak have added new colourways to their 'Noa' line (above) and launched two brand new styles: the substantial 'Kay', and the versatile 'Charlie' backpack.  I've been toying with the idea of jettisoning my handbag and changing bag combo for a backpack or similar for a while, as I just don't have enough hands now all three girls are walking everywhere.  The idea of just chucking it all in a rucksack seemed a much better idea, so reviewing the Storksak Charlie backpack was perfect timing.

Let's talk about looks first.  I was very tempted to go for the gorgeous burnt orange shade above, but as I tend wear a lot of colour I didn't want to clash, so in the end went for something more neutral in the navy.  The Charlie is also available in grey with orange trim, and a black version launches in August.  The wipe clean nylon is a lovely texture and the blue is a lovely shade.  I love the unisex, utility style which reminds me so much of a small backpack-handbag I sported in the '90s, it definitely ties into the whole '90s revival trend we highlighted earlier in the year.  Loving that shiny silver hardware too!

Practically, the back panel features a padded back panel for comfortable wear and fully adjustable straps.  The grab top handle is great for when you're chasing after runaway toddlers, and the integrated stroller attachment means it will fit any buggy in a variety of ways, as you can see here:

The Charlie has four interior and two exterior pockets, perfect for keeping everything handy but in its place, and the larger of the front outer pockets has an additional clear EVA lining which is water resistant.  Three of the interior pockets are elasticated, and the fourth is zipped, so great for cards or money.  There is also a handy insulated food and bottle bag with outer pocket which can be used on its own if desired and keeps food warm for up to four hours.  We used it with a flask of soup for a playground trip over the weekend and it was brilliant.  There is also a lovely fold out padded changing mat included for baby's comfort, and the whole bag is made from wipe clean materials, so you can keep the exterior and linings fresh and clean.

Having thought my transition to backpack would mean compromising on how much stuff I would be able to carry around, especially as I was sacrificing my handbag too, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I can get into the Charlie.  It comfortably takes all of my handbag contents, plus any bits we need for Tatiana.  The bag measures 40cm tall by 31cm wide, and has a depth of 14cm making it very capacious for all your and your baby's needs.  It'll do sterling work as a mum-only bag when the littlies are grown too!

The Charlie is such a practical bag, and stylish too.  Bang on trend, its sleek design makes it a bag you will be happy to be seen with, and perfect for dads to take out and about too.  We love it!

The Charlie backpack is available from selected John Lewis stores, good independent stores nationwide and from, priced £79.

Photos c/o Storksak.

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