Stylish and practical: How Fact + Fiction reinvented the changing bag

As a mum of two I need a changing bag, but I don’t WANT one that looks like a changing bag. Whoever said women were difficult to please, eh?

Luckily staying organised while looking chic is a doddle with the beautiful range of Fact + Fiction bags. 

I’m so glad I discovered this beautiful brand earlier this year, they really are a lovely choice for mums who do not want to compromise on style when picking out a changing bag.

Of course we want something that ticks ALL of the boxes on the practical side. But isn’t it nice to be able to pick a bag that’s more than just practical, more than just a changing bag. We may be mothers, but we still want to retain a that sense of style that makes us feel confident. 

It’s also a big plus being able to invest in a bag that’s going to last well beyond the baby years. Something we’re happy to carry to the office, gym and on nights out. 

That’s exactly what Fact + Fiction founders Helena and Nicola set out to do when they founded their business in 2012. 

The name reflects that the bags have two sides to them; they look like an ordinary handbag but hide a wealth of cutting edge features. 

It’s so pretty no-one will ever know it’s a changing bag!

Why changing bags matter

Picking the perfect changing bag is about more than just how much stuff you can cram into it.

We may like to carry everything but the kitchen sink when we pop out with the kids, but us mums also need a bag that can stand up to the challenges of everyday motherhood. 

That means a bag that’s got pockets to organise all of our essentials and that can survive a milk spillage or 10. 

But pre-motherhood we had gotten used to our own particular style of bag, something that doesn’t look like it’s all about the baby.

I don’t know about you, but becoming a mother was a big shock to the system for me. It’s a huge change, and in those early months it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost a bit of your identity – that spark that makes you uniquely you.

Of course a bag is not going to solve all of the challenges and changes of motherhood – if only – but it’s a good place to start!

Having a beautiful bag that connects your new life as a mum with your old life as someone who loved getting dressed up to go out definitely helps.

What’s special about Fact + Fiction bags?

Fact + Fiction combines beautiful design with practical technology to make bags that work with us, whatever challenges life throws our way. 

These are bags we would happily tote about town even when our babies are safely tucked up at home. But they can also stand up to the trials of motherhood. 

From backpacks to totes, the range is all about practicality, versatility and style. 

I’ve been road testing the gorgeous Charli backpack (£135) for the last few months and it has been fantastic. 

The Charli holds everything I need for a day out with two little ones

It’s been to soft play, the playground, the woods, the beach, as well as out for dinner and it’s withstood everything my kids have to throw at it. 

This is one of Fact + Fiction’s best-sellers, and it’s easy to see why. 

Inside the lining is wipeable and equipped with anti-smell technology. Yep, anti-smell fabric is a thing, I didn’t know about it before either! I don’t know how it works but I can report there are no foul smells of old sandwiches and soggy clothes emanating from inside. It’s still as fresh as a daisy!

The Charli backpack has zip pockets at the front and sides, making it secure and easy to keep your valuables organised

There are three separate compartments, including one that will fit a laptop. My favourite feature of the bag is the zip compartment at the bottom, where you can store shoes for the gym or spare clothes for the kids. It means there’s no more rooting around trying to reach that one thing at the bottom of your bag. 

Outside are gorgeous gold-look zips that give the bag a subtle look of luxury. The gold also highlights the earphone eyelet, which gives you a place to thread your headphone jack through to a small pocket that keeps your music player safe. 

The main compartment is roomy and with a no-spill, quick access pocket for drinks, you’re all set for a day out with the kids, or a day at the office. 

Backpacks are a brilliant choice for mums who have more than one child, as they keep your hands free for dealing with your little angels. The straps are adjustable and padded, so they’re extremely comfortable. 

The Charli is a little bit of a superhero in disguise. It looks nothing like a piece of baby gear, yet inside it’s got everything a busy mum needs. 

Then once your baby is out of nappies and you are returning to work, the gym and everywhere in-between, this bag still slots itself nicely into your busy life. 

The Fact + Fiction bag is durable but stylish – perfect for days at the playground and lunchtime catchups.

From baby to beyond, these are changing bags that are anything but mumsy. 

Giveaway

Now you have a chance to WIN your very own Charli backpack! The lovely people at Fact + Fiction have teamed up with us to offer you an early Christmas present. Whether you want to replace your tired changing bag, need a new gym bag or fancy treating a friend, you’ll want to get your hands on one of these!

Entering is easy. Just head on over to this Instagram post and following the instructions to be in with a chance to win. Good luck!

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GIVEAWAY! Happy Black Friday all! Is anyone hunting down bargains today? Even though Christmas is fast approaching I’m extremely tempted by the thought of getting a few little treats for myself. Speaking of treats, I’ve got a few in store for you! Today I’m kicking off a series of giveaways featuring gorgeous prizes. This is my little way of saying Merry Christmas to all of you lovely lot. Well, there’s just over a month to go to the big day, but it’s close enough! We’re starting my festive bonanza with this absolutely lush backpack from the chic collection at @shopfactfiction . The Charli is a changing bag that looks nothing like a changing bag! It’s packed with special features including anti-smell technology (yep, no more pongy niffs wafting out of the bag every time you unzip it), a handy secret pocket at the base of the bag and it’s all wipeable. It’s ideal for taking you through the baby and toddler years, and beyond. There’s more about this lovely bag over on my blog right now (link in bio 🔗👆). If you fancy winning one of these beautiful bags for yourself, simply: 🛍️ Like this post 🛍️ Follow me and @shopfactfiction 🛍️ Tag a friend below (as many as you want for extra entries) I’ll be picking a winner on Tuesday! UK entries only. Best of luck everyone. x #giveaway #competition #winit #winwinwin #factandfiction #changingbag #babymusthaves #wiwt #fashtagfriday @shellandthelittlies @finlay_fox #ad #gifted

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UK entrants only. See here for more competition terms and conditions

I was gifted a Charli backpack. All opinions are my own. 

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