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Diono Tote Bag Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2019 Shortlisted Best Baby Changing Bag Awards

At a glance:

Diono promise premium practicality in a hands-free tote bag made from a luxurious fabric with all the detailing you deserve. With seven separate pockets, one of which is fully insulated to help keep things hot or cold and two zip pockets to keep snacks separated from your essentials, an adjustable strap, a padded changing mat, bottle holder, wet and dry bag and even little extras like feet to raise your bag off the floor to keep it clean and dry.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Sadie Marie: I would definitely recommend this bag to a friend. In fact, I already have! It is great, especially if you have more than one child. One thing I really like about this bag is that it has a very large insulated compartment! It is good for storing food or drinks. I have even popped a freshly made bottle in there and it has kept it warm for a short while.

Amanda: I have found using this bag has meant I can have all my babies items in one place. Previously, I would have a changing backpack as well as carrying a separate lunch/cool bag. The bag looks good and has plenty of pockets and space for personal belongings such as phone and purse. I loved the amount of space and the versatility of the bag.

Chloe: I think all the compartments of the bag were really useful especially for people with more than one child. Even if you have only one child the amount of space is ideal. It was very lightweight when going abroad and practical with all of the sections and pockets. I would recommend it to friends and fellows mums for that reason.

How did this product make your life easier?

Janet: I love this bag. It is a fantastic size without seeming overly large. It's a lovely colour and feels top quality so I was surprised at the price! It has an elasticated key holder which I didn't even know I needed. The joy of not rooting past three packets of wet wipes, numerous nappies and constantly bypassing my keys!

Jaya: Due to the large size and multiple compartments, I have been able to pack everything I need in one place, compared to my previous changing bag, where I had to choose important items for a specific day. My life is also made easier by the insulated compartment, as I can transport hot/cold food with ease. Due to its stylish nature, I have also used this bag for personal travel, so its use extends beyond a baby changing bag.

Amy: The bag is an absolute godsend. It is by far the most usable changing bag. It makes it so much easier to pack everything you need conveniently and securely. There are compartments so you can keep items accessible such as food packed in the foiled area, nappies, wipes and a change of clothes in another. It has eradicated the rummaging around looking for items. This bag has everything you could want in a bag.

Would you choose this product to win?

Penelope: The sleek and simple design of this bag coupled with its comprehensive collection of pockets and extras makes it a strong contender for me. I already have a changing bag but find myself favouring this one when out of the house for longer periods of time. It doesn’t scream changing bag and doesn’t look odd slung over dads shoulder or if you need to tuck it under your chair at an event.

Louise: I would choose the bag if it was within my price bracket. I do feel the bag is definitely worth the retail price and I like that it has lots of pockets within it. One thing I feel it lack is pram clips.

Darchana: I would not choose this change bag over others. Although it has many good features, the biggest issue I had was the space. The side zip compartments are not completely separate and so take over the main compartment's space. This leaves either the main or side compartment difficult to fill properly.

What changes would you make to this product?

Tracy: The one thing that was missing from this changing tote was pram clips. We tried many ways of using the main strap but it often loosened and ended up under the pram which isn’t ideal. Life would be so much easier and I’d rate the bag more highly if those clips were made available.

Amanda: I found the bag to be very large, heavy and bulky once it is at full capacity. It was often hard to fit under a smaller stroller or to attach to the buggy hooks. There are a lot of pockets and different areas to the bag so it is a good idea to create different sections and stick to them in the bag so you can find things when needed quickly. I would often have to search through a number of pockets to get something before finding it.

Chloe: I would change the material. It would be better suited to a harder coating like leather and a thicker lining on the inside of the bag to help when spillages occur. This would make the bag easier to maintain and keep clean as the outside of the bag got very dirty.

Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

Catch her running along the Thames or eating her way around London's restaurants.


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