THE nappy bag I started this motherhood journey with became less than practical once Baby Holly (aka Baby No. 2) came along. Big. Bulky. Over flowing. And it was always impossible to find anything. I always looked like a draught horse dragging along a pack. No wonder those horses always look so miserable.
So I did what many mums do and opted for a kids backpack. A lurid pink backpack with green, blue and white spots. Yes, it’s fair to say it didn’t match my shoes. Or anything else, for that matter. So when this arrived:

My Zeppelin carrier from Vanchi

I felt like a Paris mum – not that I have any real idea what that would really feel like. But I can imagine.  You see, this gorgeous Zeppelin Carrier is part of Vanchi’s designer nappy bag range, aimed at style savvy mums. OK, so I’m not style savvy, but I’ve been known to fake it ’til you make it.
There is one problem with the bag – it’s become rather popular in this house.

Princess Ella modelling my Vanchi bag.

Princess Ella didn’t just want one photo of herself posing with it, but a string of them.

Again...

...and again! OK, that's enough now.

There was some major disappointment in our house when she learnt she would have to go without it for two days while I was in Sydney. My trip to the big smoke with Baby Holly was how I was going to put this bag to the test. Would it be practical enough?
It was that and so much more. Just before boarding our flight, when I was told that unfortunately I hadn’t checked my baby in (oh dear – too focused on my bag maybe?), I at least looked rather stylish as I stood waiting for the hierarchy to give my baby permission to board. What else was I going to do? Leave her at the airport?
While on the plane, I was able to whip out a dummy from the dummy safe to appease the non-parent travellers, put some used wet wipes into the wetpack (non-stinky ones, I might add) and find a toy inside the removable mummy pouch – all without spending hours searching the bottom of the bag. And the bag fitted neatly under the seat in front of me (because I hate trying to get bags into those overhead lockers. Something to do with being only 150cm tall).

The contents.

The leather-look Zeppelin bag features:
  • Matching dummy safe
  • Bottle holder with insulated lining
  • PVC wetpack for soiled or wet items
  • Large change mat with waterproof lining
  • Optional pram strap
  • Key clip
  • A removable mummy pouch
  • Multiple pocket options
And this:

The cute dummy charm.

A cute signature dummy charm that’s attached to every Vanchi bag.  It also has a waterproof lining, full length zippered closure and metal feet to protect it from wear and tear.
It’s seriously hard to pick faults. The only thing I could possibly suggest is a designated mobile phone pocket, as the inside pockets are rather large.
The only other problem I faced was trying to choose which Vanchi product I wanted. I challenge you to pick just one. So if you’re looking for something with a little bit more class and style, then I honestly can’t rate Vanchi highly enough.
Even better, Vanchi was started by Aussie mum Sarah Van Bentum after a surprise twin pregnancy in 2005 and a timely gap in the market. A certain percentage of all Vanchi products go directly towards Child Rescue, a division of World Vision working to combat child slavery.  To learn more about Vanchi, visit www.vanchi.com.au and I recommend liking their Facebook page so you never miss out on news and giveaways.

A far more stylish photo of the bag.

To go in the draw to win a $150 Vanchi gift certificate, simply tell us which Vanchi product you would love to own.  The giveaway closes Sunday,, August 21 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of three entries.
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170 Responses to WIN: Vanchi nappy bag review and $150 gift certificate giveaway

  1. Kellie says:

    It’s a tough decision between The Hendrix Wedge, The Joplin Barrel and The Zeppelin Carrier. Really lovely bags.

  2. Kellie says:

    I’ve tweeted too.

  3. Gael Macpherson says:

    Dylan Hipster – Strawberry Fields – PLEASE!!!!!!

  4. The Joplin Barrel has won me over!

  5. Karen says:

    The Hendrix wedge looks great

  6. Karen says:

    Have tweeted

  7. Karen says:

    Shared on Facebook

  8. Belinda says:

    ooh, the Zeppelin or Zappa Buckle!

  9. Michelle says:

    I would go for the black Hobo; it’s gorgeous!

  10. Michelle says:

    Have shared on twitter

  11. Michelle says:

    Have shared on facebook too! 🙂 now fingers crossed!

  12. Kate says:

    oooh, the hendrix in strawberry fields. how great are they all?! i wonder if i can justify more than one?!

  13. Deb says:

    Simply stunning bags I love the Swag and the Zeppelin:)

  14. Deb says:

    Shared on FB also:)

  15. Carly Webber says:

    The City Sling or Tote are my faves, thanks for the review and give-away! x

  16. Carly Webber says:

    Shared on Facebook

  17. Carly Webber says:

    And ‘tweet tweet’

  18. Sarah C says:

    I am tossed between the City Sling and the Zeppelin Carrier. I desperately need a new nappy bag, this would be perfect timing 🙂

  19. karen norris says:

    Have shared on facebook : )

  20. Samantha says:

    Zappa buckle! Oh it’s so hard to choose only one though!

    It’s so sad, its our second baby and I’m still using a saggy old tweety pie bag that I got from the Sydney Easter Show about 15 years ago!

    Ohhh please me!

    Samantha

  21. Emma says:

    The Doctor or the Zeppelin ! oo too hard.

  22. Emma says:

    Shared on Facebook.

  23. Emma says:

    Tweeted too.

  24. Blondtress says:

    The Hendrix Wedge in Strawberry Fields – awesome, now I reeeaalllly want one!

  25. Blondtress says:

    I have shared this on Facebook!

  26. Blondtress says:

    I have tweeted this comp!

  27. Samantha says:

    i’ve shared on twitter- by retweeting your tweet I saw this morning retweeted by someone else! I’m @samclairebear

  28. Di says:

    The Dylan Hipster is my pick! Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  29. Di says:

    I’ve shared the link on Facebook 🙂

  30. Di says:

    I’ve shared on Twitter @ShinyGlitterBug
    Here’s the tweet
    http://twitter.com/ShinyGlitterBug/status/95283423438045184

  31. I love the Zeppelin, it’s pretty similar to the handbag I have now but mine doesn’t hold even half of what the Zeppelin does!

  32. Tweeted too 🙂 {aka_mrfrog}

  33. Lightening says:

    Hmmmm…..nothing in pink? (unless you count the messenger in dusk but not really keen on that one). Pity.

    I do like the Zeppelin in the Rolling Stones colour.

    I also like the Hobo but it looks a bit smaller and I tend to cart around a lot of STUFF!!!!

  34. I absolutely adore the Zeppelin Carrier in moody blues!

  35. Tutu Ames says:

    I want a Blackbird Zeppelin carrier. Desperately!!

  36. Tutu Ames says:

    I facebooked too 🙂

  37. Kel says:

    Oh, I would sell a kidney for The Doctor in nougat…I LOVE it! I wish I had known about Vanchi for the Toddler…but there’s always next time 😉

  38. Kel says:

    Tweet Tweet!! 🙂

  39. Jess says:

    I love the change clutch. I sooo want one of these bags!

  40. Laureny says:

    I would LURVE the Joplin Barrel Bag in Deep Purple! It is so funky and would really compliment my beyond quirky personality!

  41. Laureny says:

    Shared on facebook 😀

  42. jasmine eastwood says:

    have shared the love on facebook!

  43. jasmine eastwood says:

    and also shared the love on twitter! 🙂

  44. Laureny says:

    Shared on twitter!

  45. Ooh I’m torn between the Traveller and the Dr Bag, but really they’re all gorgeous.

  46. RT’d your giveaway tweet from this morning.

  47. And shared on my Help!Mum Facebook page 🙂

  48. Sarah C says:

    Shared on my facebook page

  49. Phillip Cunningham says:

    This bag as when Marcus has grown out of it I’ll use it for my laptop and put my drink bottle in the bottle safe.

  50. Phillip Cunningham says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook

  51. Phillip Cunningham says:

    I’ve shared this on Twitter

  52. Natalie says:

    I love the ‘Dr Bag’ in Chicory!

  53. Liz says:

    I love the Swag Bag in Nougat!

  54. Shelley says:

    I am in love with the Hendrix Wedge in Strawberry Fields. What a fabulous range!

  55. Tat says:

    The Floyd Traveller for me, please!

  56. Tat says:

    facebooked

  57. Shelley says:

    I’ve put this on My Shoebox Life Facebook Page.

  58. Martine says:

    The Zeppelin rolling stone…love it. And conveniently will be drawn about a week after baby due!

  59. Martine says:

    And tweeted too 🙂

  60. April says:

    The Zappa Buckle Bag, Very Stylish, functional, a must have for any mum.

  61. April says:

    I’ve shared this fabulous give away on facebook

  62. Something is screaming I want the Dylan Hipster in Moody Blues even though it is so far from my usual black bag style! LOVE Vanchi!

  63. What a fab giveaway Kellie! I love the Hendrix wedge and the Joplin barrel!

  64. The Hobo Aztec, but I liked all the red ones!

  65. judith perez bejar says:

    I love the JOPLIN BARREL since they launch it few months ago

  66. judith perez bejar says:

    shared

  67. I seriously can’t choose Kel……I love the look of the Zeppelin, the Zappa, and the Dr Bag but my hubby would only let me choose one so it would be the….um…… Zeppelin, after seeing how big it is in your photos! It is a huge upgrade from the Coles shopping bag with yellow flowers. I think I would tackle the postie if I won as I would be so excited!

  68. Lauren Ibbotson says:

    Im desperate to own a Zeppelin in blackbird!! DH just wont budge though! We are having our 1st bub and I just dont wanna feel like an unfashionable mummy! 🙁

  69. Elisha says:

    Love The swag and the city sling !! You would think i deserved one of these now im a mother of 5 eh !!! I didnt even know you could get such gorgoeus Nappy Bags !!

  70. Elisha says:

    Have also shared this on Facebook !

  71. Pam says:

    OMG I would LOVE one of these nappy bags, I’ve long desired a really nice one but just can’t justify the expense, what I have does me fine…but, given the choice I’d love the messenger http://www.vanchi.com.au/shop/the-messenger
    Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  72. Megan says:

    What a seriously hard choice! I love the Zepppelin and the Zappa Buckle.

  73. Megan says:

    I shared on facebook.

  74. Megan says:

    I tweeted

  75. Emily Clarke says:

    The Hendrix wedge in strawberry fields looks lovely please!

  76. Fiona says:

    The Joplin barrel bag in purple or red is amazing

  77. Alicia says:

    I love the zappa buckle 🙂

  78. I desperately need a new handbag! My favorites are the Zappa and the Messenger.

  79. amie says:

    So many to love, I couldn’t choose! But if my life depended on it maybe the floyd traveller, looks like a lap top could get tucked in there too! Also I just have to say OMG they make a clutch – I love the way this woman thinks!!

  80. amie says:

    Shared on facebook!

  81. Taleen says:

    How could you choose just one? I would be happy to be the proud owner of any of these Vanchi bags, they are just devine!!!

  82. Daisy says:

    If I were to choose a Vanchi bag
    The Doctor in Nougat would be my jag
    With such a beauty I would not lag
    Behind the times like such a dag!

  83. Daisy says:

    Have tweeted

  84. Daisy says:

    Have Shared On facebook as Daisy, Roo and Two

  85. Wendy Hatton says:

    Love ‘The Messenger’. A nice feminine, casual look.

  86. Jasmine says:

    I love The Joplin Barrel Bag

  87. Jasmine says:

    I’ve shared this on twitter

  88. Barbara says:

    The Hendrix Wedge <3

  89. Loving the Zappa Buckle or the Tote in red (both very, very nice!)

  90. Have shared on FB as My Home Truths!

  91. Have shared on twitter too!

  92. karlee says:

    I would go the messenger bag so could have money left on voucher so id have to get the adorable hat n wrap set too.;)

  93. karlee says:

    I Tweeted it too.

  94. karlee says:

    And I Facebook shared. Personal profile

  95. Jen says:

    Joplin Barel bag for sure!

  96. CrystalB says:

    The Doctor Bag would be great to own!

  97. CrystalB says:

    I have shared on my facebook.

  98. Anna says:

    Having just had a baby I would love to own one of Vanchi’s gorgeous bags. They are so well designed that they can be used as an overnight bag or handbag for after. The entire collection is beautiful and I would be proud to carry any Vanchi product but I do admit my absolute favourites are: The Zeppelin Carrier in Rolling Stones and The Floyd Traveller in Rust (how yummy is this colour!). I would be one very stylish Mama carrying a Vanchi! Stunning!

  99. Caroline says:

    Hmm choices. I love the Hendrix but the Joplin & Messenger are pretty cool.

  100. Caroline says:

    & shared on FB 🙂

  101. Wendy S says:

    I’d love a Vanchi Messenger, I wish they were still available in Lime, I just love the pink interior. The Purple Joplin is lovely too.They are all beautiful, I’m a sucker for matching accessories!

  102. Cate says:

    The Floyd traveller in black- how fantastic is that!

  103. Cate says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook.

  104. Amie says:

    I must say I would go the Zeppelin like you did – it is just gorgeous!

  105. Amie says:

    I have shared via facebook too

  106. Candy J says:

    How nice are these bags, I’m torn between the Joplin and the Dr bag. In a red!
    Have tweeted this too! @candysfamily 😉

  107. Michelle Higgs says:

    I’d love the Joplin Barrel bag, in purple of course, no frump mummy after that!

  108. Michelle H says:

    Ive shared on FB

  109. Nicole says:

    Love the City Sling!

  110. Nicole says:

    Have also Facebooked…(is that a word?)

  111. Nicole says:

    and shared on Twitter

  112. I would be happy to have any one of those bags as they are all so funky looking. I have heard of Vanchi before but like other designer Nappy bag companies I thought they would be too far out of my reach! I wish I had of took a better look at them now as they are really reasonable compared to some out there charging twice the amount this company is charging for similar bags!
    If I had to choose one it would be groovy Joplin Barrel as I would think you would feel awesome carrying around that bag and how cool are some of the colour selections!!

  113. bubble936 says:

    I would love to own The Hendrix Wedge as i like its features.

  114. bubble936 says:

    I have shared the giveaway on twitter..

  115. Crystal says:

    Oh, The Zepplin without a doubt! Gorgeous Stylin’ AND will go with heels and flats!

  116. Tracy says:

    Gorgeous bags!! I love the Hendrix Wedge, I would choose that one hands down!

  117. Jess Newman says:

    I love the change clutch. So simple and elegant.

  118. Candice says:

    I would love to spend the voucher on the Zeppelin Carrier in Rolling Stones…..stunning bag it is!!!

  119. Candice says:

    Ive shared on Twitter @Candy3181

  120. Narelle says:

    Definitely the Zeppelin, with a name like that, must be the most awesome!!

  121. Narelle says:

    posted on Facebook!

  122. Narelle says:

    Tweeted on Facebook too!

  123. Wendy Hatton says:

    What a great bag. It doesn’t look like a nappy bag- much more class!

  124. Wendy Hatton says:

    I have posted about this give away on my facebook wall.

  125. Casey says:

    Ooohhhh hard to choose but I do think it would be the Hendrix Wedge in Strawberry. oooohhhhhh Love…

  126. Casey says:

    Shared on Facebook too

  127. Michelle Rivett says:

    Love the Swag (although there’d be a few on my list if the budget was unlimited!)

  128. I love the Zeppelin Carrier you have here, In this colour too. It look so stylish and will be my handbag post nappies and wipes.

  129. Facebook shared as well. x

  130. Suzy says:

    Ohh I LOVE the Zeppelin Rolling Stones – you totally sold me with your images of it! Love it 🙂
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  131. Suzy says:

    (shared on FB)
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  132. Manda says:

    “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’ i would love this i reckon i could fit all the triplets stuff i have to lug around in this bag!!

  133. Manda says:

    Zeppelin bag looks like the one for me … it would fit everything times 3!

  134. Ash says:

    Ooooh I was drooling over the hobo in the baby shop this morning! It is so hard to just choose one!
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  135. Chantelle says:

    Love this bag xx

  136. Lauren says:

    I would love either the Zeppelin or the DR Bag

  137. Lauren says:

    I have shared on Facebook 🙂

  138. Jessie Boan says:

    The Zeppelin has it – but only by a nose. Probably the moody blues colour. Lovely!

  139. Jessie Boan says:

    I have shared on facebook.

  140. Nicole Disbrey says:

    I love the change clutch, perfect for those times when a huge nappy bag would get in the way!

  141. Nicole Disbrey says:

    shared on facebook 🙂

  142. Nicole Disbrey says:

    tweeted!

  143. Belinda says:

    Tweeted 🙂
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  144. Aly says:

    omg, this is fantastic – love those bags!

    I love, love, love the zeppelin carrier – thick handles are absolutely essential 🙂

  145. nellbe says:

    How lucky are you?! I am very envious to get to give one of these beauties away. I love the Zeppelin carrier bag the most, so gorgeous!
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  146. Nyssa says:

    I love the look of the zeppelin I always over pack and being without a car means my bag must carry every thing I may need that day I miss my hand bags from when I was working and would love this bag

  147. Nyssa says:

    Shared on fb as well

  148. Nicole Howartth says:

    Beautiful! Love how they look like hand bags!!
    I really like the Hendrix Rolling Stones bag best 🙂

  149. Nicole Howartth says:

    shared on facebook

  150. Virginia Mason says:

    Such gorgeous bags! Really love the Dylan Hipster in Strawberry Fields. A leather baby bag would be fantastic, just wipe it clean and it continues to look stunning. This is also a bag that can be used long after baby has grown up.

  151. Virginia Mason says:

    I have shared this awesome giveaway on my personal Facebook page!

  152. silvana says:

    love the Zeppelin , but actually all look fabulous!!

  153. silvana says:

    love all of them any will make my day!!

  154. Lisa Fairbridge says:

    Shared on Facebook

  155. Lisa Fairbridge says:

    I love the floyd traveller because it would be just the right size for day trips with 1 in nappies and 1 toilet trained but who ocassionally has accidents

  156. Lisa Fairbridge says:

    Have tweeted Gizmomum