Review: Lin & Leo Cardinal changing bag

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

Back when Max was a baby, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a Lin & Leo BabyBag, which we loved. It was stylish, practical, luxurious and spacious, and we used it daily for many months – it was by far one of my all time favourite changing bags.

Now, Lin & Leo have added a brand new changing bag to their range – the Cardinal. Designed as a smaller bag for when you are just popping out for a coffee with friends or picking the kids up from school. Times when you need to carry the baby essentials but don’t need your large changing bag with everything but the kitchen sink inside. Think of it as a ‘grab bag’ that you can snatch up on your way out the door.

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

It lacks none of the style of the bigger BabyBag, and it is packed full of clever stuff. There is an integrated, removable changing mat, which is plenty big enough for changes on the go. You can even leave this attached to the bag if you are in a real rush, then simply fold it away into the internal pocket when finished. 2 large and 2 small inside pockets will hold everything you need for a quick trip – nappies, wipes, a bottle and your phone and wallet. The printed lining is wipe clean, and the buckle closure strap is adjustable, which is handy if you need to add something extra to your bag such a change of clothing.

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

The Cardinal bag comes with a detachable long shoulder strap, which can be adjusted to be worn across your body, or can be hung onto your pushchair if you prefer.

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

Lin & Leo Cardinal bag

As a big Lin & Leo fan, this bag meets all my expectations. It is practical, with an easy to clean interior and plenty of storage space. It is a good size without being too bulky, and I love the fact you can have it as a grab bag or a shoulder bag with the addition of the strap. It’s luxurious and stylish enough to be used as a handbag when you no longer need a changing bag, and is reasonably priced at £60. It comes in 3 gorgeous colours – we have the Magenta, but you can also see the Black and Grey options on the Lin & Leo website.

Would I recommend this bag? I certainly would. It works on a practical level, and it still looks stylish. Win win!



  1. April 1, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    This is lovely! I am on the lookout for a new changing bag so will definitely be checking out the Lin & Leo brand.

    • kate
      April 1, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      You definitely should, they have some gorgeous bags!

  2. April 1, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    That bag is the prettiest thing I have ever seen! I want one! It doesn’t even look like a change bag, I love it! x
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    • kate
      April 1, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Isn’t it beautiful? I would absolutely use this as a handbag for myself, it doesn’t look at all ‘baby’ like!

  3. April 4, 2016 / 12:39 am

    What a pretty bag! I’ve never seen anything like it! Although I tend to use a handbag rather than a changing bag, this baby would definitely get plenty of use!

  4. April 4, 2016 / 2:29 am

    This looks like such a great bag, I really wasn’t expecting it to be like that inside at all. It looks just like a ‘normal’ bag but then all of a sudden there are all these baby friendly bells and whistles! Love the colour too 🙂
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  5. April 5, 2016 / 8:08 am

    ~Oh my that is such a clever design and looks nothing like a changing bag. Perfect when you want a smart day out and still need the essential baby things with you. #TriedTested

  6. April 5, 2016 / 8:16 am

    That’s gorgeous! I definitely need something a bit more lightweight as I have no inbetween. #triedtested

  7. April 5, 2016 / 8:29 am

    I love the look of this bag and the changing mat coming out looks fab, but it doesn’t big enough to me for me to be able to fit everything I’d need in it for a baby. Then again I did have twins, so perhaps my expectations of what one baby needs compared to two is lacking! #Triedtested
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  8. April 5, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I have a Lin & Leo changing bag and I love it! This looks perfect as now Holly is getting older I often just need a few bits and don’t want to take the big changing bag. I love that Lin & Leo bags never look like changing bags, Love it! x

  9. April 5, 2016 / 10:45 am

    This is gorgeous and I love that it doesn’t look at all like a changing bag. Perfect colour too 🙂


  10. April 5, 2016 / 11:23 am

    This is gorgeous! Typically, when I was looking for something like this last year I couldn’t find anything for ages, now I have one (which I do like) but it’s nowhere near as lovely as this! #triedtested
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  11. April 5, 2016 / 11:28 am

    I love this! I hated taking a massive changing bag out with us for lunch or dinner as I never fit under the table comfortably and it made me really aware of taking up loads of room! This looks ideal! I think the price would be a sticking point for me however I can see that it would be well worth it once you have a toddler + aged child as you wouldn’t need so much stuff!! 🙂

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  12. April 5, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    It looks fab! I love how sleek it is, perfect for those quick trips with a baby. #triedandtested

  13. April 5, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Ooooh… I haven’t seen this brand before *where have I been! It looks gorgeous. I love the colour and it doesn’t look like a change bag which gets the big thumbs up from me. #TriedTested
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