We thought you'd find it useful to know about each of our different buggy organiser designs. First off it might help to know what inspired us to establish BTR Kids....
The Ideas Behind the Design
I had a teeny tiny pram for my son as, at that point, I had a teeny tiny car. I found it tricky to quickly get to everything kept on the buggy when I needed it. I saw a buggy organiser on a pram at a baby group and thought it looked like a good idea so I bought one from the internet.
I then ordered LOTS of buggy organiser and returned them all! Some slid down the handles, some didn’t retain their shape and flopped about too much (some even turned upside down when full!). So we decided we would produce something much better and far more practical, and our first BTR Buggy Organiser was ‘born’!
I knew what I wanted from a buggy organiser:
And here's what lots of designing and testing resulted in:
The Original BTR Buggy Organiser is the Mummy of all the BTR organisers! The original and incredibly popular, this is a fab, spacious buggy organiser. It has a full sized flap on the top to help cover the contents for privacy / a rain shower, and it comes with a rain cover. Over the years it has evolved slightly with the flap now being made out of water resistant material now and a key clip being added (I ALWAYS lose my keys, so we added these as standard on all our organisers!). This is the Toddle organiser to give it its official name!
My son started weaning and I ended up carrying food and snacks everywhere! I made a right mess of my buggy organiser with crumbs and sticky stuff so I created the BTR Wipe Clean Buggy Organiser / Mini Bag.
This has an easy clean lining and not many internal pockets (so it is easier to wipe out the crumbs!). As I found I was carrying lots of snacks, as well as a change of clothes & nappies for my son, I wanted it to be a little larger than the Original so changed the design in to a bag style. It's great for a quick trip out and fits on a pram easily as it isn’t a full size changing bag.
The 2-way zipped lid means that it's secure from the elements, and zips up all the way round mean it is easy to get in to. It’s incredibly practical. It is still a favourite of mine! Updates to the design have included a key hook and a change of external pocket design along with an added internal wipe clean pocket that comes from the lid and so doesn’t end up in whatever mess is in the bag!
We've also made the Wander buggy organiser available in three colours: grey, black and blue. Check it out here to see all three colours and that all-important wipe clean lining.
Our best seller organiser! This idea came from me struggling to push my buggy in a straight line one handed whilst holding my smartphone in the other hand using a map to navigate to a new baby class! We already had a BTR bike bag range at BTR Direct Sports and one of our most popular bike bags lets you see and use your phone or GPS device whilst you cycle. So we just combined the ideas!
We added in the handy key hook, detachable strap, some pockets and a rain cover too! We launched in classic black, but we now have the BTR Bimble buggy organiser in grey, brown, blue and grey with either black starts or white stars. How will you choose between them?!
Have a browse of the colours of the BTR Bimble buggy organiser with rain cover and phone pocket.
Some customers were not so keen on the open ‘box’ type style of the BTR Original and the BTR Buggy Organiser with Phone-Flip Pocket, they wanted specific compartments for drinks etc. For this bag, we used a three pocket compartment style that allows you to hold the bottles in the pocket. Obviously, you can use these pockets for whatever you like but that was the idea behind the design.
Originally this product just had a plain flap that came over the square middle pocket pouch but after the success of our Buggy Organiser with Phone-Flip Pocket I thought that this may benefit from that too as we already had a material flap in the design. Other changes included an experiment with different style straps to attach to the pram but that style made the bag tilt on some prams so I decided to revert to the Velcro straps and fittings we knew worked so well.
As the space inside was compartmentalised, I realised that once you had wipes, snacks etc in there was nowhere to tuck your purse inside so we added a zip on/off purse.
The end result has become a very popular member of the BTR buggy organiser range! Available in black or grey, take a look at its features here.
A friend of mine mentioned she had struggled to find buggy organisers that fit her twin side-by-side buggy, so off I went with my tape measure & we created the BTR Twin Buggy Organiser! It has the same great features as the single sized one but it's wider.
It’s amazing that there aren’t more of them out there, I think, as how many double / side-by-side buggies do you see about? There is so much more handlebar space that can be used. I have seen buggies with two single ones on, but they only work with 1 or 3 handled buggies. This one works with 1, 2 or 3 handles! Seems a very simple solution to me!
Add in the rain cover, key hook and the 2 buggy clips and it’s the same as the single sized one just super-sized!
This buggy organiser came about after trying different ways of getting the buggy organiser completely and securely covered. We already had the Wipe Clean Mini Change Bagthat I really liked that had a fully zipped lid and so thought this could transfer to the buggy organiser design.
As the phone pocket had been popular I wanted to keep that too, so I added the pocket on top of the zipped lid. Now you have a zipped lid that means the organiser is fully covered but you don’t lose the phone pocket! I got the material in a water resistant fabric so that also helps repel the rain.
As with all our buggy and pram organisers the BTR Jaunt organiser comes with the two buggy clips (it doesn’t need the extra rain cover, of course!). It's available in grey, black and blue. See all the deets to decide if it's for you.
I thought that our buggy organisers could use some shopping or coat storage space! I saw people with a big net storage type thing on their prams and thought that we could combine the buggy organiser with a net bag.
Well, this was tricky as, at first, the design was replicating existing buggy organisers and attaching net bags to it, but it wasn’t working as you couldn’t get in the net easily. It was also looking very much like a buggy organiser with a net poking out of it.
Instead, I had the net bag and then added the buggy organiser around it so that it was a part of the opening. With this revised design you go through the buggy organiser to get to the net so the organiser is essentially a reinforced top for the net.
It is a smaller more slimline buggy organiser bag but the net means you can fit in kids' coats, shopping or any larger stuff easily. Again, it's in water resistant fabric and comes with the two buggy hooks (in case you want to balance more on your pushchair...!).
There's more pictures of the BTR Saunter slimline buggy bag with shopping net over here.
We had an XL Buggy Organiser in width for the BTR Twin Buggy Organiser so why not an XL in depth? This was tough to find the right size and design as too big and it became a large bag and too small it wasn’t worth changing the design!
Once the size was right then which lid style to use? I wanted to keep the phone pocket but as this was a large buggy organiser I didn’t want it to look like the BTR Wipe Clean Mini Bag. I kept the phone pocket and then added a large lid, just like our Original Buggy Organiserso you could flick the lid down or keep it open and still see the phone pocket.
This is other way round to the full zipped lid Buggy Organiser – I like to keep things different as different designs suit different people. This can fit in a lot and can also be a lovely sturdy day bag. Available in black and grey, see all its features and loveliness here.
I wanted a mini changing bag that didn’t look like a changing bag! I wanted to go out not looking like I was carrying the house with me and feel as if I had just picked up a handbag to go out (I realise that with children I will never be able to do this but I wanted to pretend!). So this one needed to be a completely different style to our other buggy bags & organisers.
The Mini Change Bag / Buggy Organiser was based on a satchel style but has a 2-way long zip that opens out the bag. I had tried to take out a ‘normal’ bag with my son but always ended up having to tip everything out of it to get to what I wanted as the openings at the top were just that - at the top! This one opens on three sides so you can find what you want without emptying it all!
To make things even more visible I added in mesh pockets so you can see what’s inside the pocket without rummaging. As you need pockets for ‘stuff’ I had the external ones integrated so they look sleek but one is the full size of the bag so you can fit in larger items.
I got the base reinforced and in different material so if you put it down on the floor you can easily wipe the base clean. Add on the Velcro straps so it hangs from the 1 or 2 handled pushchairs and this one looks completely different yet is still secretly a Mini Changing Bag / Buggy Organiser! Shimmy on over to the spec to see if it's the answer to your prayers!
I wanted another grey buggy organiser as grey is a popular colour for buggies & prams (at this point, we only had one in the range). I wanted to create a new organiser that had not originally been released in black and was in a completely different style and shape. So, the ‘Tootles’ buggy organiser was created.
This buggy organiser has all the best bits from our range of buggy organisers: the wired top, the Velcro straps, the key clip, external pockets, the phone-flip-pocket and the 2 free buggy hooks but it has a different silhouette.
The edges are curved upwards and the wire helps to maintain this. Practically, it is made from a slightly padded material, the bottle straps inside are larger to help secure the drinks and it has a large stretchy mesh pocket covering the full width of the bag, which I love! You can store so much in here and the pocket just ‘pings’ back in to shape.
I thought at this stage that, as we had so many buggy organisers in our range, I wanted an easy way to refer to each of them so decided to give this one a name - ‘Tootles’. Since then we've given each of our buggy and pram organisers names, all based around the idea of a walk. If you have a suggestion for a name we can use for any future organisers, please let us know below!
This year we introduced three new members of the BTR team: Zoggle, the Btrsaurus, Zaffie the Giraffe and Ziggy the Unicorn.
We'd wanted to add a neoprene material buggy organiser for a while and wanted to do characters so thought would combine the two with the black version!
Grey is also popular with customers but we couldn't find the right shade in neoprene so the grey version is made from a different fabric.
Choosing which animals to feature was tricky! A friend had a unicorn-printed pushchair and was keen on unicorns, so that made that decision! The design was tricky as we wanted the unicorn to be bright and magical but still looking good, so we added a touch of rainbows!
We also had a fairly lengthy debate about the sparkles on the unicorn's horn. After discussing with friends on social media we opted for silver.
Our son is dinosaur obsessed so that made that character an obvious choice! However, I didn't get him involved in the design and now he says that it isn't a real type of dinosaur as it isn't anatomically correct! So this is why it is a BTRsaurus... I swapped the colours round a couple of times too, trying orange and purple, before returning to the green we have now.
As for the giraffe, I saw lots of nurseries online with jungle / animal themes and so I thought a lovely friendly jungle animal would be nice too. Lots of designs later we decided on the giraffe as it is colourful and rather cute. The elephant we were thinking of looked too bland against the grey background and we just couldn't get the lion to look right!
The name for our giraffe character was decided on via a competition we ran on our social media. There were lots of fantastic and inspired names, so it was a difficult decision to make. We hope Zaffie likes her name!
The design of the organiser is a simple bucket style (to focus on the characters), with the mandatory key hook, as well as two sections for holding bottles. Naturally it comes with two bag clips as standard..!
So that brings us up to date. However, we don't stop moving forward here at BTR Kids, and new ideas are always being explored. If you've any feedback, ideas and other suggestions for existing or new products, we'd love to hear from you. Comments below are welcome or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure with ALL of the you attach the Velcro securely. The tighter you wrap the Velcro the sturdier it is. Trust me we have tested it A LOT ! Check out this video on how best to attach our BTR buggy organisers.
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