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What Makes the Best Baby Changing Facilities

First-time parents taking their little one out in public will probably find some baby changing facilities aren’t really that baby-friendly at all. You might think baby changing areas supply everything you need – but they don’t. Even worse, some places don’t even have a bin for old nappies!

We imagine what makes the best baby changing area with nine features we think they should have. What’s more, we’ve included our top tips to help you out when you come across baby changing facilities that aren’t exactly first class.

9 Things Baby Changing Facilities Should Have

Baby Getting Nappy Changed1) Baby Changing Unit

We wish: baby changing facilities had a suitable changing unit. It might seem obvious, but a pull-down station mounted on the wall should really be part of all baby changing facilities. It makes nappy changing much easier when you don’t have to crouch over your little one.
But in reality: baby changing facilities might call themselves just that, but some don’t even have a basic station or unit to lie your baby on. You might find ‘family-friendly’ public areas that expect you to change your baby on the floor! And while desperate times call for desperate measures (like changing your baby in the boot of your car!), baby changing facilities shouldn’t be an inconvenience. It’s a good idea to bring a travel changing mat along with you, just in case.
2) Bin
We wish: every baby changing facility came with a bin! A nappy disposal system with a closed lid and scented bin liners would be bliss. Plus, it needs to be emptied regularly to avoid a build-up of old nappies!

But in reality: they might have a bin, but it’s more than likely spilling over with used nappies, which isn’t nice for you and your baby. It’s sad to say you might encounter many horrors in a public toilet, but baby changing facilities can be the worst. If you don’t want to add to the pile of overflowing nappies, use a disposable nappy sack and pop it in your own bin at home.

3) Space

We wish: that baby changing facilities had lots of room for us to tackle the job. A wide, open space is perfect for manoeuvring around with a wriggly baby.

But in reality: we can’t even get the pram through the door! Too many baby changing facilities have very narrow entrances that won’t fit a buggy through. And once you’re inside, there’s barely enough space to move. There might be enough room for your travel changing mat – but nowhere for you to fit!

4) Changing Bag Hook

We wish: there was a hook for us to hang our baby changing bag. Even a clean surface designed for you to rest your changing bag on would be useful.

But in reality: you might find yourself trying to carry your bag, dig around for nappies and keep a hold of your little one all at the same time. This balancing act is no fun for new parents who are still learning how to change a nappy. Instead of waving your changing bag around in your baby’s face, you’ll probably have to leave it on the floor.

5) Seat

We wish: that baby changing facilities had a comfortable chair. If you have more than one young child, you won’t want to leave them outside while changing your baby. But bringing a fidgety toddler in with you could be very distracting when you’re trying to concentrate. At least if there’s a seat, your other child can take a break while you get to work. You don’t need to use this chair for baby feeding though – breastfeeding in public is allowed. You shouldn’t feel like you have to nurse your little one near a toilet.

But in reality: baby changing facilities don’t always have an extra chair to accommodate other children. Keeping a toddler distracted is no mean feat, so bring some pocket toys in your bag to keep them entertained for at least a few minutes.

6) Hand Wash

We wish: baby changing facilities had hand sanitising amenities like a soap dispenser. The NHS recommends washing your hands after every nappy change to avoid spreading germs and infection. Plus, you never know when you might encounter a poo explosion that goes all over!

But in reality: you press the soap pump as much as you like, but nothing comes out. Familiar story? Baby changing facilities aren’t always well-maintained and often run out of essentials like soap. Carry alcohol-free hand sanitiser in your baby changing bag so you can always stay clean.

7) Fresh Air

We wish: for a breath of fresh air! It’s not practical to have windows in a baby changing room, but a little air freshener could go a long way. A plug-in dispenser that neutralises the pongy smell (rather than just mask it) would be a great feature in baby changing facilities. Scented nappy sacks would be nice too!

But in reality: many parents must get used to the whiffy smell in baby changing facilities. Once you get used to taking your baby out, you’ll likely find some changing rooms are better than others when it comes to bad smells.

BabaBing DayTripper City Deluxe Grey with Changing Mat8) Good Hygiene

We wish: all baby changing facilities were squeaky clean. We’d expect all baby changing areas to be sterile and hygienic.
But in reality: you might be better off bringing your own wipeable travel changing mat to ensure you always have a clean, safe surface to change your little one. You can even find travel changing mat packs which can carry everything you need for a simple, clean nappy change on the go.
9) Baby Changing Supplies
We wish: someone would give new, busy parents a helping hand and store the essentials in baby changing facilities. Wouldn’t it be brilliant if nappy changing areas came with nappies, wipes and disposable sacks, just in case you run out?
But in reality: it’s up to you to bring the baby basics. Even if baby changing facilities supply spare nappies, you can bet they run out just as your little one needs changing. Stay prepared by pre-packing everything you need in your baby changing bag before heading off on a family day out.
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Where to Take a Baby Bag?

When shopping for your new arrival, your baby bag is one of the most versatile accessories you’ll ever buy. You might think changing bags are just for carrying nappies and wipes, but they’re so much more than that.

Most of the time, you’ll probably need your baby bag for carrying all the standard baby gear. But do you know many uses your bag could have? We look at the top eight places to use a baby bag – with or without your little one!

8 Places to Take Your Baby Bag

Mani Backpack - Front1) Hospital

You don’t need to wait until after your little one’s born before wearing your baby bag. Why not use it to carry everything you might need for labour? When ticking off your hospital bag checklist, you’ll realise you need to bring a lot of stuff!
Maternity clothes for you, some sleepwear for your newborn, plus all your toiletries – that’s a lot to fit in your small handbag. But with plenty room and lots of pockets, baby bags are ideal to take to hospital before you give birth. Don’t forget to leave space for snacks!
2) Park
When you and your newborn come home from hospital, you’ll both need a bit of a break. But that doesn’t mean you’ll need to stay completely housebound. Whether you choose to stay home for one day or one month, you’ll eventually want to get ready for baby’s first day out.
The park is a great choice for your little one’s first adventure. But even if you’re just out for a twenty-minute stroll, bring your baby bag in case your little one needs anything during the journey.
3) Supermarket
If you’re just grabbing a few bits and bobs from the supermarket, bring your baby bag. It’ll make carrying milk and bread much easier, especially if you’re wearing a baby changing backpack. The two straps will help alleviate the weight of your shopping and can reduce back pain. Plus, you’ll save 10p on a carrier bag!
Even if you’re doing a big weekly shop with your newborn, you can still bring your baby bag along. Use it to store all your baby necessities just in case your little one needs changing while you browse the aisles. Check out the BabaBing! Mani Backpack Changing Bag for a baby bag rucksack that ticks all the boxes.
4) Beach
British summers aren’t exactly packed with sunshine. But on the few days we get good weather, there’s only one place to go – the beach! It’s safe to take your little one to the seaside, as long as they’re kept out of direct sunlight. Make sure to apply sun cream and use a sunhat to keep your baby completely covered.
We know what you’re thinking. Your expensive handbag won’t mix with sand and sticky ice cream. Take a baby bag instead – they’re really easy to clean. Even if you hit the hot dog van and have a ketchup-mustard disaster, you can just wipe down your baby bag to make it good as new.
5) Special Occasions
Big birthdays, weddings, anniversaries – there’s always some kind of special occasion just around the corner. And though you’re probably exhausted and worn out from motherhood, you might still want to join the party (even if it’s just to grab a piece of cake).

No new mum is expected to dress up. Loose t-shirts and leggings are your best friends after giving birth. But what you can do is bring a stylish baby bag that’ll make you look like a real fashionista, even if you don’t feel like one!

BB72-001 - Changing Mat & Bottle Holder 16) Shopping Centre

Hit the high street and grab a latte from your favourite coffee shop, all while carrying your baby bag. With parent-friendly pockets for your purse, cards, cash, keys and phone, you can carry your own essentials as well as your baby’s.
7) Holidays
Sorting passports, checking in online, printing boarding passes – going on holiday can be stressful! If you’re jetting off with your little one, there is one thing you can tick off your to-do list: finding a travel bag. As long as it fits your airline’s weight and size restrictions, just use your baby bag as hand luggage. A baby bag has lots of compartments for passports and other important documents. Plus, some have special insulated bottle pockets to carry milk – you’re allowed up to 2,000ml in your hand luggage.
8) Work
If you’re thinking about going back to work after your maternity leave finishes, you don’t need to splash out on a new bag. Replace nappy rash cream with an up to date diary, swap baby bottles for a shiny new pen and trade soft toys for your laptop. When you waltz back into the office, no one will be able to tell your stylish work bag is in fact your baby bag. The BabaBing! Harvey Tote is the perfect choice if you need something that’s both practical and chic!
Browse the fantastic collection of baby changing bags from BabaBing! and see how you can use your baby bag anywhere, anytime. From fashionable tote changing bags to classic shoulder changing bags, we have a brilliant selection to choose from in a variety of neutral colours and family-friendly designs. Check them out now!
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What You Need on Your Newborn Baby Shopping List

30 Newborn Baby Shopping List Items

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve probably got enough on your plate. To give you a little help, we’ve prepared the most important new baby essentials to add to your newborn baby shopping list.

New Baby Essentials

Pregnant woman shopping for new baby1) Baby Clothes

Sleepsuits, vests, socks and some woolly cardigans should be at the top of your newborn baby shopping list. Just buy plain, simple baby clothes that unbutton at the front, because babies don’t like things being pulled over their head!
2) Hats and Mittens
If your baby’s due in winter, they’ll need to wear a woolly hat and mittens when it’s chilly. If you’re having a summer baby, make sure to add a sun hat to your new baby essentials. With the unpredictable British weather, it’s best to buy both types of hat and mittens before your little one’s born, just to make sure you’re ready.
3) Bed for Baby
Whether you opt for a Moses basket, crib or portable cot, you’ll need something for your baby to sleep in. It’s advised newborn babies stay with you in the same room for six months.

4) New Baby Bedding

On your newborn baby shopping list, you must have a new mattress and sheets for your little one to sleep on. Used baby bedding can carry germs or might have indentations from the previous child. You don’t need pillows or a duvet as they’re not safe for tiny babies.

5) Light Blanket

Add a light blanket to your newborn baby shopping list to keep your little one warm in the winter months. Make sure to keep the blanket tucked below your baby’s shoulders when they’re sleeping.

6) Pram or Pushchair

When you want to head out on baby’s first day out, you’ll need some kind of travel system. Test different prams and pushchairs out with your partner to find one that suits best.

BB74-001 - Perspective View 27) Baby Changing Bag

Even if you’re just taking a short trip to the supermarket with your new baby, you’ll need a good quality baby changing bag. With lots of space and extra pockets, baby changing bags are ideal for getting out and about and should be one of the top items on your newborn baby shopping list.
8) Car Seat
It’s illegal to drive if your baby’s not in a car seat, even when you’re bringing them home for the first time. Make sure to a new car seat in place before you go to hospital.
9) Baby Bottles
If your partner’s going to help with feeding your baby, you can store expressed milk in baby bottles. Expressed milk will last for four days in a fridge at 4°C and up to six months in the freezer.
10) Baby Bottle Brush
You don’t need a fancy steriliser to keep your baby bottles clean. Just wash them in hot, soapy water using a baby bottle brush.
11) Breast Pads
Many new mums face their breasts leaking between feeds. Pop breast pads on your newborn baby checklist to keep your clothes dry.

12) Formula

If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ll need to add formula to your newborn baby shopping list. Generally, babies need 150-200ml per kilo of their weight per day until they’re six months old.

13) Nappies

Nappies, nappies and more nappies need to be on your newborn baby checklist. You’ll probably use around 12 nappies per day in the early stages, so even if you don’t know how to change a nappy, you’ll quickly learn!

14) Nappy Bags

After changing your newborn, you’ll need somewhere to store their dirty nappy. Make sure to stock up on lots of disposable nappy bags.

15) Baby Wipes

Another one of the new baby essentials at the top of your newborn baby shopping list should be baby wipes. During nappy changes, you need to get your baby completely clean. Baby wipes are ideal for gently cleaning your newborn’s bottom.

16) Nappy Rash Cream

Newborn babies are vulnerable to redness and soreness because they wear a nappy all the time. Make sure to have nappy rash cream on your newborn baby shopping list to treat and protect sensitive skin.

17) Changing Mat

Save yourself washing 12 towels a day and add a baby changing mat to your new baby essentials. With wipeable surfaces, changing mats are much easier to clean and are really helpful for a busy new mum.

18) Cotton Wool

You don’t need an expensive baby bath or special towels to bathe your baby. Just dip cotton wool in warm water for a ‘top and tail’ wash, then carefully dry your newborn with a clean towel.

19) Room Thermometer

Newborn babies shouldn’t sleep anywhere that’s too hot. Use a room thermometer to check – around 18°C is the best temperature for you and your baby to sleep comfortably.

20) Muslin Squares

Muslin squares are going to be one of the number one items on your newborn baby shopping list if you want to avoid a sicky shoulder. Lots of babies suffer from acid reflux, which can be a problem when you wind your newborn after a feed. Protect your clothing with muslin squares. You can also use them for wiping away dribbles and mopping up milky spills!

New Baby Extras

While we’ve covered all the new baby essentials, there are a few extras that are just good to have. If you’re still within your baby budget, there are some additional items for your newborn baby shopping list you might find very useful.

Ellie RockOut Rocker - Lifestyle 121) Baby Rocker

Baby rockers are a great newborn sleep solution if your new baby struggles to relax. Cuddling your baby and swaying them to sleep can get quite tiring on your arms, but a baby rocker is ideal when you need a break.
22) Sling
When you’re out and about, you might prefer to ‘wear’ your baby in a sling. While this keeps your hands free, a sling seems to be less practical than a pram or pushchair. For instance, if you’re going to the supermarket, you can store your shopping bags underneath the pram. If you’re wearing a sling, you’ll need to carry all the bags and your baby, which isn’t realistic if you need to do the big shop.
23) Bath Thermometer
You can manage without a bath thermometer by dipping your elbow into the water. If the bath feels the same as your body temperature, it’s safe for your baby. But if you want to be really sure, add a bath thermometer onto your newborn baby shopping list.
24) Breast Pump
Unfortunately, you probably won’t know if a breast pump is essential until your baby’s already arrived. In the first few weeks, you might feel too tired to pump and won’t need to express any more milk than necessary. However, you also could suffer from engorgement (where your breasts are too full), which a breast pump can help with. The decision is up to you.

25) High Chair

You don’t need it yet, but a high chair will sooner or later become one of your new baby essentials. Babies will be sitting up on their own and eating solid food at around six months and need a high chair for feeding time. So this one doesn’t have to be ticked off your newborn baby checklist just yet – but it will eventually!

26) Baby Hair Brush

Some babies are born with a full head of hair that can get very tangled. But even if your newborn doesn’t have a lot of hair, a baby hair brush can feel relaxing and massaging against their head.

27) Hand Sanitiser

If you’re planning on lots of trips out with your baby, alcohol-free hand sanitiser should be on your newborn baby shopping list. But while you’re in the house, you can just wash your hands in hot soapy water to keep clean around your baby.

28) Baby Monitor

Newborn babies should sleep the same room as you for the first six months. But when you establish a baby routine, you might start leaving your little one alone for short periods of time. Add a baby monitor to your list of new baby essentials for the later months to listen out for any noise.

29) Baby Nail Clippers

Newborn baby nails grow fast, and they’re sharp too! Stop your baby from scratching themselves with special nail clippers designed for infants. You can just use normal nail scissors instead – just make sure one of them is on your newborn baby checklist.

30) Cute Outfit

Okay, so it’s not a necessity. But we don’t know any mums-to-be that can’t resist at least one little dress or a sweet slogan t-shirt. One cute outfit won’t hurt, so pop it on your newborn baby shopping list and give yourself a break from buying huge bundles of nappies!

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25 Pregnancy Milestones to Tick Off Your Pregnancy Calendar

If you’ve just found out you’re expecting a new arrival, congratulations! But if it’s your first baby, you’ll no doubt have questions about the nine months ahead. So we’ve looked at 25 important pregnancy milestones to make sure you know what to look for. From the first signs to the last push in labour, here are some things to tick off your pregnancy calendar.

25 Pregnancy Calendar Milestones

First Trimester

Women ticking days off her pregnancy calendar1) Pregnancy Symptoms

A late period makes most women think about the all-important question: am I pregnant? But in the early stages, you also might feel sick, have sore breasts and start to feel tired. Other pregnancy symptoms include constipation, needing to pee more and going off strong-smelling food.
2) Taking the Test
One trip to the bathroom plus two lines on the stick means you’ve got a positive pregnancy test on your hands! Although make sure to always visit your doctor the moment you think you’re pregnant. Home pregnancy tests aren’t 100% accurate and a health professional can confirm the good news for you.
3) Telling Dad
If dad wasn’t there for the pee-on-the-stick ceremony, you can tick off one of the best pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar when you tell him. Just make sure he’s sitting down first!

4) Emotional Rollercoaster

Your body will start to change when you’re around 9-12 weeks pregnant. Your breasts will get bigger and you might start to feel emotional. Pregnancy causes a huge change in hormones, so don’t worry if you feel very up and down and have lots of mood swings.

5) Morning Sickness

While it’s not exactly the nicest of pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar, morning sickness happens to most expectant mums. Nausea in pregnancy can be horrible, but it usually stops at around 14-20 weeks.

6) The First Ultrasound

At approximately 12 weeks, you can have your first ultrasound scan. Ultrasounds are completely painless, but the gel is freezing! They let you ‘see’ your tiny baby in the womb and hear their heartbeat – now you know it’s really happening.

7) Cravings

From pickles to ice cream, many mums-to-be have cravings when they’re pregnant. From the wonderful to just plain weird, your first craving is a happy milestone you can mark off on your pregnancy calendar.

8) Your First Baby Purchase

Shopping for your baby for the first time is one of the most exciting pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar. But what will it be? A tiny hat and mittens set? A cute changing bag? Whatever you go for, make sure to grab the must-have baby items before you blow your budget!

9) My Clothes Don’t Fit!

Kiss goodbye to your favourite high-waisted jeans – for a little while, anyway. Now you need supportive bras, loose tops and some stretchy trousers. Get ready for a brand new maternity wardrobe.

Second Trimester

10) Telling Everyone Else

You can tell people you’re pregnant whenever you like, but most people wait until after their 12-week ultrasound, when your doctor can confirm there are no abnormalities. Once you’re ready, it’s time to start spreading the good news!

11) Newsflash: Babies Are Expensive

One of the more shocking moments in your pregnancy calendar – when it dawns on you how much this tiny of bundle of joy is going to cost. Planning an extended maternity leave sounds like a lovely way to spend the early years with your little one, but remember you still have bills to pay. The cost of having a baby can be huge, so always make a baby budget – no matter your plans.

12) Keep on Movin’

A little twinge here, a small shift there – is that your baby moving? The likelihood is yes! One of our favourite pregnancy milestones will happen at around 17 weeks, when you can feel your baby wriggling around in the womb.

13) Insomnia

In case you didn’t know, carrying a baby around all day is really hard. It’s exhausting for your body, which makes insomnia in pregnancy all the more annoying. It’s important to eat a healthy diet and avoid caffeine where possible. Try to wind down before bedtime – suggest to your kind caring partner to give you a foot rub!

14) Spotted by a Stranger

How far along are you? When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? These are just some of the many questions you’ll face when you’re pregnant. Hopefully you won’t find it too annoying because you’ll only get more attention when your baby arrives!

15) Is That a Stretch Mark?

Baby’s getting bigger and so is your bump, which can only mean one thing for your pregnancy calendar. Stretch marks are completely natural and almost every mum-to-be develops them at some stage, usually from around 20 weeks.

16) Oh, We’re Halfway There

20 weeks means you’re halfway through your pregnancy calendar. This is a very important point, as you’ll be attending your mid-pregnancy anomaly scan. The sonographer will be able to tell you there and then if they suspect any problems. Your anomaly scan can feel very daunting, so take your partner or a friend.

17) It’s a Boy! Or… It’s a Girl!

At your 20-week scan, you can also choose to hit one of the biggest pregnancy milestones – finding out the sex of your baby. You don’t have to do this, but if you’re dying to know, ask the sonographer and they can try to determine if you’re having a little boy or girl.

18) Baby Shower

It’s party time! Alcohol free, of course – but you can still eat lots of cake and play some fun baby shower games with your friends and family. Plus, we’re sure your generous loved ones will give you lots of new mum gifts to celebrate your new arrival!

Third Trimester

Pregnant woman counting last week of pregnancy19) Getting Everything You Need

Your due date’s just around the corner and you’re hoarding enough new baby clothes to dress an entire nursery. But have you thought about all the important stuff, like extra nappies and muslins? Think about what to pack in your baby changing bag to get an idea of the everyday baby essentials.
20) I Am Just so Tired
Every mum gets to a point by the third trimester of feeling completely and utterly exhausted. You also might suffer from bad backpain, leg cramps and indigestion. But it’ll be worth it!
21) Pack Your Hospital Bag
From your new baby’s sleepwear to a sneaky chocolate bar for yourself, you need to get everything ready for your upcoming hospital stay. Check out our baby hospital bag checklist to make sure you’re fully prepared.
22) It Begins
Your first contraction is the most common sign that your baby is due very soon. However, you don’t need to jump to the hospital just yet. If your contractions come every five minutes for over an hour, it’s time to call the midwife.

23) My Waters Broke!

The more obvious sign of labour is your waters breaking. You must get in touch with your doctor or midwife if your waters break because of the increased risk of infection. They will tell you when it’s the right time to go to the hospital.

24) Labour

Labour’s probably one of the pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar that you’d rather forget. Your birthing partner should stay nearby to give you sips of water, wipe your face and hold your hand to help you through the pain.

25) Your Baby Arrives

You did it! You’ve given birth to a beautiful baby (or babies!). We’re sure this is your favourite moment on your pregnancy calendar and it’s only going to better. Now it’s time to look forward to lots of baby cuddles, seeing their first smile and watching your little one grow.

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How to Buy a Baby Changing Rucksack

Baby with Baby Changing RucksackThinking of buying a baby changing rucksack? The backpack changing bag is usually forgotten about but can be a great alternative to a regular bag.

We know, we know – rucksacks don’t exactly scream style. And although even the most fashion-conscious parents will be swapping their subscription to Vogue for the latest mummy magazines, you don’t need to completely sacrifice your style with a baby changing rucksack.
First, get the important stuff sorted. Make sure your rucksack changing bag fits in everything on your changing bag checklist. Once the baby basics are sorted, then you’re free to go and choose a bag you like.
But wait!
There are lots of other useful features you need to know about the baby changing rucksack. So before you take the leap, we’ve looked at the top eight things you need to consider when buying a rucksack changing bag. From exploring its helpful handy extras to checking whether this bag works for dad, we’ve got you covered.

8 Tips for Buying a Baby Changing Rucksack

1) Comfortable

With all those extra nappies, baby wipes, a tub of nappy cream and the rest of your baby essentials weighing you down, you need a comfy bag to hold them all. A baby changing rucksack is great for lightening the load.

With two straps, the weight of your baby gear is evenly distributed across your body when you wear a rucksack changing bag. This can help avoid creating more back pain, especially if you’re already feeling sore after giving birth. You can also adjust the straps to make it a perfect fit.

2) Adventure Time

If you’re an outdoorsy mum who likes hiking and exploring, a baby changing rucksack is ideal for an adventurous lifestyle. With all the baby basics at the back, your hands are free to easily navigate your pram.

Although it’s unlikely you’ll be climbing Everest anytime soon, at least a rucksack changing bag will make trips with your little one simpler. Even if you don’t like trekking up mountains, you can still enjoy journeys to the park or the beach wearing a baby changing rucksack.

3) More Pockets Than You Can Shake a Rattle At

Ok, so you could just go out and buy any old backpack to carry all your baby stuff. But then, everything would be piled on top of each other and you’d probably never find anything again! Imagine digging around, helplessly searching for your baby’s comforter while they’re non-stop crying… It’s just not worth it.

That’s why you need a bag with lots of pockets – a lot more than your standard backpack. A good-quality baby changing rucksack will have lots of individual compartments to keep all your essentials separate. Plus, they’ll have extra parent pouches to keep hold of your purse, phone and keys.

4) Unisex Design

Most dads won’t love the idea of carrying mum’s flowery handbag. But you can avoid that look of horror when you ask him to briefly hang onto your bag with a unisex baby changing rucksack. An office briefcase, a gym bag or his old holdall just won’t cut it when bringing the necessary baby gear on a day out. They’re too impractical and aren’t designed to transport everything you need. But a rucksack changing bag is both functional and trendy – ideal for any hands-on dad.

Most men will probably prefer a neutral bag, so try to find a baby changing rucksack in plain colours. Black is probably your safest option, but you could try navy, grey and brown too.

5) Inclusive Travel Mat

A baby changing rucksack would be pretty useless if it didn’t come with an essential travel mat. How else would you change your little one on big days out? Public changing facilities often don’t have the right surface to comfortably change your baby’s nappy. Plus, they’re not guaranteed to be 100% hygienic.

But if your rucksack changing bag comes with its own mat, you can be sure you always have a safe space to change your baby anywhere, anytime.

6) Accessibility

In the great debate between the backpack changing bag versus the baby tote bag, one of the issues that comes up is accessibility. It could be said that baby changing rucksacks are less accessible because they’re harder to get into (since you need to take the bag off to grab your baby gear).

But to combat this, you can use pushchair clips to handily hook your baby changing rucksack onto the back of the pram. That way, you can easily reach inside if you need something fast. The latest BabaBing! Mani Baby Changing Rucksack comes with free pushchair clips, giving you a flexible approach to carrying your bag.

7) Insulated Bottle Holders

Feeding on the go is much easier if your baby changing rucksack comes with insulated bottle holders. These clever removeable pockets are perfect for travelling with your little one, especially if you have two. One can hold water, and the other can carry formula powder. Simply mix them together to give your baby the nutrients they need when you’re out and about.

Of course, if you’re breastfeeding, you won’t need formula. Instead you can fill up the insulated bottle holders with water. Babies can have small sips of water once they’re around six months old.

8) Multi-Functional

Still stuck between a baby changing rucksack and a tote bag? Well, why have one when you can get both?
The latest Baba Bing! Mani Baby Changing Rucksack gives you the best of both worlds. With two sets of straps, it’s both a baby changing rucksack and a tote bag all in one. Whether you’re going shopping on the high street or adventuring through national parks, you can use the multi-functional Mani backpack to fit your lifestyle.

Order your own backpack changing bag and get free next day delivery and a fantastic 365 days to return in case you can’t make up your mind. Not sure what you’re looking for? Feel free to get in touch with our friendly customer service team for more info about our rucksack changing bags.

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How to Choose a Backpack Changing Bag or a Baby Tote Bag

Confused BabyGetting ready for baby’s day out? You might have already ticked off everything you need on your changing bag checklist, but how do you decide where to put it all?

Thankfully, there are lots of different styles of changing bag to pick from. But many new mums end up divided between two choices – the baby tote bag and the backpack changing bag.
A baby tote bag is like a shopping bag. They hang over one shoulder and are very versatile, ideal for the office, the shops or even date night.
A backpack changing bag is exactly that: a backpack with extra functions to help you carry all your baby essentials. A changing backpack has more of an outdoorsy look than the tote, so is perfect for trips to the beach and the park.
Either way, both styles of bags are beneficial when you’re heading out with your tiny tot. But now we know what they are, how do they compete against each other? We let these baby changing bags battle it out to find which is best. But when the backpack changing bag takes on the baby tote, who will win?

Backpack Changing Bag vs Baby Tote Bag

1) Which baby changing bag is easiest to carry?

Mani Backpack - FrontComfort is probably one of the top things you need to look for when choosing your baby changing bag. Transporting the baby basics all day long will take eventually take its toll.

Lots of new mums face bad post-partum back pain as their abdominal muscles are weakened after giving birth. You don’t want to make it worse by lugging round an uncomfortable heavy bag. Make sure you’re not carrying too much in your nappy bag and only pack the essentials.
A backpack changing bag can be useful for alleviating stress on your shoulders and back. With two straps, the weight of your baby essentials is distributed evenly. This can help lessen the impact on your body.
When you’re wearing a baby tote bag, they usually hang on one shoulder. This can pull you down and cause strain on one side. What you can do is wear your baby tote bag across the body to relieve the pressure.
If things do get too heavy, why not try pushchair clips? They work for both baby tote bags and nappy backpacks. Pushchair clips hook your baby changing bag onto the back of your pram so you don’t have to carry anything at all!

2) Does it work for dad?

Baby changing bags don’t have to all be about mum! There are lots of neutral-style bags that work for both parents. You don’t have to choose one covered in flowers and sequins. Pick a bag that dad can wear too (we’re sure he’ll thank you for it).

But would dad want to don your baby tote bag? If the idea of carrying round ‘mum’s handbag’ horrifies him, you might want a backpack changing bag that’s a bit more man-friendly.

Of course, you can always try a messenger changing bag. These bags go across the body and look just like a casual work bag. Just remind dad to take out the nappies before he goes to the office!

3) Is your baby gear accessible?

Just imagine this. Your baby’s crying and just won’t stop. Their nappy’s full and they need changing right now. You’re facing an emergency poo situation that needs to be sorted – fast!

When you’re in a rush, the last thing you need is to be scrabbling around in your bag for that last nappy. If you’re wearing a baby changing backpack, you’ll need to take it off completely to grab your baby gear. But if you’re wearing a baby tote bag, you can simply reach inside without removing it and get whatever you need.

4) How practical is your baby changing bag?

When deciding on the best baby changing bag, you need to think about the practicalities. Choosing substance over style sounds kind of dull, but you’ll almost certainly need a functional bag when going out with your little one.

So to make sure we don’t miss out the important bits, here’s the most valuable features of a practical baby changing bag:

  • Includes a travel changing mat
  • Plenty of space for all your baby gear
  • Lots of separate pockets, so you know where everything is
  • Easy to clean in case of little accidents

The good news? A backpack changing bag and a baby tote bag both have these useful features. In the race for the best type of baby changing bag, this one’s a draw.

5) Which baby changing bag suits your lifestyle?

BB68-001 - Changing Mat & Bottle Holder 1If you’re more likely to be found hiking across the hills than shopping in the high street, you should think about what kind of baby changing bag matches your lifestyle.

A tote bag can double as a shopping bag, so is ideal for carrying your baby bits as well as your purse. You can find a great choice of stylish changing bags that look just like a handbag, so you can stay trendy when strolling round the city with your little one.
But if you’re more of an outdoor explorer, a baby changing backpack could be a better choice. That way, you can carry everything you need on your back while keeping your hands free.
Whatever your lifestyle, consider if a baby tote bag or a backpack changing bag is best to suit your needs.
So which baby changing bag comes out on top? For us, it’s a tie. As long as you find a bag with all the right functions to make life a little easier, the finer details are up to you.
Luckily, BabaBing! has a fantastic range of baby changing bags that are both practical and stylish. We have a variety of neutral colours available, so you can find a bag that’s perfect for you and your family. With baby tote bags like the trendy Tilly Tote Changing Bag plus the brand-new Mani Backpack Changing Bag available, we think you’ll be spoilt for choice!
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9 New Mum Gifts to Make Her Life Easier

New Mum Gifts Wrapped UpCuddly toys, monogrammed blankets, cotton sleepsuits – in reality, most gifts for expecting parents are for their upcoming arrival. But shouldn’t presents for new mums actually be for mum?

Buying for babies is fine, but after nine months of pregnancy and giving birth, it’s mum who really needs a treat. While it’s a nice idea, a tiny newborns doesn’t understand (or need) special gifts.
If you’re shopping for an expecting friend or family member, why not give them something they truly need? You could make mum’s life a lot easier with a practical present, or you could pick something indulgent to make her feel good. Either way, your new mum gifts don’t have to be all about the baby!
Whether you’re shopping for the baby shower, a christening or just want to be a good friend, don’t leave mum out and give a gift that’s just for her. Stand out among the usual baby stuff with our top 10 useful presents for new mums.

Top 9 New Mum Gifts

1) Dressing Gown

Surviving the first few weeks with a baby is tough. How do you endure complete sleep deprivation, imbalanced hormones and the total exhaustion from having a new baby? There will be lots of times mum just wants to curl up on the sofa and take a break.

While a new dressing gown won’t create world peace, we find it an emotional crutch that solves a lot of our everyday problems. A comfy dressing gown is one of the best new mum gifts to support them and keep them cosy through the sleepless nights.

2) Mum and Baby Toiletries

Okay, we’ll admit it – a stack of new nappies isn’t that exciting. But mum and baby toiletries will never go to waste and are priceless for a new parent.

Make a hamper of practical baby toiletries, including nappies, baby wipes, medicine, nappy rash cream and cotton wool. Remember to include new mum gifts like breast pads, nipple cream and antibacterial hand wash. It might seem boring, but mum will be really grateful for your gift if she suddenly runs out of the essentials.

3) Baby Rocker

A baby rocker is one of the best presents for new mums who get tired arms after carrying their baby all day!

Baby rockers are ideal for getting newborns to relax and drift off to sleep. With a quick nudge from mum, baby rockers sway back and forth. The gentle motion is very soothing for babies and mirrors what it feels like in mum’s arms.

4) Luxury Bath Set

One of the top items in our new mum gifts list is a luxury bath set. Bath bombs, posh shower gel and some indulgent bubble bath will feel like a real treat for an overtired mum. Offer to look after baby and give mum an hour of interrupted pamper time – those small moments of peace will make a difference.

5) New Book

Buy mum a new book that’s not baby related and give them a place to escape during their newborn’s naps. Even if mum only has fifteen minutes while baby sleeps, she can read a few pages of her new novel and take a baby breather. Find out what genre she likes, like crime fiction or romance and give mum a moment of freedom.

6) Gift Cards

Gift cards might not seem like the most original of new mum gifts, but they are invaluable for parents who don’t have time to themselves. Treat mum to her favourite restaurant or a massage. You could also give a gift card for a high street shop, so mum can buy some postpartum clothing.

Make sure to buy a gift card that has at least a year before it expires, so mum can pick when they want to spend it.

BB72-001 - Front Image 17) Baby Changing Bag

When mum’s ready to go outside for baby’s first day out, she’ll need a changing bag to carry all the baby basics. Although you can get plain practical bags, why not make mum feel special with something more stylish?
Most new mums don’t have time to brush their hair or wear a lot of makeup. But you can give them something that has a little more oomph with a fashionable changing bag. With designs like the Harvey Tote (pictured left), mum can look good, feel great and carry everything she needs on baby’s adventures.
8) Homemade Food
Cooking hearty, healthy meals is the last thing on a parent’s mind after they bring baby home. Freezable casserole dishes and one-pot dinners are ideal new mum gifts that have a thoughtful and personal touch. Make comfort food like lasagne, chilli and cottage pie and pop them in mum’s freezer so she can enjoy a family dinner without the mess.
9) Vouchers from You
One of the best new mum gifts is a set of custom vouchers from you. Make a mini chequebook of personalised services, so you can help mum with the everyday jobs that she might struggle to do with a new baby. You could offer to clean the house, tidy the garden or wash the car. Mum really appreciate your time when she doesn’t have any!
Make mum feel special with the brilliant BabaBing! collection, including new mum gifts like baby changing bags and baby rockers. If you want to go the extra mile, we also offer our range in money-saving bundles, available with free next day delivery and all year round returns.
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Creating a Newborn Baby Routine

Mum cuddling babyA newborn baby routine can make things much easier for you and your little one. Learning about your baby’s habits will help teach you when your infant needs to eat and sleep. Establishing a bath, nap and play schedule will also give you an idea of what your average day will be like.

Routines are great for your baby too. Imagine being born into a brand-new world. Think about the new sounds, smells and sensations – not to mention everyone from the postman to your second cousin once removed wanting to cuddle your baby! A routine will help your newborn feel more settled.
Remember every baby is different. If you have more than one child or have friends with babies, you’ll learn newborns don’t stick to the same plan. But what you can do is look for general cues and learn what your baby wants and when. You can’t impose a strict schedule, but you can start with small habits that will help in the future.
Though how do you get your baby into a routine? We’ve put together five steps to help you form good habits and get an idea of what the early days will be like with your newborn.

5 Steps to Your Newborn Baby Routine

1) Feeding Time

For the first three months, your baby will need to be fed every 3-4 hours – that’s during the night too. The NHS advises to nurse your baby no less than eight times every 24 hours for the first few weeks. With this in mind, you can get a rough idea of how often you should feed your baby.

You can’t overfeed a breastfed baby, so nurse your little one whenever they’re hungry. When creating your newborn baby routine, look for feeding cues to know when they want to eat. Your baby might:

  • Seem restless
  • Make mumbling sounds
  • Suck on their fingers and hands
  • Turn to you with their mouth open

You also usually experience your breasts feeling full of milk. Noticing feeding cues early is important because it’s so difficult to feed an unsettled, crying baby.

Establishing a feeding baby routine isn’t always as simple as nursing every three hours. You might notice patterns when your baby doesn’t want to feed, like when they’re wide awake and feeling playful. Try and stick to the three-hour schedule when possible, but even if you can’t, your baby will let you know when they’re hungry.

2) Playtime

Even though a tiny infant can’t hold toys or understand story books, playtime should be a vital part of your newborn baby routine.

Playtime is important for a baby’s development. Chat to your baby, smile at them, give lots of cuddles and let them have fun in their baby bouncer. Regular playful contact will help you bond with your baby. Plus, it teaches them how to socialise and communicate their needs.

You don’t need to be on a strict schedule, but your daily newborn baby routine should include lots of playful interaction. Watch out for cues, like your baby being:

  • Attentive and alert
  • Interested in their surroundings
  • Focused on you

If your baby is awake but seems fidgety, tired and fussy, then they’re not ready to play. Try not to overstimulate your baby (when there’s too much going on at once). If you see signs of overstimulation, it might be time for a nap.

3) Nap Time

Nap time is definitely on your baby’s agenda, but you don’t need to make naps part of your newborn baby routine just yet. Tiny infants will sleep when they need it and every baby establishes their own sleep pattern.

Babies need around 14-18 hours of sleep every 24 hours and they’ll nap whenever they want to. Your newborn could nap for 15 minutes or doze off for hours at a time, but they’ll normally sleep on and off throughout the day. In general, you can expect your baby to take 4-8 naps a day.

For naps, you can relax your newborn baby routine. Let your little one sleep when they want, for as long as they want.

Baby sleeping as part of their routine4) Bath Time

Your newborn baby routine doesn’t need to include a bath every single day. While time in the tub can help relax your tot and get them ready for a good night’s sleep, daily baths could dry out your baby’s skin. Infants with eczema especially don’t need a bath every day.
Instead, keep your little one clean by making ‘topping and tailing’ part of your newborn baby routine. First, lay your baby on their changing mat. Then use cotton wool dipped in warm water to gently clean your baby’s skin, taking care to use a new piece of cotton wool for delicate areas.
Of course, if your baby likes being bathed and they don’t have sensitive skin, you can do so every day.
5) Bedtime
In the beginning, it’s very unlikely your baby will sleep through the night. But by establishing a bedtime newborn baby routine, you can help your little one sleep for longer periods at night.

First, try to teach your tot the difference between night and day. In the evening, turn the lights down low or off, keep your voice quiet and avoid playing with your baby and overstimulating them. Look out for cues that show your baby’s very tired:

  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Yawning
  • Closing their fists
  • Losing focus on you
  • Pulling at their ears

More obvious cues like crying and whining might mean your baby is overtired and harder to get to sleep. Start your bedtime newborn baby routine as soon as you see the earlier cues to avoid a pre-sleep meltdown!

Getting ready for your first baby? Make sure to read about the must-have baby items and make life with your little one that little bit easier.

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9 Places to Go with a Baby

Baby enjoying day out in the parkSummer’s coming and the weather’s getting (slightly) better! So step away from your cosy dressing gown, ditch the slippers and get ready to explore the outdoors with your baby.

If it’s your baby’s first day out, you might not make it beyond the end of your street. But once you’ve been out a few times, you’ll probably need a change of scenery. Fresh air is good for both mum and baby. Plus, sitting in the house all day would drive anyone a little crazy.
Start out by getting prepared. Before you leave, make sure you know what to pack in your baby changing bag. Check your baby’s dressed for the occasion (more or less layers, depending on the temperature) and always bring sun cream.
When you’re ready, the next step is to go! But where to? The best places to go with a baby will make you both feel comfortable, safe and relaxed. They’re also a good opportunity to meet other mums and make new friends.
We’ve looked at the top places to take babies to try and make your next day out simple and stress free. What are you waiting for? Let the adventures begin!

Top Places to Go with a Baby

1) Park

One of the best places to go with a baby is your local park. Bursting with new colours, sounds and smells, the park is a great for a breath of fresh air.

Newborns are very vulnerable to germs, so they shouldn’t be around busy areas. Open, airy spaces like the park are perfect for a quick stroll with your baby because you won’t come into close contact with lots of people. Plus, when your baby’s old enough, they can enjoy the park swings too!

2) Supermarket

For the first few weeks after birth, you can grab the essentials from a corner shop. But when your partner goes back to work, you might be left to do the ‘big shop’ by yourself. Luckily, supermarkets are one of the most accommodating places to take babies. Car seat trolleys are ideal for newborns who can stay strapped in. Or older babies who can support themselves can sit in the trolley seat while you scour the aisles.

3) Café

A café can be one of the most relaxing places to go with a baby. Mums need me-time too, so take a break with your little one and pop into your favourite coffee shop after an afternoon walk.

Enjoy some fresh coffee (and maybe a muffin too) while baby kicks back in the pram. It’s a good idea to avoid the early-morning rush in case it’s too hectic and loud. Try to go in after feeding time too, as your baby will hopefully drift off to sleep and leave you to your latte.

Mum and baby having fun at the beach4) Beach

If it’s a nice day, why not go for a stroll along the sand? The beach is an ideal location to take a baby, as long as you keep your tot safe. Sun protection is really important, so remember sun cream, a pram cover and a sun hat. Keep your little one out of direct sunlight and avoid going at midday – it’ll be too hot.
While it probably won’t be warm enough to sunbathe in the UK, you might be jetting off abroad with your baby. If you are, make sure to check out what to pack in your travel changing bag before you go. Anyone for ice cream?
5) Cinema
Forget blaring theme music and dark screens – go to the baby cinema instead! Cinemas and theatres can be the perfect places to take babies. Many of them host shows adjusted for young children, so parents can watch the latest blockbuster in a baby-friendly environment.
Baby cinemas lower the volume and soften the lighting so your little one feels safe and comfortable while you enjoy the film.

6) Aquarium

Zoos and petting farms seem like great places to go with a baby. However, open spaces with animals can be full of germs – something you don’t want your newborn near. Also, young infants probably won’t understand or enjoy the experience, so maybe wait until they’re older.

Instead, why not go to the aquarium? With bright fish and colourful plant life, your baby can enjoy a whole new experience. Many attractions like the aquarium offer free tickets for babies too!

7) Museum

Okay, so a tiny baby might not know their Picassos from their Warhols, but a museum is still one of the best places to go with a baby. Just like the aquarium, a museum is stimulating, engaging and completely new. Don’t think their age will stop them having fun – museums are visual entertainment for babies.

It doesn’t just have to be an art museum either – there are lots of science and discovery museums which have interactive exhibits for young children.

8) Swimming

Take your youngster to the local pool for a fun afternoon of splashing about! Although babies can’t swim quite yet, they can still enjoy playing in the water. You could even start early and try infant swimming lessons if you want a real water baby!

The NHS guidelines advise babies can go swimming at any age, before or after vaccinations. However, lots of new parents wait until their little one’s six weeks old before they start swimming, especially if mum has had a C-section or difficult birth.

If your swimming pool is inside a leisure centre, why not see what else is on offer for babies?

9) Leisure Centre

Leisure centres are one of the top places to take babies because of their family-friendly facilities. As well as swimming, leisure centres often have soft play, baby sensory classes, parent and toddler groups, story time sessions and more.

If you’re thinking about places to go with a baby, remember you’ll need to bring all your little one’s essentials. But if you’re not sure where to put it all, BabaBing! has you covered.
BabaBing! has an excellent range of baby gear that’s perfect for travel and trips. Check out our neutral but stylish collection of baby changing bags and carry everything you need, wherever you go!

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How to Change a Nappy

Baby getting nappy changed No new parents know how to change a nappy at first. It can feel very intimidating! But when your baby gets into a regular feeding routine, you’ll be nursing your little one between 10-15 times a day. And more feeds mean more nappy changes, so you’ll be able to get lots of practice in!

Newborns with sensitive skin need changing straight after a wee to avoid painful nappy rash. If your baby’s skin isn’t as delicate, you can wait until feeding time before changing them.
It’s up to you if you change your baby before or after a feed. Some little ones have bad reflux and won’t be able to lie down for a nappy change after they’ve been fed. On the other hand, a feed can help baby sleep, so you might need to change beforehand to avoid interrupting their nap! You’ll just have to wait and see.
Whatever your baby’s skin type, you should always change a nappy immediately if they’ve done a poo.
Changing a nappy feels awkward at the start. You’ll probably feel a bit clumsy the first few times you do it! But our simple and straightforward 10 nappy changing tips can help you become a nappy-changing pro in no time.

What You Need to Change a Nappy

It’s no good knowing how to change a nappy without having the right equipment! Before you begin, make sure to have:

  • Clean nappy
  • Baby changing mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Cotton wool
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Nappy sacks
  • Change of clothes

How to Change a Nappy

1) First, make sure you’ve washed your hands thoroughly. Babies are very sensitive to germs, so make sure your hands are clean before a nappy change.

2) Next, lie your little one down on their baby changing mat. Some parents decide to just use a towel, but they’re not really absorbent enough – you might end up with wee on the carpet. Baby changing mats are also wipe-clean, so you don’t have to keep washing them over and over. You won’t have time to wash up to 15 towels a day (or even own that many to begin with), so a changing mat is best.

If you’re looking to cut the cost of having a baby, don’t bother with a changing table or unit. You’ll probably find you’ll change your baby’s nappy in all areas of the home and won’t be able to get to the table in time. Also, the NHS advises the best place to change your little one is on the floor, so they have no chance of falling.

3) Gently lift your baby’s bottom off the changing mat and undo the tabs of the dirty nappy. You can hold your little one by the ankles to lift them up. Remove the nappy carefully, using the cleaner front part to wipe away most of the poo. If you have a baby boy, it’s a good idea to cover him with a cloth in case he wees on you (it does happen).

Mother Changing a Baby's Nappy4) Dispose of the dirty nappy in a nappy sack.

5) Use the baby wipes to clean away the rest the wee and poo. Girls should be wiped from front to back to prevent germs, and boys must be cleaned thoroughly around the testicles and penis (but don’t pull back the foreskin). Clean in any folds of skin, then place the dirty wipes into the nappy sack.
6) Lift your baby’s bottom from the changing mat again, this time a little higher, and double check your little one is completely clean.
7) Pat your newborn dry with cotton wool, without rubbing the skin to prevent nappy rash. If it’s warm enough, you can let your baby be nappy free for the same reason.
8) If you can see signs of nappy rash (any redness or soreness), dab on a thin layer of nappy rash cream.
9) Pop on the clean nappy, tucking the back half up first to make it easier to manoeuvre around wriggly legs! When the nappy snugly fits around your baby’s legs and waist, simply fasten the tabs.

10) All done! Dress your baby in clean clothes, dispose of the filled nappy sack and wash your hands again. Now you know exactly how to change a nappy!

If your baby’s on the way and you don’t have all the right equipment, don’t worry! BabaBing! has a great selection of compact, wipe-clean and well-padded baby changing mats. We also offer a stylish range of travel baby changing mat packs, which have extra pockets for wipes and at least five nappies. Just fold them up neatly in your bag and you’re ready to go!