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Funny Parenting Advice You Didn’t Know About

Funny messy baby playing with foodBabies are just cuteness and cuddles, right? Wrong! You might have read the baby books, attended every parenting class and listened to mum’s (unsolicited) tips. You’re completely clued up on nappy changing, baby feeding, sleep time and everything else that a baby needs. But what about the stuff that first time parents don’t get told? While there’s a lot of useful advice out there, you probably don’t know what it’s really like to have a baby. Although your tiny tot will bring a lot of good, he or she will also cause some bad – and ugly!

Babies rely on their parents for absolutely everything. It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it and that someone is you. So even though it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, your little one is depending on you every second of the day. And that means mum and dad are the ones responsible for cleaning up the milk messes, taking on the poo explosions and getting up again for those midnight feeds.
But to help you through those difficult moments, we’ve put together some funny advice for new parents. Hopefully, our hilarious tips for first time parents will teach you a few things you didn’t know about your baby – and give you a few giggles along the way!

12 Hilarious Tips for First Time Parents

1) Bare Bottom Babies Bring Bad Things to Your Sofa

It’s a good idea for babies to have some bare bottom time. Going nappy free helps to avoid nappy rash, especially if your little one has sensitive skin. But if you don’t want your cream sofa covered in poo, keep bare bums strictly on the changing mat!

2) Baby’s Belly Button Will Turn Black

After birth, your baby’s umbilical cord will be clamped and cut off, leaving a small stump behind on your little one’s tummy. In around 10 days, the stump will dry up and turn black. But first time parents needn’t worry – it just means the stump is going to fall off completely.

3) Suck it Up: Baby Has a Stuffy Nose

Babies have tiny nasal passages that can be easily congested, making it uncomfortable for them to breathe. But babies can’t blow their stuffy noses themselves – it’s up to you to sort it out. We’ve heard some horror stories about nasal suction devices that involve first time parents sucking out the mucus (apparently it doesn’t go in your mouth). Maybe try a baby bulb syringe instead, where there’s no sucking required.

4) Every Morning Feels like a Hangover

Sleep deprivation can do bad things to all of us. Having a baby can make you feel like you have a permanent hangover. Our best advice for new parents? When baby sleeps, you sleep. Even if it’s for five minutes. Take those precious moments of rest now, or you’ll regret it later.

5) Emergency Explosive Poos Will Happen

If you’re breastfeeding, babies are more likely to have lots of loose poos throughout the day (and night). However, keep an eye out for really runny explosions which could be a sign of a diarrhoea.

6) Prevent Sick-Covered Shoulders

Lots of babies suffer from reflux, where milk comes up from the stomach and into your little one’s mouth. And guess where it goes after? That’s right – all over you. First time parents burping their baby after a feed might end up with a milky mess all over their shoulder. Avoid this by covering your clothes with a muslin square (or two)!

7) Baby’s Nails are Actually Claws

For being so tiny, baby’s nails can be incredibly sharp. First time parents are probably scared of cutting them down in case they snip their baby’s skin. But when these mini talons are long enough, your baby will end up scratching themselves anyway. Grab those baby-safe nail scissors and get the job done.

Funny baby playing with toilet paper8) The First Month Is a Smile-Free Zone

You’d like to think your lovely newborn baby will be a happy, smiley ray of sunshine. But most babies don’t figure out how to smile until they’re around four weeks old.
Your happy singing and cheerful cooing isn’t wasted, though. Babies soon start to imitate their parent’s facial expressions – so keep on smiling!
9) Roll Up, Roll Up: Your New Baby Is a Tourist Attraction
It’s no surprise that almost everyone you know will want to come and visit your new bundle of joy. Your parents, the in-laws, your great aunt, and then there’s your second-cousin once removed plus their dog…
Having so many visitors can get a little frantic! When you need space after giving birth, the practical advice for new parents would be to politely say “sorry, no visitors for now, but we’ll be in touch.”
Alternatively, you may prefer to shut the curtains and lock all the doors.

10) Get a Takeaway

While it’s important to keep your body healthy, home-cooked meals can be a rarity with a baby around. First time parents should accept casseroles from granny. Defrost that batch of lasagne from the freezer. Or if all else fails, the pizza shop opens soon…

11) You’ll Forget Something

You and baby are braving the supermarket for the first time. Your changing bag is packed and you’re ready for anything. Only to get to the end of the till and find your purse isn’t buried underneath all those nappies and your credit card’s sitting at home. But a good changing bag will have lots of different pockets to keep everything separate and accessible. Or, always make sure to have a changing bag checklist handy.

12) First Time Parents Aren’t Perfect

There will be mistakes. There will be sleepless nights. And there will be some crying and screaming which doesn’t necessarily come from your baby. But all of that’s okay. There’s no secret to being a good parent! Take things one step at a time and soon you’ll be laughing off those baby blunders. Our final piece of advice for first time parents is this: remember, you will manage.

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Your Guide to Baby Sun Safety

Summer has finally arrived! This year, we’ve managed to hang onto more than three days of sunshine – and the heatwave is set to continue. Although the British weather is very unpredictable, it seems the scorching temperatures are here to stay.

If you have a new baby, you might not feel quite ready to grab your sunglasses just yet. And you’re completely right to consider your baby’s sensitive skin in the sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and enjoy it! So fire up the barbecue, pack your beach towels and bring on the ice cream. It’s time for some fun in the sun while keeping your little one safe and protected. You’re going to have a blast!

Why is Baby Sun Protection Important?

Our skin possesses a chemical called melanin, which reacts with the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. If the amount of UV exposure is more than what your skin’s melanin can manage, you will get sunburnt.

A newborn baby has extremely sensitive skin that doesn’t contain much melanin, so is more prone to sunburn. And not only does sunburn cause a lot of pain for your little one, but could also increase their risk of skin cancer in later life. So it’s extremely important to be aware of sun safety for babies and make sure your newborn is fully protected at all times.

How to Keep Your Newborn Baby Protected in the Sun

Baby in the Sun at the BeachYoung babies aged between 0-6 months should never exposed to direct sunlight. To keep your little one in the shade at all times, you can:

  • Go for walks early in the morning and late in the afternoon (around 10am and 4pm), staying away from the midday sun.
  • Attach a protective sun cover or parasol to your pushchair.
  • Use sun shades for your car windows – they’re usually cheap to buy and can be removed later on.
  • Give your baby a cotton sun hat which fully covers their head, ears and neck.
  • Dress your infant in lightweight, loose and light-coloured clothing that protects their arms and legs.

It’s sometimes recommended parents avoid putting sunscreen on newborn babies, as this can harm their delicate skin. It’s best to ask your doctor or health visitor if you’re unsure. However, your baby generally shouldn’t need sunscreen if they’re kept out of direct sunlight at all times.

Sun Safety for Babies 6 Months and Over

Older babies who are 6 months and up still need sun protection.

  • If your little one is crawling around and likes to play outside, avoid going into the sun between 11am and 3pm. This is the hottest part of the day and could cause your infant to become dehydrated as well as sunburnt.
  • But if you really need to go out, keep your baby in the shade. As with newborn babies, the same rules still apply – use pushchair covers and car window shades.
  • Cover your child up as much as possible with light clothing, like an oversized, long-sleeved t-shirt and loose, cotton trousers.
  • Don’t forget a wide-brimmed sun hat! Although older babies might fight you on that one, as they tend to prefer pulling their hat off at the most inconvenient times. If you go for a walk with your baby in their pushchair, keep checking in case their hat goes astray.
  • Get a pair of infant sunglasses to shield your baby’s eyes. For the best UV protection, sunglasses should meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and have the CE mark.
  • And the most important sun safety for babies tip: slather on that sunscreen!

How to Use Sunscreen on Your Baby

Baby at the Beach with Sunscreen onBabies need sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. You also need to make sure your baby’s sunscreen is fully protective against UVA and UVB rays.

Apply sunscreen to any areas which aren’t covered by clothing. Your baby’s neck and shoulders shouldn’t be exposed to the sun, but if they are, take extra care to check sunscreen is liberally applied, as these areas are more likely to get sunburnt. Don’t forget your baby’s ears, face and feet need sunscreen too.
Sunscreen should be applied around 20 minutes before you go outside, then reapplied often throughout the day.
Your baby needs to wear sunscreen every time they go out between the months of April and September.
Finally, even if it’s cloudy, you must apply sunscreen as the sun’s rays are still there.

Protecting Your Baby on Holiday

If you’re not relying on the British summer and plan on going on holiday with your baby, pack lots of extra sunscreen in your hold luggage. Sunscreen might be more expensive abroad, plus you might not be able to find the right type suitable for your baby, so buy it before you go.

Also, if you have a water baby who likes going in the pool, make sure to use a waterproof sunscreen. When your little one’s tired of swimming, reapply sunscreen after towel drying so they stay protected.

If you are planning a trip abroad, check you’ve got the right baby travel bag to carry all your essentials!

What Happens If My Baby Gets Sunburnt?

Even if you take the necessary precautions, there is a chance your baby could get sunburnt. If your infant is showing any signs of sunburn, head inside immediately. Dab the area with cool water and gently pat dry (don’t rub), then apply aloe vera. Always consult your doctor or health visitor straight away for more advice if your baby has sunburn.

Is Taking My Baby out in the Sun Worth It?

Of course! The sun is our best source of vitamin D, which is important for supporting healthy bones in babies. We additionally get vitamin D from food, but breastfed babies usually need a daily supplement to increase their intake.

No new parent is expected to stay inside for the entire summer. As long as you’re extra careful and take all the right steps to protect your baby, you can both enjoy the sunshine – let’s just hope it lasts!

 

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How to Bathe a Baby

Baby in Towel After BathYou’ll already know that a tiny baby can’t do a lot for themselves – in fact, they can’t do much at all! Your newborn relies on you to handle all their baby care needs, like feeding, sleeping and changing.

But if you’re a first-time parent, you probably won’t know how to do a lot of these important tasks, like how to bathe a baby. And that’s completely understandable! Babies don’t come with their own how-to handbook, although that would be very handy.
You don’t need to worry, though. It might seem like you’ve been thrown into the deep end of parenthood, so we’ve prepared a simple, step-by-step guide to help you with baby bath time. And once you know how to bathe a newborn, you might find it a wonderful bonding experience for you both to share.
In addition to our baby bath time tips, we’ve included some extra baby care advice for general newborn maintenance to help keep your little one squeaky clean!
So let’s get started and make baby bath time a breeze.

How to Bathe a Baby

Step One: Check Baby Needs a Bath

Babies don’t need to be bathed every single day. If you want to quickly clean your baby, you could use the topping and tailing method. This involves wiping your baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom without popping them in the tub. Use cotton wool balls dipped in warm water to gently clean your baby’s skin. Make sure to use a new piece of cotton wool for each of your baby’s eyes, outside the ears, the neck, body and bottom.

But if topping and tailing isn’t enough, we’ll move onto Step Two and learn how to bathe a baby.

Step Two: Be Prepared for Baby Bath Time

Before bathing your newborn, check your little one is feeling alert, awake and isn’t too hungry or full. Then make sure you have the following things to hand:

  • Large, clean washing up bowl – you don’t need an expensive baby bath
  • Warm water
  • Cotton wool
  • Soft towel – an adult-sized one is fine
  • Fresh nappy
  • Clean clothes

Always check the water’s temperature by dipping your elbow in to test it. The water should be warm but not hot, and mixed well. You also don’t need to add any soap or gels – just water is fine, especially for babies with sensitive skin.

Rubber Duck from Baby's BathStep Three: Baby’s Going for a Dip

Gently dip your baby into the tub, using one hand to support their head and keep it out of the water. With your other hand, first tip small amounts of water over your baby’s hair and scalp. Then, still with your other hand, carefully swish the water over your baby’s body without splashing their face. Keep pouring water over your baby so they don’t get chilly.
Step Four: Clean Baby’s Face
Your baby’s face and nose might have a build-up of sticky mucus that can lead to infection. To avoid this, gently dab your baby’s eyes and nose with a piece of cotton wool dipped in the warm water. Wipe away the mucus, using a fresh cotton wool ball for each eye and the nose.
Step Five: Dry Off Baby
Take your baby out their bath and wrap them in a soft towel. Carry your baby to a clean space, like their changing mat. Pat your newborn dry, making sure to gently towel between the folds of their skin. Some babies don’t like having a bath, so this is also a good time to soothe them by giving your newborn a mini massage.

Once your baby’s completely dry, pop on a fresh nappy and clean clothes. Now your newborn is all clean and you officially know how to bathe a baby!

Baby Care Tips

While learning how to bathe a baby is important, there are other baby care duties you need to take care of.

Nappy Changing

Read up on how to change a nappy. Although, with newborns going through around 12 nappies per day, you’ll no doubt get plenty of practice! Most babies need to be changed as soon as their nappy is wet, so you’ll get used to it quite quickly. Always change your baby’s nappy after a poo.

Baby Nail Cutting

Your newborn baby might only have tiny nails, but they can be very sharp. You need to regularly trim your baby’s nails to make sure they don’t scratch themselves.

Cutting your baby’s nails might feel scary because they’re so small, but you can buy special nail scissors or clippers if you’re worried about nipping their skin. It’s also easier to cut your baby’s nails when they’re fresh from a bath, as the water softens the nail.

Baby’s Umbilical Stump

When your baby’s born, their umbilical cord will be clamped. This leaves a small stump behind on your infant’s tummy. Between 5-15 days after the birth, your newborn baby’s umbilical stump will dry up and fall off.

Before the stump comes away, clean the area in the bath or by using the topping and tailing method. Always fully dry your baby’s stump to avoid infection.

When the umbilical stump falls away, continue to keep your baby’s tummy clean until the belly button heals. This can take up to 10 days. If you see any signs of infection (before or after the stump falls off), speak to your doctor or health visitor.

Now you know how to bathe a baby, but what about the rest? For more baby care tips, check out the rest of the BabaBing! blog for more handy tips and advice to help you on your parenthood journey!

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Why Your Baby Needs a Newborn Bouncer

A newborn bouncer is a brilliant piece of baby equipment. They’re really useful for parents, as you can safely and securely strap your baby into the harness while you take five. Need to make a cup of tea or grab a bite to eat? Maybe take a shower? As long as your baby stays in the same room as you, a newborn bouncer can be a lifesaver for busy mums and dads who need a quick break.

So, we can already guess why so many parents love having a baby bouncer from birth. But what’s in it for our tiny tots? We explore our top five reasons why a newborn bouncer can work for your baby.

5 Reasons a Newborn Bouncer Can Work for Your Baby

Baby Bouncer1) Feels like the Womb

Being born probably feels like a huge shock for most babies! They’ve been used to the cosiness of mum’s womb for nine months, and now they’re suddenly out in the big wide world. It’s a big change that might make your baby feel very surprised or even frightened, which is why they need your love and care.
However, you can recreate the feeling of being in the womb with a newborn bouncer. A baby bouncer from birth can imitate the sounds and sensations felt by babies in the womb.
First, the sounds. We might feel the need to tiptoe around new babies, but in fact they’re used to a lot of noise. Babies can hear many sounds when they’re inside the womb, like your heart beating or your blood pumping. A newborn bouncer has a similar, rhythmic vibration that can help your baby relax.
Next, the sensations. Developing babies are surrounded by amniotic fluid in the womb. We imagine lying around in all that fluid must feel a ship at sea, floating back and forth over the waves. Sounds peaceful, doesn’t it? But if your baby misses that rocking sensation, a newborn bouncer can help to replicate it with its gentle swaying movements.
2) Exercise and Activity
While we’re not expecting your baby to take on a triathlon, all babies need a little exercise. It’s very important for their development. Baby activities help to grow their tiny muscles, as well as building their gross and fine motor skills. It’s also thought that strong and healthy babies who engage in daily baby exercises are more likely to have improved social abilities. Plus, it can really strengthen the bond between parent and baby.
A newborn bouncer is a fun way to get your baby moving. All that wiggling and giggling is great for keeping your newborn active – just keep the bouncing to a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.

3) Toy Time

Toys can be really useful for your baby’s development too, improving their social, cognitive and grasping abilities right from birth. In the early stages, most babies just like to look or feel new things – they’re very inquisitive. That’s why a newborn bouncer with toys is perfect for satisfying your baby’s curiosity.
When choosing a baby bouncer from birth, look for one with toys that will help your baby’s development. Remember, your little one only really wants to look and feel in their first few months.
First, find a newborn bouncer that comes with colourful toys. New babies can’t focus very well, so bright colours and entertaining patterns are a must for catching their attention. Then, look for one with a toy bar, so the toys can hang down in front of your newborn’s line of sight. Your baby might try to reach out and grab their toys – this is known as grasping, a major baby milestone! The BabaBing! LoBo2 Baby Bouncer is a great choice if you’re looking to have fun toy time with your baby.

4) Play Anywhere, Anytime

Baby in Newborn BouncerA baby bouncer from birth is portable, meaning your baby can have fun anywhere, anytime. You can use swings and play pens, but they usually are too large or fixed into your home, so can’t travel with you. But what happens when you want to go to granny’s house or on a family day out?

A newborn bouncer should be lightweight and easy to carry, so you can bring it with you wherever you go. That way, your baby never has to be without their bouncy chair!
5) It’s Fun!
Most importantly, a newborn bouncer can be great for your baby because it’s a lot of fun! The jiggly motion is sure to excite energetic babies and make lots of laughs and smiles. Additionally, playing with your baby is one of the best ways to form a strong bond, and it helps your little one learn more about the world. Why not try out a newborn bouncer and see how much your baby likes it?
A newborn bouncer can work really well for your baby for lots of ways. But with easy-to-clean fabrics and a great price, we think mum will love it too!

BabaBing! has a brilliant choice of baby bouncers in a variety of cool, neutral colours to fit in perfectly with your home décor. Check them out today and find our affordable newborn bouncer range that little ones can enjoy right from birth!

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Cleaning Your Diaper Bag & Baby Changing Mat

Cleaning your diaper bag and baby changing mat is one of those things you just get used to as a new parent. You’ll eventually get into the habit of sorting out sick-stained clothes, milky dribbles and toast crumbs scattered everywhere, so your baby can live in a safe, sanitary environment. But how do you keep your diaper bag and your changing mat germ free? Check out our advice for cleaning your baby changing gear and make them look as good as new.

How to Keep Your Baby Changing Gear Clean

Cleaning Your Diaper Bag

New Mum Packing Diaper BagBaby diaper bags are notorious for getting dirty. They’re a minefield of dirt and stains. Think spilled milk, mushy banana and grubby floors – not to mention your baby’s dribbles, pee, poo and reflux which are bound to make a mess of your diaper bag.

As a new parent, you basically end up carrying your life around with you in your diaper bag. And since your bag has so many uses – as your hospital bag, your handbag and of course your bag for baby days out – you’ll want to keep it looking good. So let’s get to it and learn how to clean your diaper bag.
Step one – empty your diaper bag
Unzip all the pockets and get everything out before you start cleaning. Roll the bag inside out to shake away any leftover crumbs too!
Step two – tackle the serious stains first
Grab an old tea towel and fill up a bowl with warm soapy water or a small amount of detergent. Dip your tea towel in the bowl, wring it out and gently rub away the stains. If you have some really stubborn marks, add a teaspoon of baking soda to your mix for extra stain-removal power.

Most diaper bags are made from polyester or cotton and can usually be cleaned safely with soapy water. However, if you have a leather diaper bag, you might need specialist products to avoid damaging it. Check your bag’s inside wash label before going ahead, just in case.

Step three – wash the inside

Make up a new bowl of warm soapy water and use your slightly damp tea towel to clean the inside of your diaper bag, wiping in a circular motion. Pulling your bag inside out will help you reach right into those pockets and get to the bottom of the lining.

Step four – wipe the outside

Using the same method as step three, you can clean the outside of your diaper bag. Lightly wipe the tea towel over your bag’s exterior in small circles, gradually cleaning away any build-up of dirt. Give the handles the same treatment. Finally, rub the outside of your bag with a baby wipe or two for the perfect finish.

Step five – air dry your diaper bag

Pop your bag out to air dry, hanging it upside down with the pockets open, so any excess water drips out. Be careful of putting your diaper bag in the tumble dryer, as this can damage your bag and put it out of shape. Diaper bags like the BabaBing! Tilly Tote have an easy-to-clean wipeable surface, so you don’t have to struggle with stains. It also has leatherette handles and pullers, which can be simply wiped down if they get dirty.

Unfortunately, cleaning your bag is just the beginning. Most high-quality diaper bags come with their own baby changing mat, which can get even messier than your bag. The hard work’s not over yet…

Cleaning Your Baby Changing Mat

Bb67-001 - Chnaging Mat & Bottle Holder 1After you’ve changed your baby’s nappy, your little one might be clean and dry – but your changing mat probably won’t be! Babies can get very wriggly during nappy changes, which unfortunately means any leaks will escape right onto your changing mat. And because you could be changing your newborn’s nappy around 12 times a day, the chances are even the most relaxed baby will leave a little mess for you to deal with.

Keeping your changing mat clean is really important to avoid spreading germs and making sure your baby has a safe, hygienic space to lie on during nappy changes. Our top tips can help you keep your baby changing mat clean and sanitised after every use.
Step one – find a good spot
Most new parents don’t change their baby in just one place. It’s just not realistic for young children who need changing so often.
But you should try to keep away from areas where you eat, like the dinner table or a kitchen counter. You don’t want to sit down for breakfast and spy a small puddle (or worse) that you accidentally missed while cleaning up after the last nappy change!
Step two – use the nappy
Once you realise your baby needs changing, wait a few minutes before removing their nappy just in case they aren’t finished. This helps to avoid any poo explosions on your changing mat! Then use the nappy to wipe up the bulk of the mess from your baby’s bottom so you’ll have less to clean later.
Step three – cover up explosions
If your baby has an explosive poo, it might sometimes slide up the top of your changing mat (honestly, they really do go everywhere). If this happens, cover up the mess with toilet paper or a towel. That way your squirmy baby can’t put their waving hands in the poo and potentially spread it about even more!

Step four – roll up the nappy

Whether you’re using a disposable or a reusable nappy, roll it up immediately after use to avoid any mess leaking out onto your baby changing mat. You can secure the rolled-up nappy by refastening the tabs or poppers. This will help to contain the stinky smell too!

Step five – wipe the baby changing mat clean

Take your baby to safe place (like their cot), so your hands are free to clean up the last of the mess on your baby changing mat. Even if you can’t see any remains, always clean your changing mat after every use to keep it germ free. First, use a couple of baby wipes to mop up leftover pee and poo. Then wash your baby changing mat with hot soapy water to make sure it’s completely sterile and sanitary for next time. Afterwards, wash your hands thoroughly.

Ta-da! You’ve successfully cleaned your baby changing mat. No doubt you’ll be back in a few hours to repeat the process – babies go through a lot of nappies. But for now, you can go and enjoy a cuddle with your little one and relax.

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Guidance and Advice for New Parents

Becoming first time parents is certainly a scary time. But no matter how nerve-wracking you think parenting is going to be, there’s a tiny infant who’s relying on you. Babies can’t do anything for themselves, so it’s up to you to make sure they feel loved, comfortable and cared for.

Taking care of a baby isn’t about eating organic puréed veggies or perfecting the piano by age two. If you’ve got time for those kind of things, we salute you! But if not, we’ve put together some of our most practical advice for new parents who feel nervous about their new arrival. Sleepless nights, begone – we hope!

15 Tips for First Time Parents

1) Help Baby Sleep

Getting your baby to sleep through the night will probably be a challenge for first time parents. But there are lots of baby sleep solutions out there to help your little one relax at night.
The NHS advice for new parents says to sleep in the same room as your baby for the first six months, so you can react to your their needs quickly.
2) Nappy Changing
The majority of first time parents wouldn’t know how to change a nappy – why would you? But there’s a first time for everything, and at the rate babies need changing, you’ll pick it up fast!
The advice for new parents when it comes to nappy changing is to change your little one as soon as they need it. Then you’ll be able to work out how sensitive their skin is and if your baby should be changed before or after a feed.

3) Baby Feeding

How you feed your baby is up to you. Whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding or combining the two, the best advice for new parents is to be prepared. Babies will usually start feeding just a few hours after birth, so you need to be ready for when you bring your little one back from the hospital. Make sure you have all the right feeding tools, like bottles, teats and sterilising equipment on hand from the moment you arrive home.

4) Bathing

Don’t think you need to give your baby a bath every single day. One of the top tips for new parents is to try the top and tail method. This is where you wash your baby from head to toe with damp cotton wool, then gently dry them off with a soft towel. Topping and tailing is great if you’re a bit nervous about bathing your baby, but just make sure you have everything ready before you start.

5) Share the Work

Some of the best advice for new parents is to share the work. Life with a newborn baby is very tough for both mum and dad, so it’s best for both parents to help out where they can. Right from the start of pregnancy, a pregnant partner might feel tired and nauseous and will need practical support. Then when your baby arrives, there’s night feeds, nappy changing and a new level of exhaustion for both partners. Parents should share the experiences (the good and the bad!) to make having a baby a little easier.

6) Create a Routine

Giving your baby some kind of schedule can be very helpful advice for new parents. When you start to create a newborn routine, it can give you an idea of when your little wants to feed, play and sleep. Knowing the cues that show what your baby wants can be very useful for first time parents.

7) Soothe Baby

When your baby won’t stop crying, it’s usually because they need comfort or care. But if your little one’s not hungry, thirsty or sleepy, you might struggle to find a reason. But don’t tear your hair out just yet. There are options for you to relax and soothe your little one, from mini massages to resting in a baby rocker.

8) Pack Your Baby Changing Bag

First time parents will probably feel like they can’t leave the house with their baby, but of course you can! The top tips for new parents when going outside with their little one is to always keep your changing bag prepared. If you pack everything you need in your baby changing bag in advance, you’ll reduce the risk of a nappy-changing emergency when out and about!

9) Cut Down on the Housework

Cleaning advice for new parents? Lower your standards. Don’t worry about the dusting the doorframes or scrubbing the skirting boards – all those housework jobs can wait. It’s impressive enough if first time parents can load the dishwasher, let alone break out the bucket and mop. Save your spring cleaning for another time, or hire someone to help once a fortnight if you really need to.

10) Play with Baby

Babies aren’t as delicate as you might think! You can enjoy lots of fun baby activities right from birth, which benefits their development and strengthens you and your little one’s bond. From pulling funny faces to jumping around in a baby bouncer, there are lots of cheap or free ways to play with your baby that are guaranteed to make some giggles.

11) Batch Cook

Freezable, family-friendly meals are great for first time parents. Lasagne, shepherd’s pie, sausage casserole or a quick chicken curry are some of our firm favourite recipes that you can quickly and simply batch cook. Then pop them in the freezer to keep ready for those times you’re way too tired to play chef. Or, our other advice to new parents who are extra exhausted? Order a takeaway!

12) Don’t Compare

From pregnancy milestones to baby breakthroughs, you and your little one will hit most landmarks at different times. And you know what? That’s completely fine! If you have newfound mummy friends who like to brag, don’t feel disheartened if your infant isn’t quite at the same stage. It’s not a good idea to compare your child to others. Of course, you can speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby’s development.
13) Ask for Help
You might think you’ll be ready to raise your baby single-handedly. But the reality for first time parents is extreme exhaustion and lots of uncertainty. So before you wade your way through parenthood alone, the advice for new parents is to ask for help.
Your friends and relatives will likely want to pitch in, so even if you’re not ready to let anyone else look after your little one, they can still lend a hand around the house.

14) Look After Yourself

Self-care is really important for first time parents. Let your partner take care of your baby for half an hour, so you can take a well-deserved break. Read a book, enjoy a hot bath or catch up on boxsets – just as long as you have a moment to yourself. Or you could go all out with a little online shopping and treat yourself to some new-mum gifts!

15) Remember, It’ll Pass

No matter how tired you are, no matter how worn-out you feel – remember, it’ll pass. Some of the best advice for new parents you need to remember is that even the most difficult stages will eventually be over. Even when it gets tough, try to love and enjoy the time you have with your infant now, because it’s true what they say, you know – babies really do grow up fast!

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How to Soothe and Stop Baby Crying

When you want to stop baby crying, sometimes there’s an obvious solution. Hungry babies want to be fed. Infants with a dirty nappy need changing. And sometimes your newborn might be bored and want to play. On the other hand, there will be lots of times your baby won’t stop crying and there’s no clear reason as to why.

But before you get too frazzled with your newborn baby crying, make sure to try our top 10 methods to help soothe and relax your little one.

10 Ways to Stop Baby Crying

Mother trying to stop baby crying1) Massage

There are lots of benefits to baby massage. It can help you become more confident when holding your newborn, improves baby’s sleep quality and is the perfect way to bond with your little one. But massaging can also stop baby crying.
When your little one’s fully awake and alert, you can try a gentle but firm massage. This can help babies feel peaceful and relaxed. Don’t use any oils or creams until your baby’s at least one month old.
2) White Noise
If your baby won’t stop crying, try playing some white noise. You don’t need to buy a special machine, because there are lots videos online you can play from your phone or laptop.
White noise can help baby stop crying as it drowns out the loud household sounds – maybe you have an older child who likes making a racket! White noise also seems to soothe babies and can help them drift off to sleep.

3) Something to Suck

Most babies suck on their own fingers because they’re showing you they’re feeling hungry. But if you’ve fed your baby and they’re refusing your breast or bottle, they could be using finger sucking as a self-soothing mechanism. It’s thought that babies start sucking their thumb way back in the womb. So, it’s natural they’ll continue after birth to feel calm.

You can also soothe your little one by giving them a dummy to suck. Not all parents encourage sucking (there are pros and cons), but it can be a quick temporary solution to stop baby crying.

4) Music

Some soft music can help stop your newborn baby crying. Like white noise, gentle music can drown out other sounds which might interrupt your baby’s sleep. And if your little one wakes up crying but can hear music playing, it can sometimes help them drift off again.

You could also try singing a lullaby to stop baby crying. Even if your voice isn’t opera-ready, lullabies can comfort your newborn as they react positively to the sound of your voice.

5) Change Temperature

One of the most common but hard to spot reasons for your newborn baby crying is their temperature. Generally, your baby needs one more layer of clothing (or a light blanket) than you. But if your infant’s too hot or too cold, the simplest way to stop baby crying is to add or take away a layer.

There are lots of ways your baby might feel too hot or too cold. Swaddling babies can help them sleep, but the extra covering could make your little one very warm. Or you might notice your baby get upset during nappy changes when they have no clothes on – in which case, they could be too cold. Always check your infant’s temperature if you’re not sure why baby won’t stop crying.

6) Soothe Overstimulation

All those new sounds and smells, plus the many faces which come and go – being a newborn baby can get very tiring! Because of their brand-new surroundings, many babies can feel overstimulated and overwhelmed. This makes babies very grumpy, as they feel tired but struggle to get to sleep.

You can soothe overstimulation by returning your little one to their newborn baby routine as soon as possible. Once your baby settles back into their usual schedule, they’ll usually stop crying and feel calm again.

7) Fresh Air

If your baby won’t stop crying, why not take a short trip into the garden? A breath of fresh air can really soothe your baby. Plus, the change of scenery gives them something new to look at. Fresh air is also thought to improve your baby’s sleep, helping them to rest for longer at night.

Ellie RockOut Rocker - Lifestyle 88) Baby Rocker

A baby rocker is a wonderful way to stop baby crying. The gentle rocking motion is very comforting for many babies because it feels like being swayed in their parent’s arms. Some baby rockers even have additional toy bars to entertain your little one when they’re a bit cranky.
9) Warm Bath
A warm bath can be great for soothing an irritable infant. If your baby won’t stop crying, fill a clean washing-up bowl with warm water. You should check the temperature with your elbow to make sure it isn’t too hot. Hold your baby in the water and hopefully they’ll relax. If your baby doesn’t enjoy the water, try bathing with your little one, so they get the added skin-to-skin comfort.
10) Cuddle
Babies need lots of reassurance, love and care. So, if your newborn won’t stop crying, they might just need a cuddle. Give your baby lots of hugs to make them feel calm and comforted.
You should also have lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Skin-to-skin snuggles are very valuable for regulating your baby’s temperature, heartbeat and breathing while reducing stress for both of you. Make sure to enjoy plenty of cuddles to help stop your newborn baby crying.
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Baby Activities to Play With 0-6 Month Olds

Baby activities aren’t just for fun – they’re essential for your baby’s development. You can support your newborn’s growth, social skills and motor milestones by regularly involving them in stimulating playtime. Spending time with your baby is also very valuable for building a strong bond and showing how much you care for them.

Luckily, there are many everyday newborn activities that are really simple to do. We’ve put together our favourite 0-6 months baby activities, which can mostly be done at home.

15 Baby Activities for 0-6 Months

Baby in Baby Bouncer

1) Tummy Time
Tummy time is one of the most important baby activities for helping their development and building their upper body strength. From around three months, you can lie your baby on their stomach for a few minutes at a time. Watch as your baby uses their back and shoulder muscles to reach out for toys and get a good look at the world. Always oversee tummy time, and make sure your baby is awake and alert.
2) Baby Bouncer
When your baby wants to play, a baby bouncer is a great activity that can make lots of giggles. Most babies love the springy motion of a baby bouncer. Some even come with extra toy bars to make bouncy playtime even more exciting.
3) Music
Most babies love listening to music. But listening to new tunes isn’t just a fun experience. Music is thought to assist your baby’s brain development and encourages them to learn language and sounds.
4) Mirrors
One of the simplest newborn activities is showing your baby their reflection. Most 0-6 months old babies like to look at new faces – including their own. Let your little one explore their reflection by holding them up against a mirror.
5) Water
Any baby activities which involve water are sure to get some giggles from your little one. Splash around in the tub with your baby – you’ll save time on washing! Or you could just fill up a shallow, plastic bowl for your baby to dip their hands in.

6) Reading

Reading might not seem like one of the obvious 0-6 months baby activities, because your baby won’t understand the stories just yet. But you can start reading to babies right from birth, as the words and sounds can help their development. Picture books are also great for newborn babies, especially those with touchy-feely pages.

7) Baby Rocker

Lots of babies love the soothing feeling of being rocked in your arms. But swaying your baby can get very tiring, which is why a baby rocker is perfect for relaxing your little one. As a result, baby rockers are one of the top 0-6 months baby activities for helping your infant drift off to sleep.

8) Funny Faces

Another one of the easiest baby activities is making funny faces. But making faces won’t just bring lots of smiles and laughter. It can also help your baby’s visual and social development as they begin to learn how we communicate with our facial expressions.

9) Rattles

Rattles can be one of the most entertaining newborn activities that’s great for their listening development. Babies like hearing new sounds and a rattle will really grab their attention. You might find your baby will turn their head to look for the noise after using the rattle a few times.

10) Swimming

Swimming can be one of the most valuable 0-6 months baby activities, because it can help to build your baby’s muscles and coordination as they splash around in the water. Also, it’s a great family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy.
11) Singing
Singing a lullaby to your baby is a great way to help them relax, because the rhythm of your soothing song can make babies feel calm. As a result, lullabies are the ideal baby sleep solution.
12) Garden
Because you might not quite be ready for baby’s first day out, why not take a trip into the garden instead? There are lots of 0-6 months baby activities you can enjoy outside. Show your little one brightly-coloured flowers and let them explore the feeling of grass. Just make sure your baby’s dressed for the weather and covered from direct sunlight.

13) Mini Sit Ups

From around 3 months, you might notice your infant start their own baby activity – mini sit ups! These tiny crunches help build your baby’s muscles so they can eventually sit up independently.

14) Massage

Another thing you can do to relax your baby is a gentle massage, one of the most calming newborn activities. If your baby’s upset, you can try to comfort them by softly stroking their body. Also, don’t use any oil until your baby’s more than a month old, as this can damage their sensitive skin.

15) Grasping

Grasping is one of the milestones your baby will discover quite early on. It might start out with a slight clutching onto your finger. But one of the developmental baby activities you can encourage is grasping onto other objects. Give your baby small toys to hold (even if he or she drops it right away) to help their coordination.

16) Sounds

You don’t need to spend a lot to entertain your baby. One of the cheapest baby activities is making sounds to develop their listening skills. You’ll probably find lots of things around the house which make interesting noises. Try scrunching up tin foil, blowing bubbles from a glass of water or tapping two spoons together and see how your baby reacts to the noise.

17) Baby Mobile

A baby mobile could either excite or relax your baby. Each infant is different and will respond differently to the visual stimulation. A mobile can be very useful for sleep or play, but you’ll just have to see which way it works out!

18) Sensory Classes

Sensory classes are designed to progress your baby’s development. Your infant can discover new ways to play, like light displays, bubbles, puppets or music shows. But sensory baby activities aren’t just fun for your little one. You can also use them to socialise and meet other new parents.

19) Peek-a-Boo

You might know it as ‘where’s the baby’ or ‘hidey-boo,’ but the common peek-a-boo game is more than a fun baby activity. It’s suggested that peek-a-boo can assist your baby’s brain development as they watch you ‘disappear’ then come right back again.

20) Cuddling

When your little one’s tired of all their baby activities, it’s time take a break from the fun and games. Cuddling can significantly strengthen you and your baby’s bond, and is the perfect way to end a day full of excitement.

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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!