Archive for the ‘Nappies’ Category

How to Choose the Right Nappy Bag for You

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As a mum, you’ll find a nappy bag useful in many situations. A nappy bag enables you to pack all of your babies needs, so make sure that you can place all your babies items in your diaper bag so you won’t miss anything important. You wouldn’t want to be caught up in the middle of a long trip to find out that you left your baby’s toys, or bottle at home…trust me! I’ve been there!

A diaper bag is not all about size however. As a modern mum, you should also consider how you will carry the bag – for example how will you carry it when strolling in parks, and how long you can carry it without straining your neck or any other muscles.

Then, of course, how will the bag look on you, and what handy features and accessories does it come with?

So let’s take a look at some key aspects that need to be taken into account when choosing the right nappy bag for you:

1. Capacity
Choose a bag that has enough room to hold your baby’s food, nappies, lotions, and bottles. You should also consider your family’s lifestyle. If you go to long trips often, you should have a bigger-sized bag that are useful for storing extra things. But if you plan go on shorter trips like walking in parks, grocery shopping ,etc. prefer a smaller diaper bag.

Il Tutto nappy bags are known for being spacious but doesn't look bulky when full.

Il Tutto nappy bags are known for being spacious but doesn’t look bulky when full.

2. Compartments
Is there room to keep things organized? Does it have compartments for bottles to keep it upright? Does it have compartments for soiled items? A good nappy bag not only has compartments for your babies items, but also for your own things.

Also consider the number of external pockets in the bag. These are handy for keeping things in easy reach so you don’t need to open your bag often.

Isoki Carry-All Tote bag contains two generous interior compartments, two easy access front pockets.

Isoki Carry-All Tote bag contains two generous interior compartments, two easy access front pockets.

 

3. Comfort
Diaper bags are heavy, and unfortunately most diaper bags are styled as messenger bags. Although it provides easy access to your baby’s things, it is not that comfortable compared to backpacks. But most of us mums prefer messenger-type over backpacks as it is more stylish. To cope up with the comfort, make sure that straps are padded and adjustable. It should be well designed to support and alleviate shoulder and back pain.

Lassig nappy bags have large shoulder straps making it very comfortable to wear for hours.

Lassig nappy bags have large shoulder straps making it very comfortable to wear for hours.

4. Style
Going back a few years, some nappy bags had those ugly baby patterns that you wouldn’t dare carry around in public. The good news is, most diaper bags nowadays are chic, modern, and stylish. In fact, most of them don’t look like a diaper bag at all.

While you’re at it, choose a material which lasts for years. Nylon and leather bags cost more but last longer.

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Storksak nappy bags are a mix of style and function. The Storksak Sofia is the company’s most exclusive style made from soft, twisted leather.

5. Versatility
Choose a bag you can carry in more ways than one. Choose one that has shoulder straps, and have attachments that can easily fit any stroller. If you’re stylish, consider a bag that you can use as your every day go bag, so you don’t have to get rid of your diaper bag when the baby has grown old.

Petunia Pickle Bottom offer bags that can be a messenger and a backpack with built-in changing station and a detachable changing mat.

Petunia Pickle Bottom offer bags that can be a messenger and a backpack with built-in changing station and a detachable changing mat.

6. Accessories
Changing mats, bottle warmer, wipes case are usually included in a diaper bag. Stroller clips are optional as it depends if the bag has an included stroller strap or not.

OiOi Nappy bags comes with a micro fiber changing mat, an insulated bottle holder, a wipes case,  and a top wet purse.

OiOi Nappy bags comes with a micro fiber changing mat, an insulated bottle holder, a wipes case, and a top wet purse.

Your nappy bag is your trusty partner when traveling with your baby. We hope this guide will assist you in purchasing the right nappy bag for you and your baby!

You can browse our full range of nappy bags in our online store.

If you have any further questions about any of our nappy bags, please head over to the Tots n Tales online store and send us an email. We would be more than happy to assist you!

 

Things to Pack in Your Diaper Bag

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The questionnaire

First time parent? Are you confused about what to pack in your nappy bag? Let us guide you through from the basics, to the essential items to have in your nappy bag.

When you have a new baby, your diaper bag is your lifeline to anything and everything you need. Have you full stocked your nappy bag? Are you sure you are getting everything your baby needs? Are you stuffing too much unnecessary items in your nappy bag?

Here are some items you can pack in your diaper bag to make sure you are prepared for whatever may come up when you go outside with your baby.

Diaper
An obvious one to have in your diapers (nappies). How many diaper bags you need depends on how long you are going to be out, how old your baby is, how is your baby feeling at the moment. On small trips, you’ll need about 6 to 10 diapers, but this also depends on how long you’ll be out. To be safe, don’t forget the rule when packing diapers: Pack more diapers than you think you will need.

Bottles and/or Breastfeeding Gear
Another obvious essential to have in your nappy bag. Have plenty of bottles and formula on hand or any breastfeeding items you need for feeding. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water and remember to pack more than you think you need.

Burp Cloths
A burp cloth is a small, soft cloth used to clean up spit when the baby has burped. Stuff one or two in your diaper bag or even more of these specially if you are already feeding your baby with solid foods.

Changing Pad
If you have read our guide about choosing the right diaper bag, then your nappy bag should have a changing pad built in. If you take it out to use at home or in your friend’s house, remember to always check that you have it in your bag before you go anywhere.

Baby Wipes
Wipes are handy to have in your nappy bag. They are great for cleaning your own hands before and after changing your baby’s diaper and it can be used to remove stains from clothes and furniture.

Diaper rash ointment
Always carry with you a tube of diaper rash ointment to use as a layer of protection and to protect your baby against diaper rash. It also helps soothe your baby’s bottom in case a rash develops.

Spare clothes
Always be prepared for the worst. Pack a spare outfit or two for your baby and remember to pack an extra shirt for you too.

Extras
Depending on how long you are planning to be out, be sure to have ziplock bag (wet bag) for baby diapers, one to two blankets, pacifiers, toys, teething rings, first aid kit, tissues, lotion with high SPF, some medicines to alleviate pain and fever, snacks for you and your baby, tissues, and a somecash in case of emergencies.

If you need a printable checklist, here’s a free one we liked that we got from homesweethomemaker.net:

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Also, here’s a link to a blank second page of this nappy bag checklist

Are there things I missed? Leave us a comment below.

 

Nappy Rash- Cause, Treatment and Prevention

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Nappy rash is a self explanatory term, meaning a rash in the area covered by a baby’s nappy. More often than nappy rash can be related to the use of certain soaps, creams, and even certain nappies. Such products can interfere with the skins protective barrier, making it vulnerable to infection. The rash may be minor in which case you’ll observe red and inflamed skin, but in some severe cases ulceration can occur.

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Cloth Nappies – Better for You, Your Baby and the Environment

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The Benefits of using the Modern Cloth Nappy System

Parents will change approximately 4500 nappies for each of their children. When we think of this in terms of disposable nappies, thats an extra 4500 nappies, that will need to be disposed of. This is a huge figure when we multiply this by the many thousands of children born each year. Its a figure that will likely cause a significant environmental impact, due to the inherent lack of biodegradability of these items.

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