Great tips on dining out with your baby(and still enjoying yourself).

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What can be more exciting than watching your baby grow? As she is growing, you start feeling like going out again even if it is a simple family dinner.Those pre-baby times when dining out wasn’t such a big deal,when you didn’t have to think how many wet wipes you put in your bag,seemed so unreal after having a baby,like they happened in a different life or with someone else.When babies come, they change our lives forever-for the best. All those emotions that we experience when doing things for the first time with a new baby are normal. So time has come and you are ready to go out and take your baby out? No problem.

Here are a few tips on how to make the whole process not only easier but also enjoyable(for all of you).

  1. Know your baby routine. In other words, the right timing plays the biggest part here. You won’t wait til you get really hungry to go out, would you? You know that if your tummy doesn’t get fed in time, it will sure let you and those around you know. How do you feel when you are late with your meal-cranky, jumpy,snappy? Do expect your baby to feel exactly the same. His feeding time is your navigation-take him when he is happy, after he had a nap and a snack. He will be more happy to wait for his big meal and play at the table when he is contented.
  2. Be prepared for delays. Meaning- choose carefully which night is the best to go out.Make sure it’s not a public holiday, sport game night or an event that can be happening locally. When you planned your evening carefully, there is a very slight chance for delaying to occur.
  3. Look for kids friendly restaurants that do tolerate a little more noise or is ok with breastfeeding(bottle-feeding). With a toddler or a young child, is there a play room that is safe and close to family size tables? If you have tried a few diners already and chosen the place you liked, be sure to make friends with staff so next time they will accommodate you the best they can.
  4. Invest into a multi-functional baby bag like the one that transforms into a booster seat and has an option of a portable change station-they are life and money savers and are great for children that can seat unsupported(6 months+). No high chairs available? No problem. Who wants to deal with germs left from other babies anyway ? Babies that are seated on a booster seat close to a family table are less likely to get bored,constantly seek for attention or throw a tantrum. Why? Because they feel more included, being within a close circle, belong to the pack-that is a form of attachment parenting on its own. It can’t get better if you invest into the bag that turns into a booster seat and a changing station-no need to worry about placing your bub on a cold change room counter -simply unfold your bag, carefully taking the stuff out and placing it in a shell that is provided inside.This is a good reason for not needing to bring a pram, if the bub gets tired-you can simply lay him down in the bag’s bassinet position whereever it is safe and well supervised. Check this awesome Baby Bag here

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5. Don’t worry about packing a kitchen sink. Take a spare set of clothes for the bub, a few wet wipes( I am sure you can find a rest room with water in a worst case of things), baby bottle or his food depending on the age, a couple of nappies(or inserts if you use modern cloth nappies, disposable or easy-to-clean bib, a muslin wrap for breastfeeding and burping.

6. Have a new toy or two at each visit . For those, simply dash into your local dollar shop, there are plenty of options for inexpensive toys like travel size baby books, sticker charts, cell phones, matchbox cars etc. Keep away from balls unless you like frequent running,squatting and bending. Make sure they stay well hidden in your bag and watch your baby’s face as you pulled them out.Priceless!

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7. Make the first meal outing short as a test run and see how everything goes. In places like cafes and restaurants where loud noises and people are unavoidable,some babies might get anxious, some over-stimulated, some bored and some tired-you need to follow your baby’s signs. It is also wise to pick a daytime like a breakfast or brunch as the first time, you both can have a good snooze afterwards.

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Hands Free or why Baby Nappy Backpacks are the best

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You are a parent and you are busy. Being on the go with your baby day in day out, you probably already have a pretty good idea on how your baby’s nappy bag can get seriously heavy.Trying to carry a bag on one shoulder or in one hand gets pretty tiresome. Have you noticed that when you hang a bulky bag over a pram or a stroller, for some reason they tend to tip over? It is inconvenient, I know.

That’s why backpack nappy bags are simply the best. They help you to keep your hands free when you need them most( hands that is),so you can easily juggle things( and your bub) around.

If you are an active mum like myself, then I perfectly understand your frustration..juggling shopping bags and a nappy bag while holding your baby is not an easy task.With my son, I had a very convenient black heavy duty nappy backpack that I loved dearly. It served a perfect life especially during our travels. The only problem, it wasn’t as multi-functional as some bags these days. I still had to use those yucky changing stations in public toilets and always struggled to find a safe place to put him down when my hands needed a break.

Let’s see in which situations a backpack can save your life:
  • Shopping with a baby..or two..or three?
  • Visiting friends and family or doing picnics
  • Attending mothers groups
  • Going on holidays
  • Walking up or down the steps
  • Loading and unloading your baby into a car,pram,stroller
  • Performing an unexpected Cha-Cha when you hear your favorite song
  • Eating an ice-cream and high-five-ing your friends mums
  • Picking your toddler off the floor that is throwing a tantrum in the middle of a busy shop
  • Pushing your way through to an elevator in a high building because you don’t feel like walking up or down the steps with a baby in your arms

…Ok, so they are just a few examples but you see the point,right? By now you should be pretty convinced that you do need a backpack nappy bag. Life just gets so much easier when your hands are free and you still carry baby gear.

The problem with traditional bags which you would normally wear on one of your shoulders, is that the weight doesn’t distribute equally, you might end up with a very sore arm or back. Does a backpack nappy bag look like a better option to you now?

What to look for when buying a backpack nappy bag: 

Congratulations and welcome to the family of backpack baby bags lovers! Before you start searching Google to buy one and once you got it, stuff it with baby things,there are few points you need to consider. Backpack Bags are all different, although offer similar features and functionality. But you do want to best one for you and your bub,right?

Firstly, remember why you are buying it: distributing the weight across your back will help you prevent any future back pain or shoulder injury plus using its the functionality and convenience.

Material: Most nappy bags are made from a heavy-duty material that contributes to the bag’s lifetime. Whether it is Nylon, Polyester, Canvas or Oxford Cloth,avoid those that feel heavy without even adding your own load to the weight. Make sure the inside is lined with a waterproof lining, instead of a pretty but completely useless cotton fabric.

Outside Pockets: They are a great feature as you might keep some baby items out of the bag to access them quickly. They should be designed closer to your straps for a quicker reach and less damage to your back.
Changing Mat: Surprisingly,not all bags offer those but believe me, they are proven to be very useful while on the go. If they have their own pocket space in the bag, that is even better. You don’t want to stuff a mat inside the bag with all other items and then never be able to find it when you need it fast.
Adjustable straps with a shoulder pad: Yes, for your own comfort, you should be able to adjust the length. The pad on a shoulder strap prevents it from digging into your skin causing pain.
The size of the backpack: Well, let’s face it. Unless you need a kitchen sink with you on vacation, do not pick a bag that is too bulky. Aim for the minimum stuff to carry-only essentials.
Here is our pick: The best convertible backpack nappy bag:
HAPPY NAPPY BABY TRAVEL BAG – the only nappy bag that converts from a simple bag into a Portable changing station or a snooze bed plus a portable booster seat -Making your family travel easier.
  • Wear it two ways: as a messenger bag or a backpack
  • Extremely light-weight Non-Toxic Waterproof Oxford Cloth Material
  • Great for trips,travels,visits,play dates,shopping,dining and more!
  • Good space for all baby essentials(remember, you don’t need a kitchen sink)
  • Pockets on both sides
  • Changing mat
  • 5-point-security straps when in a booster seat position

Check the bag here: The Best Baby Nappy Bag

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Love,

Alex