Next up in my Essentials for Newborns series is the travel essentials. Being able to get it and about confidently and safely with a newborn baby is a valuable thing. Even if it is just for a walk around the block or a trip to the local shops, getting out of the house is important.
As with the sleep essentials, there is a whole world of products demanding your attention. In this article I will highlight the things that I found most valuable with Hannah.
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Travel Essentials – Pram with Bassinet
A good quality pram with a bassinet attachment is an investment well worth making.
It’s worth keeping in mind your long-term plans when purchasing such equipment for a newborn, as a high-quality pram should last for several rounds of newborn/toddlerhood punishment.
We were fortunate enough to be given the awesome Bugaboo Chameleon second hand. This pram had already survived three children and was ideal when Hannah was young. The fabric is comfortable, but extraordinary robust. We have bleached it, Napisaned it, and treated it roughly, but it still scrubbed up amazingly well for its fifth lease on life.
A pram like the Bugaboo might seem expensive, but your sure can get good value over its lifetime.
Travel Essential – Baby Carrier
We purchased the BabyBjörn We baby carrier when Hannah was born and found it very useful. The carrier enabled Emma to go for walks with Hannah comfortably and securely strapped to her chest in those never-ending hours before I returned home from work. On weekends we enjoyed beachside strolls and bush walks – me a proud new dad with his bundle of joy snugly held to his chest.
As Hannah grew older, the carrier was still extremely useful on certain occasions. It was invaluable when we travelled to Japan, and even though Hannah was 18 months old, it was comfortable to use for extended periods.
This time around we have opted for the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air. This brilliant carrier typifies everything we loved about our BabyBjörn the first time around, with the added benefits of airy and cool, rapid-drying 3D mesh and outward-facing carrying. As with sleep bags, hip-health is vital when considering a baby carrier. Thankfully the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air is acknowledged as “hip-healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. That means it will provide my newborn with correct hip support and encourage good hip joint development.
I’m looking forward to many comfortable family adventuress with the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air.
Travel Essentials – Nappy Bag
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
If you are expecting your first child, I can’t stress enough the importance of a fully-loaded nappy bag. You will learn soon enough how important it is to have a portable change mat when faced with disgracefully-maintained public toilets, or even worse, no toilet at all. With Hannah, I lost count of the “interesting” places that I had to perform an emergency change.
Nappy Bags come in all shapes and sizes, but the best ones are the ones that us dads feel comfortable with carrying out in public. Some nappy bags look like, giant, oversized handbags. Not only are they awkward to handle, but frankly they are a bit embarrassing to carry.
Thankfully, the brilliant people at Skip Hop know how to design a nappy bag. This Grey Melange Duo Nappy Backpack bag is spacious inside, has loads of pockets for all the necessities, is wearable as a backpack and can be clipped to the handlebars of a stroller. Its classy design doesn’t scream “nappy bag”, but it is as capable and user-friendly as any other nappy bag I’ve ever used.
Packing the Skip Hop Duo Nappy Backpack was quick and easy, and the clever design means everything inside is easily accessible. Whenever I need a wipe, tissue, nappy, more wipes, many many more wipes… they are all easy to locate. You never know just how important that is until the moment when you need it.