Summer is round the corner, which means a lot of families will be flying home for the holidays. If, like me, you’ll be travelling alone with a baby, you may be stressing about the prospect of flying alone with your baby. I know I am. However, I’ve come to the realisation that while it’s going to be a trip filled with crowds, irritated passengers and perhaps the odd meltdown, it doesn’t have to be horrendous. I’ve talked to friends, family and scoured the best parenting forums to come up with this list of tips to make the journey as enjoyable as possible. Happy travels…
Since before Baby Boo was born I have been consistently baffled by car seats. From height and weight limits to installation and comfort, there’s so much to consider when it comes to purchasing one of those little padded thrones. As regular readers of this blog will know, when I was pregnant I wrote a list of tips to help parents choose the perfect car seat. I love a good list, and now that Baby Boo is moving up to a Group 1 car seat, I thought it was about time I revisited this topic. With this in mind I decided to call in the big guns and tracked down JustKidding operations manager and mum-of-two, Jacqueline Schrama, to get her top tips for choosing a car seat.
I brought my first stroller when I was three months pregnant. It was an impulse buy during one of my many nesting periods. I was passing a baby shop and suddenly the urge took me to buy a stroller. Unfortunately, as it turned out I had no idea how to fold it (there are two buttons and a leaver that need to be pushed simultaneously in order to collapse it), how much it weighed (a cool 15kg!) and as it happened, it didn’t fit in the boot of my car. Continue reading →
A diaper bag is a diaper bag, right? Wrong. As any experienced mum will tell you, nappy changes away from home aren’t always a walk in the park and having a good diaper bag makes all the difference when you’re getting busy with a nappy and wipes in public. But like all things on Planet Baby, there’s an overwhelming choice on offer and when I first set out on the task of picking the perfect piece of arm candy it made my head spin. For that reason I put together this list of tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag. Continue reading →
From baby baths to diaper bags your list of ‘essential’ can seem endless. The good news is that a lot of things can be purchased after baby’s birth, as and when you need them, so there’s no hurry to have every item on your wish list straight away. However, there is one piece of equipment that is vital before the big arrival, and that is a car seat. After all, how are you going to get your little bundle home from the hospital without it? Of course, finding the right car seat can be overwhelming as there are so many brands and types to choose from. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of questions you need to ask before you hit the shops.
It’s not easy to choose the right baby carrier. When I found out I was expecting, one of the first things that sprang to mind was babywearing. In my head I saw myself strolling effortlessly with my newborn strapped against me, close enough to kiss and cuddle. A romantic notion indeed, but as it turns out, as well as being idyllic, there are also numerous benefits to ‘wearing’ your baby. Modern research shows that it’s a wonderful way to bond and that the physical and psychological benefits encourage children to feel secure and content.
No surprises then that when I started my baby shop-a-thon (about a week after that thin blue line came into my life) the first thing I decided to invest in was a carrier. However, the world of baby carriers is a complicated one. There seems to be a new one, well, born every minute, and the glut of options can make it difficult for an inexperienced babywearer to know which style or brand is the best buy.