nappy bag essentials
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Nappy bag essentials

The nappy bag is an absolute necessity for busy mothers, find out what this all-important bag should contain.

The nappy bag will become your ultimate accessory which you will never leave the house without. It is important to get a sturdy, waterproof bag that will withstand some wear and tear, as well as fit the long list of essentials that your baby requires. Get a clip to attach your bag to your pram, as this is most likely where you will carry it most of the time that you are out with your baby. Alternatively, some nappy bags come in backpack form to make them easy to carry and leave you with both arms free.

Put your name and number somewhere on your bag to avoid any mix-ups with other mums and crèches and public places. Another good tip is to empty the bag and repack it as soon as you get home. Otherwise, you may forget to do it and you could forget some essentials on your next trip out and end up carrying around dirty laundry!

A good nappy bag will be able to fit all or at least most these things in a way that makes them easily accessible (and easy to see when you need to restock essentials like nappies and wipes). Nappy bags with exterior storage like insulated pockets for bottles and snacks as well as additional compartments for your mobile phone, changing pad, nappies, and wipes are particularly functional.

“A bag with multiple pockets is the best type of changing bag. I assigned certain items to different pockets, so I always knew without looking where everything was, it’s also great for directing other people who are using the bag. I always have, nappies, wipes, cotton pads, talcum powder, a change of clothes and some teething gel in my bag.”

– Hannah Boylan

“I had a waterproof, insulated bag, which was the best thing ever. Multiple pockets are a must for me. I never leave the house without muslin clothes (multi purpose) spare set of baby clothes, a nappy and a pack of wipes.”

– Kacy Downes

What to pack: 

  • At least five nappies 
  • Changing mat 
  • Nappy rash cream/ barrier cream 
  • Baby wipes 
  • A change of clothes for baby and you (just in case) 
  • A toy for your baby to play with during changing 
  • Cleansing hand gel 
  • Antiseptic wipes 
  • Bibs  Muslin squares
  •  Drinks and snack (when your baby gets older)
  •  And depending on the weather: baby hat
  •  Sun cream (if your baby is over six months old)
  •  Disposable nappy sacks

Top tip

Invest in a waterproof lining for your bag that is easily removable. This will make it easy to clean up if there are any spillages from creams or bottles.

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ASK LUCY

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….

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ASK JESSICA

Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.