How To Make A Sensory Den For Babies

How To Make A Sensory Den For Babies

Hi parents. Do you find, day after day, at home with your little babies, you are sometimes grasping at things to keep your babies entertained? I definitely overthink how to provide stimulation for our babies…and then mum guilt creeps in… Am I doing enough with my babies? Am I reading them enough stories? Talking to them enough? Do we have enough cuddles? The worries are endless.

However, finding myself stuck indoors for the day (our walk had to be abandoned as Francis was unwell) I suddenly had a light bulb moment. Why not just adapt what resources I could find around our flat for the babies?

how to make a sensory den for babies

How to make a sensory den. Babies love to be in small spaces so I put this den together in less than 5 minutes! All you need are a few items that you can find around the house.

That’s when I assembled a sensory den for my baby twins. Let me point our that it is not Pinterest perfect, but it does the job. I only used basic items that can be found around the home and it took less than 5 minutes to put together! I would highly recommend trying this out with your little ones. I know babies love to be enclosed in small spaces as it makes them feel safe and secure. It also gave them the opportunity for their senses to be stimulated. Here is what I did:

Instructions

Items You Will Need:

  • A sheet

  • Fairy lights

  • String

  • A play gym (optional) or two chairs

  • Optional extras e.g. metal spoons, lavender drops, orange peel, foil, different patterned socks

How To Make It:

  • Using a large sheet, drape it over a play gym or two chairs that are opposite to each other to create a den

  • Attach fairy lights to the play gym or hang lights over the sheet (making sure that they are out of grabbing distance!)

  • If you need to, use string to fasten cloth to stop it from moving

  • If you are feeling adventurous you could attach objects such as spoons, hessian, rattles, different patterned socks etc to string and also hang that from your play gym/chairs so that your baby has more interesting textures to explore and sounds to create

  • To make it extra special before bedtime, you could always turn the lights down really low so that the fairy lights are beautifully bright, play some lullaby music and add a drop of lavender nearby so that it helps them to transition into bedtime.

How easy is that?!

As the babies become stronger, further develop their grasping skills and are able to sit up on their own, I am planning on exploring sensory play in more depth. Watch this space!

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It’s great to change the items that you have in the den to keep it interesting for the babies. You could hang some rattles or cutlery from the top of the den so that the babies can make music, add a tiny lavender drop nearby to help bedtime preparations or shine different coloured lights through the top of the den.

 

Have A Go!

I would love to hear your ideas on what to add to make a den even more spectacular.

 

 

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Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical bedtime routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of a bedtime routine with twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

However I did understand that establishing a bedtime routine early on was crucial to getting more sleep (for me and the babies). I personally love routine. It makes me feel like I have some idea of what I’m doing. So I was happy to start introducing this into our day.

Our Bedtime Routine

6.00pm:

Our babies have their last bottle of the day (we feed and then bath them so that they do not associate needing to be fed in order to get to sleep). Once the twins have finished having their milk I run the bath (my full post on How to Bathe Twins goes into more detail about how we do this with two babies) and then get out all of the items I will need and set it out ready on the changing top. This includes: two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items, coconut oil/lotion and a towel (I use one towel between the two of them…they each only use up half a towel as they’re still quite small).

 

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

6.20pm:

Choose one baby (normally the one who seems to be in the happier mood…although at this time of night that’s pretty tricky…) to strap into a baby seat and put them into the bathroom / just outside of the bathroom. I do this to watch over that baby whilst I’m bathing the other one. (Of course you would never leave a baby on its own in the bath, but having the other one near to you helps to keep them calm whilst they’re waiting to be bathed). I also try and set up something to keep this baby entertained, such as propping up a book for them to look at, or placing them in front of the mirror so that they can look at themselves.

Twin baby entertained by sitting in front of a mirror

Bedtime Routine: how to bathe baby twins on your own. I keep one baby entertained whilst I bathe the other baby. Putting them in front of a mirror works rather well!

I then take the first baby into the bedroom, take their clothes off, wipe around their nappy area, dispose of their nappy and take them into the bathroom, ready for their bath.

I begin by testing the water with my wrist to make sure the water is at the right temperature. I then lower the baby into the baby bath seat (we used a baby bath to begin with as they were so small, but ours have now grown out of it so we use a seat instead) and leave them to settle into the water for about half a minute. At first the babies would just lie there like dead fish, not moving at all. But now they kick their little legs and smile. It’s adorable.

Once they have settled into the water, I wipe the baby’s face with a flannel and then pour water over their body and then use a baby soap/body wash to wash their neck, underarms, fingers, Michelin thigh rolls and in between their toes (You would NOT believe how dusty babies get under their necks and in between their fingers and toes. At one point it looked like I had let them play inside the Dyson hoover…oops). Then rinse off.

I then move onto washing their hair (or heads in our case…still waiting for the hair to sprout) and really scrub behind their ears…it gets really gross behind there. I have also recently discovered the magic of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for cradle cap. Francis had a bad case of it, but after coating his scalp with the oil after the bath, it has now almost completely cleared up! Amazing!

6.30pm:

I then take the baby out of the bath, wrap them up and take them to the nursery where I’ll quickly cover them in lotion or coconut oil, put their sleep suit on and tuck into bed. Once both babies are in their cot I will read them a quick story, say good night to them and leave them to settle down to sleep.

Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to spend with your little ones as they wind down for bedtime.

I love this routine as it helps the babies to settle for bedtime. They will now fall asleep as soon as they get into their cot. At first I followed this routine every day to teach them how to wind down for the night (I know this goes over the bathing recommendations, but I really wanted to get the babies into a bedtime routine. I just made sure I hardly used any soap or lotion to prevent their skin drying out). Because we have been consistent with this, we now only need to bathe the babies every other day and they still continue to settle well. On their non-bathing nights I will still cover the babies in lotion/oil before putting their sleep suits on. I am sure they now associate this smell with bed time. As I have practised this over the last few months, I can now get them both fed, bathed and into bed in just under an hour!

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

What is your bedtime routine like?

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My Blogging Secret…!

My Blogging Secret..!

Having baby twins, a house move and redecorating. Of course I needed something else to keep me busy during my maternity leave… Anyone who knows me and is reading this will laugh and probably mutter ‘typical’, but truth be told, I can’t help keeping busy. I think I might actually be a…workaholic…I don’t mean to make myself so busy but I think it’s the thrill of learning new things. My brain loves new challenges and being on mat leave wasn’t going to change that. Of course raising twins is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I needed something to keep my brain stimulated during this time too.

blogging secrets. blogging tips and advice

That’s when I stumbled across blogging. Honestly, before I took the scary leap and signed up to WordPress, I don’t think I had ever read a blog. I didn’t really understand this unknown community but wanted to learn fast. Having twins, I felt like I had so much experience to share. But where to start??

That’s when I stumbled across Aby Moore’s You Baby Me Mummy Blog (you MUST check her out if you haven’t already!). Her fabulous advice and tips have helped me so much. And how do I stay so organised whilst looking after my 5 month old twins? Here’s my secret….

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

The 16 page value-packed spreadsheets includes:

  • Content calendar

  • Content plan

  • IG schedule

  • Email calendar

  • Action board

  • Daily schedule

  • Invoice record

  • Blog Biz finances

  • Competitor research tracking

  • Social Media Editorial Calendar

  • Project decision maker

  • Monthly stats tracker

  • Repurposing tracker

  • Influencer networking tracker

  • Posts by category

  • Exposure tracking

It helps me to stay organised and on track.

 

Find the link to this fabulous pack here (affiliated link):

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

Good luck and happy blogging!

 

 

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How To Play With Your Newborn: 21 Activities For Young Babies

Are you a parent with a young baby and not sure how to entertain them in between their feeds and naps? Here I have listed 21 activities that have kept our baby twins entertained over the last few months:

  1. Singing time. Yes, you might not be Beyoncé but I promise your baby won’t judge you. Babies love to hear the sound of your voice and listening to you sing actually aids language development. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with many nursery rhymes, I just sing what the babies and I are doing at the time…e.g. ‘Oh wow aren’t you cute, you’ve puked on me and your baby suit’/ ‘What is that smell? What is that smell? Is it Francis’ nappy that smells? What a stinky baby, That is the smell’ / Beatrice  is a dribble dribble monster, who likes to pull my hair, she is extremely cheeky and vomits everywhere’. You get the idea.

  2. Reading. If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram page you’ll know how much I love reading with my babies. It’s such a wonderful activity that allows you to have quality time with your little one. And it is never too early to start reading with a baby! Of course at this stage it doesn’t really matter if you’re reading Baby’s First Book or the latest IKEA furniture guide (nice one Pete). They will just enjoy listening to your voice.

    Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

    It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to do with your little babies.

  3. Going for a walk. Do not underestimate the power of fresh air when your babies have been screaming for the whole afternoon (that dreaded witching hour…which btw, is NEVER just an hour…) and will not settle with cuddles, bottle feeds or nappy changes. It is my number 1 go to for grizzly babies (and great for your endorphins too…although wine would obviously help more…)

  4. Bath time. I love bath time. It’s a chance for me to spend quality time with each baby. Our twins love being in the water. If you haven’t already, you can read my post on Bathing Twins for more information about how I organise this with two young babies. At first they would just lie there like dead fish, but now they’re stronger they are starting to kick their legs under the water in excitement. It’s very cute.

  5. Dancing. Not only does shaking around to Radio 1’s Dance Anthems (I miss partying) entertains the babies, it helps to shake off some baby weight too (unless you counteract it with wine at the end of the night…oops).

  6. Lights. I have recently discovered the fabulous entertainment value in fairy lights. I try and experiment with them around the flat. I’ll hang them over the sofa / along the cot / put them into a jar / dangle them above the babies etc etc. That was the best £3 I have spent in IKEA.

  7. Colourful bibs. Tummy time has not been the most favourable activity in our household which has forced me to think of inventive ways of making it more interesting for the babies. I found draping a colourful bib over the arm of the sofa encourages the babies to keep their heads up for longer whilst they tried to focus on the pattern.

  8. Appliances. Ah. The washing machine. Post babies, you are not only on every day to cope with the amount of laundry we now have to contend with, but also to keep the babies entertained whilst I wash their bottles. The twins love watching the machine spin (I think they like the noise too). Go on, give it a try!

    Babies entertained by washing machine

    Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

  9. White noise. I cannot express the amount of love I have for white noise. It has saved us from numerous meltdowns and sleepless nights. Downloaded onto my phone, if the babies are a little grizzly or over tired and cannot calm themselves down, in a matter of minutes of turning it on they go from inconsolable nightmares to angelic, sleeping babies. It is my secret weapon.

  10. Propped up books. Sometimes when the babies are lying on the floor I’ll prop open a book and put it next to them. They enjoy twisting to one side to look at it (whilst helping them to practise how to roll at the same time). Concertina books are fantastic because you can open them out and wrap it around where the babies are on the floor or hang it above their heads for them to look at.

  11. Bubbles. What a mesmerising and inexpensive way to entertain little babies. Simply sit them in their baby chairs or on the floor and blow bubbles for them to watch. This is fantastic way to help them to focus their eyes on moving objects.

  12. Hairdryer. Very similar to the white noise tip. In the mornings I usually have the babies in the bedroom with me whilst I’m getting ready and as soon as I put the hairdryer on they drift off into a sleepy slumber.

  13. Extractor fan. Again, similar to using white noise. Sometimes I’ll walk around the flat with the babies whilst listening to the extractor fan. They love it.

  14. Shower room. When I’m getting ready in the mornings I sometimes have to put the babies just inside the bathroom with me to keep them entertained. The noise and steam from the shower keeps them calm and for enough time for me to shampoo AND condition my hair. #winning

  15. Lying in a different room. This might sound obvious, but if the babies seem a little bored but it’s too late in the day to go out, I lie them down in a different room in the flat. Just putting them down on a mat in the bathroom or onto our bed allows them have a chance to see different objects (and distraction is everything).

  16. Baby massage. You may have already read my post about A Day In The Life With Twins, if so you’ll know that my take on baby massage is basically rub in a bit of lotion or oil and job done. I do notice though, when I start massaging the babies they do enjoy it. So that’s a nice, calming activity to do with your babies.

  17. Rocking in the pram. I must admit I don’t really do this that often, however, when we were in the process of moving house and there were boxes everywhere, we strapped the babies in their pram to keep them entertained. They quite enjoyed it. I think they liked the mixture of movement plus seeing the room from a different view.

  18. Lying next to another baby. Obviously if you have twins or more than one child then this is an easy one to pull off. If not you could try the next one…

    baby twins. boy girl twins 5 month old twins

    Lying next to each other can be entertaining for little ones.

  19. Attend a local baby group. Now, I didn’t actually start doing this until very recently as the babies were always asleep so it didn’t seem worth while. However now they stay awake for about an hour at a time so I’ve recently started going and the babies love seeing and hearing different things in this new environment.

  20. Meet a friend for coffee and cake. Babies love to be out of the house and even if they stay in their pram sleeping for the time you have a coffee, cake and cheerful chat, it’s the perfect activity for all of you.

  21. My most favourite: Cuddles. Nothing will be more satisfying than having baby cuddles. It’s such a wonderful bonding experience for parent and baby (and gives you an excuse to take 5).

 

Do You Have Any Suggestions?

Do you have any baby activities to share? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

 

 

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Twin Night Time Feeding

Night Feeding Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical night time feeding routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of night time feeding twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

Someone once said to me ‘you don’t know what the word tired means until you have a baby’ and gosh were they right. Before babies I was a serious napper and could fall asleep in 10 seconds for little bit of shut eye. I also needed my 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night else I would go from being Miss Honey to Miss Trunchball. Not pretty.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Thrown into the new whirlwind of having two newborn babies and well, you can imagine the shock. Feeding every 2 hours to begin with (am I the only one who didn’t realise that it means every 2 hours after you BEGAN the previous feed, not from when they finish? This means you could start feeding at 2.45am, the babies take almost an hour to feed, then include the nappy changes and settle back down to sleep, that takes you up to 4am, only to be awoken 45 minutes later for the next feed. It. Is. Horrendous. Now I understand why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture).

The only reason Pete and I survived this newborn demand was because we took it in shifts to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula it allowed Pete to help me feed them (see my previous posts about Feeding Twins for more information about how we did this). We would each watch the babies for 6 hours so the other one could sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. You would not believe how incredible you feel if you have been surviving on 3 disrupted hours of sleep to having a chunk of 3-5 hours of solid, precious sleep. It literally saved us from going insane. It also emphasised the importance of team work between Pete and I, especially in the early days.

Fast forward to month 3, we began our bedtime routine (see my post about Bathing Twins) in order to establish good bed time habits. Once they were in their cot for bed time we would only feed them in their bedroom, using the curved cushions to prop them up. Once finished, I would gently pat them on the back and put them straight back down to sleep. I would also only change their nappies if they were soiled. Apparently, at this stage it is common for babies to start needing less feeds throughout the night so therefore shouldn’t wake up as often for feeding. HA! Sorry, was that a funny joke? Our babies were certainly not ready to give up their night feeds at this time. And the fact that I knew some babies could, made me feel frustrated. All I wanted was to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time (Pete was back to work so it was harder to work in shifts now).

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

That’s when I started reading lots of different sleep guides on how to help your baby to sleep longer at night. Some suggested giving more milk throughout the day (our babies refused, or would just projectile vomit it back up, probably as a protest to stop making me overfeed them),  give a ‘top up dream feed’ where you feed the babies in their sleep at around 10 or 11 pm in order to help carry them through until the early hours (I tried this several times and I think I was actually disrupting their natural sleep cycle as they would then wake up after 2 or 3 hours for another feed. Greedy monsters) or when they do wake up for their 2am feed, try to pacify them for 10/15 minutes to get them used to having this feed later and in the end not need it until the early hours of the morning (HAVE YOU TRIED THIS WITH TWINS?? To pacify one baby when they’re screaming for a feed at 2am and you’re exhausted would be hard enough, but with TWO BABIES?! Not going to happen).

So guess what we did? Nothing. We just let them wake up for their night feeds. And guess what? It has gradually started to stretch out. At the moment, being 4 months old, they now have their 6pm bottle, go to bed, wake up at around 10.30-11pm, then wake up around 3-4am. It’s not perfect, but we are definitely going in the right direction. I am now feeling calmer about it (if still a little sleepy-eyed) but progress is being made. I am hoping that when we begin weaning and they put on more weight perhaps they will surprise me by sleeping through until 6am (am I asking too much? Maybe. But I can wish).

What Is Your Night Time Routine?

How does this compare with your little one’s night time feeding habits?

 

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Bath Time Routine: How To Bathe Twins

How To Bathe Twins On Your Own

Do you wonder how to bathe twins by yourself? In this post I will share with you the steps I take to survive bathing twins.

Pete and I did not start bathing the twins until they were at least three weeks old. We just topped and tailed them at the start as they never seemed to get dirty (how could they? They literally would just lay around all day drinking, pooing and sleeping). We topped and tailed them by using a bowl of warm water and cotton wool and would wipe their little faces, necks and bottoms. Newborn baby’s skin is really delicate so it doesn’t need any soaps to start with too. However as time went on we decided to be brave and go for it. It was finally time to bathe the twins.

The thing is, when you’re a twin parent, it is inevitable that you will be abandoned to take on the challenging of bathing two babies…on your own. No this is not a joke.

How are you supposed to bathe TWO babies?? And all of you come out of it alive?

first-bath

Before I explain our routine, please let me put in a disclaimer: for most of our bathing nights we are serenaded by one of the twin’s delightful decibels. It’s normally from the baby who is waiting for their turn to have a bath (I try and rotate it…whenever Beatrice will let me…she is such a diva). I am now very used to this and will sometimes even try to sing along to the baby vocals., just to try and keep the babies calm (and me sane).

How To Bathe Twins:

Here is our routine of bathing our baby twins:

Bathing baby twins. How to bathe new born twins

How to bathe twins on your own: I sometimes keep one baby next to me in their baby chair whilst I bathe the other baby.

6.00pm:

Our babies have their last bottle of the day (we feed and then bath them so that they do not associate needing to be fed in order to get to sleep). Once the twins have finished having their milk I run the bath (make sure you run the cold tap first and then the hot, to avoid the bottom of the bath tub getting heated up by the hot water and then potentially burning your baby’s skin) and then get out all of the items I will need and set it out ready on the changing top. This includes: two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items, coconut oil/lotion and a towel (I use one towel between the two of them…they each only use up half a towel as they’re still quite small).

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

6.20pm:

Choose one baby (normally the one who seems to be in the happier mood…although at this time of night that’s pretty tricky…) to strap into a baby seat and put them into the bathroom / just outside of the bathroom. I do this to watch over that baby whilst I’m bathing the other one. (Of course you would never leave a baby on its own in the bath, but having the other one near to you helps to keep them calm whilst they’re waiting to be bathed). I also try and set up something to keep this baby entertained, such as propping up a book for them to look at, or placing them in front of the mirror so that they can look at themselves.

Twin baby entertained by sitting in front of a mirror

How to bathe baby twins on your own: I keep one baby entertained whilst I bathe the other baby. Putting them in front of a mirror works rather well!

I then take the first baby into the bedroom, take their clothes off, wipe around their nappy area, dispose of their nappy and take them into the bathroom, ready for their bath.

I begin by testing the water with my wrist to make sure the water is at the right temperature. I then lower the baby into the baby bath seat (we used a baby bath to begin with as they were so small, but ours have now grown out of it so we use a seat instead) and leave them to settle into the water for about half a minute. At first the babies would just lie there like dead fish, not moving at all. But now they kick their little legs and smile. It’s adorable.

Once they have settled into the water, I wipe the baby’s face with a flannel and then pour water over their body and then use a baby soap/body wash to wash their neck, underarms, fingers, Michelin thigh rolls and in between their toes (You would NOT believe how dusty babies get under their necks and in between their fingers and toes. At one point it looked like I had let them play inside the Dyson hoover…oops). Then rinse off.

I then move onto washing their hair (or heads in our case…still waiting for the hair to sprout) and really scrub behind their ears…it gets really gross behind there. I have also recently discovered the magic of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for cradle cap. Francis had a bad case of it, but after coating his scalp with the oil after the bath, it has now almost completely cleared up! Amazing!

Baby twin in bath seat during bath time. How to bathe twins on your own

How to bathe twins on your own: I use bath seat to keep the babies in place whilst I wash them.

6.30pm:

I then tuck the towel underneath my chin, pick the baby out of the bath, wrap them up and take them to the nursery where I’ll quickly cover them in lotion or coconut oil, put their sleep suit on and tuck into bed.

And then guess what? I do it all over again. Deja vu?

I love this routine as it helps the babies to settle for bedtime. They will now fall asleep as soon as they get into their cot. At first I followed this routine every day to teach them how to wind down for the night (I know this goes over the bathing recommendations, but I really wanted to get the babies into a bedtime routine. I just made sure I hardly used any soap or lotion to prevent their skin drying out). Because we have been consistent with this, we now only need to bathe the babies every other day and they still continue to settle well. On their non-bathing nights I will still cover the babies in lotion/oil before putting their sleep suits on. I am sure they now associate this smell with bed time. As I have practised this over the last few months, I can now get them both fed, bathed and into bed in just under an hour!

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

Do you have any other tips on bathing babies? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

 

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What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

Are you a new parent feeling overwhelmed about how to get out of the house with your new bundle of joy? Do you want to know what baby paraphernalia you will need to take with you? Or perhaps you’re parents-to-be and are trying to get your heads around how you would organise yourselves when adventuring out for the day. Well, not to fear as in this post I’m going to share with you my tips on how to pack a baby’s changing bag.

Whilst we were in our new born haze and cabin fever reached a peak we finally decided to brave the outdoors (when I say outdoors, I mean go for a 10 minute hobble and then straight back again…the joys of having a C-section). However once I’d built up my strength we decided to actually go out for longer…which would mean feeding the babies too….gulp!

Now, any new parent will understand the anxiety that goes with preparing to take a baby out and have to feed and change it. What do I need to pack? Apart from everything?? You have no idea where to start because you don’t actually know what you’ll need. At first I would look like I was preparing for a long haul flight with how much I’d take out with me. Now, after many attempts, I think we’ve finally got our heads around it and can now get our bag ready in under 10 minutes.

As we have twins I have to pack double of some items, however the list below can also work for one baby, just take off some of the extras.

 

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How to pack a baby changing bag. Do you wonder what items you need to pack into your baby’s changing bag? Follow this list to find out all of the essential items you will need.

 

 

Items To Pack Into A Baby’s Changing Bag

Here are my tried and tested tips on how to successfully pack a baby’s changing bag:

  • One flask of boiling water and one flask of cooled boiled water for the formula feed (it was so much easier when I was expressing breast milk as I could just quickly heat it and serve, whereas formula needs a little more preparation…so I was very grateful for this tip from a friend). This way I can make sure the formula powder is mixed with the boiling water first to kill any bacteria, then top up with the cooled water so that it is at drinking temperature (no one wants to wait for a baby’s bottle to cool down whilst they’re decibels perforate one’s eardrums…) so this works well.

  • 4 pots of formula powder. I always take enough for two feeds for the babies, you never know how long you may be out for! I always like to be extra prepared.

  • 4 sterilised bottles. I use the MAM self-sterilising bottles which are fab (I have written more about our experiences of using self-sterilising bottles in our Formula Feeding post)

  • A couple of emergency ready made milks

  • Bibs and muslin cloths

  • Two spare sleep suits and two vests (for those delightful poo explosions that only make an appearance when we’re out and about…)

  • Nappies, wet wipes, hand sanitiser and nappy bags. These are all stored in my travel nappy changing mat. This is very useful when you cannot find anywhere to place your baby down to change them

You may have noticed that each item is packed into a zipper bag and then kept in my rucksack. Having the items in separate bags help to keep things organised and nothing gets lost. I also prefer to carry everything in a rucksack as it leaves me hands-free (an essential when looking after two babies!)

I am sure that this list will adapt as the babies grow (I am already considering adding calpol and teething gel to this list with all of the tears we have recently had, bless them).

 

What Are Your Essential Baby Changing Bag Items?

What do you pack in your baby’s changing bag? Are there some items that I haven’t mentioned that you just could not do without? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

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