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The ultimate survival guide for plane travel with a baby

turquoise airplaneIt took us and our network of traveller mummies, many a screaming baby during transatlantic flights, to come up with the ULTIMATE list of things you need when travelling by plane with a baby. Ignore the list at your peril! Thankfully, as we are all experienced travellers, the list is not too long so there is no need for your carry-on to be the size of a small car. This list if for babies which are still milk-fed – we will be doing a list for weaned babies soon.

Change of clothes for you and the baby As soon as the words ‘my baby never vomits’ came out of our mouth, we were covered in it, with 4 hours of flying left to go. Known as the smelly lady with the screaming baby for the rest of the flight, we vowed never again…
we recommend taking a couple of sleep suits for the baby and at least a unisex t-shirt or jumper for either you or daddy.

Dummies/ pacifiers. Take a couple more than you usually need and if you do not have a dummy holder, it is time to invest in one. turquoise suitcases

Plenty of small toys. Check out our blog ‘top 10 toys for the holidays” for ideas. Most of the toys recommended are easy to travel with.

Baby sling. Chose one that packs small. The babasling is our favourite. We use it when walking around the terminal and passing through security. It also means that you do not need to hold the baby for the duration of a short flight and can have your hands free.

Nappies and changing mat. We know…. a bit obvious, but if you are packing for the whole family for a week away, you are likely to forget some of the most obvious things. You can use the changing mat of your moomboo so there is one less thing to think about.

Wipes, wipes, wipes!! You can never have enough. We usually take two types. The usual baby wipes and the ones with mild antiseptic (such as the Tommee Tippee Souther, Teat and Teether wipes) – ideal for wiping dummies, toys or the seat around you if your baby likes to leak everything like one of ours does!

Muslins. The ultimate multi-tasker. Wipes drool, miladen anais turquoisek or vomit and very useful for shading the baby from the light when the cabin lights come back on. Our favourite are the Aden + Anais muslins because of their large size and cool designs – they can also be used as light blankets.

Plenty of formula and bottles. You never know how long a flight is likely to be delayed and anyway most mummies like to give a bottle during take off and landing to keep babies calm. As bottles take quite a bit of space, we always take a couple of disposable pre-sterilised bottles with us for emergencies. Security will make you try any liquids you carry on, and depending on the grumpiness of the airport security staff, you might be made to open more than one carton of formula. We found that taking formula in powder form is much easier on the plane. A couple of powder dispensers will take up less space and will also cover you for any emergencies. Just fill the bottles with a bit of extra water in case you are made to have a sip from each bottle by the airport security staff.

passportBlanket,  hat and socks. Cabin temperature is crazy. We always travel with lots of layers to adjust clothing according to temperature and we do the same for our babies. As babies lose the majority of heat from their head, a hat is essential and also takes little space. As for socks…we are still looking for a pair that will stay on so an extra pair is a must. A cotton cellular blanket packs very small and has been useful for many a flight….

Plastic bags. Just have a few of various sizes at the bottom of your bag. handy for soiled clothes, dirty toys …all sorts of emergencies.

And do not forget your moomboo This is one of the main reasons we came up with the idea and as it packs so small, you will be able to fit all of the above and the moomboo in your carry-on!

Share with us your baby travel tips.

First (and last?) holidays without our baby

This is the second instalment of our post about our first Christmas holidays since having our babies. We each approached the holidays with a different plan in mind. Our previous post was about the advantages of renting a villa, and here is my part of the story….

Secluded tropical beach

On our way back from our fist summer holiday with our 6 month old baby, feeling more tired and looking paler than ever, my husband and I decided we need a “real” break.  We reminisced about out mornings sipping coffee in bed, our days spent reading on the beach and our after dinner cocktails. With a mind clouded by exhaustion, we booked a 10 day holiday in South America combining all sorts of non-baby friendly activities (such as sailing) and arranged for the grandparents to come and look after our baby. They were very excited and it all seemed months and months away, too far away for us to have to think about it.

As the departure date was approaching, I began to dread it more and more. First, there were some hard and uncomfortable issues we had to deal with. With both of us away on the same plane, what if we never came back? We had to do our will and think long and hard about who would look after our baby if we both passed away, make financial arrangements for the future and even consider our funeral plans…not exactly the ideal preparation for holidays.

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The departure day came, and after months and months of sleepless nights, the prospect of a 12 hour flight seemed for the first time like …..heaven… Needless to say I was the happiest customer in aviation history, 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep, unlimited cinema releases…food and drink brought to me every few hours. I was re-discovering the simple pleasures in life and it all seemed good and promising. We arrived safely and once check-in our hotel  slept for 11 hours. Once I woke up rested, that is when the trouble begun. I missed my baby so much, I would find myself crying at the slightest thought of her. It was a feeling I had never had before. I had been away from loved ones before, but this was something else, a terrible feeling I cannot compare to any other.

In the meantime, our baby was happier than ever… she had two grandparents who were crazy about her, playing with her all day as well as  grandma’s gourmet food (pancakes, organic home-made chicken nuggets and all sorts of other yummy things that my steamed vegetables could not possibly compete with).

The grandparents would skype with us each day and our baby looked so happy, but every time I saw her it became harder and harder for me to have fun or even to consider continuing being there. I would try and rationalise with myself: ‘it is only 9 days….I am so tired I need some rest…being away does not make me a bad mom…I should be able to have fun, life does not stop just because I have a baby….’ but nothing worked. I think that I started to look for return tickets on my third day there….going back was all I could think about and I was even prepared to leave my husband behind.

We lasted SIX days away.

So here are my thoughts on holidays without your baby if you want to keep your sanity. For what it is worth, I have arrived at these after hours of crying and considerable thinking. And, even though I felt like this, I WILL be going away again without my baby.

  • keep calmbe confident and happy with your childcare arrangements. There is nothing worse than knowing that the baby is not happy or being well
    ooked after when you are trying to have some fun. 
    In our case, the grandparents were with us for almost 10 days before we left and we were 100% confident that our baby was happy being with them.
  • chose a reasonable destination and a realistic amount of time away. Yes, in retrospect, 10 days away was too much and it was not helped by the fact that we were on the other side of the world. I think that had we gone to a closer destination for lets say, 3 to 4 days it would have been an ideal and restful holiday and essential time to spend as a couple.
  • do not be afraid to say that you want to go back. It took me a few days of utter misery to admit defeat and come back early from our holidays, and once I did it, I was so much happier. Sometimes, you just have to disregard other people’s feelings and just do what you feel is right for yourself.
  • remember that being away from your baby does not make you a bad mother. A chance to recharge your batteries, focus on yourself and your husband and rest is good for you and good for your baby.

Holidays with 10 month olds

Were you a jet-setter prior to having your baby? Or perhaps you looked forward to your big holidays all year wishing for those late wake ups, breakfasts in bed, a relaxing day of your chosen activities with no need to plan. . . We were like that too, until we had babies! Our first Christmas holidays with babies were very different than they’ve been in the past. We each approached the holidays with a different plan in mind, but I don’t think either one of us was fully prepared for what happened. In this dual post (one today and one later in the week), we will divulge our two very different experiences in hopes they can help you plan your first long haul holiday with your baby.

The Villa Holiday

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My husband and I were always the type that liked traveling to remote locations with little to no plans except sleeping in late and making plans as we went along. We were avid goers to Aman resorts, or remote islands like Cat Island (before the Four Season’s was built there when no one knew where or what it was). But when we had our baby boy, this changed. It wasn’t because we felt we couldn’t still do those things it was simply a combination of not wanting other Aman resort-goers to suffer our baby’s teething cries (or for us to stress out about them hearing them), as well as the fact that we didn’t want to put our son through the jet lag that a 10 hour flight with at least 1 layover entailed. So, we thought we’d bite the bullet and find a location closer to home.  Our criteria:

  1. Short flight of no more than 3 hours
  2. Sunny location (we do live in london after all and need to store up on our vitamin D)
  3. Close enough to friends that we can actually have a fun time with on NYE whilst still having the baby on the premises with us but comfortably sleeping.

This was going to be a challenge, because my husband was not comfortable leaving our baby boy to spend his first NYE with a babysitter. He wanted us to be together, even if one of us was fast asleep (our baby boy started sleeping through from 7-7 at the age of 6 months,so we knew he’d be knocked out by midnight!) In comes our saving grace, a very dear friend of mine who suggested Morocco.

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Yes, I bet you’re making that face. . . The one we got from lots of friends thinking we were nuts taking a baby to Morocco. Well, all I can say is that it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

  • Morocco is 3 hours from London and has sunshine to spare all day long!
  • The country is on the same time zone as London, which makes it easy on the baby to adjust
  • Moroccans are the most welcoming people who LOOOOOVE children so they go out of your way to help you
  • Our BFF is from there and she hooked us up

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a Moroccan BFF, then here is the best kept holiday-with-baby-secret: RENT A VILLA! It is by far the best way to enjoy your friends company without feeling guilty that you are cramping their style.

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They can go out at night, come and go as they please, and you can fit lots of activities in without disrupting your baby’s schedule and without exhausting yourself! For example, your friends can play with the baby to give you a short nap, you can all simply play by the poolside while everyone has fun and relaxes. You can have joint meals, and even host NYE guests at your house while the baby sleeps upstairs comfortably isolated from all the noise. You can even have a tete a tete with your husband when your friends go out to party for the evening and you’ve put the baby upstairs to sleep. In a hotel, you’d either be bound to having room service in the dark (if you have a single room that you share with your baby) or you’d have to get a babysitter. If you don’t like to leave your baby with babysitters (or don’t travel with your nanny), then a villa is the best option for you too!

If you’re convinced about villa holidays, then here is a tip if you’re thinking of Marrakesh as your next destination: Al Maaden (we stayed in a Ryad in Medina Les Oliviers- It was WONDERFUL)!

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By the way, if you know of good baby friendly villa holiday destinations in self contained resorts like Al Maaden, please send those tips our way so we can share it in a future blog post! 

Are you an Airport Security Virgin?

turquoise travel kitSo you’re off on holidays with your baby for the first time. We bet you’ve got a list of all the things you need to take (you may even have a color coordinated spreadsheet donated by your dear, experienced friend). Yes, we’ve all had our roadmaps for perfect travel. After a tedious packing session (who knew your heels would be relegated to the back of the closet, and you’d have to rely on just 1 pair of shoes to fit all your munchkin’s outfits?) you smugly head to the airport thinking you’ve got everything under control. And then you hit security. If you’re traveling alone this can be a daunting task, but even with your hubby or partner by your side, security can be a stressful experience – if you’re not prepared. Thus, moomboo has put together their top tips for zipping through security so you can enjoy a bit of R&R before getting on that plane to find out if your baby is one of the lucky ones who don’t cry in take off and landing!

You have three options to get through security. You can take your baby through in a pram, on a sling, or in a car seat. We find the sling is the best solution for multiple reasons:

  • turquoise suitcasesyou do not need to wake the baby to go through the metal detector
  • your hands are free to pick up your bags when you are on the other side
  • in many airports they would make you remove the baby from the pram or car seat before you go through the metal detector
  • airport security staff at most airports are instructed not to handle your baby making it difficult to gather your belongings while holding your baby

You have the following options when taking milk through security:

  • turquoise milk bottlesExpressed breast milk – believe it or not, security staff will ask you to take a sip (sometimes from each bottle), therefore, ensure you take a little bit more than you require in each bottle.
  • Formula cartons- if you’ve chosen to move on to formula, and you’re used to the ready-made formula cartons beware that depending on airport security staff, you may be asked to taste each carton. Obviously this means the carton is useless within two hours, and although some airport sell formula cartons, there is no guarantee you will find the specific one you use. Thus we find that formula powder is best for air travel.
  • Formula powder- We find this works best because it packs smaller. If you pre fill your bottles with water, put a bit of extra water in the bottle since you might have to taste it. If you use bottled water you might find taking empty bottles easier and just buying the water on the other side. Another alternative if you are ok with bottled water is to take pre-sterilised disposable bottles which take up even less space.

turquoise airplaneFinally, it is worth finding out if your departure airport has a family lane. Although these are slower, they can take the edge off going through security as there are other parents struggling to juggle prams, babies, toddlers, and bags. You’ll feel less self conscious if your baby is crying (once you’ve done this many times you’ll stop worrying about it).

In case you’re interested here is what our traveler mummies recommend:

  1. The Babasling has plastic fastening so you can go straight through the  metal detector. It is the only sling we have found where the baby is horizontal and thus you can sit without disrupting the baby’s sleep (and even go to the loo mid-flight without waking him/her)! Our friends also like the ErgoBaby as it is very good on your back.
  2. If you are carrying expressed breast milk  you may want to buy a tiny bottle carrier to keep your bottle at the right temperature lasting the full duration of the flight. We used the Tommee Tipee Closer To Nature, which clip onto the outside of your carry on bag (so they don’t take up packing space) and can be easily clipped to the seat in front of you so you can access quickly during take off and landing.
  3. For formula powder, we have found a few options Avent Milk Powder Dispenser, that converts into a snack pot, and the Babisil by Bebbeco that converts into food containers.

Did our post help? Please let us know your views! We hope you enjoy your flight!

The Best Newborn Baby Presents

People often ask us what to get their friends who have just had babies. After much thought, and consultation with our network of yummy new mommies, we’ve gathered our recommendations for the best newborn gifts. These happen to be ideal Christmas presents, so we hope we’ve made it on time to help make your shopping a little bit easier.

aden anais turquoise 1. Aden and anais muslin swaddles– These are the ultimate multi-tasker and their great designs make them a stylish new mummy must have. We use them to wipe, wrap, line, swaddle, and cover. They make an ideal shade/cover for the pram when the baby is asleep, a great pram liner for those hot summer days (its breathable and helps regulate body heat in extreme heat), not to mention the fact that they are the best swaddle for hot summer nights.  Your friends will thank you again and again as they will use them all the time.  We never leave the house without ours!

2. Babasling – This was given to one of us as a present, and it saved our life during the first couple of months when the baby wants to be attached to mummy permanently! We still use it when travelling to pass through security (because it doesn’t beep when going through the machine so you can keep your baby on you if they are asleep). It is also ideal to hold the baby close during the flight (hands free!), meaning they are more likely to sleep the entire way. There are many slings on the market, but we have found that this one works the best because the baby can be horizontal (meaning you can sit on the sofa without disrupting their sleep, among other things). It also washes brilliantly, and is extremely discrete for breastfeeding, so you do not need to buy a “hooter cover”. Be brave and go for a bold colour; maybe turquoise?

The-White-Company-Woven-Check-Blanket3. Baby blankets from the White Company – An affordable and extremely practical present. We have tried many cellular baby blankets and this is by far the best quality one. Comes in pink, blue and white with a satin finish which is soft against the baby’s skin. We also love the White Company’s boxes, which you can later use in the nursery to store outgrown baby clothes  in a beautiful, tasteful fashion.

4. Trumpette socks – These are so cute. They come as mary janes or ballet shoes for girls and as little trainers for boys. Most first time mummies have seen them around but do not know what they are called or where to get them so they make a good gift. The fact that they stay on the baby’s feet is what makes them so special! What’s more, you can never have too many Trumpette socks.

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5. Sleepsuits – A staple for any newborn, and trust us, one can never have too many. We love the striped ones from Jojo Maman Bebe (they have a great little insert to go over the baby’s tiny hands to prevent scratches in those early weeks). Our mummy friends are also crazy for the softness of the Kissy Kissy range.

6. Logan the lion by Lamaze – One of the first toys one of our babies ever noticed and continues to love. It makes a sweet purrrring sound when it moves which captivates babies. We have noticed that people are reluctant to buy toys for newborns and usually opt for clothes or accessories. We ourselves were unprepared and did not have any toys in readiness for our babies to play, so this makes a good present that new parents can have ‘in stock’ for when the right time comes.

jacadi baby shoes7. Baby shoes from Jacadi – To add a touch of luxury….the Jacadi baby shoes come in many different designs and are made of very soft leather – just perfect for those tiny little feet! We always opt for a couple of sizes bigger so that the baby can wear them at around three months. The Jacadi packaging makes all the difference…

8. Sleeping Bags from JoJo Maman Bebe – Here at moomboo corner we are passionate about safe sleeping. These sleeping bags make a lovely present as an alternative to swaddling or as a follow-on to swaddling. We love all the cute designs!

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9. Moomboo Combining sleeping, playing and changing facilities in a portable pod, the moomboo means that parents do not need to buy a changing mat, play gym or travel cot. Buy one for your next baby shower, just in time to save new parents from buying superflous baby paraphernalia. (To get on the wait list, email contactmoomboo@gmail.com. We aim to make moomboo available early next year. To keep up with the latest developments follow us on twitter and facebook).

What do you think of our list? Please share with us your ideas for new baby presents or your views on any of the products we have featured. We look forward to including your recommendations in our next post!

Top 10 Baby Items you are Likely to Forget on a Long Haul Flight

So you know we are all about comfort and efficiency when traveling, especially when you have to worry about all the things your baby needs. Just when you think you have the perfect travel formula all figured out, you forget those few key essentials for the long haul flights. Sure, moomboo will provide your little one with a comfortable, safe place to sleep, play and be changed while on the plane, but there are other little bits and bobs you shouldn’t do without.
We’ve compiled, thanks to our great network of jet set yummy mummies, the top 10 most likely to forget list when you’re traveling on a long haul flight. Hopefully you won’t have to go through the same little hiccups we encountered when we forgot these!

  1. A blind/shade, so your baby can sleep even when the airplaine lights go back on (an aden anais swaddle; our favourite on the market would do just fine)
  2. Air mist for you and the baby – as the air gets very dry- specially if you have a little one that has a predisposition to eczema (like one of our munchkins)
  3. Multiple change of clothes for you and the baby (can you say, baby nausea all over mommy or daddy during a take off or landing? Yes, we’ve been there WITHOUT a change of clothes. Yuk.)
  4. A headset for the baby – nothing like a little classical music to put your little one to rest and alienate them from the loud noises in the plane (although they do like the engine’s white noise, there is no need to hurt their eardrums!)
  5. A comfy sling to walk the baby around and carry them through security – we love the Babasling as it isn’t metallic and can easily fit through airport security on you so that if the baby is sleeping you don’t have to take them out or wake them up (unless you run into a crabby security person that makes you do that anyway).
  6. An Ipad with downloaded baby friendly clips – have you seen the Baby’s First Stroller Book? Its a great little animated booklet that with plenty of visual stimuli for your pumpkin to soak in during the long flight. (This gives you the perfect excuse to get a cute little iPad cover to prevent your munchkin from chewing all over the screen).
  7. Lots of wipes – not only for the nappy changing(which we are sure you already thought of), but to clean pacifiers, toys, and the seat around you that the baby could lick/touch and meddle around with. You may also want to take extra blankets to put the baby on if they already roll around (otherwise your moomboo will suffice for this)!
  8. Emergency Calpol/Benadryl – We know, we know, a lot of doctors may not officially endorse this idea, but even our paediatrician winked at us when we mentioned this. It can be a life saver when you have 8 more hours to go and your baby shows no sign of settling down- really!
  9. 7 Disposable pre-sterilized bottles – you never know how long your flight will be delayed, and if you’re into the simple, compact, convenient disposable world these are it. On the other hand, if you prefer not to use disposable items, then don’t forget a bottle brush and some non bio detergent (in a less than 100ml container)  to clean those bottles on the plane!
  10. Nappy sacs – not necessarily for the nappies, but for all the waste that you accumulate with a baby on board! Although airlines provide them, you may just want to bring your own so you don’t depend on a stewardess to bring you some when you’re desperate to put something stinky, or sticky away!

Although the above is a result lots of air miles (can you say Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, US, Mexico and Argentina?), we are sure we’ve forgotten something too! What are your top picks to make it on this list?

Top 10 toys for the Holidays!

Has your baby started to look lovingly at your iPhone as if it is its next meal? Then it is time to invest in some distractions, particularly with the Holidays right around the corner! With so much in the market to choose from, our network of jet setting mommies has shared with us their top 10 portable toys for babies aged 3 to 6+ months. What’s more, all of these retail for much under £20.

  1. Sophie la girafe – A French favourite for decades, Sophie has the added benefit of being a fantastic teether and  washable (for those clean-freak mommies, like one of us!). Repeated washes may make it loose its squeak (which is not always a bad thing!)
  2. Baby maracas and bells- We have not met a baby yet that does not love these. Extra portable and affordable, so you can always have one in your bag for ’emergencies’. You can buy many versions of this on amazon.
  3. Captain Calamari by Lamaze- It crinkles, it rattles, it shines and with 8 legs, it even entertains a couple of babies at the same time! (A close favourite is the Babyplay Octopus).
  4. Baby Touch books by Ladybird books- Many different ones to choose from and ideal for distraction when you need a minute to yourself!
  5. Sorting bus from the Early Learning Centre- One of those toys that will keep giving…babies tend to start playing with the shapes and re-discover the toy once they start understanding that the shapes fit in the bus. A bit on the bulky side, but we found that taking a couple of shapes with you in your bag does the trick.
  6. Edushape magic mirror crab bath toyWe all know that babies love mirrors! This features a baby safe mirror and has been a favourite for bathtime and beyond. Also a nice one to take on holidays as it can pack flat in your suitcase.
  7. Classic discovery book by Lamaze  This is one of our babies favourite. It has survived many holidays (including being thrown in the sea). Easy to hang on the pram, the baby gym or the moses basket. Babies just love that crinkly sound….
  8. Anything with tugs! What is it with tags and babies? They just love them  (I am hoping my baby is trying to understand washing instructions as most of them are a mystery for me). 
  9. Winkel by Manhattan Toy – Very good teething toy as babies cannot seem to leave it alone!
  10. Any electronic gadget that you frequently use – whatever is in your hands, your baby will want! Think remote control, iPad, blackberry, and basically anything else you do not want them to have! (Note, we are NOT suggesting you buy your  baby one of these. . .they don’t seem to like a copy version – it must be the original owned by mommy or daddy).

So that’s it. That is THE ultimate travel toy guide.  OK we know some of these will be noisy for the neighbour but the sound of the plane engine will nullify it, right?! 😉

Before we sign off though, we have to point out a caveat to this list: we had to restrain ourselves so as to not allow Lamaze toys to dominate it. We aren’t biased or anything, but every single one of the mommies coincided that 1 Lamaze toy equals endless hours of fun for a baby, which makes them great companions on long plane rides. Having said that, we tried to include a variety of toy options that work well, but, if in doubt you can’t go wrong with individual Lamaze toys!

In the meantime, we would be curious to know whether your baby’s favourite toy didn’t  make it on here? If you tell us what it is, we will add it to our next instalment of toy suggestions (as the above was just the beginning)!

Unnecessary Baby Paraphernalia

So you’ve out you’re having a baby – congratulations! After the excitement, celebrations, and day dreaming about your future little thing, the panic sets in. All the things you have to buy can become quite overwhelming. We’ve been there, so we want to help you avoid some of the same mistakes we made by sharing our no need to buy list to save you some money! Once moomboo hits the stores you’ll be able to eliminate more from your list all together, but for now, here are 3 things you can definitely do without (although there is 1 you may still want to buy anyway). This is the first post of our series called – “Unnecessary Baby Paraphernalia” so do keep coming back to visit us to learn more!

This photo showcases the Baby Jogger with 2 maxi cosi seats, but they can easily be converted to normal seats, or basinets

1. Two Prams/Buggies– you do not need a travel and a day pram. Don’t be suckered into buying two. Just find one that suits your family planning style. One of us fell for the trap and ended up buying the City Select Baby Jogger and the City Select Mini. While both prams are lovely, we could have just stuck to the first one as its compact enough to travel with and can incorporate the maxi cosi seat on it when you’re traveling by car or plane a further so you don’t have to take a pram plus a car seat. In addition, it fits two kids on the same frame so that when the family gets larger there is no need to buy another pram. The other one of us has the Bugaboo, which is sufficiently narrow to travel with anywhere. Having said that, its worth investing in a pram cover if you are traveling with the Bugaboo! (We will do a review of our prams in a later post for more details).

Korbell is a very easy to use, sleek design, but isn’t necessary!

2. Nappy/Diaper Bin– Besides being expensive, they are not that useful. We each bought one (a different model) and there was nothing wrong with them, but we could have saved ourselves the money. One of us lives in a house with various floors, and keeps the bin in the bathroom adjacent to the baby’s room on the top floor. Because the baby isn’t necessarily changed in his room every time, diapers end up getting thrown in the normal trash downstairs, or in the normal master bathroom bin. It makes no difference whether they are in the special bin or the regular bin – they are stinky anywhere!

I know we said SAVE money by not buying a nappy bag, BUT if you don’t buy all the stuff we mention on this blog, you can use the money saved to buy this one to use as your nappy bag for every day use! 😉

3. A Diaper Bag – Besides the fact that it is hard to find a fashionable, sleek, simple, well designed diaper bag*, it is just unnecessary  You can use a large bag that you already own. We’ve used a variety of bags ourselves but found that large open ended and easy to access are the best. You can always buy a  bag organiser for the inside if you’re one of those (as one of us is) that loves to have everything neatly stacked and easy to find. If you breastfeed and need to carry your bottles around you can always put your bottles in a bottle carrier inside your bag (you’ll have to invest in one of those anyway, whether it comes with a diaper bag or not).  It will be much cheaper and won’t cramp your style!

* Having said all of this, if you are going to buy one, the bottom of this blog shows an example of a diaper bag that doesn’t look like one (By Pitterpac)! It looks like a beautiful version of a Bottega Veneta bag, but is much cheaper; it has good internal organization system, and it comes in a stunning (unisex) individualistic color. What is not to love?

I know, we’re cheeky – good mommies who still want to look fashionable. But remember, there are many more things you can do without (who doesn’t love to have yet another gorgeous bag with the excuse that it is a diaper bag?). Stay tuned for more ideas on what you need not buy!

Pitterpac Changing Bag

 

We’d like to know what you wish you had saved up on too! Let us know – what are your top 3 unnecessary baby items?

As mommies who travel a lot with our babies, we are always on the look out for convenient things that allow us to strike the right balance between our baby’s comfort and portability.  Moomboo solves the sleep/play/change/travel problem, but as promised, we will be sharing our tips about all things baby.

Food is a topic that is close to both our hearts. As mediterranean’s who love to eat, we want to share that passion with our babies so they can grow up to be good, hearty, healthy eaters.  We believe that both homemade food and organic baby food jars contain lots of healthy minerals and great nutrition for our babies. Here are three of our favourite travel feeding options:

1) The Little Green Pouch – this is a phenomenal idea, that allows you to put your own homemade food inside a squeezable pouch. Young babies learn to squirt this into their mouth early, so its a perfect solution for those independent babies that want to self feed, as it maximizes the likelihood that food will land inside their mouth!  It is also great for older children who want to eat a hearty meal on the road.  It is a shame they only do this in the US and Canada for now.

2) Squirt Spoon Baby Food Dispenser– for those who like to be  fed with a spoon, here is a great mess free idea. It is a spoon that holds your baby’s food inside it. You can put both baby jar food or your own homemade version.

3) B. Box Essential Baby Bottle– if you’ve  moved on to formula (or were always on it) to complement your weaning, you probably crave a bit more mobility to avoid being chained to the house for what seems to be endless baby meals! (can you say 3 solid feeds and 3 bottles!?) This bottle holds the powder to dispense and the water separately, until you’re ready to mix them! It also looks nice, just the way we like it.

All of these options will allow your baby to self feed when ready, but will minimize the mess for you, and make your life easier as you travel. That is just the way we like things to be at Moomboo!

What are your best on the road mess free tips?