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Changing Bags VS Changing Backpacks - What’s The Better Option For You?

Changing Bags VS Changing Backpacks - What’s The Better Option For You?

If you are expecting, then congratulations! There are many decisions you will need to make for your new coming arrival, and you are already quite aware of this. Considering you are now looking into preparing for the newborn's nursery and making sure that you are well stocked on clothing, diapers, accessories, swaddling blankets, and bottles whether you plan to nurse or not.

 However, there is one important item for your new baby that you likely have not thought about, and that is what you will need in order to make travelling with your baby as effortless as possible. You are going to have to choose between getting a changing bag or a changing backpack for your baby. Let's look at the advantages of both which will help you make your decision on which one to buy!

The Benefits Of Using A Changing Bag

If you are looking to get a changing bag when it comes to travelling with your newborn, you will want to know about the benefits of having a changing bag. The following pros with a changing bag are:

  • You will get a changeable, washable, and detachable mat with a bag - The great thing with a change bag is that you can use the mat that comes with it anywhere in order to change your baby if you are away from your home.
  • There are plenty of pockets and compartments - These separate compartments are useful when it comes to keeping bottles away from clothing and diapers. It would be a lot more challenging to not be able to have different compartments to keep all of the accessories and items for your baby separated because disorganisation and spillage can happen.
  • The shoulder straps are adjustable - With a changing bag, you will enjoy having to use an adjustable strap to carry it so it meets the size that will be the most comfortable for you to carry.

Now you know about the main advantages of a baby changing bag. Let's take a look at the advantages when it comes to using a changing backpack instead right now:

The Benefits Of Using A Changing Backpack

If you think that a changing backpack may be the better option for you, then here is a chance for you to find out whether that is true or not!

  • It is hands-free - The great thing is about a changing backpack is that you do not need to use your hands to carry anything. Just wear it on your back and you are free to do what you need to do! That means there is no struggling with doing simple things like grabbing and paying for items at the shop.
  • The backpack is versatile - When you are literally travelling and at the airport, you can enjoy the fact that the backpack is so versatile and easy to fit in the overhead compartment on the plane or under the seat.
  • Very comfortable - The great thing about the backpack as well is that because the weight is distributed evenly, it is very easy and comfortable to wear on your back and it will not strain you either.
  • Extremely spacious - Some backpacks have compartments but some do not. However, the wonderful thing is that the iSwaddle backpacks are extremely spacious so you can put anything you need into it. This means if you need to put 5 diapers and plenty of extra clothing, then it can be done. And, you can add in your items such as your keys and sunglasses as well.
  • Dads can use backpacks without appearing like they are carrying purses - This is a big reason that many dads love changing backpacks! They can carry it on their backs and don't need to worry about themselves appearing that they are carrying women's purses which removes any awkwardness.

Now you know about the advantages of changing bags and changing backpacks! Which one will you choose and why?




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Choosing a baby bag

Choosing a baby bag

Specialist baby bags are experiencing a real boom in popularity, with more and more parents ditching cumbersome handbags, rucksacks and messenger bags in favour of this fantastic all-in one. Here’s our quick guide to what to look out for when choosing a baby bag of your very own…

Choose convenience and portability

The ideal changing bag will be large enough to fit in everything you need - but compact enough not to be cumbersome when carrying around on longer trips or negotiating public transport. Instead of lugging around all baby’s essentials in a handbag or rucksack, a bag custom-designed for this purpose has all you need to make changing a doddle – as well as providing enough room to keep all your daily essentials in one convenient place. Gone are the days of feeling weighed down by baby products; now you can take advantage of a new generation of baby-changing bags which understand portability and multi-use are key.

Check for durability

Baby-changing essentials take up space and need careful handling, which is why specialist baby-changing bags are so helpful. Some of these bags, like the Aria, even have the added advantage of being water-resistant, meaning the interior will stay clean and dry and everything you’ve packed is kept safe from the elements while in transit.

Choose a classic style

It might be tempting to still bring your favourite handbag along when you’re travelling with baby, but there’s no need thanks to the latest baby-changing bags, which are just as stylish as any handbag or casual bag, whilst keeping everything in one centralised place. Baby changing bags also tend to have more pockets than the average bag, meaning you can fit much more in and keep all your essentials safe and secure.

Consider what you’ll pack

Cleverly created with compact, robust style principles in mind, and with integrated pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap, products such as the ‘Aria’ help you carry everything you need for both short and long trips with baby, without adding extra bulk. You can even attach the bag to your baby buggy to make it even more portable! Carefully consider whether your chosen baby bag is up to the task of carrying essentials like nappies, a changing mat and baby wipes, without weighing you down. Does your chosen bag have handy side pockets and insulated side pockets?

Not all changing bags are created equal – but if you find the right fit, you’ll be sure to make your life – and baby’s life – much simpler and more enjoyable.

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Benefits of Swaddling Your Baby

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Swaddling is a skill that has existed for decades now and it is to do with the practise of snugly wrapping a baby in a soft sheet or blanket, which keeps the baby calm and safe. For centuries now, mothers have swaddled their babies as a way to keep them safe and make them fall asleep faster. Now this skill is gaining a lot of popularity as mothers have realised that it helps soothe their babies, keeps them calm throughout the night,and this helps mothers to get the much needed sleep. However there are plenty of other benefits to swaddling your baby. Here are few to keep in mind.

Lowers SIDS

SIDS also knows as sudden infant death syndrome is a common cause of mortality among infants. There is no known specific cause for SIDS. This makes the prospect of preventing it a tad difficult. However according to study on swaddling done by journal of paediatrics, swaddling helps lower the rate of SIDS. According to the study, swaddling prevents babies from covering their face with bedding and decreases their chances of flipping over to lie on their tummies both of which have been linked to increasing cases of SIDS.

Helps Soothe the Baby

Swaddling your baby can be a bit uncomfortable for them to begin with. In fact swaddling your baby can make them more frustrated and lead to louder crying episodes. However, this should not deter mothers from using swaddling as a way of calming their babies. Swaddling helps lay the foundation for which other soothing strategies can be used such as soothing motions, pacifier or white noise. Start by swaddling your baby and then introduce another soothing technique of your choice to help calm your baby. Aside from helping soothing techniques become more effective, swaddling has been shown to reduce baby’s crying by 28%. This means more rest for the baby and for the parents.

Peaceful Sleep

Putting your baby to sleep while they are swaddled helps them to sleep longer and better. According to a recent paediatrics study, swaddling prevents babies from startling themselves awake from their own limb or body movements. New-borns are notorious for taking small naps throughout the day, however it’s important to help them get to a point where they can achieve a few hours of continuous uninterrupted sleep and swaddling will help achieve this.

Boost Neuromuscular Development

Many parents think that it is important for their babies to have their arms free and mobile so they can practice gross motor skills such as putting food in their mouth, learn to grab their toys and many more hand movement skills. However, this is not the case seeing as most movement of the baby’s upper and lower limbs is actually random and unintentional. Swaddling immobilises a baby limbs and this has been shown to improve neuromuscular development, which translates to better fine and gross motor control. Swaddling is particularly helpful when it comes to premature babies who are at risk of adverse neurodevelopmental ailments.

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Why Muslin Swaddle Blankets are Perfect for Summer!

iSwaddle Elephant Print Muslin Swaddle Blanket
A long, hot summer is welcomed by us all as a respite from the otherwise often miserable Great British weather, but when it comes to looking after your little ones, high temperatures can be problematic. You need to shade and protect your baby, but keep them feeling secure without overheating them or making them uncomfortable – and for this, a muslin swaddle blanket is the ideal summer companion.

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