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Top 10 Baby Travel Essentials

Recently, a few friends have asked me for tips on travelling with their babies and while I have plenty of tips to be covered in upcoming posts, the essentials are by far the most important and should be in your nappy bag when travelling.

These 10 things easily fit in one of the pockets of a nappy bag and I call it the ’emergency pocket’ of my nappy bag. I have found some of these products in my emergency pocket a God send in the middle of the night whilst travelling through several foreign speaking countries, so don’t forget to pack them on your upcoming travels with your baby! In fact, it’s probably best to carry these with you all the time.

Top 10 Baby Travel Essentials

  1. Baby Sunglasses – Obviously to protect baby’s eyes when it’s bright but it also helps baby nap during a bright day
  2. Hat – Depending on the time of year pack a floppy sun hat for sunny days or a warm hat for cooler weather
  3. Teething gel – You never know when baby’s teeth will come through
  4. Thermometer – As advised by my paediatrician and I’m SO, SO glad to have had this in my ’emergency pocket’ whilst travelling along with the next item…
  5. Baby paracetamol – My baby gets a high temperature when teething and the paracetamol helps settle baby and baby’s temperature
  6. Travel size bottle of dish washing soap – I bought a travel size bottle and filled it up with the all natural dishwashing liquid I use at home to wash baby’s bottles and toys while travelling
  7. Clean sponge – I take a brand new sponge with me on my travels, and keep it in an air tight plastic bag. Prior to use, I use the hotel kettle to boil water and pour boiling water over it to make sure it is free from any nasties
  8. Phone charger – Obvious for travelling but keep one in your “emergency pocket” just in case you run out of power when you’re out and about
  9. Pram pegs – To hang toys for baby’s entertainment or a muslin cloth off the stroller’s canopy for extra shade
  10. Antiseptic gel or spray – carry a small bottle with you in case you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap or need to wipe down a baby high chair or table
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“Tis Elias” – Nappy Rash Ointment

When I was pregnant, I tried to find a natural nappy rash ointment or cream for my upcoming arrival but I was unsuccessful. So, I was forced to buy a commercial product that was not 100% natural that was sold at the local pharmacy.

However, whilst travelling through Greece, I was told by several pharmacists, family and friends that “Vasalmolado” (St John’s wort infused in olive oil) is a great natural nappy rash ointment that I must try. So, of course, prior to using “Vasalmolado” on my baby, I did some research on it and I discovered that St John’s wort has been used in herbal medicine for generations and that hyperforin (the active ingredient extracted from St John’s wort) can be used to treat burns, wounds, grazes, eczema and muscle pain when applied to the skin and can be used for the whole family, and not just baby’s nappy rash!

More information on hyperforin can be found at www.stjohnswortinfo.com and in the research section of St John’s wort wikipedia page, click here(Please note that while there is some research that suggests some benefit of taking St John’s wort orally, which I would not advise)

In my previous blog post, I mentioned the nappy rash ointment I use from the “Tis Elias’ range, which I discovered during my recent travels in Greece. It is 100% natural and it works! It not only heals nappy rash, but also helps prevent it as the olive oil acts as a barrier on baby’s bottom. It is not greasy and only a few drops are needed to cover affected areas. Best of all, it is made of 100% natural and gentle ingredients.

One of the aforementioned who told me about “Vasalmolado” for my baby’s nappy rash was Diana, from the beautiful village of Levidi in the south Greece. With her husband, Labis, they have founded the ‘Tis Elias’ (from the olive tree) brand which use organic Greek virgin olive oil to produce natural skin care products using traditional methods and recipes.

Ingredients and method of production

‘Tis Elias’ St John’s wort oil is made by using the flower of St John’s wort and allowing it to infuse over time with the organic Greek virgin olive oil.

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Top 10 Nappy Bag must haves

When you’re out and about with your baby (0 – 12 months), whether it be on a small trip to the park or a day sight-seeing in a foreign city, you need to make sure you have all the essentials in your nappy bag (also known as a diaper bag, baby bag or baby changing bag).

When I was pregnant, I was browsing the nappy bags in the baby section of my local department store and wondered, “Why are all the nappy bags so big?” and “Why do they all have so many pockets? … What else besides nappies and wipes will I need in my nappy bag?” So, when I got home, I googled “What to keep in your nappy bag” and google returned a fair few top 10 lists all of which were all very similar.

Below, I have included this list below as it is the core of what is needed in a nappy bag, under “Top 10 nappy bag must haves.” Along with this list I have included recommendations of products that work for me and my family, opting for the most natural (for my baby) and economic (for my pocket) options.

However, there are another 10 things that I discovered (some whilst travelling) that you must always carry in your nappy bag in case of emergency or exceptional circumstances. These will be covered in a follow-up blog post.

TYPICAL TOP 10 NAPPY BAG MUST HAVES

  1. Change mats – I have 2 in my nappy bag:
    • A disposable change mat for when using public change tables and get thrown with the dirty nappy, and
    • A reusable change mat (they come with most nappy bags) for use when I’m at someone’s home or need to use my stroller as a change table. The reusable change mat gets sprayed with disinfectant spray and wiped clean after every use and can be washed when required
  2. Nappies/Diapers – I carry at least 4 with me as my baby once pooped 3 times in the space of an hour, lucky I had just enough nappies/diapers with me!
  3. Wipes and Tissues – I use WaterWipes which claim to be the world’s purest wipes as they are chemical free, made with 99.9% water and 0.01% fruit extract. I bought a box of these on Amazon for a great price but they are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets in the UK and I recently saw them in a supermarket in Australia, I haven’t seen them in other countries I have travelled in, so I take a pack (or two) with me when I travel.
  4. Nappy Rash ointment or cream – I use a product from the “Tis Elias” range which, contains St John’s wort infused in organic olive oil. St John’s wort has been proven to have skin healing properties, while olive oil helps create a seal between the skin and the nasty stuff that causes nappy rash. More details on this product to follow in a subsequent blog post.
  5. Hand Sanitiser – in case there is no soap in the soap dispenser after you change your baby
  6. Plastic bags – for soiled nappies and clothes. I carry both biodegradable and ziplock bags which, can be bought at pharmacies and/or supermarkets
  7. A spare change of clothes – including 2 bibs and a muslin cloth for baby and a top for you!
  8. Drink – Two bottles (best to have them pre-filled if possible):
    • Formula or expressed breast milk – with spare stored in storage containers AND
    • Water
  9. Food – Meals and Snacks – when my baby started to eat, I always opted for healthy and organic. Organic meals and snacks are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets. And don’t forget a spoon if the food is not finger food friendly!
  10. Teething toy or Pacifier – if your baby uses one

If you’re breastfeeding you may also want to pack;

  1. Breast Pads – you never know when you’ll spring a leak!
  2. Nursing Cover – if you use one
  3. Breast Pump – no explanation needed 🙂
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2017 – My “wow” year

2017 was a “wow” year for me. At the beginning of the year, I was 8 months pregnant, working full-time and had a beautiful home in central London. By the end of 2017, I had a 10 month old baby, I was no longer working (professionally, that is – I’m sure you all know or heard that taking care of a baby is a full time job), we had travelled through 11 countries in 7 months and now, looking for a home.

During my pregnancy and travels, I learned a lot about babies and products for babies – I don’t proclaim to be an expert but I did discover some useful strategies and products for me and my baby.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been an advocate of natural is always best. If there is a natural substitute for any skincare, hair or washing product THAT WORKS, I will switch to it, even if it comes at a small premium. I have a dear friend who is a health coach and is very much into natural products, she always advises that the small premium you pay on good natural products will minimise pollution on the environment and save you on medical bills in the future. When I was pregnant and responsible for a life in the truest sense, I was more inclined to follow this philosophy to give the best chance I could to my baby. So, I did a lot of reading and research and found many great natural products (that work!) for me and for my baby.

During my travels with my baby in the last seven months – and I mean planes, trains and automobiles type travelling – I encountered many obstacles, discovered some great products for travelling with a baby and some wonderful natural skincare products for me and my baby.

I hadn’t realised how much I had learned until I got back to London and talking to other mums about “the wonderful natural nappy rash ointment” I discovered in Greece and until a couple of days ago when I was asked by another mum, “tell me everything I need to know about travelling with a 9 month old in Japan”, that I had a fair few tips – that worked for me.

So, I decided to type it all up and share it because people want to know and I will probably forget something if I don’t start keeping a record of it all.

As mentioned above I am by no means an expert, so I am always happy to hear other mum’s views and advice. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me directly if you have something to share or have any questions.

I hope you find this blog useful.

Love,

naki

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P.S Please note that while I have done the research and asked professionals for their opinions, these travel tips and products work for me and my family. I am not a doctor nor a paediatrician, so if you are unsure about using anything recommended here, please get professional advice before trying it.