Changing Out and About; A Guide to Changing Bags

changing_bagIf you have a little one on the way, or yours has just arrived. It will have occurred to you that there is a lot of stuff to carry around. Just for nappy changes there can be a lot of things both obvious and not so obvious that you will need, and some emergency items you might need too! We have compiled a handy list of essentials for you:

  • 3 or more nappies (Of course more for an extended trip)
  • A few non-disposable nappies if you’re using re-usable cloth nappies
  • A pack of wet wipes
  • Nappy bags
  • A portable changing mat such as the small and soft Pipsy Koala travel changing mat, included with the Pipsy Koala changing bag
  • A change of clothes in case the nappy leaks (or two!)
  • Disinfectant hand gel for your hands and your baby
  • The ever versatile muslin cloth
  • A messy bag for hygienically carrying dirty items home, also included with the Pipsy Koala changing bag
  • Food and milk for the baby
  • Some toys to keep your baby entertained and teething toys and teething gel if their teeth are coming through. A dummy is always a good idea too.
  • Many people like to carry a camera to capture any special moments they might otherwise miss.


So where to keep all that stuff? In a changing bag of course! There are hundreds to choose from. Most changing  bags are over shoulder designs to carry on your shoulder, or to sling over both shoulders and wear like a messenger bag. Inside you usually find a number of compartments, 1 or 2 main compartments ideal for keeping changing mats, nappies, wet wipes and even laptops or documents. You often find a pocket on the side, ideal for carrying a baby bottle, or just a normal water bottle. There are often one or more velcro compartments on the outside ideal for easy access to things like breast pads, formula or any small items.  The bag also comes with a handy insulated bottle cooler keeping the bottle cool or warm for longer. There are also of course plenty of pockets for keeping phones, wallets and keys in.

The Pipsy Koala changing bag is made to last, and being as versatile as changing bags are, it will be useful long after you need it for your baby. The neutral colours are unisex and the entire surface including the straps, changing mat and messy bag are wipe clean. The bag comes with several extremely handy items you will need to change your baby. Included is:

  • A travel changing mat
  • An insulated bottle carrier
  • A messy bag
  • Plenty of pockets!
  • A widely adjustable strap
  • Flat base to stand on it’s own unassisted
  • Attractive unisex design


The bag has 2 main compartments inside with a wipe clean divider between them. On the side it has another 2 smaller wipe clean pockets. And on the front a large velcro pocket for quick access to items. On the side it has a small pocket ideal for carrying bottles. The strap is adjustable to fit anyone, and the bag has attractive gender neutral styling. The zip pull and strap buckles are metal and will last a life time. The zip itself is a thick hard plastic, and is bigger than a normal zip on a bag such as this, so will stand up to plenty of use.

If you are interested in a Pipsy Koala changing bag they can be purchased from many good retailers in the UK at an RRP of £24.99. You can purchase it from:



Daisy Baby Shop

Kiddiequip Baby

Travelling and dining with a toddler

Cbooster_seat_closeuphairs aren’t made for young ones, and for children of toddler age and younger, they can be too low in their seat so can’t reach the table, and risk falling off, something no parent wants to happen. A booster seat can be used from when the child is able to sit unaided (usually 6 – 12 months).  The Booster straps to a normal chair and lifts the child up to the right height so they can eat comfortably, and secures them in place so they can’t fall off! Children can be messy, so it’s important that where they sit is clean and hygenic , and can be cleaned when they spill their food.  Best of all, a comfortable child is a happy child. And just like Mum and Dad they should be comfortable at the dinner table, and will feed better as a result.

The Pipsy Koala booster seat is light weight and wipe clean, even the straps, so your child can always be comfortable and clean wherever they go.  The seat and straps fold into a compact unit you can take anywhere, and use in any reasturant,  or away from home. With the amount of stuff needed to look after a young child, a foldable booster seat is perfect for staying with Grandparents. The seat has a 3 point harness securing them between their legs and around their waist and has adjustable straps to grow as they do. The seat itself is attached securely to the chair with adjustable straps to fit even thick chairs and holds them tight so they can’t wiggle free! 

The Pipsy Koala booster seat is:

  • Suitable from approximately 6 months  (or when they can sit unaided) to 4 years old
  • Suitable for use with the most dining room chairs
  • Foldable to a size of 31cm wide by 26cm high and 8cm deep. Weighs just 500g
  • Made from wipe clean vinyl with a tough easy clean outer fabric

You can see an independant review of the Pipsy Koala booster seat here


You can buy the Pipsy Koala booster seat from all good independent nursery retailers, here are just some:-

Uber Kids


Hello Baby


Highchair splash mat GIVEAWAY !!!

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Because we understand how Messy things can get at Christmas, we are giving away a Pipsy Koala Splash Mat to one lucky winner worth £8.99.  Measuring 90 x 90cms, they are perfect for under highchairs, over tables, picnic mats and we even had a mum tell us she used hers as an emergency rain cover!

Simply like and share our Facebook page by entering the competition below, and tell us how you would use your Pipsy Koala Splash Mat for and we’ll pick a winner on Monday so not long to go!

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Why do we all Coo at Babies?

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If you’ve ever wondered why we all have the same reaction to a newborn baby (smiling like a loon and speaking in a high pitched voice) then read on to see how we are just naturally reacting to what our baby needs.

Smiling Like a Loon!
No one can resist smiling broadly at a newborn baby, so why do we do that?  Sight is the least developed sense at birth but  research has shown that a newborn can focus on objects 8-10 inches from their faces – this is about the distance that your own face will be from your baby when you are feeding and cuddling them.  You might notice that your baby seems to stare at you intently during this time, and that’s because they are starting to recognise faces and can even recognise a drawing of a face or a face on a toy, they can recognise a smile from a very early age too and by about 2 months of age will be smiling back at you.

Speaking in a High Pitched Squeaky Voice
Here’s another mystery, but we all do it!  As soon as we see a baby, we all instantly pitch our voices much higher but this is ideal for your baby as  newborns don’t have quite perfect hearing because their inner ear is full of fluid and so a high pitched sound is much easier for them to respond to, so keep squeaking away, your baby will love it.

Give Us a  Cuddle!
We all want a hold of a newborn baby and this is perfect to help stimulate their development as  babies thrive on lots of physical contact.  Your baby’s skin is ultra sensitive and so the softer the touch, like your own skin or the softer the fabric on their favourite toy,  the better for your baby.  Touch is a vital sense that helps your baby understand the world around them, by day 5 they will have their first experience of pain with the heel prick test, an important blood test that screens for serious conditions such as Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Congenital Hypothyroidism and Inherited Metabolic diseases.  Its over quickly and a cuddle will help soothe your baby afterwards.

Straight in the Mouth!

Its a natural thing for babies as soon as they are able to put everything in their mouth and its their way of exploring their new environment.  As the months go on, and teeth start to make an appearance, chewing on a ridged teether helps to provide some relief and encourages the teeth to break through.

Sniff that Baby!
Every wondered why people can’t resist the smell of a newborn?  According to research the smell of newborns  triggers dopamine  to be released in the brain— the same “pleasure pathways” affected by cocaine, food, and other stimuli that evoke reward response. Newborn babies are able to recognise the smell of breast milk and so its a great idea for Mum to sleep with their comforter on the first night, and then give it to the baby, as the smell will be transferred, giving your baby reassurance and comfort during the night.

Your newborn baby will sleep for up to 18 out of 24 hours but when they’re awake, its your chance to interact with your baby and help them understand their new surroundings.  To help your baby settle when they are not with you, and to encourage their development when they are, the Pipsy Koala Comfort Doudou is there to help reinforce all that you do as a parent and to reassure and comfort your baby.

Pipsy Koala Comfort Doudous  Give babies vital early stimulation

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Smiles All Round

  • The Pipsy Koala Soft Comfort Doudou has a big smile, as we know that babies respond well to this and it can provide comfort when Mum or Dad aren’t there.


Squeaky Nose

  • Because Babies can respond to a higher pitched noise, the squeaker helps to focus their attention and stimulate their hearing.


Soft Soft Soft

  • We’ve chosen the softest fabrics for our Doudou so that when its laying next to your baby’s skin it feels comforting and reassuring.   We’ve added a different texture on the back, soft squidgy ears and tactile satin ribbons too which will help your baby to explore and learn about new sensations.


Chewy Teethers

  • We’ve added two ridged teethers to help your baby ease the pain of teething
  • Smelling Good! Well, it will smell wonderful to your baby after you have spent a night with your comforter, helping your baby to settle during the night.

Size Is Everything

  • The Pipsy Koala Comfort Doudou is just the right size for a newborn baby, but we want it to be there for your child however old they are, so its made to last with extra strong seams and quality fabrics to stand up to wash after wash and to be there for your child whenever they need it.

You can but the Pipsy Koala comfort Doudous from these great stockists, RRP £8.99


Daisy Baby shop