4. Widgey Nursing Pillow: Sturdy but soft, this nursing pillow has proven invaluable and greatly increases the comfort of long hours of nursing! This one came with me to the hospital too!
Other than these items all I found I needed was access to a sink, kettle and washing up implements.
2. Jojo Maman Bebe 3-in-1 Sleeping Bag: Although a bit pricey, this sleeping bag is super flexible for travel. With a 1.5 tog inner and 1 tog outer bag that are easily zipped together or separated, this makes it easy to be prepared for both warm and cold climates.
3. Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod: My daughter would only sleep on me for the first 1.5 months but after that, this bed became a lifesaver. Because of the size, I was able to pack this into a suitcase and my baby has had the same bed wherever we have travelled! Normally we just have this in her cot but it can also be in the bed with my husband and I when she wants to stay close, taking some of the worry of co-sleeping away. This has really helped establish a settled sleep routine for her in any circumstance we have found ourselves in!
4. Beco Gemini Baby Carrier: As mentioned above, my daughter did not like to be put down or to sleep on anything but me for the first 1.5 months. This Beco carrier saved my sanity as she could nap and I could still have the freedom to do things. This carrier has great flexibility in the carrying options and is good from newborn to toddler, which is not the case with all carriers. Plus it has lots of nice pattern options!
5. Ewan the Dream Sheep: Having a white noise machine that emulates the sounds of the womb is a really good idea for a baby and Ewan is a more cuddly option than an iphone app. He also glows red from his chest to simulate light in the womb which I find rather alarming but my daughter really seems comforted by. Each of his legs is a switch for different soundscapes: ocean, wind, harp and storm. He also has a handy Velcro loop to attach him anywhere.
1. Travel Changing Mat: I chose a cheap and cheerful travel changing mat with pockets that I set up on a card table for changing. Adding a cotton changing pad liner is a good way to make the changing pad softer and are easily washable.
2. Skip Hop Duo Chevron Changing Bag: This was the bag I went for due to the great organisation it offers with 10 pockets and I have to say it has not disappointed. I love that the grey chevron pattern is stylish while remaining neutral. I also love the small pocket at the top for keeping pacifiers and the stroller clips built into the shoulder strap. I have been able to carry EVERYTHING in this bag! I seriously may never go back to purses.
3. Wet/Dry Bags: So great for dirty baby clothes and a must if you go down the cloth nappy route. I admit to using disposables when traveling (although I cloth diaper at home) but still find carrying one of these always useful for any unforeseen accidents or situations when a bin is not handy (surprisingly often the case in China).
4. Oil Cloth/PVC Tablecloth: Easily wipeable and available in so many cute patterns, it is a really inexpensive way to add colour to a pop-up nursery while protecting your temporary changing area. I went along to a fabric store to buy a few meters cheaply, then laid it on the card table that served as my changing station.
5. Amazing Baby Black and White Board Book: Trust me on this, when changing you should have some form of entertainment for your baby. It will save you so much in baby tantrums! High contrast black and white images are great for newborns. My daughter loved looking at this book from birth and it continues to be a favourite. I just set it propped open beside her and it would keep her interested long after we had finished the change. Now that we have a permanent nursery, it goes with us in the diaper bag when we travel.
In another entry I will go over what I keep in my diaper bag, but this is how I quickly and inexpensively set up a temporary changing station. The only other items needed were a covered bin and a box to hold baby clothes.
1. Hooded Bath Towels: I have found that 2 of these is plenty. The hooded ones are really nice for snuggling your baby while drying. It's nice to get a cute one as I think you need to enjoy adoring your baby as long as you can!
2. Baby Bath Support: We started out with a plastic baby tub but I wish we had started out with a bath support instead. Bathing is so much easier now that we have one and can take place in any bathtub.
3. Weleda Baby Shampoo and Body Wash: I really love this wash. It isn't super foamy but it makes a nice soft lather and is gentle for baby. I love the scent as well! It makes me want to bury my nose in my daughter's hair afterwards!
4. Mothercare Natural Sponge: Mothercare provides these at a good price and the quality is great! Natural sponges are so super soft and gentle on a baby's skin, much better than a washcloth in my opinion. They also build up a nice lather, which makes the washing bit that much faster (great for babies that don't particularly love the bath like my daughter).
These are the things that worked for me! I would be interested in other ideas for pop-up nurseries and will also be covering what didn't work at a later date!