Jennifer Nettles Travels With a Baby Onboard

J. Net checks in from the road.

photo by Lou Rocco/ABC

There is nothing quite like a mommy’s tour bus . . . especially when Mommy is Jennifer Nettles.

“Right now, I’m sitting on a double bed in the back lounge of the tour bus surrounded by baby wipes, Aveeno moisture therapy for [son Magnus’] little dry winter face and pink Johnson’s baby lotion,” says Jennifer with a laugh. “Add that to the baby guardrail on the side of the bed, the rocking chair in the front lounge and a crib where a bunk used to be and, yes, you could say things have changed quite a bit.”

Indeed, with hubby Justin and 15-month-old son Magnus in tow, Jennifer’s That Girl Tour has felt a bit different than the Sugarland tours of the past. Yet Jennifer says she wouldn’t want it any other way. “Traveling as a family is definitely a priority for us,” she says. “If I’m not doing work-related these days, I’m doing something baby-related. I honestly don’t know what I did with all my free time before. Luckily, the road agrees with [Magnus]. We sometimes use a sound machine app to help him sleep, but with the movement of the bus and the low rumble of the bus generator, he has been rolling along just fine.”

The tour is rolling along, too, accumulating rave reviews for both Jennifer and her talented opener Brandy Clark along the way. “[Brandy] feels to me as someone country music needs right now,” Jennifer says. “It’s been a joy watching the audience realize that they know her and her music, but I also just love that she is coming out with us now to support her own music. I have been a fan of hers for a long time. She is the real deal.”

And while sleep deprivation usually goes hand in hand with both babies and big-time tours, Jennifer seems more revitalized with every passing day. “It’s a bit of an abstract concept to think that I will be turning 40 this year,” she notes with a chuckle. “Some days I can feel it. Heck, there are days when I feel like I am 100. But seriously, I feel disconnected to ‘40’ as a number, even though I know it’s a reality. I guess I look at it more as having 40 years of life experience that I have come to appreciate. I love being enriched by knowing now what I didn’t know then.”

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