Traveling with your baby can be an exciting time for you both. It can also be a very stressful time for you and baby, especially if you haven’t gone on a big trip together before.
There are a few aspects that you should think carefully about, and packing is one of them. If it’s your first trip, or even if you’re a seasoned pro at this, the following suggestions can help you make things a little bit easier, so stay tuned:
Diapers (and other changing items)
These are almost certainly at the top of your list – but have you got enough? No matter whether it’s just a short trip or a long-haul flight, the last thing you want to do is run out. If you’re on a plane, you might not be able to get any until you land.
So think about having at least one diaper for every hour you’re in transit, plus a few extra. You never know when your baby may have an unexpected accident, or if you’ll have problems with one of the diapers you’re trying to get onto your little one, or, and you can never know, there’s an unexpected delay.
Make sure you have other changing items with you as well, including wipes and diaper rash cream. You may also want to put in a changing mat – not only will it help your baby feel comfortable on the changing table but, if the table itself isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be, you can easily clean the mat when you next have a chance to do so.
Have a think about whether you will need to take a stroller with you or not. It might be useful for an hour or two at the airport, but will you be able to use it at your destination?
This will largely depend on where you’re going on your trip. If you’re on a city break where you’ll be walking along even pavements for a lot of your stay, for example, then you may wish to have a stroller with you – if you’re flying, you can check in a collapsible stroller at the gate or store it in an overhead compartment.
However, if you’re going somewhere you know will be busy, or have uneven surfaces, then you may wish to have a baby carrier instead. You may find it to be more practical, even in the airport.
New places will be a thrilling experience for your baby – but there will be times when they will need a bit of stimulation so they don’t get bored. So take a few small toys that will keep your baby entertained on a long journey or at meal times. You may wish to take your child’s comforter with you as well.
Think about taking a blanket or two with you. Not only will they be useful if either of you are feeling cold, and to protect yourself from messy spills, but you can also use it as a place for your baby to sit down and play upon.