NOTE: This is the fourth guest post from mom blogger, Emma Lawson, for FertileBrains readers. Today, she is sharing some valuable tips and tricks for travelling with a baby. New parents will find this post full of helpful ideas. Please give it a read and don’t forget to share your views in the comments section below.
Going on any vacations with a baby looks like quite the challenge. Feeding, sleeping, and entertaining schedules need to be respected so the baby would feel comfortable, but in a plane, bus, train or a car it could be tricky. When planning on travelling with a baby, be free to pack heavy and pack everything you think you may need.
Equipment you need
Whether you travel by car, plane, bus or train, a car seat is a must for your baby. You cannot go through the whole trip holding them in your arms, so pick a seat that perfectly fits your baby. For stretching your legs during travelling or on your vacation you will need a stroller for your child. Strollers are perfect for slow walks in the city, but on a more challenging terrain, you should take a pushchair. Make sure to pack the steriliser to keep your baby’s bottles clean. For entertainment, you can choose to bring toys and books for peaceful playing or bedtime stories, or pack your tablets and fill them with cartoons and fun games for your children.
Besides the clothes for other members of the family, you will need clothes for your baby, but make sure to have lots of spares. Have at least two sets of clothes a day for both of you and do not forget the burp cloths. If you are having summer vacation, do not forget to pack your baby’s swimsuit or a swim diaper and baby sunglasses. Everyone should have at least two pairs of shoes, but if your baby still does not need them, lots of warm socks are obligatory. For sleeping, bring their favourite pyjamas and warm cosy baby blankets for peaceful warm nights.
Cosmetics and Hygiene
Firstly, you should bring your own changing pad so you could safely change your baby wherever you are. Calculate how many diapers your baby needs per day, and pack the needed amount, but have a few spares just in case. Pack enormous amounts of wipes for changing diapers and other messes, diaper cream, baby powder and plastic bags for dirty clothes and trash are necessary, too. Also, you can bring your own inflatable baby bathtub if you want to avoid bathing your child in various sinks. Lastly, you should have a first-aid kit and some infant medications like antihistamine and acetaminophen just in case.
Food and Essentials
Wherever you go, baby food and things that go with it are a must. Pack bottles of breast milk or formula and always keep it by your side. You can even store them in a portable mini fridge to keep it fresh. You should also pack few bottles of baby food for the daily intake of vegetables and vitamins. If you are nursing, bring a nursing cover, so no one would feel uncomfortable especially if you are flying with a baby. Have spare baby bottles and pacifiers; make sure to pack baby plates, spoons, forks and sippy cups. Also, you can bring some snacks for the whole family and the baby, as well as some juices and treats.
Now, all of this may freak you out, but if you are travelling by car, you have nothing to worry about. In that case, the topmost essential things to think about are food and hygiene. After that, you may pack whatever you need and want for your baby to feel comfortable and entertained on a trip. Remember that most of the things can be bought once you arrived at your destination, so try not to overload your luggage.
About Post Author
Emma Lawson is a busy mom to two wonderful boys. She is passionate about writing and her boys are her inspiration. She loves to explore, learn and share about parenting techniques. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life Website: http://highstylife.com.
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