You’re finally ready to bring along your baby on a family trip. But hold on a minute! There are still some things you will need to bring.
You might be familiar with what you need to pack for yourself and the rest of your family, but not be with your newborn child. Here are some baby essentials that you will need to pack along for your trip.
Essentials for Sleeping
Let’s start with these essentials since your child will most likely be asleep most of the time. That said, you want to ensure that your child sleeps comfortably even when you’re out of the house.
Babies can develop a specific connection with the blanket or sleep sack that they use to sleep with at home.
If this is the case, then bringing the one they use at home is a great idea to ensure that they are sleeping comfortably. A baby sleeping soundly will do wonders, as well as not give you or everyone around you a headache.
Portable Baby Crib
In the event that the hotel you are staying in doesn’t have a baby crib, it is best that you bring a portable one with you.
It doesn’t have to be a big crib, just enough to fit your baby and in your luggage when you pack it.
Essentials for Hygiene
This is another important set of essentials you will need to consider for the trip.
Diaper bags are more than just holding diapers. They will also hold the hygiene kit of your child.
From diapers to toothbrushes and toothpaste, having one around will make you feel less worried should your child run into a situation that calls for cleaning.
And you don’t have to worry about looking awkward with it if you get stylish diaper bags.
Now, here are some of the things you need to pack inside your diaper bag.
Let’s be honest. Your baby isn’t going to wait for the next bathroom stop to finish their business. They will go whenever they feel like it. That’s the whole point of diapers.
To be extra sure, bring a bunch of diapers for emergencies.
Wipes are also something you should bring with you everywhere you go. Your baby might make a mess when eating, and the airplane bathroom might be occupied.
Bringing baby wipes can help clean them up quickly and effectively.
Diaper Rash Cream
Because your baby is wearing diapers all the time, chances are they might develop a rash. This can aggravate them and cause discomfort and pain.
Rash cream can help remedy the rash and make them feel much better. However, make sure to buy diapers made of materials that would not cause any allergic reactions to the skin.
Pacifiers are also an important addition to bring along. This is also true if your child is looking for it in the middle of the trip.
In the event that your child makes a mess and their clothes get dirty, save room in the bag for extra pairs of clothing.
Essentials for the car ride/plane ride
Toys and Books
You might think, “Wait…what’s so essential about these?”
Babies are known to have pretty quick attention spans and can be easily bored.
Should they be wide awake and start making a fuss, keeping them occupied is just as essential as keeping them clean.
Bring a children’s book with you for them to read and interact with as well as toys they can play with on the plane or car ride.
This is for road trips that involve driving for hours until you reach your destination.
The regular car seat will be too big for babies to sit on. This can cause discomfort as well as them easily falling off if you drive too fast (although please avoid doing this for everyone’s safety).
Install a special car seat designed for them before you head out. These seats are made for them to feel snug and secure.
Essentials for the trip itself
Once you’ve reached your destination, it’s time for some walking and sightseeing. Here are some things that will help you carry your child while still being able to enjoy the scenery.
Nothing beats the old reliable baby stroller. If it is their usual stroller you use for regular walks around your neighborhood, then your baby will have no worries staying on it for trips.
Another thing you can try is a sling/wrap you put around yourself. This way, you don’t have to push a stroller around every so often.
You will also have your child in front of you and close to you at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a good age to bring your baby on a trip?
The answer varies from person to person. A baby can be ready earlier than expected, while another may still need some time.
A good age range would be around 6 months old and up. By this time, they should be allowed to and it wouldn’t be that much of a hassle to bring them on trips.
What kinds of food can I pack for the trip?
This will also depend on the age of your baby.
There are different levels that determine what kinds of food they can eat. Snacks that don’t require that much chewing is a great option.
How big should your diaper bag be?
You will be bringing a lot of stuff inside, so something that can handle a lot of diapers and other toiletries should be your priority.
Strike a balance between utility and comfort since you will be carrying that in your back during the whole trip.
Traveling is one way to create wonderful memories with your children. That being said, preparing for one will take some time and dedication.
These essentials will not only keep your child safe and secure, but also ensure their happiness and, by extension, your happiness throughout the entire trip.