Get Ready for Vacation…Packing Your Baby Travel Bag.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 6:00 am
They may be little, but boy do they need a lot of stuff. Extra diapers. Toys. Change of clothes. The list goes on and on. So here’s a checklist to help you pack your baby’s travel bag.
One for each hour you’ll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
Pad to put under your baby during diaper changes
You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores
Bring a few — you’ll use them to lay your baby on, cover her, cover yourself if you’re nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets
Diaper rash cream
Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion
Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one)
A few of your baby’s favorite toys
Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes
One to two outfits per day is a good guideline
Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food
If your baby’s eating solid foods
Formula, water, and juice if appropriate
Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
Energy-boosting snacks for you to munch on
Breast pump (if you use one)
So you can keep the room lighting soothingly low during middle-of-the-night diaper changes
Baby pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries
Sling or front carrier
Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports
Portable crib or play yard
A safe place for your baby to sleep or play
Inflatable baby bathtub
Can make bath time easier at your destination
Car Seat for safer travel by car or plane
Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane
Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap. We recommend our
Natalie Travel Tote Bag. Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag.
Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
Keep your baby’s outfits together in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
Take your camera — and don’t forget the battery charger if it’s digital, or plenty of film if not.
Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
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