How To Pack
For Your Baby
So you've been at home for a couple of months now, and you're ready
to take a trip. What kind of special considerations need to be made
in order to make sure that you are prepared for parenthood on the road?
Essentially, you want to make sure that you have everything you would
need at home, but in a more compact form.
You want to make sure you have everything you need for feeding the baby,
and you have to remember that you may not always have the convenience
of a kitchen on hand. If you're breast-feeding, you don't need to worry
about feeding supplies too much, since you keep them with you at all
time. However, f you're bottle-feeding, make sure you have everything
you need already prepared, just in case. Pack sterilized bottles and
nipples in zipper-close plastic bags to keep them clean.
Overestimate on everything. Bring at least as many diapers and wipes
as you go through on a daily basis for each day you will be on your
trip. Then bring an extra two days in case the baby gets diarrhea, or
you unexpectedly take a little bit longer than planned. You also want
to make sure that you have changing pads or something similar to keep
the area that you use to change your baby, and your baby clean.
If you're not sure about weather, bring a large variety of clothing.
Bring a couple of extra outfits (hey, at least they're small), preferably
things you can layer or mix and match. Try to pack at least one spare
outfit for each day of your trip, especially if you will not have laundry
facilities. Remember, babies make messes. Be prepared for the worst.
It is vitally important to pack a small first aid kit, containing pain
reliever/fever reducer, Band-Aids, teething medicine, and any other
supplies your baby may need. Toys like teething rings should be taken
into consideration, as well as baby cold medicine, and basic baby toiletries.
Again, bear in mind that you should be preparing for the worst, just
in case. You want to be prepared if you're not in a place where medical
supplies are on hand.
Make sure you bring a way to comfortably carry the baby, like a baby
sling or a front-pack carrier, especially if you're going to be outdoors.
Also, a portable playpen with some toys will make the trip much more
enjoyable for you and the baby. Packing some small activities for travel,
as well as some other things that can be packed away and then brought
out once you arrive at your destination is probably the best way to
If you are traveling on a plane or bus and plan to check your bags,
make sure that any necessary baby supplies are in your carry-on. Not
only do you want to make sure that you have everything you need while
in transit, but there is always the worst case scenario that bags will
be lost. You can go without an extra change of underwear, but baby may
not be able to.
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