Are you planning a trip with your newest little addition? Here are some helpful tips for travelling with babies.
I think the essence of travelling with any kids is Food, Comfort and Entertainment.
Getting there and back
Travel stroller and Ergo baby carrier are my must. A travel stroller for our family is one that folds very easily and compactly. I use it in every day life as well as travel so it has to be sturdy. The baby carrier is my back up – if bubs is unsettled at the airport or on the plane its easier to plonk in a carrier and move around. If you are going somewhere hot you are not likely to use the carrier when you are there but its worth it’s weight in gold on a bad flight!
Food and snacks for the plane and airport. I had low milk supply so I always had to take formula with us plus once we started solids - bananas and packet food. My rule is take the standard amount for the expected travel time plus extra 1 or 2 in case of delays. Don’t pack foods they have not tried - you don’t know how they will react to it.
Nappies, wipes, nappy disposal bags (either scented or freezer bags), change pad liner – Take the same as what you would normally use plus a few extra. I prefer disposable change mats so if there is a leak its easily disposed of.
Comforter, dummy, favorite toy or ipad/phone – depending on the age of your baby your ‘entertainment’ will vary. Make sure you have multiple of dummies and comforters just in case something gets lost.
Mist – if you are travelling somewhere hot, water mist is great. My kids love getting a quick spritz when its hot and stuffy.
Light, small blanket – for airplane aircon
Long sleeve and short sleeve tee so you can dress up and down as temperature changes (on the plane)
Extra pair of leggings and socks and tee or onesie – in case of leak.
When you’re there
Clothes - Clearly you will be taking clothes that are appropriate for the weather to which you are headed. If you are going somewhere hot and will be doing lots of swimming, I cannot recommend the Seedling Paddle Pants reusable swim nappies. So good and will last you for years.
Nappies, wipes, nappy disposal bags (either scented or freezer bags), change pad liner – Stock up on your fave brand. Unless you are remote, there is Huggies everywhere if you forget or don’t want to bring with you. Again what you would normally use plus a few extra. I prefer material ones for the everyday so easy to wash.
Food and Water – depending on where you are going, you may need to use only bottled water for drinking and sterilising baby products. If you are going to tropical, less developed nations then bring your solids with you – prepacked squeezy packs. Especially for younger babies. With water be careful in baths, pools and showers that baby doesn’t get water in his/her mouth when washing.
Sunscreen - and some good soothing cream just in case. I personally love Wot Not sunscreen.
Keeping clean -Get a gently hand sanitiser for the bag. But I always have wipes with me – you can quickly clean hands, face, surfaces with your usual baby wipes.
Sterlising - As I didn’t have a lot of milk, I had bottles for feeding. You can use Milton tablets to sterilise or if you have access to a microwave while you are away, I used the Cherub Baby microwave steriliser bags (with bottled water). So easy. Great for dummies, small toys, bottles, teets, spoons, etc..
Mozzie repellent if you are going somewhere tropical and avoid dark coloured clothes and prams etc. Check with your GP about any medical recommendations. Also check https://smartraveller.gov.au
Sleeping – my kids have luckily never had issues dropping into a bed and sleeping while we have been away. They get so tired – its brilliant. But not everyone has the same experience. If you think there is a chance of discomfort, then grab a cot sheet from home that they are used to sleeping on and get lavender sleep balm.
Baby Panadol/Baby Nurafen – I never travel without it. I usually don’t need it but it easier to take with you rather than be searching for it at 10pm in a strange country. As with any medicine make sure you check the country restrictions. I also pack a mini first aid kit of sorts – some sterile eye wash water, bandaids, betadine antiseptic ointment and tea tree oil.