So, bubs is finally old enough to properly get out and about, and you decide to celebrate with a trip to visit your family. That’s great! The early years of a child’s life are the most important when it comes to forming familial relationships and understanding the world around them, so exposing them to new situations is a great way to boost development. What you don’t want to do, however, is set off unprepared. So, before you jump in the car, make sure you’ve got these essentials in your baby bag.
Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash is never fun, but it will be even more uncomfortable for bubs (and you) if it occurs in an unfamiliar location. To avoid possible disasters, it’s always a good idea to have the best nappy rash cream on hand so bubs can get the relief they’ll be craving. This is even more essential when traveling as your little one is likely already experiencing discomfort. As a bonus, diaper rash cream can be used for your travel woes too, working wonderfully for bug bites, mild burns, chapped lips, and even as a stand-in for sunscreen or deodorant!
Three to Five Extra Outfits
Work out how many outfit changes you think bubs will need during your adventure and then throw in an extra three to five sets. Most parents will add extra clothing to their baby bag anyway, but since you’re heading a decent distance from your home base, it’s a good idea to pack extra extras just to be safe!
Diapers that are a Size Up From Your Regular
This one may seem odd, but as you know, babies grow fast. You’ll still want to ensure you have a sufficient supply of diapers in your baby’s current sizing, but if you’re heading away for a substantial amount of time, it’s a good idea to have the next size up easily at your disposal. That way, you won’t have to rush to the shops if your little one gets a bit too big to be comfortable in what they’re in at the moment.
Babies spend a lot of time in blankets. They can be used to keep bubs warm, cover while breastfeeding, and to protect yourself from upchucks, but they’re also a useful hygiene tool. If you’re going to be out and about, laying down a clean blanket before letting bubs sit or play anywhere can be a lifesaver. Even heading out to the backyard can pose a danger to babies with allergies in an unfamiliar environment, so make sure to bring more blankets than you think you’ll need.
A Change Mat
Most parents have proper change tables in their homes, but they’re not really the kind of thing you want to be packing up and lugging around with you. Instead, invest in a change mat. Having a changing mat will save your blanket stash for other uses while providing far better protection at a time when your baby is arguably at its most vulnerable. Plus they’re far simpler to clean, leaving you more time to enjoy yourself – you are on holiday after all.
In the rush to ensure bubs has enough of all the basics, it can be easy to forget these slightly less in your face requirements – until you’ve already left and you need them, that is! Making sure you’ve got these four essentials packed when traveling with your little bundle of joy will make the holiday more fun for everyone.