Taking a family holiday for the first time with a new baby is both an exciting and daunting possibility for parents. It’s lovely to get away, have a change of scenery, and make some memories with the little one. However, the prospect of a long journey, a change in routine and the process of packing all those baby essentials can seem a little overwhelming. Let’s take a look at what you need to pack for a baby holiday to help make your preparations a little less stressful.
Start with the essentials
First things first, consider the basic travel and baby essentials that you’ll need for the trip. You’ll need your travel documents such as passports, tickets and booking confirmations. If you’re travelling by car you’ll need your baby car seat and perhaps a window shade, particularly for very long car journeys. A pram is essential, and you might also want to bring a baby carrier. A blanket will come in handy in case baby gets chilly. Don’t forget your changing bag with the usual essentials, and a travel potty if your little one is potty training. You’ll need a first aid kit in case of any accidents, and be sure to include any medication that your baby takes.
Prepare for overnight stays
Be sure to check what’s available at your accommodation before you travel. Some hotels and self-catering accommodation will provide a cot, while others may require you to bring your own travel cot. You’ll probably want to bring your own cot bedding as well as baby’s nightwear, and don’t forget to pack plenty of spares in case of unexpected accidents. Consider what your baby will need to feel soothed and safe, particularly in a new environment, such as dummies or a night light.
Pack your toiletries bag
In the realm of toiletries, the baby essentials to pack include body wash, shampoo, moisturiser, talc, nappy rash cream, hairbrush, and toothbrushes and toothpaste if your baby is teething. There might be lots of additional toiletries to pack if you’ll be taking your holiday in a hot location. This includes sun cream, after-sun lotion and insect repellent.
Food and drink supplies
If your baby is breastfeeding or formula feeding, make sure you have plenty of milk supplies, spare beakers or bottles, sterilising equipment, and things like a bottle warmer and breast pump if you use them. If baby eats some solid food, you might want to pack jars or pouches of food. You’ll also need plenty of bibs, particularly if you plan to be out and about all day and don’t want to have to worry about changing babies clothing if things get messy at mealtimes.
Holiday clothing to consider
When choosing which baby clothes to pack you should consider the climate of your destination. For hot and sunny holidays you’ll need sun hats and sunglasses to protect baby’s skin and eyes. You’ll need light, cool clothes for the daytime, but you might want to have extra layers available if the temperature gets very cool at night. If you’ll be swimming, a swimsuit that provides UVA protection can be really helpful for protecting baby’s delicate skin. You might also find a parasol handy for baby’s pram to keep them safely in the shade when you’re out and about during the day.
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