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Being a travel enthusiast, any plans of a vacation used to fill me with thrill and excitement, until I became a mother. My son was three months old when my husband told me his plan of a family vacation with the three of us for the very first time. I got very excited at first, but then the idea of travelling with my three month old totally freaked me out! I had no prior experience of travelling with a kid, and hence had no idea of what to take, how much to take, etc.
However, we did plan and pack everything according to the baby’s needs, and the trip was smooth and great! Here is my experience in terms of Dos and Don’ts while travelling with a baby, and some important things to keep in mind are:
- Travel light. This is extremely important, as you will have a baby to carry as well.
- Plan a short trip. As you are travelling with your baby for the very first time, keep your trip short to get a hang of travelling with a baby, before planning a longer trip.
- Keep few stays. Don’t plan frequent hotel changes. Plan an itinerary with fewer destinations.
- Do read about the weather conditions of the place you are planning to go to.
- Extra clothes. Let’s accept that babies’ clothes get soiled frequently, be it because of pee, poop or vomit! Pack a few extra pairs. I recommend carrying clothes that can all be paired with each other, so you won’t have to carry a lot.
- Baby food. Whether or not your baby is on exclusive breastfeeding, it is always advisable to carry formula milk powder. There’s no harm in being prepared for an unforeseen situation, right?
- Feeding bottles/utensils, like hot water flasks, hot cases (if your baby has started solids) nibblers, teethers and so on, depending on your preference!
- Soft baby blanket. It can be used for both covering or spreading, while putting your baby to sleep.
- Swaddle wraps, one or two.
- Diapers. There’s no need to carry diapers for the entire duration of the trip, as they are easily available almost everywhere. Pack diapers for the first 2 – 3 days at most.
- Mosquito patch. This is a must to keep your baby safe from mosquitoes.
- Basic toiletries. Don’t carry big bottles. It’s better to use small, travel-friendly bottles.
- Baby wipes. This is another must, looking at how handy it comes in times of need!
- Wash clothes and bibs. Carry a good number of these, because they get soiled very frequently, and take up very less space!
- Plastic pouches and newspapers. These are handy to wrap dirty diapers and other trash.
- Baby bag with minimum stuff, just enough for the journey. Use a backpack preferably, as it’s super comfortable to carry as compared to a shoulder bag.
- Baby carrier/ stroller. I recommend a baby carrier, as a stroller adds to the luggage. A carrier allows you to just tie your baby around your body, and you are good to go!
- Medicines. Whether or not your baby is currently on any medication, it is always advised to carry medicines which have been prescribed earlier, or any general medicine which might be needed for cold, cough, fever, allergy etc.
- Toys. Except for any toy that your baby is really attached to, there is no need to carry any rattle or other toys (because, hey, we all know that kids don’t enjoy playing with toys as much as they enjoy playing with empty bottles/containers!)
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