Whether this is your baby’s first sleepover at grandma’s house or the first time traveling with you, overnight trips can seem overwhelming with a baby. But it doesn’t have to be.
The trick is to pack everything your baby will need. Sounds simple, right? Sometimes it helps to pack a week in advance so that whenever you think of something, you can throw it in their bag and then organize it the night before. If this is your first time packing, here are a few tips to help you remember all of your baby’s essentials.
Having multiples of everything is always helpful because some things you use daily and won’t be able to pack. Buy items such as extra bottles, an extra pack of formula if you’re not breastfeeding, an extra pack of wipes, bathing products, bottlebrush even down to the same lovey makes packing quicker and more efficient.
Loveys, such as the Jellycat bunny from The Natural Baby Company, are affordable so that you can have two — one to keep at home and another to take with you wherever you go. Be sure that when it comes to the lovey, whether it be a blankey or plush toy, that it has the same smell and texture. Part of the reason babies get attached to loveys is that either the smell or the touch soothes them. You don’t want them to be able to tell the difference.
Pack outfits for each day that you plan on being away with your baby. Then, add an extra outfit or two for each day. Take into account that you will have blowouts or unforeseen accidents and you don’t want to be strapped for clothes on your trip. Packing comfortable clothes for your baby such as Zipease baby rompers will keep them comfy on their trip. And as long as your baby is the most comfortable, you’ll be able to have a more enjoyable trip.
You never know when you’ll need an infant nail clipper, baby ibuprofen, teething cream, or a thermometer. Any items that you anticipate using on your baby’s trip should be packed. It’s better to be safe than sorry. A baby monitor should also be included with these items if you plan on your baby sleeping in a different room. This comes in handy when you’re visiting family that you plan on staying with, such as in-laws and they have a room set aside as a nursery for the baby. Some grandparents will already have a monitor, but just in case, packing a baby monitor will be one less thing to worry about.
It’s okay to be overly prepared by overpacking. Especially if this is your baby’s first trip. . Remember to give yourself plenty of time to think about everything your baby will need and even make a packing list. And if you forget something, it’s not the worst thing. You can find a store that carries something for you to purchase.