If you have a beautiful newborn baby, then you are also likely to have a little nursery for them with all the essentials – the wraps, the nappies, wipes, pram, bottles, bottle warmers, and the list goes on. But keep a hold of that list, because you will need to bring along almost everything in that little nursery whenever you venture outside. Considering the size of a baby, they require more than their fair share of luggage. Forgetting something on that list might be the difference between having an enjoyable outing and a horrible day full of screaming and tears.
If you have more than one little traveller, then you will of course be on the look-out for twin prams. There is a huge range of prams out there on the market ranging in price. Generally speaking, it’s worth investing the extra money in a good pram to give you both a more enjoyable ride. A dodgy pram can also end up being dangerous, like when boarding trains etc. You will have it for a few years at least, using it almost every day, so get a good pram you can both enjoy.
Be sure to have a variety of blankets with you. If the wind picks up or the sun clouds over, it’s important to have a nice blanket ready to go (and a spare in case that one gets covered in vomit). In a perfect world, all babies would come with their own personal pack mule, but the world is far from perfect so be sure to get a pram with a good-sized undercarriage.
Change of Clothes
Speaking of vomit, babies love to vomit, and they never miss a chance to go for it while being held. So another few additions to the list include a few changes of clothes for the baby (luckily their outfits are small), and a change of shirt for yourself. Those blankets you packed will also come in handy as replacement bed linen if the baby spews while inside their pram.
If you are breastfeeding, then you have this one covered and it’s one less thing to pack. However, if your baby is on formula, then bringing two bottles ready to go in an insulated carrier (so they stay warm) is a must. The last thing you want is for your baby to be screaming for milk and to have run out when you are halfway home.
Nappies and Wipes
Both can be easily forgot in the rush of getting out the door. Bring surplus nappies, as it’s always bette r to have too many than a stinky or uncomfortable, and therefore crying, baby. Wipes work brilliantly in cleaning a baby, but most are damaging to the environment and contain chemicals that might not be the best for a baby’s skin, so use them sparingly. A small wet face washer is effective for wiping your baby down after a number one, but you will probably want to use disposable wipes in the event of a number two.
New born babies are pretty good at entertaining themselves, but it helps to have a few distracting chewable toys to keep them happy. It’s also nice to have a special soft toy for your baby, and to take it with you when you go on outings, so that your baby always has their special little friend with them to make them feel safe and secure in foreign places.
Speaking of entertainment – one of the best forms of free (or perhaps with food and board included) entertainment is relatives. Bringing your new little baby’s grandparents along for the trip can really give you a chance at a real holiday. Hopefully, they love every minute they can get with their new grandchild. So, if you can stand your in-laws or extended family, then bring them along for more fun for the whole family.
Learn to pack light when you travel, because carrying all of your baby’s gear could land you at the chiropractors. But your little one will appreciate it. One day.
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