Parents of newborns find traveling with their little ones a major inconvenience and that is why they need a newborn checklist. This is not surprising, because a baby’s affairs can be so overwhelming. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for parents like you to pack their baby’s belongings, given the so many clothes, diapers, bottles and wipes newborns need? But there are times when traveling with a baby simply cannot be avoided. You can minimize the chance of forgetting an important item by keeping a newborn travel checklist. Likewise, you can ensure a more comfortable trip for your little one if you bring the right travel equipment.
But before packing your baby’s things, protect your essentials first. Bring cash or credit, debit, and ATM cards – you don’t want to be caught off guard on the trip. Do not forget your passports or if you are driving, your driver’s license. The same goes for your health and travel insurance documents and your plane tickets. Keep your address or phone book, as well as hotel or car reservation numbers.
Pack plenty of clothes because you don’t want to be surprised when you need a pair or two on the road. Assign two to three outfits per day, plus an extra. Bring a sweater or jacket to warm your baby up when you go to a cooler climate.
How many diapers should you bring? In order to have enough for the entire trip, allocate a diaper for every hour you spend on the road. You can also bring more in case your flight is delayed.
Bring disposable changing pads that you can put under your newborn during diaper changes. You can buy them in supermarkets and baby stores. Diaper rash can appear at any time during the trip, so you should have a small tube of diaper rash ointment.
Bring some blankets and you will find them very handy for covering your baby or protecting your clothes from burping. Baby wipes not only help you clean baby buttocks, but also clean face, hands and even spills. You can opt for disposable bibs instead of wearing totally dirty ones. Also include travel cloth diapers that can be used as burp clothes to clean up spills in your newborn checklist.
Hungry babies can add to the inconvenience down the road. Imagine how difficult it would be to appease a hungry newborn baby during a flight. So bring enough infant formula for unforeseen delays. If you are breastfeeding your baby, make sure you have enough snacks and bottled water.
Bring enough bottles to last during the trip. Also, don’t forget the bottle brush and a travel-size dish soap you’ll need in case you need to clean bottles on the road.
Bring several sealable bags that you can use to throw away dirty diapers or to hold dirty clothes. After changing baby’s diapers, you might have difficulty finding a sink where you can wash your hands. Bringing travel-size hand sanitizer should keep your hands clean after the diaper change.
Bring medicine for fever and colds in case your baby suddenly experiences an increase in body temperature. If you are traveling by plane, make sure these medications are in your carry-on luggage or diaper bag. Make sure that the spoon or dropper for each medicine is also in the bag. A thermometer should also be brought so that you know its temperature in case your newborn baby gets sick.
Keep your little one groomed at all times by bringing toiletries like a brush, shampoo, soap, and nail clippers.
It is easier to carry your baby if you have a sling or a front baby carrier. You should find this handy if you are in crowded areas like airports. If you are traveling by car, don’t forget the car seat and the car seat pillow to support your baby’s head during the entire trip. A foldable stroller is also a necessity, something that can be stowed in the top bin.
To avoid missing important items, start packing a few days before you hit the road. Cross off the list of things you packed. Pack your baby’s outfits in separate bags to save you the hassle of finding smaller items like socks.
Don’t forget to bring your camera as well as the battery charger and a spare memory card. Your newborn travel checklist should also include age-appropriate toys like rattles, soft animals, plastic keys, and soft animals.