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, as a baby’s stuff can be so overwhelming. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for parents like you to pack their baby’s things, given the sheer number of clothes, diapers, bottles and wipes that newborns need? But there are times when traveling with a baby just cannot be avoided. You can minimize the chances of forgetting an important item by keeping a newborn checklist for traveling. Likewise, you can ensure a more comfortable travel for your little one if you bring the right pieces of travel gear.
But before packing your baby’s things, secure your essentials first. Bring cash, or credit, debit and ATM cards- you don’t want to get caught penniless during the trip. Don’t forget your passports or if driving, your driver’s license. The same goes for your health and travel insurance documents and airplane tickets. Keep your address or phone book, as well as hotel or car reservation numbers.
Pack a lot of clothes as you don’t want to be caught needing a pair or two on the road. Allot two to three outfits per day, plus an extra. Bring a sweater or jacket to warm your baby when you are going to a cooler climate.
How many diapers do you need to bring? In order to have enough during the entire travel, allocate a diaper for each hour that you’ll be on the road. You could also bring more in case your flight gets delayed.
Bring disposable changing pads that you can put under your newborn during diaper changes. You can buy these at supermarkets and baby stores. Diaper rash can appear anytime during the trip so you need to have a small tube of diaper rash ointment.
Bring a few blankets as well as you’ll find these handy when covering your baby or protecting your clothes from burps. Baby wipes not only help you clean baby bottoms but also clean the face, hands and even spills. You may opt for disposable bibs instead of carrying totally dirty ones. Also include in your newborn checklist for travel cloth diapers that can serve as burp clothes for cleaning spills.
Hungry babies can add up to the inconvenience on the road. Imagine how difficult it would be to appease a hungry newborn while on a flight. So bring enough formula milk that would last through unexpected delays. If you are breastfeeding your infant, make sure you have enough snacks and bottled water.
Bring enough bottles to last during the trip. Don’t forget too, the bottle brush and a travel size dish soap which you’ll need in case you have to clean bottles on the road.
Bring several sealable bags that you can use in disposing of dirty diapers or holding soiled clothes. After changing baby’s diapers, you may have difficulties finding a sink where you can clean your hands. Bringing a travel-sized hand sanitizer should keep your hands clean after diaper changes.
Bring medicines for fever and cold in case your baby suddenly experiences a rise in body temperature. If you are traveling by plane, make sure these medications are in your carry on or diaper bag. Be certain that the spoon or dropper for each medicine is also in the bag. A thermometer should also be brought so you will know his temperature in case your newborn gets sick.
Keep your little one groomed all the time by bring toiletries like brush, shampoo, soap and nail clippers.
Carrying your infant is easier if you have a sling or front 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 car seat pillow to support your baby’s head during the entire trip. A collapsible stroller is also a necessity, something that can be stored in the overhead bin.
To avoid missing out on important items, start packing a few days before you hit the road. Cross out from the list the things you have packed. Pack your baby’s outfits in separate bags to spare you from the hassle of hunting around for smaller items like socks.
Don’t forget to bring your camera as well as battery charger and spare memory card. Your newborn checklist for traveling should also include age-appropriate toys like rattles, soft animals, plastic keys and soft animals.