Travelling during the holidays can be a challenge, and that’s even without an infant in tow! Once you add a baby or toddler in the mix you’ve got the perfect recipe for good family bonding - as well as the not-so-good potential for chaos. The best way to approach festive travels is with full preparation - and we’re here to help! Whether a simple day trip to visit family or a longer spell abroad, use the following checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you need to keep your little one happy and healthy on the go, so you can relax and enjoy your time off, too!
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Whatever transport you use to get to your holiday destination, make sure that the following are packed and easily accessible and avoid rooting around in your luggage with a cranky baby by your side:
- Baby passport, vaccine certificates, and travel documents
- A first aid kit and medications
- Car seat and car seat cover
- Blankets and clothing layers for different temperatures
- Changing bag with essentials: nappies, wipes, muslin cloths, spare clothes (for baby and parent!)
- Your child’s favourite teether
- Your child’s favourite toy
- Ziplock bag with small activity games
- Snacks and bottled milk
Take Their Teethers
Teethers are a good solution when looking for something to capture your baby’s attention and keep them soothed! Sucking and gnawing on a teether also helps to regulate the pressure changes that come with being in a pressurised cabin, which can be extra uncomfortable for sensitive little ears. Browse our range of teethers to find the right fit for your baby!
A solid sleep routine can be difficult to perfectly maintain when away from home, but bringing your own bedtime toolkit along can help your baby to recognise the cues that, although the environment is different, the bedtime routine stays the same!
- Night light
- Bedtime books
- Your child’s favourite blanket or plush
Make a Meal of it
Being in new places gives rise to plenty of opportunities to try a wide variety of new flavours and textures in food, especially if your infant is in their weaning or solid food stages! Make sure to bring along your child-safe dinnerware and cutlery so that you don’t get caught out using ceramic crockery meant for adults (or those generally less likely to accidentally swipe or smash them) and anything you might need to create an easy meal for your little one on the go!
- Milk supplies
- Beakers and bottles
- Sterilising equipment
- Easy grip spoons and cutlery
- Anti-slip bowls (use these anywhere to minimise eating mess!)
- Section plates (so that your child can try multiple new foods at once!)
Now the only things you have left to remember are any gifts you’re bringing along, as well as your own belongings. Safe travels everyone!