If your bag doesn’t have a compact changing mat, buy a travel version or disposable ones. . If you’re going to Europe, nappy sizes are the same as in the UK, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding suitable ones.
There’s no need to take all your equipment away with you – a favourite toy and a fold-away or inflatable baby bath will do the job. It’s wise to pack baby-friendly toiletries as you may not be able to find the ones you normally use. If a bath is part of your bedtime routine, try to stick to it – but don’t worry if things change while you’re away, just enjoy it. Your little one will soon slot back into her normal routine once you’re home.
A travel cost is a must for overnight stays. All models fold down for storage and come with a carry case and handle. Many hotels and holiday cottages provide cots, so check before you go. Baby sleeping bags save on bedding and are ideal for travel. They’re available in a range of weights, so buy a light one if your going somewhere warm. And think about packing a portable safety gate if you’re staying in a holiday house or cottage.
Useful tips for trouble-free travel
- Pack twice the amount of clothes you think your baby will need – to cope with any leaks or travel sickness.
- If you’re going on a long motorway journey, try to plan to travel at your baby’s nap time and allow for feeding stops.
- Allow longer for your journey and build unscheduled stops into your itinerary. Make sure you’ve got time to cope with any additional feeds and nappy changes.
- If your baby has a comforter or uses a soother, take it with you and pack a spare one in case you lose it en route!
- You don’t need to take all the toys you use to entertain your baby at home. When you’re on holiday, she’ll be stimulated by the change of scene, pace and family all being together.
Travel Medicine Cabinet
When you travel with your little one it’s best to travel with a few medical essentials, especially if you’re heading overseas. Don’t leave home without:
- Your baby’s red book – essential if you have to call a doctor or take your baby to hospital
- Liquid paracetamol such as calpol. Calpol do sachets which you can buy from Boots.
- Teething gel, such as calgel
- antiseptic wipes – ideal for cuts and for quickly sanitising a changing mat
- Antiseptic barrier cream such as sudocrem – soothes everything from nappy rash, insect bites to eczema and heat rash. Bounty’s free family packs have trial pots which are perfect for traveling with
If you’re going abroad, take enough formula for the duration of your trip (you can’t guarantee you’ll be able to buy the one you use). For the journey, take ready-mixed cartons of formula. If you’re flying, check the restrictions on carrying baby forumla/liquids in the Air Travel Section of www.direct.gov.uk. If you don’t have a travel steriliser, you can get microwave of cold water ones.
- Mothercare microwave and cold water steriliser – £4.99
- Mothercare travel bottle and food warmer – £9.99
- Tommee Tippee single bottle microwave and cold water steriliser £9.99
From around three to six months your baby can recline in a lightweight stroller that folds down more compactly than a traditional pushchair. A large basket is handy for travel, too. For short hops and city breaks, you may find a baby carrier or sling useful, leaving your hands-free.
You’ll need for traveling – Babies 0-6 months
- A travel cot
- Sleeping bag or sheets and blankets
- baby monitor may be useful
- pushchair, parasol and raincover
- baby carrier/sling
- sun blinds
- travel changing mat – pampers do disposable changing mat’s – not very ethically minded but very helpful!
- plenty of clothes
- travel toys
- enough nappies and wipes for a few days
- breast pump, if expressing
- travel steriliser, bottles, formula and insulated bottle bag (if bottlefeeding)
- medical essentials (see above)
- travel wash
Baby Led Weaning (BLW) means letting your baby feed themselves (also known as self-feed) from the start by offering foods that your baby can manage – mainly finger foods. There’s no need for baby food, purees or baby rice. If you want to try:
- Start of with pieces of everyday food that fit their hand – a largish chip-size piece is a good shape to grip
- For first foods, steam carrots or sweet potato, cut up broccoli or cauliflower, make toast fingers or cut bits of banana
- With BLW forget about the idea of three meals – it’s not about amount, it’s about taste
- If your baby gags, don’t panic, it’s simply a baby’s natural reflex to stop them from choking on food they can’t swallow