It used to be so simple to go away for a couple of nights – stick some clothes and a toothbrush in a bag and head out the door. Not any more. Here’s my essential packing guide for a weekend away with baby (I’m talking in England where it’s usually/always cold-ish!)
For me I pack the clothes I think I’m going to need for baby – and then pack a whole load more! Sick, poop, dribble… just a few reasons I know of for a change of baby’s outfit; and you can guarantee that if you’re on your last outfit, baby WILL create a lovely poop patch to let everyone know about it. Included under ‘clothes’ are bibs, coats, socks, shoes, hats…
Obvious but again take way more than you think you’ll need. Let’s face it, you’ll use them. And baby wipes – nightmare if you leave them at home – trust me!
As a breastfeeding mummy I always make sure I pack the microwavable sterilising kit, bottles, electric breast pump, a cool bag and freezer blocks (if taking pre-expressed/frozen milk). If you’ve weaned (we haven’t yet), then snacks, baby’s cutlery and any baby food you might need en-route (I’m guessing!) I also always take my nursing pillow – comfort is essential after all.
I use the term loosely but here I’m thinking about those day-to-day things that help keep baby happy: skin creams/oils, teething gel/rings, liquid paracetamol, nasal aspirators, dummies etc. Who wants to spend their holiday time running around an unfamiliar town for all those little bits and bobs that you’ve got sat in a cupboard at home?
You’ll probably what to keep baby’s sleep routine similar whilst away (although that’s not always possible) so take whatever you usually use… We always take our plug-in night light as I find it helps to create a familiar atmosphere for baby’s sleep. A certain teddy or bedtime story can also help create a sense of home and familiarity for baby.
Depending on where you’re staying, (and if you can get baby to sleep in it!) you’ll need a travel cot and bedding. My baby sleeps in a ‘grow-bag’ style sleeping bag, with a baby-grow for pyjamas.
And again, depending on your choice of accommodation, you could take a sleep monitor.
You might feel like tipping the whole toy box into the car – especially if your baby has a 5 second attention span like mine – but a small range of toys, rattles and teddies can all help to keep baby entertained when travelling as well as during the trip.
Getting out and about
Oh and don’t forget the car seat, pushchair, rain cover, baby carrier/sling…
Quick tick list:
- Clothes, clothes and more clothes including:
- sterilising kit
- electric pump
- cool box/freezer blocks
- nursing pillow
- skin cream/oil
- liquid paracetamol
- teething gel/ring
- nasal aspirator
- travel cot
- baby sleeping bag
- night light
- Bedtime teddy/story
- Sleep monitor
- a select number of toys
- car seat
- pushchair plus accesseries
- baby carrier/sling
Once it’s all packed, you’re in the car and on the way, there’s nothing left to do but sit back, relax and enjoy yourselves.