Packing everything you need in a suitcase or diaper bag is a form of art. While you may know what you need to take with you whenever you leave the house to run errands or make drop-offs, there are some special considerations for traveling. Bring these essential items with you.
Comfortable clothing - Traveling is new for your little ones, so make sure to bring them something comfortable and warm for the trip. The Zippy OneZ baby one piece is the perfect addition to any diaper bag because it's cozy and makes for easy diaper changes.
Hand Sanitizer – Little kids are germ magnets. If you think they pick things off the floor a lot at home, wait until see them in a busy airport or bus terminal. Bring a large bottle for the trip and apply liberally.
Diaper Cream – This is a pretty standard item, just make sure you have enough for the journey. Those bottles can be small, so pack a few.
Wipes – Wipes are handy for traveling because they can be used to clean up non-diaper related messes, like sticky hands after eating at a restaurant.
Diapers – Makes sense, right? Bring plenty of diapers. Even if you haul some back home, it’s better safe than sorry. If you’re taking a day or overnight trip, bring one diaper for every hour you’re away from home. If you are traveling for an extended stay, consider shipping a full box to your destination or buying some when you arrive, but be sure to pack plenty for the ride.
Sunscreen – It’s important that you protect delicate little skin from the sun, especially if you plan to spend a good amount of time in it. Throughout your vacation, take your sunscreen even if you decide not to bring the whole diaper bag. Also, pack a little hat or cap to protect sensitive scalp skin.
Blanket – A swaddle blanket can perform many jobs, making it perfect for traveling. It can be used as an impromptu play mat, a nursing cover, sun shade, bib, burp cloth, and even a changing pad (if your diaper bag doesn’t have one). If you have the room in your bag, bring a full-sized play mat.
Toys, Teethers, or Pacifiers – Traveling means you will either spend lots of time in a public space (like an airplane or bus) or a crowded space (like your car) and you will not want to deal with a cranky baby. Attach a pacifier holder to the car seat or carrier so you aren’t constantly chasing pacifiers in busy places. Make sure you have plenty of items that quickly calm your child down.
Sling or Wrap – Depending on your adventure, you may want to include a sling or wrap for carrying your baby. If you will only be out for a short while or you’re going somewhere the stroller can’t, an extra device to save your arms will help.
Spare Clothes – Accidents happen. You can’t avoid them. You’ll probably have baby’s clothes packed in a suitcase, but toss an extra set in the diaper bag for your car ride or flight.
Nursing Pillow – Feedings don’t stop just because you are taking a journey! You might not be able to fit in your diaper bag, but it’s a good thing to make room for. A quality nursing pillow will save you a lot of hassle by making you more comfortable and affording you the privacy to nurse in public.
First Aid – Bring a basic first aid kit with the essentials: band aids, gauze, Neosporin, burn ointment, and simple medications like Tylenol, Advil, etc. Fill out an index card with all of your emergency information, such as your family’s medical needs, the numbers of health care providers, and any allergies or medications.
Guest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow
San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.
After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation's leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It's wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”
San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.
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