Travelling with a baby is like moving an army! Whether you are going away for a weekend, a week, to a strange place, or to friends and relatives, it’s all the same (more or less) when it comes to taking a baby with you! We have been to stay with friends and relatives, and even managed a weekend away in the Forest of Dean, but this summer we braved a week long trip to France with our 10 month old little bundle of fun!! I had learnt a few things from previous trips, but it was a little trickier as I was not 100% sure what we could get from where in France if we forgot it! So, I pass on my top ten tips of things to take when you are travelling with a small!
- Familiar cot or cot bedding – we are still co-sleeping, so took our Chicco Next to Me, which we love, and is so easy to move! It didn’t take up too much space in the boot, and meant that the little man had something familiar. If you don’t need to take a cot, then familiar bedding means it smells like home and can make baby feel safe.
- A stroller – we have a lovely Cosatto Travel System (so, bright and pretty – it features on my Instagram page a bit!) but it was just too big to get in the boot along with everything else. We took the plunge and got a stroller that would fold down smaller and was easier to fit in the boot of the car. We went with a Silver Cross Pop stroller, and it was fabulous and easy to use.
- Medicine (and thermometer) – remember to take things like Calpol, Ibuprofen and Piriton. Despite the little man being absolutely fine when we left home, and on the ferry (mummy was seriously not so fine!!) on our second day there he had a slight temperature, was snotty and not very happy! Calpol was needed! Piriton was useful to have because of the itchy (oh so very itchy) mosquito bites!! (Again, mummy was worse off, but the little man did get bitten!) It’s useful to have these medicines to hand!
- Nappy rash cream – nappy rash can strike at anytime and it is important to keep on top of it, I tend to keep a tube of Sudocrem Care and Protect in my changing bag! It’s so easy to use, gentle on the skin and helps clear up any rashes quickly. The tube is a great size to keep in your changing bag so it’s easily reached in an emergency! When you are travelling nappy rash cream is an absolute must!
- Teething gel! – oh teething gel! I forgot teething gel, what a mistake!! Fortunately my sister was travelling a day later, so I asked her to bring some!! Was an absolute must! You never know when those pesky teeth are going to cause problems!!
- Bathroom items – it’s pretty easy to remember to take the wash items, but sponges, bath toys and most importantly the bath thermometer are items that are easily left behind! Again it’s about keeping familiar things and routines around for little ones, to make your life as easy as possible! I also took a bath towel with a hood, one we always use at home!
- Box of toys – This was just so much easier to transport!! We have a box of toys in the living room, that occasionally get tidied back into it! There are lots of his favourite toys in it and a mixture of textures (wood, plastic, material) which he really enjoys. We use the Drona box from ikea, which fitted perfectly in the foot well of the car behind the carseat. This meant, not only did we have toys to play with when we were there, but I had plenty of toys to entertain him whilst we waited in very long queues to get on and off the ferry!! Perfect!
- DVDs – We haven’t yet upgraded to having a DVD player in the car (although, I think it is in our future!!) but we did want to take some favourite shows as an extra, sort of an ‘in case of emergency’ item! Of course my little man’s absolute favourite show, by a massive stretch, is Hey Duggee so we made sure to have some DVDs with us!
- Favourite stories – We find stories calming in our house, and often use them in the bedtime ‘routine’. We have a few books he loves – Usborne’s “That’s Not My…” books are a firm favourite! Also, some lift the flat books are very much loved!
- Washing powders – Even if you think you have packed enough clothes, clothes for every weather and loads of bibs, chances are your baby will catch you out by making more of a mess than normal! It is worth checking if there is a washing machine/tumble dryer so you can wash them whilst you’re away! If not, washing in the sink will certainly do!! I did one wash load mid-week and still had another full wash by the end of the week! How do they make so much mess?!
Have you been away with a little one? What would you have on your list? Have I missed anything you thought was essential?
Disclosure: I was sent Sudocrem Care & Protect free of charge but all thoughts and opinions are my own.