Toddlers are messy. There is no lie to that. Travelling with your bundle of joy is unlimited fun, but the amount of extra baggage you carry is often a hassle. If you are a frequent traveler, you might overlook few things here and there, but with a baby alongside, suddenly, every little thing becomes important.
It is human nature to forget things if they are not a habit you formed. Keeping a checklist comes in handy in situations like these. Here is a list of 10 things to not forget while travelling with a baby.
1. Wet Wipes, Sanitizer, Medications
Precaution is better than cure.
Taking the current situation in mind, you might already carry an entire bottle of sanitiser with you. As mentioned earlier, toddlers are messy, so having sanitiser and wet wipes by your side is vital.
Never leave your house without taking your baby’s proper medicines with you. Always carry essential fever medicines as well.
2. Reusable Diapers
Cloth diapers are not only comfortable but also environmental-friendly. Apart from this, they are better at containing poop for a longer time than disposable diapers.
If you are travelling by flight or car for a longer duration, running back and forth into the washroom is not ideal. Here, they are more convenient and practical.
An additional benefit of these diapers is that they are made of breathable material. Say bye-bye to rashes and itchiness because these cloth diapers are gentle on your baby’s delicate skin.
Unlike adults, babies need at least two-three extra pairs of clothing for one day. Remember, toilet accidents happen, so be prepared for it.
Keep a pair of socks, booties, underwear, shirts, onesies, everything with you so even your baby can travel in style.
Cleanliness can be a significant issue when travelling with toddlers. Spilling food is normal for babies.
Having a towel or handkerchief with you will help you avoid the extreme mess.
If you use disposable diapers by now, you might have experienced the infamous diaper accidents at least once.
Carrying disposable wet and dry bags for throwing away dirty diapers or dirty wipes will make your life much easier.
Holding your baby in your arms and carrying them around is a tiring job. What if the restaurant is out of toddler seats?
A baby carrier is the most convenient way of keeping your baby in your arms without actually getting your arms worked up.
You can sit comfortably while having your baby latched to your chest safely. You can travel anywhere along with your baby without getting exhausted.
The multipurpose use of blankets goes unnoticed.
From laying your baby on it to protecting him from sunlight and wind, what is it that a blanket cannot do?
Bottled formula or your breast milk, pumping it into a bottle and carrying it with you is always an excellent choice.
Babies are unpredictable. You can never be ready for what they will demand. Having a spare bottle with you prepares you for unprecedented situations.
The chances of your baby getting bored during the long hours of travel are pretty high. You might be quick enough to take a power nap, but your baby is bound to get bored faster than you can blink your eyes.
Having their favorite toys by their side is the best-known way of keeping them busy and distracted.
Getting bitten by mosquitoes and getting sick because of that is the last thing you want.
Make sure you have creams, gels, and even mosquito nets to keep your baby safe and smiling throughout the journey.
Travelling with a baby is a lot of work, but apart from that, it is a lot of fun. There is no sure-shot formula to keep in mind while travelling.
You can never beat your baby’s demands. It is a slow process, and eventually, you will learn as you travel more with your toddler alongside.
Hygiene should never be compromised, and if you take good care of this, you will have a wonderful time with your baby.
Neha Divan, a toddler-mom, works as part of the content team at SuperBottoms, a baby product brand that develops innovative and sustainable products, like the No.1 best-selling reusable cloth diaper in India. She is passionate about empowering parents with her content to help make parenting a little easier and a lot more fun. She often writes from the first-hand experience and has a knack for presenting her ideas clearly which lets her readers connect with her content. Art & craft are her things and she also loves coming up with fun and healthy recipes for kids.