Tips for travelling with a Newborn
What do I need to pack or hire for my baby when we’re going away?
- If you are booking a holiday and your baby usually sleeps in a cot, do ask for one when you make your reservation. Discovering there is no cot when you arrive at your destination with a tired baby is not a good start to a holiday.
- If you take along your own travel cot, pack a sheet and your baby’s cover. The familiar smell of your laundry may help settle your baby when you’re away.
- If you are buying a carrycot for your travel system, consider choosing one that is suitable for overnight sleeping. Not all of them are. It will be easier than taking a travel cot when your baby is small. At home, you can use the carrycot instead of a Moses basket.
- If your baby wakes when the sun rises, pack a travel blackout blind or blackout curtains. Not all rooms have thick curtains or shutters.
- If you’re travelling somewhere hot, a baby sun pod will keep your baby shielded from the wind and the sun. Make sure your pushchair has a sun canopy or umbrella, too.
- You may also want to take a plug-in baby monitor or night-light with you, which is useful for settling your baby back to sleep in an unfamiliar room. You may need a plug adapter, too.
- Take along a couple of her favourite toys and books. Stacker cups are brilliant as they can double up as bath toys.
- If your baby likes a bath as part of her evening routine, a universal bath plug is very useful. It will turn a shower into a bath. Or you can put socks over the taps and bathe her in the basin.
- And of course, take along your camera to capture all the fun!
Along with the above, you will also need to remember all the usual baby supplies, which may include:
- nappy rash cream
- changing mat
- sunhat and sunscreen
- car seat
- first-aid kit
- breast pump
- travel steriliser kit
- formula milk
It’s worth packing a basic first-aid kit with supplies of plasters and infant paracetamol for relieving a fever. If you are travelling overseas or going to an area a long way from shops, you may want to consider taking other items, such as a colic treatment, saline nose drops for stuffy noses, and teething gel.