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Toddler mama’s travel checklist and tips

We’re all going on a summer holiday,No more working for a week or two!

 

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So, it’s finally time for our FIRST FAMILY VACATION, and we are super excited about it.

 

3 passports down, travel for me will never stop, for each travel experience is unique and a new learning – meeting different people in different countries and experiencing a variety of culture makes you more versatile. And I don’t think my travel life is changing even after a baby! Infact it’s going to be more fun with mini me for sure.

 

We got Baby H’s passport made when he was five month old and now he’s one and we’re off on our first family vacation to Singapore. While its not my first flight experience with him (we’ve done multiple domestic sectors with him), but this one is special since it’s his first LONG flight.

 

Travelling with a baby can be swing both ways – it can be super fun or a complete disaster if you don’t plan well.

 

So here is a quick checklist to what  to pack for your baby:

 

    • Clothes – 2 pairs for the day and one for the night should be ideal.
    • Shoes or booties – carry not more then 2 pair of shoes or booties.
    • socks – carry these in plastic or fabric folders as you don’t want to waste time looking for those tiny socks in the suitcase. you will get these in any super market.
    • Bibs, Napkins – carry as many washable bibs and napkins you can, considering you don’t want to sit and wash them everyday during your holiday.
    • Bottles & Sippy cups – keep some extra just in case you don’t find a steriliser everywhere.
    • Formula – stock up on formula depending on number of days of your travel.
    • Ready to eat baby food – lots of options are available in the market.
    • Baby utensils, like bowl, plate, spoon. 2 each should be good.
    • A good stock of diapers – half your cabin bag will be full of them :)
    • Diaper rash creme , wipes – carry according to the number of days you are going to be travelling.
    • Baby toiletries like baby bath, shampoo, creme, lotion.
    • Baby detergent – I will be carrying a small bottle of J&J baby detergent to wash bibs and if required some clothes.  It works great on stains.
    • Medication – very important to carry all baby medication, make sure you carry basic medication prescribed by your paediatrician for, cold, cough , flu, vomiting, loose motions , colic etc.
    • Baby comb & hair brush.
    • Baby nail scissors, to cut their nails as their nails grow too fast. I have to cut my sons nails every 3 days.
    • Baby carrier
    • A stroller
    • Some toys, books, colouring books that your baby loves to keep him entertained.
    • Blankets – carry at-least 2.
    • Carry some plastic bags as you may need to dump unwashed, used clothes or diapers on the go.

 

On the flight in the cabin bag:

 

    • Diapers, diaper rash creme, wipes.
    • Formula , Flask for hot water and bottles or sippy cups
    • 2 pair of clothes for baby & one for you, just in case of a diaper leak, happened with me once, you don’t want to start your vacation with poop on your clothes :)
    • Medicines – carry medication for vomiting & loose motions on the flight.
    • Toys, books, to keep your baby entertained on the flight.
    • Cotton to put in your baby’s ears to protect their ear drum from air pressure.
    • Blanket.
    • Hand sanitiser.

 

If you are heading to a beach destination or a sunny place:

    • Swimming trunks, float, cap, goggles
    • Sun block
    • Cap or a hat to protect your baby from the sun
    • Tea tree oil, apparently it helps with any insect stings. Sentosa Island where we are headed to has red ants on the beach & someone suggested this really works. Its rarely available in India, but very commonly available abroad so you can check at pharmacies like Boots internationally.
    • Water toys.

 

My secret travel tips:

 

    • Start preparing to pack well in advance, so you don’t forget anything.Keep a checklist on the table around where you are packing. Go over it again just so you don’t miss out on anything.
    • Travel smart & light, pre plan your’s and your baby’s outfits from now to save time.
    • Carry lots of plastic bags to trash diapers on the go.
    • Pack all the baby syrup individually as they may spill and then pack in a bigger plastic so nothing leaks in your suitcase.
    • Make sure your diaper bag has water proof lining and is with a shoulder strap.
    • VERY IMPORTANT- update contact numbers of your baby health care provider to connect incase of an emergency.
    • As suggested above, do carry one extra pair of clothes for you on the flight as they may be leaky diapers and spit ups on the plane.

 

I think that sums up everything, I hope I have a good time with my little one on this trip and hope these tips help you.

 

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By Sakshi Vaidya
A working mom, who is trying to help shape the new age of parenting in India.  Making motherhood beautified & simplified, through contemporary approach.  Fashion designer by profession, health enthusiast & an avid traveller “
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