WHAT TO BRING
This is going to seem like a lot of stuff but don't get overwhelmed! Some of the items may not be needed or may not apply to you. Ready set....go! What to bring! The first time you travel with your little one, if you are like me, you will most likely overpack and learn as you go what you must travel with and what can stay home.
1. Pack 'n play - If you are staying in a hotel - call ahead to see if they have a crib or pack 'n play so you don't need to bring yours. If they do have a crib, bring your own mesh crib bumper as most hotels don't have the mesh ones. Bring an extra bed sheet in case of a blowout! Here is the pack n' play I registered for and LOVE. It's nice to have a changing station downstairs so we don't have to go upstairs to her nursery every time she needs a diaper change.
2. Carseat and stroller - You can check these with the ticketing agent with your luggage but what I prefer is to get a ticket from the gate agent and curbside check it when boarding (when curbside checking the car seat, you will need to get a ticket from gate agent).'
After asking all my mom friends this is the stroller and carseat we registered for and LOVE.
4. Noise machine
5. Diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream. You can always pack just a few for the flight and buy more (or amazon prime to hotel) when you get to your designation to save room.
6. CLOTHES! Bring one extra outfit for 3/4 of your trip in case there is a blowout or they have gotten an entire pouch of baby puree all over their outfit. :) I pack 1-2 extra pair of jammies too.
7. Blankets - bring 1 -2 and keep one in your diaper bag in case the babe gets cold on the plane.
7. Pump and bottles if you are pumping and giving the baby bottles. The last trip we went on was 6 days and I brought 4 bottles which was perfect.
8. Cleaning supplies for bottles. I use the medela wipes/bags in microwave to sterilize and you can also just use dish soap with hot water as well!
9. Cooler and ice pack if you will be taking breastmilk home with you that you pumped. - You can carry it on and take it through security just let them know it's breastmilk. Don't forget the storage bags for milk!
9. 1-2 toys for baby to keep them occupied on the plane
10. PACIFIERS! If your baby needs them to sleep or soothe - definitely something you don't want to forget! Also, bring a pacifier clip for the travel. We don't care if it falls on the ground at home, but at the airport its a goner.
Tommee Tippee Pacifier (This has been Sophie's favorite kind of paci and helped with her tongue/lip tie)
11. Baby toiletries - shampoo, lotion, sunblock if going somewhere warm. Most hotels have baby shampoo and lotion so you can call ahead to see if you need to bring your own.
12. Sun hat and sunblock if going somewhere warm! Also a floatie for the pool is super helpful and the babes love it!
13. Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes. The second time I traveled with a pad to change Sophie on I forgot it on a plane so I just use wipes to wipe down the changing station instead!
14. Nursing cover if you will nurse on the plane. I like the 'milk snob' one because they can also be a carseat cover and if your baby needs to nap you can cover the carseat to make it dark.
15. First aid! I pack these in the diaper bag and carry them on: Tylenol, Benadryl, gas relief drops.
16. Snacks if your baby is eating - I have found teething crackers are easiest to travel with and we bring the Plum Organics pouches for when we get to our destination. Don't forget a sippy cup if your baby is old enough to use them.
17. Diaper Bag! In the diaper bag I pack 5 diapers, diaper rash cream, baby wipes, sanitzier wipes, hand sanitizer, extra pair of clothes, blanket, nursing cover, bottles/formula/milk if needed, 1-2 toys, snacks and first aid items.
Fawn Diaper Bag -- Obsessed with this and it's adorable!
One important thing to remember, especially for your scary first flight....everyone was once a baby! Therefore do not worry if your little one cries the entire first flight, or has a blowout that needs an immediate diaper change during the flight...if there is another parent on the flight, they have been there! MOST (not all) people will be very helpful and really kind, some will give a stank eye but just picture them as the crying baby that they once were and it goes away. Here are some helpful tips to remember!
1. PLAN AHEAD! Whenever I pack I always write out a list of everything I need to pack and cross it off once packed. This helps me get rid of that fear of "did I forget something" and keeps my packing organized!
2. Pack toiletries and first aid items in zip lock bag to prevent leaks
3. To help prevent ears from popping, nurse/give bottle/paci on the way up and down!
4. If you need to heat your bottle you can ask the flight attendant for hot water on the plane!
5. You actually have to take your baby out of the carseat to walk through the metal detecter. We did not know this and were not very happy when we had to wake a sleeping baby. :)
6. Don't forget to call airline and tell them you are flying with a baby - infant in arms will need to be on your ticket and you can't sit on an exit row with a baby.
7. Be patient and give yourself some grace. I have found when I get wound up so does Sophie and when I am more calm so is she.
You can see some of my favorites of what Sophie and I wore on our latest trip to Turks and Caicos!