The Ultimate List Of Newborn Traveling Essentials
Traveling with a newborn is one of those daunting tasks that can make you feel like you just need to pack up the whole house just in case you forget something. However, if done right, it can be a pleasant experience for both you and your little one. And the first step is to aim for quality when packing, not quantity.
In this guide, we’ll outline all the most important newborn traveling essentials that you simply can’t leave the house without. This will help you focus on only bringing the things that you need and the things you’ll use on your trip with your little one. Here is our ultimate list of travel essentials for newborns:
Packing for sleeping
Since newborns spend most of their time sleeping, this should be your starting point. Here are all the important travel gear for sleeping that you need to have. The key takeaway here is to try and recreate the sleeping environment that your little one is used to at home.
1. A travel crib
Travel cribs are exactly what you need if you’re going to be moving around a lot and you want to make sure that your little one gets their nap in at your rest stops. The best part about travel cribs is that because you know exactly where they come from and where they have been, you’ll always be sure that your travel crib is a clean and safe sleeping environment for your baby.
2. Swaddle blanket
Most babies can only sleep well when they are properly swaddled. Swaddling is also a great way to protect your little one from loose blankets and other beddings that may cover their little faces when they sleep. As a bonus, when you swaddle your baby, you immobilize their arms and prevent the startle reflex that often wakes them up, which means you can get some sleep yourself, too!
3. Baby monitor or baby monitoring app
If you and your little one are going to be sleeping in different rooms, you want that peace of mind that your baby is completely safe as she sleeps. Try to bring your baby monitor with you, and if there is no room to pack the bulky baby monitor, you can always download a good baby monitoring app. This way, you can relax on your trip even when your little one is out of your sight.
Next, you need to figure out how you are going to get around with your little one. Here are some of the things you need to bring:
1. Baby carrier
With a baby carrier, you’ll be able to keep your little one close to you as you travel, all while having your hands free to do whatever you want to do. It’s a great way to get your freedom back when you travel!
2. Travel stroller
A good travel stroller will allow you to be up and about with your little one. Plus, it will protect them from the elements so you won’t have to keep checking on your baby to make sure they are safe. And because strollers are designed for babies to sleep in, you can rest assured that your little one will be getting good quality sleep on the go if you have one.
3. Travel car seat
Travel car seats are lighter and often more foldable than conventional car seats, which makes them a lot more convenient if you are traveling by plane or car. All you have to do is fold them into a tiny size and store them in the overhead compartment of the plane or the tiny trunk of your rental car.
Next, you need to be able to feed your baby on the go. Here is what you’ll need:
1. A nursing bra
If you are breastfeeding, wear a good nursing bra when you head out with your little one. This will make it easier for you to access your breasts without completely exposing yourself. Nursing bras will also make breastfeeding a more comfortable experience for you.
2. A nursing cover
If you are planning to nurse your baby in public, a nursing cover is an absolute must-have! While you don’t have to always cover up when you breastfeed, having that option will make you more comfortable as you do.
If you are formula feeding your baby, ensure you travel with all their usual feeding supplies such as bottles and formula as well.
Other essentials that are nice to have
Lastly, here is a list of travel essentials that you do not have to bring but they’ll make your life easier if you do:
- A changing pad, for changing your little one on random surfaces without having to worry about germs
- An inflatable travel bathtub so that you do not have to bring your little one’s regular bulky bathtub with you when you travel
- Your baby’s favorite toys and pacifiers
So there you have it. With this list of items, traveling with your little one will be an easier and more rewarding experience for everyone involved. Good luck!