What to Pack: for BABY

What should I bring when traveling with a tiny tot? Park Slope Parents has you covered with this comprehensive checklist.

 

TO GET READY FOR YOUR BABY'S JOURNEY, BE SURE TO REVIEW THESE USEFUL TIPS & ADVICE ON PARK SLOPE PARENTS:

 

General tips about traveling with BABY

General tips about traveling on an AIRPLANE with kids & infants

What you need to know about bringing CAR SEATS on the Plane

What you need to know about STROLLERS at the airport

 

NOW..... WHAT TO BRING?

 

THE ULTIMATE PACKING CHECKLIST FOR TRAVELING WITH BABY:

 

Feeding:

 

- Bottle, sippy cup, extra nipple

- Lightweight plastic feeding set

- Burp cloths

- Bibs

- Enough formula for the trip. On Airlines, from the TSA website:  “Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Officers may ask travelers to open these items to conduct additional screening and passengers should declare them for inspection at the checkpoint.”

 

Diaper Change:

 

- Diapers (one for each hour of travel, plus extras)

- Pad to put under baby during a diaper change

- Blankets (these are good to put the baby on, for added warmth, to sleep in, and can also provide cover for nursing or shade)

- Diaper rash crème (3.4 ounces or smaller)

- Scented diaper bags

- Wipes

 

Mess Control:

 

- Plastic Bags

- Tissues

- 3.4 ounce (or smaller) bottles of disinfectant hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion.

- Sterilizing equipment

 

Entertainment:

 

- Soft books

- Toys

- Baby’s favorite blanket or toy

- 1 – 2 new toys

 

Also:

 

- Infant First Aid Kit:

         - Antibiotic first aid ointment

         - Band Aids

         - Infant pain reliever

         - thermometer

- Extra set of clothes (in case of an accident).

- Collapsible stroller (with good tires. Also pack a rain cover and mosquito netting) (see PSP's stroller advice when traveling HERE)

- Car seat (it can be gate checked)(see PSP's car seat advice for traveling HERE)

- Soft Pillow

 

Equipment:

 

- Breastpump

- Breastpads / cream

- Baby Monitor

- Noise machine or air filter

- Portocrib or playpen

- Bouncyseat / Jumper

- Activity Mat

- Stroller / Stroller Bag

- Car Seat / Car Seat Bag

- Mighty Tite or other locking clip

- Travel potty seat

- Sling, Front or Back Carrier

- Sun Shields, Tents or Umbrellas

- Swimming Floaties / Tube

 

Packing Checklist, general:

- Clothes plus plenty of extras! For every 5 days of the trip, bring 2 extra

         - onesies

         - pjs  

         - socks

         - sweaters

         - t shirts

         - pants

         - jacket (if applicable)

         - shoes

         - swim suit

- sun protection including a sun hat and sun screen

- 5 diapers per day. For a longer trip, consider buying diapers at your destination

- baby sling or carrier

- nightlight (recommended for dark hotel rooms)

- portable crib (parents suggest Pack n Play)

- travel size infant shampoo and body wash

- electric conversion if traveling abroad

- copies of your baby records, plus phone numbers of your child’s doctors

- Earplugs for Baby for the flight (parents recommend EarPlanes, made by Cirrus Healthcare Products)

 

 

WORDS OF ADVICE OF WHAT TO BRING:

 

“Check airline regulations [see links above] about whether or not you can bring extra water for bottles, if you are using formula. We have had problems before but it seemed random. Also BRING EXTRA DIAPERS, as well as a change of clothes, as you never know if, or for how long, you may be stranded or delayed because of weather, etc. And if you have room, an extra shirt for you and your partner might be a good idea if your baby is a spitter-upper!” 

"Take extra bags for dirty diapers (especially if you have to change in the seat)."

"Be hands free with Baby Bjorn."

- Earplugs for other passengers.  We found this tip found via another blog so great we just had to share: "One clever mom I know suggested this when all else fails:  “Buy a jar of disposable earplugs (a couple of bucks and you’ll probably use them eventually).  If [the] child has a full-out tantrum that you just need to let run its course, stand up and offer earplugs to anyone who wants them.  You’ll at least get a laugh out of your neighbors, which is better than hostility.”

 

 

And don't forget what YOU & YOUR PARTNER should pack too! HERE is where you'll find packing lists for Mom & Dad.