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Travelling with a baby in tow means extra preparation when it comes to packing for your summer holiday. Tick off all the essentials from this handy list

Out & About

  • Lightweight buggy — one that you can collapse or open quickly when you need it.
  • Rain cover for the buggy — just in case you get caught in a shower.
  • Clip-on sun umbrella for the buggy — to protect your little one from the sun’s strong rays.
  • Blackout sun shade/sleep shade for buggy — to help with naps on the go.
  • Car seat — to make sure your baby is safe and comfy and in the right seat for their age if you’re hiring a car abroad.
  • Sun shades for car windows — shield your baby from the sun with a stick-on or clip-on sun shade for the car.
  • Baby sling — great for carrying your baby across terrains the buggy can’t cope with, such as a sandy or rocky beach.

Feeding

  • Breast pump and breast milk storage bags are useful for mums who want to keep breastfeeding while they’re away.
  • Follow-on formula milk — if your baby is over six months old and you’re no longer breastfeeding, you may want to take enough formula with you to last your entire trip (in case you can’t find your preferred brand at your destination).
  • Powder dispenser — keep the perfect amount of formula in one of these handy dispensers for feeding on the go.
  • Bottles — even if you’re trying to travel light, it’s worth bringing a few of your baby’s bottles.
  • Bottle brush — keep the bottles squeaky clean.
  • Travel steriliser kit — cold water tablets are an easy way to sterilise bottles while you’re away.
  • Sippy cup — make sure your little one stays hydrated with regular drinks of water.
  • Baby food — pouches and pots are the ideal travel companion for weaning babies.
  • Snacks — stave off hunger pangs with a few packs of your baby’s favourite snacks. Multipacks of Bear Paws all include activity packs to keep your little one entertained.
  • Travel high chair — you can’t always rely on there being a high chair available, so it’s useful to pack your own travel version if you have room in your luggage, especially if you have a wriggly baby on your hands.
  • Disposable bibs or a plastic wipeable one are a great idea and can save on hotel laundry bills!
  • Muslins — to wipe up anything and everything!
  • Weaning spoon and bowl — so you can feed whenever your little one needs a meal.

Sleeping

  • Travel cot and bedding — find out if your accommodation can provide a suitable cot, if not, take your own along with your baby’s sleeping bag or favourite blanket.
  • Monitor — listen out for your little one during nap times and at night. Don’t forget a travel plug adaptor if you need one!
  • Night light — if your baby doesn’t like to sleep in the dark, pack a night light to give a comforting glow wherever they’re sleeping.
  • Favourite sleep comforters – their beloved cuddly toy, musical mobile or blanket can aid a restful night’s sleep.
  • Travel blackout blinds — block out the early morning sun with some travel blackout blinds that fix to any window. You might even get a lie in…

Changing

  • Portable changing mat — you never know when or where you’ll need to change a nappy!
  • Nappies — if you have a go-to brand like Pampers, make sure you take a supply of them with you in case you can’t find them where you’re staying. They’re now half price in the Tesco Baby Event.
  • Nappy sacks — for hygienic disposal of all those soiled nappies.
  • Wipes — however many wipes you normally use, times that by a hundred for a holiday where sticky fingers and faces will need constant wiping.
  • Swim nappies — help your little one become a water baby with a pack or two of disposable swim nappies.

Clothing

  • Sleepsuits/pyjamas — if you’re off somewhere hot make sure you find something lightweight for them to sleep in.
  • Sun hats — a must in warm climates to keep the sun off delicate heads at all times of the day.
  • Enough clothes to cope with accidents and soiling without having to do laundry all the time.
  • UV swim suit — shield your little one when they’re in the water with a swim suit with added UV protection. They’ll still need suncream applied but these suits add an extra layer of protection.

Medication*

  • First-aid kit — plasters, bandages, sterile wipes, make sure you stock up just in case.
  • Pain relief— such as infant paracetamol and ibuprofen can both be useful things to pack.
  • Nappy cream — nappy rash can flare up in the heat or when little bottoms gets wet from swimming, so a nappy cream can help clear up any sore patches.
  • Teething relief — don’t let a teething baby spoil your holiday!
  • Thermometer — keep a digital thermometer handy so you can check their temperature quickly and accurately if they’re poorly.
  • Any regular medication — make sure you have ordered enough before travelling and keep it handy at all times.
  • Antiseptic cream — useful to clear up any scrapes and scratches.
  • Antihistamine liquid — can help with allergic reactions, hay fever and itchy insect bites.

Toiletries

  • High-factor sun cream— pack plenty of bottles so you can reapply regularly. And don’t forget to look out for the star rating on the back. A roll-on is useful for quick application.
  • Baby bath and body wash — keep your baby clean and fresh after a day out and about. The familiar routine of a bath before bed can also help soothe a fretful baby. Use a moisturising product like Baby Dove to keep their skin hydrated.
  • Baby toothbrush and toothpaste — dental care doesn’t take a holiday!
  • Hairbrush — help detangle your little one’s locks after a day of sand and sea water.
  • Shampoo — your usual no-tears formula can help avoid sore eyes.

Extras

  • Armbands/swimming aids — keep your little one safe in the water.
  • A couple of favourite toys and books — a few familiar items such as a much loved book or toy can reassure them in an unfamiliar setting.
  • Dummies — make sure you take a few spares with you in case you lose one on your travels.
  • Insect repellent — these patches are great for keeping the mozzies at bay without using any harmful chemicals*.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Follow-on milk is intended for babies aged over six months and should only be used as part of a mixed diet. It is not intended as a breastmilk substitute before six months. Use on the advice of your healthcare professional. 

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

 *Always read the label before using medication or insect repellents to ensure these are suitable for your baby’s age. Always seek medical advice if you think your baby is suffering or unwell.

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