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Things you should never leave home without when traveling with a baby

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Taking your baby on vacation will be the first of many milestones you’ll treasure forever. While there are bound to be a few mishaps and funny stories to share, you don’t want to plague your trip by forgetting to pack something of importance.

You’ve been on enough trips that you’re essentially a pro at packing your bags. This time, however, you have a little one traveling with you. As your baby has a lot of needs, ensuring that you have the necessities is a must. While it may be easy enough to remember things like diapers, bottles, formula, clothes, shoes, bibs, and receiving blankets, there are a few more things you’ll want to add to your list. 

Leaving home without the items listed above, for instance, could be a disaster waiting to happen. Continue reading to learn more. 

Pack n play and bedding
It’s taken you weeks, maybe even months, to get your baby to sleep in the crib. Yet, it only takes a few nights to undo your progress. Allowing your baby to sleep in the hotel bed with you can make the transition back to the crib a lot harder when you return home. That’s why it’s ideal to bring along a pack n play and bedding. Not to mention, it comes in handy when you need a secure place to put the baby while you get ready for the day. 

Favorite toy or blanket
Babies have a way of soothing their emotions when they’re feeling anxious, sleepy, or overwhelmed. Quite often, they turn to familiar things like a stuffed animal or receiving a blanket. As exposure to new environments can affect your baby, you don’t want to leave home without their favorite toy or blanket. 

Having these items with you reduces your baby’s likelihood of having a meltdown or sucking on their thumb for relief. If your baby has developed a thumb sucking habit, you may also want to look into products such as the Nipit hand stopper to make thumb sucking stop and avoid dental problems later. There are even products to help stop nail biting for grown children and adults such as the Mavala Stop nail poilsh. You can check out Nipit reviews or Mavala Stop reviews to see how other people have rated their experience. 

Stroller or baby carrier
From getting through the airport to walking around shopping centers, museums, and boardwalks, you’ll be on your feet quite often during your vacation. Unless you plan on holding the baby the entire time, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed a stroller or baby carrier to lighten your load. 

White noise machine
If your baby tends to have a hard time getting to sleep, a white noise machine will be your best friend on vacation. You want to be able to get as much rest as possible. Not to mention, you don’t want to disrupt other guests with a screaming baby in the middle of the night. A white noise machine can help to calm your baby down just enough for them to sleep through the night. 

Health insurance and medication
While the hope is that you’ll get through your trip without anyone getting sick, you should still be prepared. As your baby’s immune system is not as strong as yours, being exposed to new environments could result in them falling ill. Therefore, it is essential that you don’t leave home without their health insurance card and prescribed or over the counter medications. That way, you can get your child the care they need without any hassle. 

Selfie stick
You may be wondering how a selfie stick would find its way onto the list, but you don’t want to leave home without it. As this is likely your baby’s first trip, you want to get everything on film. Whether you’re holding the baby in your arms, using the baby carrier, or pushing them in a stroller, trying to get a good picture is a chore. A selfie stick allows you a bit more freedom to get the perfect angle so you can capture every moment without incident. 

Taking your baby on vacation will be the first of many milestones you’ll treasure forever. While there are bound to be a few mishaps and funny stories to share, you don’t want to plague your trip by forgetting to pack something of importance. So, as you review your checklist, ensure that you have the above items on the list.

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