Being a family is not complete without a baby, and having a baby around sure makes your home go livelier. But having a baby is no walk in a park. As a matter of fact, there’s bound to be more responsibilities and limited freedom for you as a parent.
Most common complaint you’ll hear among parents are about having lesser time for themselves and being tied down to their house to tend to their baby’s need. Sure, you definitely can’t leave your baby alone on their own, but, having a baby around shouldn’t also stop you from taking that step out of your house! Instead, why don’t you bring your baby out with you?
It’s totally safe to travel with your baby around the city, go out for shopping or buy your groceries. But sometimes we encounter horror stories how it will be totally difficult for a parent to have a baby with you outside, in cases such as constant crying and making a total mess of a scene. But all that can be avoided as long as you have the most important baby items to bring with you when traveling with babies!
Here, I listed down the top 5 baby essentials to bring when traveling with your baby to ensure stress-free and fun experience for you and your baby’s little outdoor adventure.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? Personally, I’d say that’s true for the husbands so men, make sure to please your wife. Although it sounds quite bias coming from me, lol… But for the same analogy, I could assure you that a happy baby means a happy life for us parents as well. And what better way to keep our babies happy is to ensure that they are well-fed. So, the number one most important baby item that you should never ever forget is to bring your baby’s formula.
If you’re still lactating then good for you! You can opt to breastfeed your baby. There are becoming more and more breastfeeding friendly spots available in public areas. However, there are times when you start feeling some tingling pain around your breast area due to milk buildup; yet your baby is still not in the mood to breast feed. If that’s the case, you will still have to pump the milk out and you can do that with a help of a breast pumping machine. Nowadays you can already purchase a battery-operated breast pumps so you can use outside and anytime without having to plug it in. It’s a great investment so make sure to check those out! Then store and keep those pumped milk cool inside a thermal bag along with frozen ice packs inside.
Regardless whether you breastfeed your baby or not, make sure to always bring your baby’s formula or chosen powdered milks, hot and room temperature water and clean empty baby bottles. This way, you’re always prepared and can quickly feed your baby.
Make sure that you pack disposable diapers with you. You can’t make them wear cloth diapers or we might end up getting wet as well. We can’t afford to wash and let the clothes dry when we’re outside either. But bring LOTS and LOTS of disposable diapers!
You don’t know how much your baby pees and even poops! So, it’s never too safe to bring loads than end up bringing only few then running out to replace a full diaper that will only lead to irritating and making your baby totally uncomfortable. When that happens, you’ll be carrying around a crying baby for the remaining time of the trip and it’ll just ruin the experience for both you and your baby. And we wouldn’t want that, do we?
3. Extra clothing
Babies sweat especially during the extra hot days. And more so if your baby is already in his or her toddler years when they like to play, walk and run at their own pace in excitement in exploring new places. We can’t expect our kids to wear the same clothing all throughout the trip. Not only is it hygienic but also a healthy practice.
Our kids will be playing and running around, exposing themselves from lots of sweat and germs. Plus, no matter how much we prepare, sometimes our babies could also have leak or spill accidents, so make sure to always bring a change of clothes. Because no matter how fun the trip is, if it’ll be at the expense
of your child getting sick the next day, it’s totally not worth it. So let’s prevent that from happening by changing their clothes after a good sweat.
4. Tissues & Wet wipes
Wet wipes are probably one of the best inventions for us parents! Wet wipes are your best quick fix in keeping your baby clean. Since we’re on outdoors, our babies are automatically exposed to dirt and bacteria from touching all sorts of stuff, even soils at the park. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find access to clean water and soap to wash those off so wet wipes are your best options since changing their clothes are not just enough to keep them clean.
Tissues and wet wipes will go hand in hand with extra clothing and diapers in keeping our babies clean, safe and comfortable. After all, after a nasty poop on a diaper, we do need to wash some of those off our babies butt and we can do that with wet wipes then dry them off with tissues!
5. Umbrella strollers
Having any kind of stroller around really makes travelling with a baby such a breeze! You won’t have to carry all your heavy diaper bags on your shoulder while carrying your growing baby. That is bad for your back, especially the next day! Since we have strollers around, let’s make use of this great invention to enjoy the trip.
Aside from carrying your baby, strollers will also carry all your heavy loads, bags and even groceries. And since our young ones can’t stay awake all day, they can comfortably snooze off on their strollers. Some could even recline fully to let your baby lay flat to sleep comfortably.
While there are various kinds of strollers, we most commonly use and easily find the standard sized strollers in the market. However, I feel that every family should also have at least one umbrella stroller to use with your baby. Because not only does it function similar to standard strollers, but it adds more convenience to you. Umbrella strollers are not bulky, folds more compactly and weighs so light that it won’t be much of a hassle to use or needing to carry it while also carrying your baby in public transits. And despite the weight difference, they are not flimsy and won’t break easily as long as you are able to find the best umbrella strollers in the market.
So there you have it! I hope this short list will help you enjoy a nice day out with your baby. For an extended list of my most important baby items to bring when traveling with your baby, make sure to check out my article by clicking on the image below. I even attached a quick checklist that you can save on your phone to easily monitor and remind you of the baby essentials you should pack with you when going out with your baby. Just click on the image to read my whole guide and feel free to save the infographic checklist on your phone. Thanks!
This is a guest article written by Grace Wilson. She is a certified blogger, wife and a loving parent to their two children. She currently writes parental guides and rave reviews on the latest umbrella strollers in the market on her blog, which you can all read at Mom’s Best Umbrella Strollers Review.