We are off again, this time to Jamaica for a wedding. Last time we travelled, he was 2.5 months. Now he will be 7 months. Here is our list of top tips from our travels the first time, followed by an itemized (to the last detail) list of what is in his (and our) suitcase.
Our first trip was to Mexico with a 2.5 month old. I was and still am breast feeding, with some bottles to supplement and he is sleeping in a travel crib. In Nuevo Vallarta, we had a dishwasher while there, but also boiled bottles on the stove to sterilize. We brought a carryon with his formula and diapers and packed his clothes with our stuff. Since he wasn’t mobile we had his infant car seat and stroller for the car rides and for getting around the condo, amenities and city.
For our Jamaica trip with a seven month old, skip to the next section.
For a 14 day trip, here’s what worked for us:
-our regular infant carseat strapped into back seat of taxis and shuttle, rear facing, using seat belt
-some people hold their babies on transit (don’t know if you’re comfortable with this; I wasn’t)
-beware the cobblestone streets, it made wheeling a napping baby around a bit touch and go
-used coconut oil as sun protection (but kept him totally out of sun/shaded/screened)
-took a baby carrier, but it was quite hot to wear an infant! This was a good option for shorter trips
-people were so lovely with baby and very friendly.
-breast fed everywhere I went – literally everywhere.
-I was nervous for the flight, but fed him while I was going up and down
-take a change for baby (several) and for you (poop explosion on landing made me VERY happy I had a change of top (couldn’t change him due to turbulence)
-took a travel bassinet which was great cause we could drape it (no bugs and shaded) for when he slept indoors and out. It’s a small folding kind that fits easily in a suitcase and under the stroller.
-I took a small rolling suitcase of formula and extra diapers so we’d have what he is used to – ready to serve Good Start (so we didn’t have to mix at all).
-I had a drink while feeding or right after, which meant I didn’t need to dump. Fed him formula if I’d had more than one drink.
-Try not to be nervous. It was a great vacation, but the pace is TOTALLY different than before I had a baby (which I expected).
And I also have a few things to add to the list, now that baby will be older:
- travelling with a baby I have considered bringing along my nursing pillow for the flight and a large outdoor blanket to use in the airport (one that folds up really nicely – that way when waiting at the airport and at the resort we can let him do floor time)
- Having a roll of dog poop bags would be handy for diapers
- Bring a plastic bag big enough to wrap around your baby in case of gate-side blowouts or deplaning incidents
- quiet activities for the plane
- hard bottomed shoes for when he wants to ‘walk’ around on public surfaces
- Graco Infant Carseat
- Diaper Bag
- Stroller gate-check bag
- Collapsible umbrella stroller
- Jolly Jumper for playtime at the hotel and my in-laws’ house
- clip on Inglesina travel high chair (also figure we can leave him in this at the table to play)
- Inflatable pool floatie/chair with sunshade
- Milk Snob stroller cover for shade in his carseat
- UV/solar blocking bug net for stroller
- Stroller pad with heat-reducing cushion
- Carabiners for attaching diaper bag to the collapsible umbrella stroller
- Mattress cover for hotel crib mattress (washable)
- Beco baby carrier
- one soft toy, a rattle and a few chew toys
- baby stroller clip-on battery powered fan ** a mom friend recommended this!
Health and Care Products
- Nosefrida and saline drops
- Camelia and Coryzalia natural remedies for tummy upset and congestion
- Infant Tylenol
- Bottles (2)
- Formula (premixed)
- squeezie packs of food, baby Mum Mums, dissolving star crackers, baby oat cereal
- diapers and swim diapers (plus reusable swim covers)
- sleep owl nightlight and sound machine
- body wash and shampoo, lotion and diaper cream
- 2 baby spoons, 1 bowl, 1 360 sippy cup
- noise cancelling headphones
- Change of clothes in the diaper bag (2 for baby, one for mommy)
- Vitamin D drops
- Baby sunscreen
- Anti-mosquito stickers for baby’s clothes
- Baby cot mosquito net
- Medication and vitamins for mommy (in my case, daily vitamin and Domperidone)
- video monitor
- swim diapers (2)
- rashguard suits (3)
- towel (if there aren’t ones at the hotel) and washcloth
- 3 pairs shoes
- bibs (4 for drool, 3 for feeding)
- 3 footed sleepers
- 5 pairs of shorts
- 3 pairs of pants
- 2 hoodies
- one long sleeve linen shirt
- 6 short sleeved bodysuit
- 13 shorties onesies (rompers). We figure he’ll go through two a day of these.
- 2 burp cloths, 3 large muslins (1 each for the plane)
- change pad
- wet-dry bag
- 2 swim hats, one cap
- 1 short romper for wedding. 1 longsleeve wedding ‘gentleman’s suit’
Off we go! Wish us luck and let us know if there is anything I forgot on this list!