Travelling with a new born is not only daunting, it’s time consuming too. The amount of time I took to prepare and pack days before was too much!
If you’re travelling with a baby under 6 months it’s likely they are still milk feeders. Unless you’ve mastered the art of breast feeding (in which case hats off to you!), the logistics and tactical planning required for baby feeds at terminal and on-flight put military missions to shame. Okay, maybe not quite. Still, you do need to plan carefully. If you have a formula fed baby you can call the airport, plane-side and reserve your required formula at Boots. Otherwise you are free to go through security with what you need for the journey so long as you are happy to taste some of the stuff yourself.
With baby equipment most airlines allow you to take two pieces with you free of charge. These include car seat, travel cot and pram. We only took pram because we planned and asked ahead about a travel cot at our accommodation. These things are heavy, so do avoid if you can! Then we requested a car seat when booking a hire car. This meant we travelled lighter only needing to check in our pram. We also took our Baby Bjorn sling, for ease when taking baby onto the flight and carrying around in France.
I’ve known mothers to pack the electrical steriliser in their luggage, I mean really?! It’s big, it’s heavy and a little too cumbersome for my liking. We took Milton tablets and used a large plastic bowl which any hotel, B&B, accommodation will have on hand. Fill this with water and a tablet for the day and sterilise your bottles following the instructions. There’s no need to lob everything around from home. I know some people like a home from home but you’re creating more stress for yourself. We even took microwaveable sterilising bags with us but I didn’t use them once! A large tub of water and Milton tablets do the trick. Simples!
There are some things you will want to take from home, such as your own sheets for baby to sleep on with the comfort and smell from home. Their comforter, for more home associations and a couple of favourite toys. At a young age there is not much needed beyond this as they will be stimulated and entertained by so much around them. If you do take a cuddly toy, something that doubles up as musical is also nice for baby.
Lastly, and most importantly, just enjoy your holiday. Careful planning and a little bit of prep should enable you to sit back and enjoy your trip, embrace quality time with your loved ones and create some happy memories. Don’t forget to snap them too, a good camera on a happy holiday is always a must! Once you’ve braved the travels with a little one, you feel you can conquer anything. So take a deep breath and a leap of faith and go…the world is your oyster!