You're getting ready to take your little one on their first holiday. Congratulations! To help make your trip as stress-free as possible, we've put together a complete baby and toddler holiday checklist.
Whether you're jetting off to the beach or spending Christmas in the snow, this checklist will ensure that you've got everything you need. From swim diapers to sippy cups, we've got you covered. So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy your holiday!
Packing Essentials for Your Baby & Toddler
When packing for your baby or toddler, it's important to pack the essentials and also think about the things that will make your trip easier. Here are a few tips on what to pack:
-Diapers and wipes: Make sure to pack enough diapers and wipes for the entire trip. If you're going to be gone for a few days, pack enough for each day. And if you're going to be gone for a week or more, consider packing a few disposable diaper bags so you can just throw them away when you're done.
-Extra clothes: It's always a good idea to pack extra clothes, especially if you're going to be on vacation and your child is likely to get wet or dirty.
-Sunglasses and sunscreen: Make sure your child has sunglasses and sunscreen to protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
-Entertainment: Pack books, movies, games, or other forms of entertainment to keep your child occupied during long car rides or flights.
-Food and snacks: Pack snacks and enough formula or baby food for the trip. You may also want to pack a few bottles or sippy cups of water to keep your child hydrated.
Choosing the Right Baby Gear for Travel & Vacation
It's important to pack the right baby gear when traveling with your little one, so you can make the most of your vacation. Here are a few things to consider:
Car Seats: Make sure your child's car seat is certified for air travel. If you're renting a car, always ask the rental company if they have car seats available.
Strollers: If you'll be doing a lot of walking, it might be a good idea to bring a lightweight stroller that folds up easily.
Diapers & Wipes: It's a good idea to bring enough diapers and wipes for the entire trip, plus an extra day or two just in case.
Formula & Bottles: If your baby is formula-fed, it's a good idea to bring enough formula and bottles for the trip. You don't want to have to worry about running out while on vacation.
Keeping Your Baby & Toddler Entertained on Long Journeys
Traveling with a baby or toddler can be daunting, but with a bit of preparation, it can be a breeze. One of the most important things to consider is how to keep your little one entertained during long journeys.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Make a boredom box filled with activities and snacks that your child can do or eat during the trip.
- Bring along their favorite toys and books.
- Download movies or TV shows onto your phone or tablet that your child can watch during the journey.
- If you're traveling by car, take breaks every few hours so your child can get some fresh air and move around.
Developing a Sleep Schedule While Away From Home
Sticking to a familiar sleep schedule plays an important role in any baby or toddler's holiday. Making sure your little one gets the rest they need will help them enjoy their time away from home. To get started, plan for naps both before and after activities. Don't forget about bedtime too; creating a bedtime routine will help your baby or toddler feel safe and secure and help them sleep soundly through the night.
If you're traveling long-distance and crossing time zones, try your best to stick to nap times, but it's also important to be flexible and adjust meal and sleep schedule according to what works best in the new environment. Make sure you bring all the items needed for a comfortable sleep such as cozy pajamas and bedding, a white noise machine, or even their favorite stuffed animal if they’re used to it.
Comfort Items & Extras
It's also important to remember to pack some comfort items and extras for your little one. Don't forget items like their favorite toys, a blanket or stuffed animal to cuddle with, or a special toy or book. If you're going somewhere hot, consider adding in things like hats, sunscreen, and insect repellent. And of course, don't forget plenty of diapers and wipes for those inevitable potty emergencies!
You should also think about packing any special supplies that you may need for your travel plans. This might include medicines, special bottles or cups, booster seats, travel beds or playmats, as well as pacifiers and teethers if your baby likes them. Lastly, don't forget extra clothes in case of any spills or messes!
Tips for Staying Healthy During Travel
On top of packing what your little ones need for the trip, it’s also essential to take measures to keep them healthy during travel. To maximize their health and comfort, make sure you pack some hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and any medications your baby or toddler takes on a regular basis. Try to also bring a spare set of clothes (in case of spills) and some pre-moistened wipes to clean their hands and face as needed. Lastly, if you’re flying, consider investing in a good quality air purifier that's designed for use on airplanes—these devices will help filter out any bad particles in the air keeping them healthier and safer during the flight.
So, you’re all set to take your little one on their first holiday? Great! Just make sure you don’t forget anything important by using our handy checklist.
First and foremost, you’re going to need to pack plenty of diapers and wipes. You’ll also want to pack lots of sunblock, as well as hats and sunglasses to protect your child’s skin from the sun. And don’t forget to bring along plenty of clothes, as well as a few toys to keep your child entertained.Finally, don’t forget to pack your camera to capture all of the memories of your trip! Happy trip and check out the latest and essential things to prepare for your Holidays here on For Your Little one.