Going on holiday with baby: Checklist for Travelling
by Jade Brodie
Here at Direct4Baby, we know that packing for a holiday can be stressful at the best of times and even more so when you’re having to pack for a little one. Whilst a family holiday is a great chance to spend some quality time with your little ones and create those all-important early memories, there are a number of items to remember to pack to keep your child comfortable, safe and happy on holiday. Which is why we’ve compiled a checklist for travelling at Direct4Baby, designed to help parents enjoy tot-friendly family fun without the fuss! Keep reading as we share essential parenting travel advice, product recommendations and more, including a key checklist of items you and your baby shouldn’t travel without.
Essentials for getting your little one from A to B
A lightweight pushchair
The very nature of a holiday typically consists of a lot of exploring and outdoor adventures and whilst your little one can take in the sights with you, they’re more than likely going to need a pushchair for those all-important afternoon naps. Holidays often mean long days and late nights, so a comfortable, reclining holiday pram is an absolute travel essential, and if you’re travelling via plane, a lightweight, foldable to cabin-size pushchair with a number of innovative features is key.The Babyzen YOYO+ pushchair is the recommended pushchair for holiday-loving parents. Designed intentionally for busy parents on the go, this lightweight stroller can be worn over the shoulder and folds with just one hand, making it the ideal busy airport companion. Whether you’re travelling with a tot, or you’re planning a post-baby getaway with a newborn, the Babyzen YOYO+ is available at Direct4Baby with a number of different, adaptable age packs. Whilst we understand this is a particularly expensive investment, the Babyzen holiday pushchair is designed to grow with your little one, from lie-flat reclined positions to toddler-ready suitability, and could potentially save parents a lot more money in the long run as it reduces the need for replacement. And if you’re jetting off to seek out some sunshine, it’s important to remember to bring a parasol with you. Whilst there are a number of baby parasols available on the market, the best sunshade for a buggy is a parasol that offers UPF 50+ sun protection. At Direct4Baby, we stock a number of UV protection stroller parasols, including the specially designed Babyzen Parasols. Along with a number of lightweight, foldable buggy parasol alternatives from Silver Cross, Mima and more, so you can enjoy precious family time in the sunshine, without worrying about over exposing your little one to the sun.
A car seat if you plan on driving while abroad
If you’re planning on driving to and fro when you’re on holiday, then you should be well prepared in advance with a car seat. You can hire car seats when you arrive at your holiday destination, but they typically come with expensive hire rates and the quality of the car seat can be dubious. If you’re already comfortable with the car seat you have at home and are fully knowledgeable on how to safely install it, then consider packing your own. Whilst a car seat may seem like extra baggage, there are a number of car seat models that double up as a convenient holiday stroller. The Doona, available online at Direct4Baby is the only baby car seat to be certified as an infant car seat, stroller and reclining cradle and is the perfect travel companion for parents who like to travel. Within seconds, the Doona car seat can transform and integrate into a fully adaptable holiday stroller, so you and your little one can be on your way in style and ease.
Essentials for a peaceful night’s sleep on holiday
A Blackout blind
Arguably one of the most innovative parenting hacks, a temporary pop-up blackout blind is particularly handy if you’re planning on travelling long haul and your little ones are suffering from jet lag. Temporary blackout blinds, such as the Magic Blackout Blind at Direct4Baby, are designed to help your little one sleep for a few extra hours, without sunshine pouring through the windows at difficult times of the day. The easy to tear perforated sheets can be simply pushed onto a window to fix, so there’s no worry of leaving marks in the hotel room. As well as shielding your little one’s from the sun for an uninterrupted peaceful night’s sleep, blackout blinds also help to reduce heat and keep the room cooler, which is particularly useful if you’re travelling somewhere hot.
Baby sleeping bags, particularly Travel Grobags, are a handy travel companion making it easy to transfer your little one into a cot, or bed when you arrive at your holiday destination. Removing the need for changing, or the inconvenience of fitting hotel-supplied bedsheets, our collection of Travel Grobags are the ideal travel option for little ones, particularly if your baby enjoys being swaddled. Made from 100% breathable cotton, our range of lightweight, 0.5 tog grobags at Direct4Baby also work to regulate your little one’s temperature throughout the night, keeping them cool and comfortable as they adjust to the sunny climate.
Essentials for feeding baby on holiday
As you’re likely to be exploring whilst travelling, bringing your own sippy cups for your little one saves the hassle of spilt drinks. Whilst many bars and restaurants may cater to little ones, having your own sippy cup is a more familiar, hygienic option to rely on for your baby.
The very nature of having a little one means frequent dribbles and spills, so being well-prepared with a number of bibs is essential. If you’re thinking of packing multiple bibs, consider opting for one silicone, wipe-clean bib instead, such as the Make My Day silicone bibs. These adorable bibs are available online at Direct4Baby in various holiday-ready prints and styles, including a number of animal motifs. Each featuring a curved built-in crumb catcher tray, these 100% BPA free bibs are stain-resistant, dishwasher safe and fully adjustable. Investing in silicone bibs removes the need for packing countless cotton bibs, as well as ensuring you don’t fall short on holiday, as wipe-clean bibs can be used time and time again. It also means parents don’t have to come home with soggy, soiled bibs or spend time looking for washing machines on holiday, which is always a bonus!
Baby Travel Essentials at Direct4Baby
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