1. Have car seat, will hit road Kids should be in a car seat until they can be seated properly with a seat belt.
2. Bag of choice Taking the right bag for your bonding sojourn is a crucial decision so that you don’t end up with muscular pains from lugging that heavy carryall all day.
3. Pick a stroller that’s sturdy but easy to carry This helps make your trip to the mall or the park a leisurely one, especially since you can also use this as a repository for the shopping bags you have accumulated.
4. Baby wipes They come in handy during diaper changes, milk spills, even leaks from lactation. Pick thosethat come in packs instead of those in hard tubs. Plastic packs fit more easily in your bag, even your pocket. They’re also cheaper.
5. Diapers: How many do you really need? Before a long trip, take note how many times he pees and poops daily for about three days. This will give you an idea how many diapers you need to bring depending on how long you will be gone.
Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers is up to you. Disposables, however, are more convenient when on the road. They’re easier to change and they don’t need to be washed.
7. Pre-measured infant formula Pack pre-measured infant formula in those handy dividers/containers. Bring at least eight to a dozen bottles pre-filled with distilled/sterilized/mineral water. Disposable bottles are also now available in the market, which are convenient especially for long trips.
8. Bring your baby’s security item Traveling or going out can make a baby anxious. Something that simulates the environment he’s accustomed to helps a great deal.
9. Keep baby preoccupied with toys Bright and colorful toys have high entertainment value. Just make sure these are made of soft material in case the car encounters a bump on the road or comes to an abrupt stop, to decrease injury to your baby. Also make sure these don’t have small detachable parts, to decrease risks of choking.
10. Stock up on the plastic bags Pack a plastic bag, preferably a resealable one, to keep soiled clothes in or hold disposables in case a garbage can is not within site.
11. Keep a mini medicine kit It’s best to keep a tube of diaper rash ointment, a small bottle of paracetamol syrup, and any other medication your baby may need in your bag at all times.
12. Small blanket, jacket, hat, socks On days when it’s warm and sunny in the morning and then suddenly rainy mid-day, the temperature change may affect your baby’s well-being. Keeping them snug and comfy will result to their pleasant demeanor.
13. Extra clothes Dealing with spills to spit-ups, at least one outfit change is reasonable to keep handy.
14. Bring a spare shirt for yourself Bring an extra shirt for those uneventful baby spit-ups or vomiting that emit sour smells and dampen your disposition.