Traveling with a newborn can be a great source of stress for parents. From worries about feeding to packing enough clothes, taking baby on any trip can be hectic.
Just two weeks after his birth, my husband and I took our older son on a road trip from Florida to Michigan, and while our stress level was high, we made it, learning about the best ways to travel with a newborn in the process.
Contrary to what you may believe, taking your infant is both possible and fun. By ensuring you have included each of the items on this list before leaving, you can have a blast with baby on board.
Even if you've investigated your destination's forecast in advance, you'll still want to prepare for the unexpected, taking care to pack clothing items for all types of weather.
- long pants
- onesies/short sleeve shirts
- swaddling blankets
- hat/sun bonnet
- baby blankets
Medications and Baby Care Supplies
Ensuring you have all essential medications and baby care supplies will make both you and your infant more comfortable on your trip.
- prescription medication
- fever reducer
- gas drops
- bulb syringe
- diaper cream
- sunscreen (if approved by physician)
- petroleum jelly
- bath soap
- baby towels/wash cloths
- nail clippers
Be certain to obtain proper dosage information for all medications from your baby's physician before departure. Also, pack changing materials, such as diapers and wipes, on top for quick access during travel.
Whether you breast or formula feed, you'll want to make sure you take all feeding necessities.
- breast pump
- bottle and nipple cleaning supplies
- breast feeding blanket or cover up
- burp cloths
Be sure to prepare for feedings while en route to your travel destination by having a bottle or breastfeeding equipment as well as burp cloths handy and readily accessible.
Toys and Entertainment
Even though your newborn is small, he or she still enjoys stimulation. Be sure to bring items that will interest your baby.
- baby mirror
- car seat toys
- wrist rattles and toys
Remember to never leave your newborn alone with soft, plush toys as they pose a suffocation hazard.
Travel and Transportation Items
Be sure to check in advance whether your destination provides common travel and transportation items or if you should pack or rent your own.
- crib or bassinet
- car seat
- car seat cover (for cold weather)
- baby gym/playmat
Taking a newborn on a trip can be unsettling, but by ensuring you pack all items essential for baby's comfort, you and your infant can have a great time while traveling.