From surviving the flight to sun protection, Superdrug’s checklist covers everything you need for your first holiday with baby
Check whether there’s a suitable bed for your baby at the hotel. If not, you’ll need to take a travel cot. Also, pack blankets or baby sleeping bags, but remember it might be hotter at night on holiday.
The right buggy
A lightweight pushchair is essential. If you’re flying, you can take it as far as the aircraft door. It’ll be stored in the hold and may not reappear until the luggage carousel, so you might want to pack a sling to carry your baby through the airport on arrival.
Nappies and wipes
Take plenty for the journey and extras in case you’re delayed. Also, remember spare clothes, plastic bags to store any soiled nappies, and a travel changing mat. Why not try the My Little Star Fragrance Free Wipes? They have a 24 pack which is perfect for your hand luggage and then a 64 pack for the larger bags.
Bottles and formula
You’re allowed to carry baby milk through airport security, so if you bottle feed, take formula or expressed milk and plenty of sterilised bottles. Pack your powdered formula in your suitcase along with sterilising equipment.
If you’re breastfeeding
Feeding in busy new places can be distracting for your baby, so you might want to bring a cover-up to use on holiday. Don’t forget your breast pads, and if you plan to express, remember to pack your pump, bottles and sterilising equipment.
Why not try the My Little Star New Mum Disposable Breast Pads? Specially designed to absorb excess milk, plus the moisture-proof backing offers added leakage protection to keep you comfortable and dry.
Surviving the flight
Changing air pressure can make babies’ ears feel uncomfortable, so at take-off and landing try giving your little one a milk feed or a dummy. Stash some new and exciting toys in your hand luggage, and try to time your flight with naptime or bedtime.
If it’s going to be hot, pack long-sleeved, lightweight clothes and sunhats. You’ll need to keep babies out of direct sunlight if they’re less than six months old, so take a parasol for the buggy and a sunshade for the beach. If they’re older, you’ll need lots of children’s sun cream with an SPF of at least 15.
Superdrug’s My Little Star has the perfect moisturising Sun Lotion. It has an SPF of 50 and has been formulated with a combination of broad spectrum sunscreen which helps protect delicate skin against UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays. With five star UVA protection, it helps to defend against sun induced skin damage, plus it’s water resistant so your little one can still have plenty of fun in the sun.
Bathing and toiletries
Your holiday accommodation may not have a bath, so just in case, pack a universal bath plug, so you can bathe your baby in a sink. Take your usual toiletries and a first aid kit, which should include a thermometer, age-appropriate paracetamol and ibuprofen, plasters and any medication your child needs.