Motherhood is an indescribably exciting period of life, especially for those experiencing it for the first time. There’s so much chaos and excitement surrounding your new bundle of joy that it’s easy to overlook some essential items you didn’t know you needed while traveling, or get all wound up over things you think you do. Here’s an essential list for parents traveling with a newborn.
1. White Noise Machine
White noise machines are oft overlooked solutions to those sleepless nights. They’re a great tool for soothing babies and ushering them back to sleep by reminding them of their happy place: the womb, and can help with jetlag and unfamiliar places. Buy a portable one that runs on batteries so you can take them anywhere without worrying about voltage.
2. Manual Breast Pump
These are great because they are smaller, and don’t require various adapters, etc. If you are discreet, you can even pump in a car under a cover. There are even hands-free pumping bras available for women which enable them to produce milk while eating, reading a book, or catching up on anything else they haven’t been able to spare a moment on.
3. Portable Crib
The right portable crib can make or break a family vacation. These handy, hassle-fee pop-out devices are lightweight and easy to carry—which mean moms can set up a travel crib wherever you are. They provide a safe place for baby to sleep and play in so moms don’t need to focus every second of their attention on their child’s safety.
4. Car Seat & Stroller Combos
In order to make traveling with newborns more comfortable and convenient, moms rely on two-in-one stroller/car seats. Every budding parent knows that each item is a necessity, but not all are aware that many manufactures produce car seats that simply clip right into lock base on wheels. These essential travel systems cut down on space and time by enabling you to move from car to stroller in a matter of seconds.
5. Pacifier Holders
Everyone says you need pacifiers, but no one tells you about the need for pacifier holders. It’s such a simple concept, you’ll be frustrated for not thinking about it sooner. Usually the moment of realization occurs when the baby drops their beloved binky into the dirt and cries as you scramble to find a backup. Grab a pacifier holder in which one end loops around the ring and the other attaches to the baby’s shirt. Voila—no more dropped (or thrown) pacifiers!
On your journey through motherhood, you’ll of course come across many things you need and didn’t anticipate. That’s okay! That’s what we’re here for!