Preparing your first vacation with a baby
When you are far from home, you don't want to miss anything with a baby! And often, these first vacations with baby can be (slightly) stressful: we are afraid to forget the essentials, we ask ourselves a lot of questions... To avoid this little wave of stress, the watchword is OR-GA-NI-SA-TION. Don't leave it to the last minute!
Our advice for a serene vacation with a baby:
Tip 1: Prepare baby's things in advance
Why prepare baby's things in advance? First of all, because you must have seen it, since you became a mother, you are cruelly short of time. The earlier you start, the less you'll forget and the less stressed you'll be. No more leaving on a whim with only your backpack to carry... that was before!
Tip 2: Make lists so you don't forget anything.
What to take on vacation with baby? It all depends on the season, the destination and the length of your trip. Adapt these outfits and accessories according to these points and needs.
Sometimes it seems so obvious, that we don't even think about it, and then... it's a tragedy! Don't forget these daily essentials:
- Clothing according to the season
- Hygiene products (cream, liniment)
- Soft toy (how could I forget that one?)
- Baby bottle
- Milk (powder) + demineralized water
- His toiletry kit
- Small pots
- Your breastfeeding kit Elvie
- Some toys/books
The changing bag
Like any self-respecting parent, as soon as there is an outing, we think of taking our changing bag with us along with your usual :
- Spare parts
- Travel changing mat
- Seasonal accessories: hat/sunglasses/mist
- Baby bottle
- Water bottle
The first aid kit
Prevention is better than cure. And I don't know if it's a coincidence, but I feel like it's always on vacation that kids get sick. So now I'm getting equipped and thinking about taking a first aid kit or what we call, the boo-boo kit :
Here are my basics :
- Baby fly
- Physiological serum
- Anti-mosquito bracelet
- Sunscreen adapted for babies
All these little things will take up a lot of space. Baby also has the right to his suitcase. Depending on the length of your trip, you may prefer a small suitcase or a weekend bag, which will be perfect for a few days' getaway with the family.
Health and administration
Yes, even if you are so young, it is important that you have an identity card and/or a passport to travel. Note that the passport is mandatory for travel outside the EU, even if baby is only a few days old!
For a trip to Europe with baby, ask for the European Health Insurance Card. Apply in a few seconds on your ameli.fr space and receive it within a few days. This card ensures that you will be reimbursed for part of the care provided in Europe. Important: always have your nice, up-to-date health record book with you. A follow-up can be done if needed. In any case, whether you are traveling in France or abroad, always consult your pediatrician before leaving. He will surely do a complete check up and check the vaccines to be done.
Advice N°3 : ask about your accommodation
When renting or staying in a hotel, always ask about the accessories available for children: high chair, adapted bathtub, cot... This may save you the trouble of carrying them and above all, it avoids bad surprises and panic!
PS: most of these tips are also valid for you and your own stuff ;)
You are now ready for great family adventures! It's still a vacation, so let's follow these tips and above all, let's untension ourselves!
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