I have been compensated by Johnson’s® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
Over the holidays, some of us travel to visit friends or relatives. While sometimes a short trip doesn’t take much planning, a weekend away is much different with a baby along. You’re now packing not just for yourself and your partner, but, also, for your little one.
Here are some tips to make things easier
Expect the unexpected in terms of clothing changes. Take at least two or three extra outfits for your little one. A diaper mishap is not something you want to stress about when you’re on vacation. On that note, bring extra diapers and wipes. Pack more than you would usually use. As I said, expect the unexpected. Poop happens at the very worst times. It’s Murphy’s Law.
If you’re breastfeeding, that’s taken care of (just bring your nursing pads). If you are bottle feeding, bring extra formula and extra food if your baby is on solids. Have fruits and veggies and snacks at the ready.
Crucial: Do not forget that favorite blankie, pacifier or toy! When you bring your baby’s beloved items, you bring some ‘home’ to a strange place, and, the more your child feels at home, the easier the trip.
Extra Tip: If your child has a favorite blanket, toy or lovey, consider buying an identical one so that should anything bizarre happen (and believe me, it happens!), you can replicate it without too much trouble.
Odd fact: My younger sister’s favorite self-soother when she was a baby was a piece that had ripped off of my dad’s long johns. We still kid her about that to this day.
Also, bring along your Mommy Must Haves. Mine always include Johnson & Johnson’s baby products.
We love and trust Johnson & Johnson products because of the care they put into their products and have always had a wonderful experience with them.
Another tip for you: When getting ready for your trip, or any day, for that matter – Order in. Why spend time and energy getting the kids in the car to go to the store to stock up on baby items when you can order in from the comfort of your living room in your pj’s.
I love shopping at Walmart because it’s my one-stop easy shopping haven. This week I put in an order for baby goodies and got my order in two days along with free shipping because I spent $35 or more.
With the cold weather and preparation for the holidays, it was so easy to order baby products online and they arrived in record time, delivered right to the door so I didn’t even have to brave the snows or icy temps, or defrost the car.
My Mommy Must Haves
Johnson’s head-to-toe baby wash
This wash gently cleanses and soothes sensitive baby skin without drying, is the number-one choice of hospitals and has a creamy lather that pampers and is soap-free, dye-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested. Also gentle to baby’s eyes.
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
No time for tears with this clean smelling shampoo. It’s hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and gentle enough for newborns.
Johnson’s head-to-toe baby lotion
This is my favorite baby lotion for after bath. With Vitamin E, it gently moisturizes your baby’s delicate skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Pediatrician and dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and mild.
Johnson’s head-to-toe baby cleansing cloths
These are perfect for a quick and gentle all-over clean between baths, hypoallergenic and ultra-mild. They’re almost 2x the size of average baby wipes with a thick soft texture, enriched with Johnson’s baby lotion and pre-moistened so no water is needed.
You can also get travel sizes:
We’ve found that a good bedtime routine is an essential part of healthy baby sleep habits. A good bedtime routine alerts your child to the fact that sleep time is approaching. Sometimes trial and error is the best way to find what works for you.
Start with a warm bath and gentle shampoo with Johnson & Johnson bath products to help relax your little one. After toweling off, it’s time for a baby massage with Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion so they feel secure and loved. These rituals help engage your baby’s sense of smell and touch while strengthening your bond and preparing them for a good night’s sleep.
Next, it’s time for a lullaby or a book, or both. This is especially comforting because your child loves your voice, has since Day One, (or even earlier)! Music is good for the soul.
Time for kisses and lights off and hopefully everyone can get some peaceful refreshing sleep.
A good night’s sleep is essential for the overall health, cognitive ability and mood of your little one –- as well as for the parents.