Last weekend, I took a short road trip with my husband and our baby. We went up to my hometown to visit my cousins, and the trip takes about 2.5 hours. I used to think that it was a quick and easy drive, but it kind of feels like an eternity with a fussy infant.
Baby Girl usually does so well in her carseat, but she is teething now, so she constantly needs to chomp, scream, and squirm to distract herself from the discomfort. If we’re lucky, she’ll sleep peacefully for half an hour so that hubby and I can turn up our Will Smith Playlist and rap to Wild Wild West…not kidding.
When we were getting ready, I got to thinking about what I bring along in the diaper bag for day trips like this and what I really need to bring next time to make the trip easier.
Here is my checklist for day trips with baby:
Change of clothes for baby
Travel case of Wipes
Sunglasses (for mom and baby)
Shirt for mom, in case of spills, leaks etc.
Phone and Charger
Baby’s favorite toy
I managed to get by with everything on this list, but I definitely recommend bringing a few extra toys or whatever your baby is interested in that day. My baby loves to rattle a small toy around in a cup, so I always bring a sturdy plastic cup, a small rattle to shake around inside the cup, and an empty water bottle, because those are the funky things that she finds interesting right now. They definitely keep her busy for plenty of time.
I’m also doing a modified form of baby-led-weaning, so I didn’t pack any baby food this trip. I just gave her large pieces of whatever fruits or veggies I was eating so that she could hold them and suck on them. It’s easier for me, less to pack, and she loves to eat what mommy is eating.
I didn’t include the Bumbo chair in this picture because it was already in the trunk, but this chair is a lifesaver. It was a baby shower gift and it doubles as a mini highchair because it has an attachable tray. Super convenient. I would love to hear about what everyone else is packing in the diaper bag for their road trips!
Article by Cate Rosales
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