What to pack when you travel with a 1-year-old
Besides clothes, shoes, diapers, a car seat and a stroller, there are also some essential things that you must pack when traveling with a 1-year-old child.
At 1 year, it is possible for your child to walk. Our child didn’t walk yet and I made the list considering that. This list is especially suitable for a beach holiday or for a holiday that includes going to the pool.
Portable Baby Crib
If you don’t like baby cribs from the hotels you can choose a portable one. Me, I chose the ones from the hotel and take from home my baby sheets. There is also another option, a tent-style travel baby bed (check the age limitations on these) before buying one and test it home. Do not go there and put your baby inside to discover that he is not sleeping in it.
Waterproof Mattress Cover, Crib Sheets
The Waterproof Mattress Cover was a must on our first vacation with the 1-year-old boy. That’s because he could pee accidentally during the night and I wouldn’t want to sit and clean the mattress of the hotel bed. And not only does it protect the mattress, but it also is much more hygienic for the child. Also, I prefer to use my own crib sheet.
Disposable Diaper Changing Pads 90×60 cm
Disposable Waterproof Diaper Changing Pads are very useful. I use them on the bed, in the car, at the restaurant’s restrooms, public restrooms when I change the baby’s diaper. It saves you cleaning in case of an accident. Simple, safe and hygienic.
Diaper Bags / Garbage Bags
Diaper bags and garbage bags are absolutely necessary. I honestly prefer smaller garbage bags (20 l) so I can throw in them both the diaper, the multitude of dirty napkins, and the disposable sheet if it got dirty. Garbage bags are also very good to put wet or dirty clothes.
Bibs and Pacifiers
You need to have some bibs to protect the clothes of your baby. Also, you need few pacifiers if your baby is used to them.
Baby Food and Utensils
Milk powder (formula), cereals, baby puree jars, plates, bowls, teaspoons, fruit grater (perfect to make fresh fruit puree), food thermos (it is necessary to put food in it for later).
For boiling or heating water and preparing formula milk.
Sunblock Cream, Baby-safe Insect Repellent, Medicine and a First aid kit
Do not forget the sunblock cream and insect repellent spray recommended for babies. Also, take baby-specific medications, baby-safe pain killers, powder tablets or juice for dehydration, bandages, antiseptic cream, disinfectant wipes, any prescriptions your baby has. Be sure to check with your child’s pediatrician for suggestions. And the most important, First aid kit. You will need it in case of emergency.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, baby shampoo, baby shower gel, diaper cream, fingernail clippers.
Thermometer and Nasal Aspirator
Don’t forget the thermometer and nasal aspirator. I really needed this on our first vacation because was the first time when my baby got a cold. Also, do not forget nasal drops and saline for babies.
Sleepsack or blankets, white noises box, music box, preferred toy, and all other things that your baby needs to sleep. Try to keep the moment of sleep as similar as possible to the one at home.
You need to keep your baby hydrated. So have with you his / her favorite cup.
Waterproof Swim shorts
Because swim diapers are not waterproof I always put over the diaper waterproof swim shorts.
Doctors recommend using sunscreen but more important is mechanical protection, so use light clothes made of materials that absorb perspiration and hats.
Inflatable Pool with Sun Cover
In the first year of the child’s life, I preferred not to place my baby directly on the sand because he put everything in his mouth and I didn’t want him to eat sand, so I took an inflatable mini pool and kept him in it. It also has a cover that protects him from the sun, so it’s perfect.
Zipped Plastic Bags
Since with the covid-19 pandemic, these zip bags are very good. It helps you maintain hygiene but also to maintain order in the bag. They are also very useful to put wet clothes on them.
Hooded Baby Bathrobe and Hooded Baby Towel Cotton
You need a bathrobe and a large cotton beach towel to wrap the baby in it when he/she comes out of the pool.