Baby and Toddler,  Parenting Life

Visiting family? Here’s your baby travel essentials.

It’s lovely to visit family and spend time together, especially on family occasions like Christmas and summer holidays. If you have to travel with a baby, there are plenty of ‘must-have’ items you will need to bring for your little one. Here’s some baby travel essentials you will need for the most popular visiting scenarios.

The daytime visit

If you’re spending the day with family for dinner, you can pack relatively light. As usual, you will need all the changing bag essentials and a change of clothes in case of accidents. But here’s what else you can bring to make life easier:

ClevaFoam Baby Head and Body Support: If your little one is old enough to sit up in a chair/high chair for dinner, this handy support will stop them slipping around and will keep them comfortable while eating. Leaving you free to enjoy your own meal.

Feeding/Weaning: Babies like familiarity and routine, so remember to take your regular feeding accessories such as plates and cutlery. If you’re bringing food for them, pack Travel Containers with your child’s food ready for when they get hungry. Don’t forget Muslin Cloths for cleaning up messy hands and faces!  If your baby is teething, pack a ClevaFeed for them to chew on.

Footmuffs: Feel like a walk after dinner? Take your baby’s cosy footmuff so they will be nice and snug in their buggy. It will be good for them to have some fresh air as family homes can be overheated, crowded and noisy at times, and good for you too!

The overnight stay

If you are staying overnight, you will need to pack a little more, so take the above and include these items too:

ClevaFoam Pods: Your little one will need somewhere cosy to rest and take a break from the festivities. The ClevaFoam Baby Pod and Max Pod are ideal for supervised naps and general resting. Babies get tired being passed from one person to another so let them lay down and have a little space while you keep an eye on them.

Travel Cot Mattress:  For overnight stays, a travel cot is a must-have. Our Travel Cot Mattress, which folds up for easy carrying, will ensure your little sleeps well, no matter where they are.

Sound To Sleep – The Portable Sleep Aid: This handy little sound machine is ideal for soothing your little one to sleep, wherever they are. Made with portability in mind, the Sound to Sleep comes with a handy carry strap to attach to cot, car seat, or travel system and can be easily popped into your changing bag. 5 calming sounds (2 x Reiki, 2 x nature, 1 white noise) and a soothing starlight projector will help to settle your baby for afternoon naps and nighttime dreams. The built in cry sensor will soothe them back to sleep if they wake.

Comforters: Strange surroundings can unsettle babies, so make sure they have something that feels and smells familiar close to hand. A cute comforter is ideal because it’s small, easy to pack and has all the scents of home on it.

Blankets: As with the comforter, having their own familiar bedding can help them settle when away from home. They can also be used as a swaddle to calm a fractious baby if all the attention becomes too much! If this happens, take your little one to a quiet room, wrap them up and give them a good snuggle.

The longer stay

If you live a long distance from your family, you may travel to visit them and this often necessitates a longer stay. If you’re flying, you will not be able to bring everything along with you. But if you are travelling by car, you can pack everything you need.  Here’s some longer-stay essentials.

Pillows: Children always settle easier when they have their own pillows. So whether you have a baby, toddler, or older child, our ClevaFoam pillows which are fully breathable and hypoallergenic, will ensure a good night’s rest.

Bedding: If you are staying with family, they may be short on bedding or you may just prefer to bring your own. Again, this provides the familiarity that children need and will help them to feel like they’re ‘home away from home’.

Mattress protectors: If you have a child who is toilet training, the last thing you want is a wet bed when you’re away from home. We all know that accidents happen, but you will sleep easier if you know the guest bed is protected.  You can also put one of these in the car on the back seat in case of car sickness on long journeys. Better safe than sorry!

ClevaBath: Not everyone has a bath in their home these days. But everyone has a kitchen sink. Our ClevaBath folds flat, meaning it will travel easily and won’t be in the way. So your little one can enjoy a bath while they’re away from home.

ClevaPure Salt Lamp & Humidifier: If you have the luxury of bringing ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ then you can pack your ClevaPure Salt Lamp & Humidifier. It will help recreate a familiar atmosphere for your child, and will help purify and hydrate the air in the room. This helps to soothe dry skin, sore throats and sniffles.

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