Most people these days (at least those who read blogs) would’ve done some form of air travel with their babies. There is also so much information and advice out on the good ol’ internets about this, I’m not going to repeat them here. This Youtube presentation really laid out the tips clearly and I recommend anyone traveling with their infants/babies for the first time to watch it.
What I wanted to write about is the few things we never leave home without when staying overnight elsewhere with Benji: A baby carrier (sometimes two), a travel crib, moisturizer and medication, gentle all purpose soap (Dr Bronner’s), and most times, a compact baby bath.
Someone loaned us the Belle Organic Baby Carrier and we love it. In fact, I prefer it over the popular Baby Bjorn carrier which we also have, for multiple reasons. The biggest: it is really lightweight. The Belle Organic carrier is also great because as the name suggests, the material is made of organic fabric which, in this case, is cotton. Although I haven’t written much about Benji’s skin condition, it still exists and we still work hard almost daily to find ways to manage it. At 5 months, Benji has become quite a little explorer, constantly turning his head from side to side to check out the sights and sounds around him. Therefore, it is important for us to have a carrier with material soft and gentle to his skin when he rubs his face against it. The carrier is also very lightweight and easy to compress in your hand carry luggage.
Foldable Baby Bath:
Because of Benji’s sensitive skin, we try to bath him in a clean tub and not wanting to take chances with hotel tubs, I try as much as possible to put him in a tub that I *know* is clean (yes, I don’t trust the hotel cleaning standards). We also bathe him once a day and then moisturize him immediately afterward to ‘trap’ in the moisture from the water. The bath in the photo is the one we have. It’s called the Summer Infant Folding Bath. It’s been really good to us. Easy to use and highly portable. But, we need to get another one soon as Benji is outgrowing this one FAST.
Most hotels and vacation rental places supply cribs on request. Once again, because of Benji’s sensitive skin, I am paranoid to use anything that I did not clean myself, especially his bedding. I use special organic laundry wash for all his clothes (and ours, too) in case he is sensitive to the chemicals used in regular detergents. I have also decided that I don’t want to be wrapped up in clothes washed in synthesized chemicals; it’s like wearing these chemicals on my skin. In a way, his travel crib can also serve as a familiar and consistent item to help him sleep better in a foreign place. The travel crib we own is the Baby Bjorn one. It folds up really easily and into a bag, so it’s convenient to carry around. We have actually been using it as his crib while temporarily here in Vancouver.
Moisturizers/Medications & Dr Bronners magic soap:
We constantly moisturize Benji as his skin tends to dry out more easily than other babies without eczema. His skin also flares up ocassionally with red spots on his face and body and one way to prevent them from getting worse and eventually weeping, is to keep his skin well hydrated. We also carry his hydrocortisone medications with us to apply them whenever those spots appear (currently everyday 😦 ). Dr Bronners magic soap is also another staple item in our travel luggage. Benji has those explosive poops almost everyday and consequently soils his clothing. Instead of having to bring along a million outfits, or hunt around for a laundrymat and be subject to using their laundry detergent, I brought along this soap which I used to handwash some of his soiled outfits and then air dried in the bathroom. Another benefit of having soap on hand is that the stains get removed quickly (as opposed to sitting in a plastic bag for days and only washing them out then).
What is in your baby travel luggage?