Vacationing with a Baby Diva
Before Sarah was born, my husband and I dreamed about all of the places that we could visit. But, we were always too busy with work and remodeling our house to get away from it all. Every few months, we were able to find time to drive a couple of hours out of the city and enjoy a weekend of camping out in the wilderness. It was definitely relaxing and a nice time to unwind. Now that we are a family of three, I have begun to realize that family travel has become A LOT more complicated than our weekend getaways ever were!
"How many bags does one baby need?" my husband muttered as I piled our vacation bags and other necessities by the front door. I just kept humming along, grabbing things and checking them off the vacation list kept in my head. My husband was now not just muttering, but raising his voice to gain my attention after I set yet another bag onto our growing pile. He began to unzip one of the bags when even that didn't work.
Of course, a calm argument ensued, related to the necessity of each item that he pulled out. "Four pacifiers? Sarah doesn't even use a pacifier!" he stated in disbelief. "You brought 15 different bodysuits, six pairs of pajamas, and why did you bring the large box of diapers? I thought we were just going away for a three-day weekend!"
I admit, I am a bit new at packing for my little girl, but I kept thinking, "But, what if I need this?" I brought baby medicine, the blue nose bulb thingy they give you at the hospital, nail clippers, and four bags of baby wipes. I packed baby cereal even though Sarah was not yet old enough to try it.At just 5 months old, she had a grand total of three large bags to bring with her on the trip. I was turning her into a baby diva!
Molly, how much is too much? Is there a baby and family packing checklist I can use when traveling? And how do I avoid overspending when buying baby supplies for our future trips?
Thanks again, Molly, for all of your sage advice!
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