Family Reunions: A Mom's Guide
What to Bring
Family reunions are not the time to pack lightly—there’s no way around it. In addition to your standard traveling stash, car seat, and diaper bag, if you have a baby you’ll also need a stroller or baby carrier and a portable crib. Don’t rely on a hotel (or a relative) for your baby’s crib. Often these cribs aren’t as sturdy and don’t meet your safety standards. Beyond that, babies tend to sleep better in something familiar. Liz Maravilla of Tuckahoe, New York, starts putting her baby to sleep in her portable crib up to a week before family gatherings. This makes bedtime easier for both her and her baby when it’s reunion time.
Some items such as diapers and baby food will be easy to find at local grocery stores. Other essentials, like your favorite brand of formula or diaper-rash ointment may not be as easy to find. Plan on bringing enough to last your entire trip.
If you have toddlers or preschoolers, considering packing sippy cups, small utensils, and some toys you know will keep them happy. If taking along a favorite blanket or stuffed animal helps your child sleep better, by all means take it—but don’t neglect to pack it for the return trip!
Don’t forget an emergency stash of medication for your child. Who knows when your baby’s first tooth will come in or when your preschooler might come down with a fever? Enclose your pediatrician’s number, along with the medicine, so that if you have a question, you can contact him or her easily.
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