A holiday abroad with a baby – what to pack

Following from my “flying for the first time with a baby” (historically one of my all time most commented, clicked and shared posts – THANK YOU!), it taught me that perhaps more of those kind of informative posts could be of help and interest to fellow newish mothers like me, especially when it come to travel.

For that reason I want to share with you my baby packing check list when going on a (summer) overseas holiday with a baby. I’ve shared this list already with a few friends (who know I have a spreadsheet for everything in life!) and I also received DMs on Instagram from those replying to my Instastories with questions during our recent (and first family summer) holiday to Menorca.

I hope you or a friend/relative find this useful and please let me know if you have any suggestions to add. I’ve linked to some of the products (not sponsored!) for ease for you to click/browse/purchase.

So here goes, my checklist for going on a summer holiday with a baby…

Me and Henry on our first summer holiday recently to Menorca

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A mommy’s morning in the West Village

When I took Henry to NYC, I HAD to take him to one of my favourite parts of the city – the West Village. Not that he was going to remember it, being just 5 months old at the time, but as I was an avid fan of the TV series Sex and the City and F.R.I.E.N.D.S during my teenage years, I simply had to document our morning in the West Village and beyond…

The infamous exterior of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (exclude the political poster top right!)

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Flying with a baby for the first time

I recently took Henry on his first flight and to the Big Apple – yes a 5-month old on a long haul flight, 7 hours 50 minutes no less. A few people quoted I was “brave” and/or “mad”, others said “go for it” and some simply said “good luck”!

Me and my little lad on the Brooklyn Bridge

Since my trip, many have asked me questions about travelling with a baby.  Can you take baby milk in hand luggage? What’s the deal with pushchairs on board?

So I thought I’d blog about my learnings and tips which I hope will be of interest to anyone looking to take a little one on their first flight – long or short haul….

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A Center Parcs getaway with a baby

As a new parent, holiday shopping can seem daunting. You want accommodation that offers the facilities you want, to maintain some level of normality with your routine (happy baby + happy mummy + happy daddy = happy days) and a resort that is family friendly and makes life as easy as possible for (new-ish) parents. Especially when you’re spending a hard earned wage.

For a relative’s landmark birthday, a small group of us recently stayed at Center Parcs, in their Elveden Forest resort in Suffolk. This was Henry’s first holiday and the first time we have taken him away from home overnight and in this instance 3 nights. As a first time mother, naturally the planning involved lists galore, lots of questions (thank you Center Parcs for being so responsive on Twitter!) and about a week to get ready and packed…

Home for the weekend? Sure!

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A savvy changing bag idea for stylish mums

When I was pregnant, shopping for a changing bag was one of the hardest tasks. Like many fellow handbag lovers out there, finding a changing bag that doesn’t scream “THIS BAG CONTAINS NAPPIES AND OTHER BABY STUFF” is hard to find – they’re not always stylish.

Granted – a lot of changing bags are very handy – including changing mats, insulated pockets for bottles etc etc – and a lot of them probably do stay in the car, on the pram, indoors etc until needed.

I wanted a changing bag that fitted in with my own lifestyle and style for handbags, especially if I was going to be carrying it out and about everyday.

Then, one day, during one of my frequent window-shopping-browses on Instagram (searching with hashtags of course), I discovered the perfect solution for carrying around my baby essentials…

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A crafty gift from your little ones to your loved ones

For Mother’s Day weekend just gone I *thought* it would be a good idea to branch my fairly new ‘mummy self’ out in to the world of arts and craft to make Henry’s Grandma (my Mum) and Nana (my Mother in Law) a personalised gift.

On a recent shopping trip to Waitrose, in the wine section I spotted plain wooden (single) wine boxes and ‘ding’ – an invincible light bulb shone above my head!

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