PACKING TRIP FOR TODDLER & BABY: ROAD TRIP ADDITION

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After coming back from Lake Powell, I got a few DM’s about what I pack for a baby and toddler.  The thing I’m learning is to pack light, but also enough in case of blow outs.  For a trip like Lake Powell she was in her diaper 80% of the trip, but jammies when we were in the houseboat with AC.  It was 100+ degrees there.  This post is about road trips and what I pack.  I haven’t been on an airplane with both of them yet, but you can use similar items for an airplane.  This road trip is specifically for 5 days, and 2 days on the road (5 hour car ride)

FOR OAKS (TODDLER)

  1. SHORTS:  2 pairs comfy shorts, I like Zara or child hoods clothing (what he’s wearing here)

2.   JAMMIES: 1 pair of of jammies for every night.  I love AVAUMA on Amazon, or Childhoods Clothing , I’ll usually buy Oaks one set a year of Child hoods since its more expensive.  (or more if potty training, just in case of an accident)

3.  T-SHIRTS: Couple T shirts, I like Zara’s

4.   SWIMSUITS:  3 swim shorts, I like Zara, cope and hawk & ollie & squish

5.  IPAD: I use THIS CASE for the car.   I download his favorite show Blippi on the youtube app before we leave town, then I’ll download a few paw patrol, puppy pals or mickey mouse, but they key is to download NEW shows every road trip.  Something that haven’t watched before but you know they love.  I don’t let Oaks have the Ipad any other time, but long road trips.  I made this decision almost a year ago after realizing how much anxiety and moodiness it caused him.  My personal parenting opinion!  It’s just what TJ and I decided we were going to do.  I’ve noticed the biggest difference after using it.  This is turning into a different topic, but I’ll do another post on it if you would like.

6.  SNACKS: COOLER for packing.  I always pack the healthy things first like thinly sliced carrots, small cucumbers (from costco), thinly sliced peppers, back to nature round crackerspirate booty puffs.  Then I’ll pull at the candy and treats in desperate times.  Fruit Snacks, Suckers, Unreal Chocolates, Helicopter Candy toy.  They carry those in gas stations, and we always stop and let Oaks pick one out and it helps out so much.  Also, its candy, but you can’t see the candy so they just think its a toy.  Win win!

 

FOR LIV (BABY) -UNDER 6 MONTHS

  1.  DIAPERS & WIPES: 5-10 diapers for each day & 2 packs of wipes. It depends how much your baby uses up and what age.  At the beginning they poop a lot.  So I planned out 10 a day and I came home with over 20, so didn’t use all, but we were in Lake Powell, so not close to a store.  I use HELLO BELLO.  BTW I love them.  Best diapers I’ve ever used.  I used to use pampers and huggies and this tops them by a lot.  The diaper is so absorbent and the poop barley gets on her bum. 

2.  BREAST PUMP , & BREAST PUMP BRA & DR BROWN BOTTLEI’ll pump in the car so it’s fresh and she can use it if we’re in desperate times. I also pack this wherever I go.   The key is to time it right, make sure it’s their nap time before you leave on your road trip AND DON’T stop the car, or they’ll wake.   This is what has happened in my experience.  

3.  PACIFIER: I pack at least 2.  I have one in my car & one in my diaper bag.  I use BIBS PACIFIER

4.   WHITE ONSIES: a few pairs of onsies.  I’m learning with this baby to always have these on hand, just in case of a blow out. They come in handy wherever you go!

5. ROMPERS (for hot vacay) I pack a couple.   I love Mebie Baby, Rylee and Cru , Amazon, or Zara.

6.  JAMMIES: I pack one for each night. I love Jamie Kay, Quincey Mae, and Amazon.

7.  DIAPER BAG: Burp clothes, wipes, pacifier.

8.  BLANKETS: Two muslin blankets to swaddle at night.

9.  DOCKATOTshe’ll sleep between TJ and I in our bed, so she’s cosleeping in this, which I feel is definitely more safe, but to each their own and listen to your own instincts.  She sleeps like a dream in this thing.

10.  DREAM EGG, OWLET & AUDIO BABY MONITOR: always pack these when we travel.  The dream egg is the white noise.

 

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LIVS HEADBAND

OAKS OUTFIT

LIVS OUTFIT

LIVS SLEEPING SCHEDULE AT 3 MONTHS

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How is she already 3 months though??  I swear I JUST had her yesterday.  It’s going so much faster than it did with Oaks, probably because I’m busier.   She’s becoming so alert and making the cutest baby noises.  She’s literally the most chill baby on the planet, just like brother.   

With your first, you just go through so many changes of all the new.  You just became a mom and everything is so overwhelming.  I had no idea how to do the sleep schedule thing with Oaks, but luckily he was just a good sleeper to begin with.  I co slept with him when he would wake at night just like I do with Liv now.  I stopped doing that with Oaks when he was about 5 months, almost 6 months old.  I did put him in his crib at 4 months old.  

So I started the sleep sense training with him and he was fully sleeping 12 hour nights, 7am-7pm and took two naps, both 2 hours.  He’s been the best sleeper ever since and we’ve never ever ran into a problem, even through his growth spurts.  Read How I SLEEP TRAINED OAKS HERE.

So the reason I’m telling you this was it gave me a sense of routine with Oaks and how babies THRIVE off routine.  Get them off routine and they’re crazy nutty kids who are overly tired and won’t sleep, or take naps.  Obviously every child is different, BUT every child needs sleep.  They’re constantly growing.  

Every sense Liv was born I wanted to start her on a routine.  Not right away because they sleep 24/7.  It takes a good month to see some sort of routine.  At about 2 months old you can start seeing their schedule and doing a bedtime routine to get them familiar with bedtime.  I got the sense that she was awake for 2 hours exactly.  Then down for a nap from anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.  She will do this 3 times a day.  

Your goal with wake time is to get perfect timing so that baby goes to sleep quickly, easily and with minimal to no crying.  This doesn’t sound very complicated, but it’s pretty tricky to do. Keeping on a good schedule/routine and keeping a sleep journal will make getting the right wake time easier. Some signs of perfect timing are:

  • your baby goes to sleep easily for a nap with minimal or no crying and playing, 
  • your baby takes a long nap and then wakes up happy (is happy after being fed for a young baby)
  • your baby seems to be happy and alert during his awake time
If your baby doesn’t go to sleep perfectly, don’t fret. Your wake time may still be right, some babies just need a little more help learning to sleep than others. And some babies simply like to fight a little before falling asleep and will cry even with perfect timing. 
 
At this age, babies will usually be awake in 2 hour gaps, but it really depends on your child.   Wake, feed, play, then back down is what I like to follow.  Some times we like to nurse to sleep and some times we don’t.  Either way, it’s been successful.  I nurse to sleep mostly, but if I can get it just right and lay her down when I KNOW she’s tired then she’ll fall asleep with no fuss and nothing to help her fall asleep.
 
SIGNS OF TIREDNESS: sits quietly and glazed over eyes aka tired eyes, gets a little fussy, acts hungry even though they just ate.  
 
Those are signs of what Liv does, usually I would have fed her, but she was OUT in 2 seconds on the nipple, so those are the times I just rock her or just lay her down with a pacifier if she’ll take one.   IF your little won’t and you want them to, lay them by your boob to rock and then stick it in their mouth.  It’s a little trick that I do with her and it works every time.
 
HERE IS A RUNDOWN OF LIV’S SCHEDULE ( REMEMBER EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT BUT I WANT TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE)
 
-9am: Wake time
-9am-9:30am: feeding time
-9:30am-10:30am: tummy time, Oaks and I play with her, she listens as I read to Oaks, then cook breakfast.
-10:30am: start to settle down for a nap, I’ll swaddle her bottom half like she likes, put her dock a tot in her crib (where she naps and it makes it easier to transition if you do naps before fully transferring) and I’ll put on her DREAM EGG (white noise thats amazing!) and rock her with her paci, or I give her a boob.  Depends on the day, but I’m trying to time it just right so I won’t need to give her a boob.  
 
-10:45-11am: out for her nap and I’M STILL holding her usually, today she went out in 5 minutes when I laid her down.  Still trying to get my timing right, but work with what you can.  When I’m holding her, I make sure she’s out, then I’ll lay her down for gently so she doesn’t wake up.  She usually doesn’t wake up, but again, every child is different.  Play around with what works for you.  Some kids don’t transfer easily.  It’s totally best if you lay them down and let them self soothe.  Again, I’m still transitioning toward that. 
 
-12pm-1pm: wake time, feed, change, play with brother, tummy time.
 
-1:45pm or 2:45pm: start to settle down for a nap.  She’ll nap anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours, so it depends on the day, but I’m giving an example of most of my days and the importance of timing.  Wrap her up, make sure she’s changed, white noise on, pacifier or boob in and she’s out in 5-15 minutes.  Lay her in her dock a tot and I use the just a cheap audio baby monitor from walmart to listen for her.  I use the Owlet at night.  And , sometimes she naps in her car seat for this one because I’ve got Oaks and want to take him out most days to play.  I just try to get her down for at least 2 naps at home.
 
-3pm-4pm: wake time, play, change, feed, tummy time.
 
-5pm or 6pm: start to settle down for a nap, wrap her, white noise on, rock her and paci or boob in mouth, or just lay her in her crib in her dock a tot with white noise on when I see signs of sleepiness.   

-6pm or 8pm: wake time, change, feed, play, tummy time.

-8pm or 9pm: start settling down for bed.  I put the dock a tot in her halo bassinet next to my bed, and draw her and Oaks bath.  I get her bathed and Oaks is taking a bath next to us.  TJ usually get Oaks washed up and bathed, but if he’s not home I’ll get her washed first and dressed and then him.  

8:30 or 9:30: settle down for bed and I’ll rock and nurse her to sleep with the Dream Egg next to me in her room.  Then once she’s asleep, I lay her in her halo bassinet with the OWLET SOCK on her foot.  If you aren’t familiar with that its a monitor that watches their heart rate and oxygen levels.  Best thing thats ever been invented. 

9pm or 10pm: asleep until 4am or 6am

4am or 6am: nurse and co sleep until 9am

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This is the schedule we follow and it’s going to change as she grows.  She’s napping 3 times a day right now, but that will change here in a couple months.   They start to need less naps.  Once they hit 4-6 months, its 2 naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  When they turn one is just one nap a day.  Oaks stopped napping at 2-1/2.  Every child is different though!  BUT THEY ALL NEED SLEEP.  

Be patient with it and try not to get frustrated.  Listen for cues.  Write down your schedule and stick with it!  IT’S ALL ABOUT TIMING HERE!

I’ve noticed if her schedule is off she doesn’t sleep good at night.  The more they sleep,  the better they go down for naps and bedtime.  Like I said before, babies THRIVE OFF ROUTINE. 

I’m not a sleep therapist here haha, just giving advice on what has worked for us and from what I have researched.  I’ll sleep train her using the sleep sense method at 6 months old, just like I did with Oaks.

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HOT TIP:  if you hear your baby wake from their nap 15-30 minutes in, wait a little before going in.  Obviously if they’re making unusual sounds, go check on them, but don’t let them see you.  Liv will usually always go back to sleep.  So just don’t jump to go get them, but again, CHECK ON THEM FOR SURE.  Always check on them.  If it makes you feel better, keep the owlet monitor on them for naps.  Or watch through a webcam.  I need to set my owlet cam up, but that is the one we’re using.

Let me know if you guys have any questions at all! 

xoxo,

SARA LYNN