I recently posted about travelling with a baby from newborn to 3 months old. In that post I admit that we didn’t get to travel much. It was when Jacob was one month old that we found out that Dan had a tumour in his spine and needed a massive surgery. Just before Jacob turned 3 months old, Dan went in for a 13 hour surgery. Dan spent over a month in hospital, so it wasn’t until Jacob was around five months that we were able to do a bit of travel.
Of course at the moment, our travel adventures has been much shorter. I am back at a temporary job, so we only have weekends available. Our first trip away was a weekend on the Gold Coast. We were not able to go too far afield as Dan was still in the halo at the time and could not drive (or fit into a car!).
After the halo came off, and we could drive again, we did some less urban day trips… like hiking in Mount Tamborine.
Travelling With A Baby – The Challenges
Travelling with a three to six month old is much… MUCH… easier than travelling with a newborn. However there still are challenges. At around three months old, Jacob started chronic drooling. The amount of drool this kid could produce was astounding. Litres and litres of drool.
I mentioned in my first article, that when travelling with a newborn to 3 month old, you don’t actually need that many changes of clothes. A little baby doesn’t have too many opportunities to get themselves dirty. But even though Mr. Droolie can’t move on his own, he can still get himself very dirty as a three to six month old.
The main thing you need to pack more of is BIBS. I couldn’t believe the amount of bibs we went through!
Also you will need to pack more for this age group in the way of toys. A three to six month old will need a lot more stimulation than a newborn. Rattles, and small pram toys are the way to go with this age group.
Travelling With A Baby – The Positives
Everyone said to us, “the first three months are the hardest. Once they turn three months old its like they become a whole new baby.” And oh my god… its true. At three months it seemed the meaningless, endless crying stopped… he started smiling more, and even laughing. He now has his own little personality – it’s awesome.
When you are travelling with a 3 – 6 month old, all the new things in the world amaze them…. but they still are not able to move around on their own. They are happy enough to just be amazed at everything from their stroller or carrier…. without constantly trying to run out into traffic. 🙂
Oh and the best part…. it is around this time that babies start sleeping through the night. Jacob still gets up maybe once or twice in the night, but he doesn’t need a bottle…he just needs a cuddle and then he goes back to sleep. This is awesome for parents tired from a long day of travel.
At this stage, little Jacob became very social. He loves smiling and babbling to people. And smiling and babbling to strangers is his favourite thing to do. He makes friends everywhere he goes, which also opens us up for more local encounters when we travel.
Travelling With A 3 – 6 Month old – Packing List
The first part of the list is the same as for a newborn to 3 month old, but some of the figures are adjusted. For example, we found we needed less diapers with a 3 – 6 month old.
- Diapers, wipes and change mat – we have a great reusable change mat that we use when going out and about, but you can also buy disposable ones as well. I find the reusable mat great as it keeps everything we need together. Expect to pack 5 – 6 diapers for each day.
- Bottles and formula if not breastfeeding. You may also want to consider a portable bottle warmer or bottle sterilizer as well.
- A good stroller. You can store stuff underneath it, and baby can nap in it while you are out and about.
- Baby carrier. We bought an awesome one from Kathmandu that you can use as soon as they can hold up their own heads (around three months), until they are 19 kilos. It also has an amazing storage space underneath.
- Portable cot. We use the Phil & Ted’s nest. It is so compact and light and super easy to assemble. The carry case also doubles as a suitcase and since most airlines let you check a portacot for no additional cost, it is like a free extra piece of luggage. It is only suitable for babies under 9 months, although ours will probably grew out of it at about 5 months.
- Clothes, wraps and blankets. Even though they are not moving around yet they can still get really dirty at this stage, which brings me to my next point…
- BIBS. This is when the drooling really starts, so bibs will cut down on the number of clothes changes you will need
- Baby medical kit. It is in this stage where it is now safe to give them some baby medicines if necessary. Gripe water and baby paracetamol are safe at this stage.
- Baby toiletries: baby wash, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, baby powder, baby nail clippers
- A couple toys to keep them occupied. Rattles are great, as well as toys that have lots of great things to chew on as well
- At this stage babies have a lot of energy. A life saver for us was the jolly jumper. We could stick him in that while we were getting ready, or eating dinner, etc, and he would keep himself occupied while at the same time burning off excess energy. You can get jumpers which hang from the door frames, making them easy to bring along on your travels.
Travelling with a 3 – 6 month baby is one of the more enjoyable times to travel with a baby. Not only do they still sleep quite a bit through the day, but they are also extremely interactive. One of the best things about having a child is watching them explore and learn new things, and it is in this age stage where you really start to notice them taking in the wide world around them.