Why Pack Baby Liquid Cleanser in a Baby Travel Bag?
You must be wondering why am I writing about traveling when the majority of people are staying home right now. And why the focus on baby liquid cleanser? It’s been 5 months now that we have not stepped out of our house except for grocery shopping. I am sure you too have been staying safe indoors with your family.
But now the situation is changing, people are accepting the new normal and have started a new way of living. Some have even started taking short trips to meet their family. And, many are already planning a vacation for the next year. We are one of them but yes we won’t be traveling out of the country until the COVID-19 cases become zero. And we are hoping that 2021 will be different.
A few days back in a candid discussion with my husband, I asked him this question. How do you think we will travel post this coronavirus pandemic? And he said it will definitely not be the same as it used to be earlier. He was right and we went on to discuss more on this. Later that day, I decided to redo our packing checklist and realized that now our travel bag will also have a sanitizer, disinfectant & hygiene kit as essentials.
And, after giving some thought I added natural liquid cleanser to the list too. Here’s why I think you should too pack a liquid cleanser in your travel bag if traveling with a baby (infant or toddler).
Why Pack Baby Liquid Cleanser?
Now, comes the question of why baby liquid cleanser is an essential item to be packed while traveling with a baby. I have realized the importance of using a natural liquid cleanser only during the lockdown. For the past 5 months, we have been focussing a lot on maintaining hygiene and cleanliness. We wash hands multiple times in a day, sanitize all the surfaces which are touched regularly, we are even disinfecting vegetables and fruits.
I have been using this Mother Sparsh Natural Baby Liquid Cleanser for the last one and a half months. Initially, I was using it for cleaning my son’s water bottle, his toys, and other things in his playroom. I found it really good and then I started using it for washing fruits and vegetables too.
The best part about this cleanser is that it is plant-based and has green apple and basil as key ingredients. Apple extract is a natural cleanser and basil is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial in nature. Being natural, this liquid cleanser is completely safe to use even for baby’s stuff.
You can wash the feeding bottles, pacifier, breast pump, and even bottle sterilizer with this Mother Sparsh cleanser. It removes up to 50% more milk film from baby bottles and also eliminates the unpleasant odor from the milk residue. And, if you worry about the tough stains then leave your worry to this cleanser, it works like magic.
This cleanser is free from harmful toxins, paraben, sulfate & synthetic dyes. It is IFRA certified for allergen-free fragrance.
Now if this natural baby liquid cleaner is this good and works amazingly in killing harmful bacteria then there should not be a question of why to pack it for traveling. In fact, this should be on the top of your checklist if you are traveling with a baby during or post-pandemic.
Here, I am sharing a list of essentials to pack in a travel bag if you are traveling with a baby (infant or toddler). I am also recommending my favorite brands below which I have used in the past.
20 Essentials to Pack in a Baby Travel Bag
1 – Feeding Bottles & Bowls
Whether it’s a day trip or a long vacation, packing 2-3 feeding bottles (for bottle-fed babies) and at least 2 small feeding bowls with a spoon is a must for babies and toddlers.
Brand Reco – Bottles by Avent & Bowls by Mee Mee
2 – Sippy Cup
Sippy cups come really handy for toddlers to keep them hydrated while traveling. Most parents don’t consider it essential to pack but as per my experience, it’s a must. You can easily keep a watch on the water intake and even serve juice and other liquids in it. It is way better hygienic.
Brand Reco – Avent (Classic and Premium both are good)
3 – Thermos for hot water
We have always carried a thermos with us to carry hot water when Nemit was a baby. If your baby is formula-fed or you need to make instant cereal on the go, then you should definitely pack a thermos in the baby travel bag. And I feel it will be an essential item to carry while traveling post-pandemic.
Brand Reco – Milton
4 – Milk Powder/Formula/Cereal/snacks etc.
Again if your baby is formula-fed, then don’t forget to pack the milk powder. During our Maldives trip when Nemit was 13 months old, I had even packed home-made multi-grain cereal & finger snacks for him.
Brand Reco – Milk powder/formula as suggested by the pediatrician
5 – Milk Powder Dispenser
Just packing a box of the formula is not enough because on the go you won’t be able to keep it fresh for long. So, yes, a milk powder dispenser with 3-4 compartments is a must.
Brand Reco – Babyhug
6 – Baby Liquid Cleanser
I have already explained the why above. Just like a sanitizer, carrying a baby liquid cleanser should be a must when traveling with young kids in the post corona era.
Brand Reco – Mother Sparsh
7 – Bottle & Nipple Brush/Sponge
No need to explain this. You will need a brush or sponge to clean the bottle or baby utensils.
Brand Reco – Brush – Mee Mee & Farlin, Sponge – Any
8 – Bottle Sterilizer
If your baby is in the age range 0-12 months old, then you should definitely pack the bottle sterilizer. Infants are at a higher risk of getting sick so it’s better to take all precautions when traveling with a baby.
Brand Reco – Avent 3-in-1 electric steam sterilizer
9 – Breast Pump (if using)
Again, no need to explain this. If you use a breast pump to express milk then it’s an essential item to be packed for traveling too.
Brand Reco – Manual – Babyhug, Electric – Medela
10 – Diapers & Changing mat
If your baby wears diapers, disposable or cloth, it’s important that you pack enough. If the diapers are taking a lot of space in your travel bag then you may check with the hotel if they can arrange that.
Brand Reco – Mamy Poko for daytime and Pampers for nighttime
11 – Wipes/Tissues
Never ever forget to carry lots of wipes and tissues when traveling with young children. And, if traveling during or post-pandemic then you should also keep a pack of anti-bacterial wipes. For babies, I only prefer natural wipes.
Brand Reco – Mother Sparsh for baby and Babyhug for materials
12 – Diaper Disposal Bag
Many parents make a big mistake by not considering the disposal bag as an essential item. Please, parents, never throw away diapers without covering them.
Brand Reco – Any (look for biodegradable & sealable bags)
13 – Baby Care Products
Don’t forget to pack baby care products.
14 – Favorite Toys/Books
Parents make another common mistake by not packing their baby’s favorite toy or book. These things can make a gloomy baby happy in no time.
Brand Reco – Your child’s favorite
15 – Pacifier/Soother
If your baby needs a pacifier then don’t forget to pack it on the top of the diaper bag. Because this may come really handy while soothing a cranky baby.
Brand Reco – Avent soothers are good
16 – Essential Medicines/Hygiene Kit
There’s no need to mention this but medicines & a first aid kit should be on the priority list. The important medicines should be kept in the diaper bag. And now a hygiene kit consisting of face mask, face shield, gloves, sanitizer, etc. should be counted as essential to pack during and post-pandemic traveling.
As recommended by the doctor.
17 – Clothes/Bib/Shoes/Cap
Don’t overpack clothes and shoes. Usually, mothers want to pack matching tops, bottoms, socks, shoes, and everything. Please don’t do that. Here are 5 Simple Packing Hacks for Traveling with Kids.
Brand Reco – Babyhug, Ollypop, Carter’s,
18 – Ergonomic Baby Carrier
If you plan to explore a place then do pack an ergonomic baby carrier, it will be a savior for you.
Brand Reco – R for Rabbit & Soul
19 – Swimming essentials
If you plan a beach vacation or stay at the hotel with a pool then packing swimming pool essentials is a must. I have a blog post on pool essentials to pack in travel bag for kids.
20 – A Small Cosy Blanket
If your baby sleeps in the same blanket daily then do pack it in the bag. It will act as a comforter during long flights/journeys.
Have you traveled with your child during this pandemic? How was your experience? Where will you travel to post-pandemic? And, do tell me in the comments if you have used Mother Sparsh Baby Liquid Cleanser.