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When it’s time to bring your baby home, Huggies is here to lend a hand during those first few weeks. We’ve put together everything you need to make you and your baby feel right at home.

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Up, up and away with an infant

Your packing list will ensure nothing gets left behind as you plan a trip with baby.

Diaper bag essentials

No matter where you go, no matter how long you plan to stay, be sure to take a well-stocked diaper bag:

  • Diapers: You can't control traffic jams or flight delays, but you can make sure you have more than enough diapers on hand. Pack more than you think you'll need, and put the rest in your suitcase.
  • Wipes: Disposable wipes are convenient not just for diapering but also for wiping baby's hands and face. Use them also to clean surfaces such as restaurant highchairs. Pack some hand sanitizer for yourself to use after diaper changes.
  • Changing pad: Carrying your own changing pads is an easy way to ensure you'll always have a clean place on which to change your baby. Use them on restroom changing tables, hotel beds and other surfaces with which baby comes into contact.
  • Plastic bags:Bring along some plastic grocery bags. Use them for dirty diapers and other trash. They're perfect for soiled baby clothes as well.
  • Sunscreen: Keep sunscreen handy. Your baby can get sunburned through car windows or on short stops at sunny rest areas.
  • Medication: If your baby takes medicine, keep it in your purse or diaper bag so it's readily available and less likely to be lost with a suitcase.

Cooler essentials

Whether your baby is nursing or eating solids (or both), you'll want an ample food supply in your handy cooler bag:

  • Food: Again, prepare for possible travel delays by packing a sufficient amount of water, formula, juice, baby food — whatever it is your baby eats at home. (Bring some snacks for yourself, too!)
  • Drink containers: Pack at least one separate bottle or cup for each type of beverage (water, milk) your baby drinks.
  • Bibs: Pack some disposable bibs to prevent soiling too many clothes.
  • Wipes: Keep a small packet of wipes in your cooler, too. When baby is hungry, you won't have to root around through the diaper bag to find them.

Suitcase essentials

Babies need enough stuff to warrant a suitcase of their own. Here are just some of the must-haves:

  • Clothes: Seems obvious enough, but don't underestimate the number of costume changes your little one may make over the course of your trip.

    There are food spills, diaper leaks, places too cool and others too warm. The more comfortable your baby's attire, the less fussy he or she will be. And don't forget the pajamas!

  • Diapers: Even though you have a bunch in the diaper bag, you'll need many more. Pack some swim diapers, too, if you're planning on wading into the water with your little one.
  • Blankets: Our mothers and grandmothers understood the value of the receiving blanket. They're small, soft and lightweight and serve a multitude of purposes — from sleeping cover to wind and sun protection. Nursing mothers find them helpful when nursing in public, and receiving blankets are ideal for rest-stop breaks when you just want to spread out on the grass for awhile.
  • Toiletries: When you pack your own grooming tools, add baby's, too — shampoo, baby wash, comb, and toothbrush. Hotel soaps — and even those at Grandpa's house — may be too strong for baby's delicate body.
  • Toys: Be sure to bring along some items to entertain your little one. If there's a favorite security item, keep it in your purse or diaper bag. All other items — books, toys and music — can be packed away until you reach your destination.
  • First aid supplies: Be prepared. Pack diaper cream (or nursery jelly or whatever you use at home for sore bottoms), sunscreen, a thermometer, nasal aspirator and other basic first-aid items you may need, such as band-aids or anti-itch ointment. Carry emergency information as well, including your baby's immunization history and pediatrician's contact info.

Miscellaneous essentials

Packing these items will make your trip more baby friendly:

  • Camera: Your family will make memories on baby's first vacation, so have a camera or camcorder handy to record it all.
  • Safety items: Baby proof your lodgings with safety items, especially if your little traveler is mobile. A monitor, some outlet covers, and even doorknob covers or cabinet locks won't take up much room in the suitcase but will provide a great deal of peace of mind.
  • Nightlight: Placing a nightlight near baby's sleeping quarters will help both of you deal with unfamiliar surroundings during nighttime awakenings.
  • Portable crib: Modern pack-and-play cribs are ideal for traveling, especially if there are no baby accommodations at your destination. If you're staying in a hotel room with a crib, at least bring your baby's own crib sheets.
  • Baby transportation: If you plan to do a lot of walking, a baby carrier will enable you to keep your hands free while still carrying your little one close. Strollers can often be rented, but you may want to pack a folding stroller just in case.

Finally, pack some patience. Family vacations are not quite the same as the trips you may have taken alone or as a couple. You might not get as much of the vacation relaxation factor as you are used to, but seeing your destination through your new baby's eyes is well worth the sacrifice.

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Top 5 Things That Change When Baby Starts to Move

My baby's first steps are the entrance to a world of new beginnings. What used to be so "far" is suddenly just a few wobbly steps away. As a dad, before my eyes, I get to watch my little guy start exploring, cause joyful mischief, and find a world of excitement all on his own.

In recent weeks, our house has been filled with "moving" moments that make a father proud-as well as make any parent realize they needed to prepare!

To help with that, here's a look at the top 5 things that change when baby starts to move.

  1. Your Home:
    Cupboards, ovens, drawers, laundry... it's all fair game now. If they hadn't been exploring before, with their newfound freedom, those baby latches better be on tight. Folded clean clothes will become a pile on the floor, placemats in the bottom drawer will be strewn across the kitchen floor, and everything becomes a destination. A place to celebrate the journey.

  2. Your Job Description:
    When those tiny toes start moving across the floor, I instantly turn into a cheerleader, motivator, and backseat driver. While we're still using a learning walker, I can't get enough watching him cruise the kitchen with me cheering him along! As I gently steer and direct from behind, he's ready to race into the outstretched arms of Mom, waiting for him. We try to keep him safe, while setting him free. Sounds of giggles and glee fill the house (and that's just from me).

  3. Your Memory:
    As a new parent, these first 11 months have been a whirlwind of exhaustion, excitement, and memories. We've filled phones, memory cards, and our minds with beautiful visual images of all his firsts. And his first steps will be like starting anew - a transition, a change, an exit from baby into toddler. Any parent can tell you when their kid started walking, it's a memory-making moment that stays with you forever.

  4. Your Baby:
    The feeling of freedom is something we as adults can often overlook. As babies take their first steps, it's a feeling they've never experienced. The look on their face, the excitement, and confidence they gain from those first steps forward may be forgotten by them, but will live on with you. Maybe even captured on camera? You'll never forget their look of experiencing freedom for the first time!

  5. You:
    Keeping up with a baby is hard when they're crawling. Now that they're walking, you're on the go with them at all times. Holding their hands to keep those unsteady feet sturdy and strong as they go. From this point on, you'll be chasing, wrangling, and loving every, nearly every moment of it. They're growing up, wanting to tackle new challenges, and ready to let you lead them (from behind) into the next steps of life.

As a parent, there's nothing quite like the feeling of those first few steps. They're conversation starters, office bragging material, and sentimental feelings that tug on your heartstrings as your baby grows up. With camera or phone in hand, you follow them around, waiting to document these first steps into a new stage.

And if you're like me, conflicted feelings may just wash over you. I'm elated for those first few steps... only to realize as my mini-me is moving forward, I'm taken back to all those cuddly moments after his birth.

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The Real Dirt On Baby Clean

When it comes to dropped pacifiers or food, forget the five-minute rule: Any transfer of germs, dirt or what-have-you happens on contact. But should you freak out if a pacifier or banana hits the floor? Depends on where it’s dropped.

The reality is that germs are everywhere. If someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, the germs can land on surfaces and be spread to baby’s nose, mouth or eyes by touch. The good news is you can protect your baby from infection by:

  • Washing your own hands often
  • Keeping shared toys and surfaces clean with a ten percent water-and-bleach solution or other disinfectant
  • Using sanitizing wipes or changing pads on public surfaces – for instance, on shopping-cart handles and public changing tables
If you’re at home, a quick rinse of the food or binky to wash off lint and germs is probably all you need to do. But if the pacifier falls on the floor of a rest-stop bathroom, you might want to take it out of circulation until you can fully sanitize it by boiling it for 15 minutes.

But don’t sweat the dog slobber: Your baby can’t catch any parasites from dog toys or a quick lick on the cheek or high chair tray. If you let your pooch clean your high chair or dishes after a meal, it doesn’t hurt to rinse the baby’s tray and dishes thoroughly in warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher, though.

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The Daddy Way

Up in the air?
 
Dad’s lifting baby up toward the ceiling again. Your heart grips, but the baby’s gurgling happily away. You know it’s safe, but you still want to jump in. You’re not alone.
For lots of new moms, the feelings of love and protectiveness that you have for your baby can be truly overwhelming. Sometimes, when you see dad playing with the baby in a different way than you would, it can be hard to know the line between being overprotective and being just protective enough.
Fun sure. But safety first.
 
You do want to make sure anyone handling a baby under 4 months always keeps baby’s neck and head supported: no tossing in the air, shaking the baby’s shoulders, or putting her in a jumping gym or backpack carrier just yet. But baby can benefit from being exposed to lots of different styles. Different voices helps her learn language. Being held and carried by others will give her new perspectives on the world (and give mom’s arms a little rest, too).

Carrying the baby in a cradle hold, having tummy time on Dad’s chest or holding her draped over a forearm in a “football hold” with her head and neck supported are all safe and wonderful experiences dads and babies can share. Giving Dad his full share of baby-handling experience can help to strengthen his bond with the baby while boosting his fatherly confidence, too.

Go dad, go.
 
Letting baby have lots of dad time will enrich your baby’s repertoire of experiences, and who knows, Dad may even discover new soothing techniques or baby games that all three of you can enjoy.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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Boo-boo bag to the rescue

Whether you are going on a family vacation or just to the playground, it's a good idea to pack a first-aid kit. If you have little ones, you’re going to need it sooner or later.

The organizational experts over at momAgenda suggest you make your own medical supply kit in a plastic zip bag and just keep it in your car. That way it will always be there when you need it.

Here's what to include in the bag:

  • Band-aids
  • Pain relievers (Children's TYLENOL or MOTRIN and some Advil for Mom)
  • Children's Benadryl (in case of an allergic reaction)
  • Neosporin (or other anti-bacterial cream)
  • Aloe (in case of a sunburn)
  • Thermometer

With a bag full of these supplies, you should be covered in the event of a mishap. But as we moms know, sometimes it just takes a kiss or a hug from mom or dad.

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