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Got a 6 hour journey on Sunday - What do I need?

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LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 14:52:35

I'm going to eastbourne for a few days on Sunday and I don't know what to pack......

Can someone make sure I haven't missed anything?

Pram & footmuff & Raincover
Cot & Bedding & Winne the pooh thingie & bedtime teddy
Highchair (damn bulky thing - was thinking of buying a bumbo with a tray any thoughts on this?) & mat
Clothes for her & Clothes for me
Towels & Bath toys
4 x Bottles & Tub of formula (am making 3 bottles for the journey)
3 x Bowls & 3 x Plastic Spoons (can someone give me an idea for a finger food for in the car?)

Have I missed anything?

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:02:40

I know this seems like a huge asking but I want to make sure I've got everything

Especially for the journey itself as although I think she will sleep for alot of it I don't want her to get upset.

I'm gonna take a break 3 hours in for me and her.

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:04:21

I live a long way from my parents and In laws so am always packing for weekends. I hate that bit where you've gathered a few bits, stand back and look and wonder if you've got everything; so, I created a packing list which has changed and been updated as some of the more 'baby' things have changed, but here's my list;

nappies, nappy bags, wipes, sudocrem, calpol, medised, bubblebath, cotton wool, bath thermometer, ear thermometer, sponge, towel, nightcream, nightlight, monitor, gro-bags, books (bedtime story routine!), pyjamas, muslins (he has a v snotty nose so I use them to protect the sheets), blanket, bibs, vests, t-shirts, socks, trousers, shorts, jumper, coat, sun hat, sun cream, shoes, toothbrush and toothpaste, travel cot, toys, pushchair blanket, cot teddies (for familiarity!)


We also got a bigger car grin

I also pack, bowls, spoons, cups for water and a couple of jars of baby food for the journey - DS will eat them cold and I feed him from the front seat.

We also invested in a portable dvd player to entertain him as he's now 19 months and really not keen on sitting in his car seat for such long periods of time - has been a saviour!

Hope that helps in some way,

StarlightMcKenzie Wed 09-Jul-08 15:04:54

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chrysantheMum Wed 09-Jul-08 15:04:58

a sedative grin

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:05:37

shock front passenger seat! DH does the driving!!! grin

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:06:31

Calsword - DD is 6 months so don't think I need the DVD player! lol grin

Thanks for the big list though.. I've started packing already and am so panicked i'll forget something as its not like you can just pop and get it.

notwavingjustironing Wed 09-Jul-08 15:06:38

how old is she? Highchair wise, I would be tempted to buy one of those portable ones, they look like a small zipped up cushion, but unzip them and there are straps to attach to any sized chair so they can sit at the table. They are not very big, about the size of a page of A4 paper. They are better for babies who can sit up well though, as there are no side restraints. Other than that looks like you've got everything - I assume there is somewhere for her to sleep (with bedding) when you get there? Wouldn't bother with towels though, personally, surely there will be some where you are going?

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:07:50

CM - I was thinking of packing red bulls for me and hot cho for her! lol

SMK - I don't use babymonitor normally as it makes me run upstairs when there is no need - Do you think I should take it to a new place though?

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:09:03

LS - I did wonder if that would be relevant yet! It was so much easier when he was tiny, everyone said it would be and I really didn't understand that till now. Blimin awful kids song CD's also helping lots at the moment - have a great Winnie the Pooh story cd which I love and so does DS so that's a very welcome break.

Swim gear is a good idea - I should add that to my list. DS loves swimming!

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:09:21

NWJI - I looked at those clip on highchairs and i'm slightly worried about the safety of them - PLus I'm not entirely sure my friend has a table.

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:10:55

Oh DD loves swimming - maybe I should pack a costume as well then Just in case....

I need to get in touch with her really to find out what we're doing so I know exactly what to pack but she's working ALL the time. lol

Oh yeh and i'm taking a travel cot and bedding.

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:11:42

LS - do you have a bouncing chair or is she too big for this now?

<<brain struggles to remember what DS was doing at 6 months>>

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:12:39

umbrella and wellies hmm

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:14:21

Yeh we've got a bouncy chair. TBH that's why I was thinking about the bumbo cos then its 2 birds with one stone - Somewhere for her to sit and somewhere for her to eat.... hmmm

I'm worried i'll scare her when I turn up with a CAR FULL of things!! lol

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:14:50

calsword - she not walking yet so I dont normally pack any shoes.

Or did you mean for me!? lol

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:21:53

Right i've made my list!

I'm just stuck on the highchairs now - I have an order for mothercare waiting and don't know whether to stick with the annoying one i've got.... Or get a bumbo (i've decided on this as an alternative cos I know mum and dad haven't got a table and it'll mostly be used at theirs)

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:24:36

LS - I did mean for you, yes!

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:24:55

Hmm - Ok i've changed my mind after reading a thread on bumbo's and am stuck again!!

Maybe i'll just pack the big highchair and be done with it.

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:26:55

LS - the only thing I've read about bumbo's is that quite a lot of kids don't like them, so if possible, best to try before you buy. DS wouldn't stay in it, he screamed as soon as he was wedged in - but the little girl who owned it (5 months at the time) loved it and would sit in it happily playing for quite long periods.

You could probably try it in store if you don't know anyone with one.

If she likes it, I'd say go for it - especially as you can use it in so many other applications and for quite a long time from what I understand.

calsworld Wed 09-Jul-08 15:27:22

Ah, x-posted

notwavingjustironing Wed 09-Jul-08 15:28:55

if you've got room, then pack your normal high chair. You will both feel better if it's familiar. (And you don't think your friend will run a mile when you bring the contents of your house with you...)

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:29:37

Yeh from what I read at 6 months she's at least 1/2 way through its useful life so at £30 seems a waste of money.

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:31:08

I'm worried she's gonna think we're staying for 3 months not 3 days!! lol

Mind you - All i'll have is suitcase, changing bag, cot, highchair and pram -

oh dear thats loads!! LMAO

LuckySalem Wed 09-Jul-08 15:34:42

what do you all think of this?

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