Family 4 years ago Everything I Packed For Italy With a 5 Month Old
Everyone thought we were absolutely crazy for traveling to Italy last summer with a 5 month old but I honestly think it was one of the best trips ever.
It was such a wonderful age to travel with her because she was still not very mobile. I cannot imagine going now that she’s nearly 1 year old and crawling around like crazy!
Recently, one of my readers wrote in saying she was fyling her her 3 month old to Italy and wanted to know what all I packed (and used) versus regrette packing and I thought I’d throw together a little blog post to share.
What I Packed & Used
We packed 4 HUGE Rimowa’s and used every single one. We hardly fit everything coming back so definitely safe room for purchases.
Firstly, I loved the Doona. It was a LIFE SAVER for flying with her and traveling around while we were in Europe. I strongly suggest getting one. It will last you through 1+ year. This way you can hop in and out of cabs and literally stroll anywhere with this thing. We still use it on every single trip we take.I also have these black packing cubes that had handles on them so diaper changes on the flight were easy because I could carry her and have the bag handle like a purse.
If you are swaddling, I would also pack an arms free swaddle in case your little one transitions to rolling over while you’re there.
Getting a babysitter for any late dinner nights with your sweetie? We packed a Nanit that we used a lot during our long stay. We hired local babysitters through the hotel but this gave us peace of mind when we went to a few dinners and took my parent’s with us. We could literally check in on June from anywhere!
Painter’s Tape. I pack this everywhere I go because you can tape over any weird lights in the room that might distract the baby from sleeping. I also use it to tape up my temporary black out blinds that I pack too. We swear by these but I have a few friends that use this version. I’d just be sure to pack tape so you can secure it well.
June LOVED this creepy book at that Diaper Bags. For some reason these are very hard to find in Europe. I also couldn’t find a changing pad to save my life. So I would pack extra. If you formula feed like we do, then this container is amazing! These are my favorite for travel because you can count out the ounces ahead of time to make a bottle on the go really fast and easy.
What I Wish I’d Done Differently
We packed way too many toys.
I also packed way too many “cute” outfits that weren’t very practical. Italy is super duper hot in the summer so I wish I had more of these little tank onesies (I only packed 4).
I wish I packed an umbrella for more shade for June in the stroller and on the go.
Find a local baby store nearby and try to get as much stuff as you can while you are there. It was seriously so much cheaper to BUY a bassinet than it was to rent one for 3 weeks.
Buy diapers when you get there!
Bathrooms in Italy do not have baby changing stations. You best bet is to find a hotel to change your diapers in so that you can at least (hopefully) find a clean surface.
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