We all know that babies come with a lot of stuff. From packing the hospital bag with 37 babygros, to filling the daily nappy bag with 16 nappies, 3 outfit changes and 12 spare feeds (that might just be me!) baby G, well toddler G now, comes with a plethora of crap to be heaved around. I try and cut it down, but usually this just involves forgetting something actually important.
So how do you decide what to take on holiday!? I mean abroad, where you’ll be staying in a strange place. How do you make it safe and homely?
These are some basic essentials we took for a good night’s sleep on our recent holiday.
Bedding: the villa came with a travel cot, but I thought it might be nice for G to have something familiar to help settle. Also I didn’t know what would be supplied, so I didn’t want him sleeping on a bare mattress. A fitted sheet, pillowcase (Thomas the tank FYI) and a thin knitted blanket. I knew he wouldn’t need a duvet or thick blanket but his grey knitted blanket was good for a light covering or a comforting cwtch.
Baby monitor: ok so it turns out we didn’t need it this year, the rooms in the villa were closer together so it wasn’t really needed so much, but as we still rely on it at home to hear him upstairs (valleys houses are surprisingly well insulated against sound!) we thought it may be needed if we were in the living room at night and he was serenading his penguins!
Room thermometer: keeping little ones safe, comfy and layered appropriately is tricky to get right, but even more so when abroad in a hot country. If they’re too hot or too cold it could mean a sleepless night for them and you, or you could be risking their health, especially from overheating.
The lovely people at the Gro Company sent us a Gro Egg to try out, and our holiday was the perfect chance to put it through its paces. Being able to see at a glance if the room is too hot or cold was really handy. The Gro Egg gives off a gentle light (bonus – it’s a night light!) that glows different colours depending on the temperature of the room. Blue is too cold, yellow just right and red too hot. We were able to adjust what G wore to bed and put the air con on for a little while before bedtime to help cool the room down and be safer and more comfortable.
We used it for the first time whilst on holiday, in more extreme temperatures, so although I would say it’s an essential for going on holiday, I wasn’t sure we’d use it as much at home but we still love it! Turns out the nights are still colder than we thought what with spring approaching, so it’s been easy to see if the room is cooler and adjust his pjs to long sleeved or have a thicker blanket to keep him warm.
As parents we are loving how much piece of mind the Gro Egg gives us, and as a toddler G is loving how the penguin Gro Egg Shell adds a little of his personality to his room, we both love penguins!
Cuddly toy/Favourite blanket etc: ok so it might seem obvious if your little have a favourite friend that they usually take to bed, but we very nearly forgot Waddles the penguin! I dread to think how the week would have been without G’s best friend, so from now on he is always first on the list. We also got him his own ‘reins’ for the plane trip, aka a hair bobble and a lanyard with a clip :D
What are your must haves when travelling with a baby or toddler? Have you tried the Gro Egg or other Gro Company products?
Mrs H xxx
Disclosure: we were sent a Gro Egg and Penguin Gro Egg Shell for the purpose of a review, all opinions are honest and my own.