Pack smart

Living and Loving - - BABY & TODDLER -

When you’re draw­ing up a pack­ing list, think about what your child will need to nap well dur­ing the day, as well as at night. A ba­sic baby mon­i­tor that doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi is a must. Beurer ana­log Baby Mon­i­tor BY 84 with baby emo­tion dis­play (R1 299 from takealot.com) has a par­ent unit and a handy belt clip that can be set to vi­brate or light up when your baby makes a noise. A sun­shade that fits over your pram will make nap­ping eas­ier. The MeO-Mi shade stroller pro­tec­tor (R285 from twin­kle­tot­strad­ing.co.za) pro­tects baby from harm­ful UVA and UVB rays, while still al­low­ing your baby to re­ceive the ben­e­fits of shade, vis­i­bil­ity and air­flow. It’s also wa­ter-re­pel­lent for rain pro­tec­tion. You won’t re­alise how much your nurs­ery black­out blind helps un­til you try to set­tle your baby without it. Magic black­out blinds (R850 from mag­icwhite­boardsa. co.za) fit most sizes of win­dows. A light pram that lies flat is a god­send – the Fer­rari Lite stroller (R1 999 from takealot.com) weighs just 4.8kg and is suitable from six to 36 months of age. This isn’t the time to in­tro­duce your lit­tle one to a new bed­time story. Pack her favourites. If it’s pos­si­ble, buy a du­pli­cate of her favourite com­forter or soft toy, and sleep with it your­self to get rid of its “new” scent. You prob­a­bly won’t need it, but hav­ing a re­place­ment in your suit­case could pre­vent a melt­down. Bring bed­ding and sleep­ing bags that have been slept in. The Uni­sex Tog anti-mos­quito sleep­ing bag (R749 from takealot. com), is made from 100% pure cot­ton to keep your baby com­fort­able and the outer shell has odour­less eu­ca­lyp­tus ex­tract to keep those mozzies away.

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