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.