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Baby Overnight Essentials

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The first time we took Finn on an overnight trip, he was 2 months old.  I was so excited to get out of the groundhog day grind and get out of our comfort zone. But, I had no clue what to pack, or even where to start.  So, over the few days leading up to our trip, I kept jotting down all the things we might need but the list was getting longer and longer.  Let’s just say I over packed.

This past month, I took Finn to my parents campsite and I had a way better grasp on what was actually needed, so I thought I would share with you Finn’s 4 month overnight essentials.

What to Pack for an Overnight Trip

Regular Diaper Bag- Filled with all the everyday essentials ( Working on a post for ya on this one)

Overnight Bag– I love this one from BeautyCounter. It comes with a ton of pockets for organization and a large and durable change pad.  Plus its neutral for both boys and girls.

Dockatot– Finn still sleeps in this every night in his crib.  Its super easy to pack up and go and can be placed almost anywhere.  I believe it helps Finn feel comfortable because he is sleeping in the same environment anywhere we go.

2 Sleepers– Obviously he needs some pajamas but it’s completely necessary to bring a backup just in case. We love the Burt’s Bees Sleepers from Walmart.  Finn is long and lean and these sleepers are slim and fit him like a glove. Plus, they are 100% cotton.

3 Swaddles- Three might seem like a lot, but we use swaddles for everything. We love Little Unicorn or Aden and Anais. Even though we no longer swaddle Finn when he sleeps, we use them to lay over the dockatot. The other two are left to be used for everything else.

Beautycounter Baby Oil and Balm– For just an overnight trip- we skip a night-time bath.  But I still love to give Finn a baby massage.  This Beautycounter oil is perfect for his super sensitive and dry skin.  I also use the Balm on his extra dry spots,  it has a soothing blend of organic shea butter and jojoba oil ( I have even used it on myself and love it)  Plus, Beautycounter  products give me peace of mind since they have banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals. Looking for more info? Check out my friend Christina’s Beauty Counter Consultant page here.

Solly Baby Wrap– Besides the convenience of carrying him around, the wrap is a makeshift bed for naps.  When we are out and about during times he usually nap-times, I will pop him in and he falls asleep.  He doesn’t get the same amount of sleep if we were at home, but it saves us from traveling with a cranky baby!

UppaBaby Stroller– A no-brainer, I usually don’t leave the house without our UppaBaby Stroller.  Our carseat seamlessly pairs with it so it’s a quick and smooth transition from car to stroller.

Monitor–  Not needed if you are staying in a hotel room, but we have only stayed with friends and family.  With the monitor we receive sound, motion, and temperature notifications to our iPhones (as long as you are somewhere with wifi) with the app, ensuring that you’re always connected. Or just use the monitor provided! We love both.

Infant Skip Hop 3-Stage Activity Center – This last one seems aggressive but Finn lives for it. We actually started bringing it out when we are heading to grandparents and friend’s houses because he gets to do what he loves (stand) and gives him a safe place to play no matter where we are.  It isn’t packing friendly, but worth the headache in our minds because he doesn’t need to be held 100% of the time.

Sleep sack – We don’t use blankets or swaddles for bed now that he is such a wiggle monster so this Fawn Hill Co. Sleep Sack is always on repeat.  It’s nice to know that Finn is secure, warm and safe all night long.

What do you pack for an infant overnight? Let me know in the comments below!

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Photography By: Eryn Shea Photography

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