Post # 1
So Darling Husband and I are taking Baby T to FL in a couple of weeks for my sister’s wedding. Baby T will be 5 weeks old. We do have a washer and dryer that we can use the second night.
I am breast feeding (no formula) so I don’t need to worry about lots of bottles and stuff. I’m wondering how many outfits and such i need to bring. I don’t want to overpack, but I also don’t want to be caught without another change of clothes when we need them. One list I found online siad 4-5 outfits per day, which is basically his entire wardrobe, and seems like a lot to me. I’m debating about bring the electric breast pump as well. I have a hand pump, and I don’t anticipate that I will have been pumping very much at all by the time we leave, so I don’t know if I’ll need the electric pump. I only plan to pump if I need to on the day of the wedding since I’m a Bridesmaid or Best Man, but I’m hoping that Darling Husband can bring Baby T to me to feed between getting ready/the ceremony/wedding photos. Any tips or suggestions?
Post # 3
4-5 outfits a day seems like an awful lot to me, especially if you have access to a washer/dryer. I think at that maybe it would be better to bring 4-5 sleepers (or pajama outfits), 3 onesie/soft pants outfits, and 3 dresses/dressy outfits. That way, you would have about 3 outfits a day (without doing any laundry) which seems about right to me for that age.
I have no help on the bottle/pumping issue since I’m formula feeding. It sure would be nice not to have to lug all that stuff around with you, though!
Post # 4
I don’t know how many outfits per day is a good number. But I suggest bringing a back up outfit for the wedding day! 🙂
Post # 5
I think 3-4 outfits a day is just fine..if the baby is just 5 weeks old most of those would be onsies anyways 🙂 If you are a Bridesmaid or Best Man I don’t think you want the baby to be uncomfortable… you should prob pump just in case…if the baby all of a sudden becomes hungry right in the middle of the ceremony.. it would NOT be a good time.. I think the pump is a good idea even if you just use it the day of the ceremony and rehersal.. i feel like you will be a bit more as ease knowing that if anything happens baby is covered 🙂
Post # 6
I think @MrsSprings answer seems about right and that way you have different options and not just 5 onesies/day or something.
I typed in a google search and this popped up and has some helpful ideas
Post # 7
@Mrs. Spring: that sound a lot more reasonable.
@Sulli301: thanks for that link. very helpful with some tips I didn’t think of.
Post # 8
when i took my daughter on trips (and still now that shes 2) i packed (in my carry on) diapers for 2 days, 2 extra out fits and my breast pump. in my check on i packed 2 outfits per day. accidents happen and you never know when you can wash. my best advice is to buy diapers when you get there so they dont take up space. the airport will check your pump and everything and every bottle you bring on.
Post # 9
With DS he never wentr through that many clothes in one day. Maybe 2 absolutely max…? 4 – 5 seems very excessive to me, maybe theyre accounting for really messy babies haha- maybe those babies dont use bibs either. Can you pump a bottle or two before you leave and freeze it and put it in a little insulated bag with ice?
Post # 10
I think you have gotten good advice already on the clothing stuff so on the breast feeding issue…in those early days your milk will be abundant so using a manual pump will work fine. If it was me I would plan on pumping after each feeding when you first get there and have some milk to put in a bottle just in case it is needed at ceremony time. Lugging the electric pump and setting it up etc can be a pain and it sounds like you won’t need that much milk anyway but you want to be prepared because at that age they can eat quite frequently.
It would be much easier to pump there than to carry milk through tsa. I would suggest practicing with the pump before you go so you aren’t using it the first time while you are in a hurry or trying to get ready for the wedding. Also I would suggest carrying the pump with you on the wedding day. You never know when you will feel full and if you don’t pump or feed then it will cause you to leak.
Also at that age it takes about 20-30 minutes to feed so there may be times during the ceremony/photos etc that you don’t have that time available to feed him.
Post # 11
I think Mrs Spring’s recommendations sound about right for clothes. As far as the pump goes I would probably bring it because babies typically hit a growth spurt between 5 and 6 weeks and there’s a good chance he’ll be wanting to eat a lot more often around that time. Good Luck!