Just after Penelope was born, we booked a holiday. At the time, dealing with a newborn baby, we were quite blasé about what she would be like at 10-11 months old.
We had (and still have) visions of going to the beach, enjoying the sea, tasting the Greek food, splashing in the pool at our villa, my husband and me enjoying games and a cold beer on the terrace while Penelope naps.
However, what is becoming increasingly clear is that packing for a baby is very different to packing for us.
Luckily, Penelope has her own luggage allowance. Excellent, we can fill that with nappies, I thought. Then one of our suitcases can be filled with the hundreds of pretty summer dresses her grandparents have lovingly bought her. The other one can have a few toys, towels, suncream, bibs and other assorted Penelope paraphernalia.
If Peter and I take one swimming costume, two outfits, perhaps travel in some layers and rely on our Kindles for reading material, then we should be able to dedicate most of our luggage allowance to the important person.
I thought it might be interesting to share what we are planning to take for Penelope and then, when we return, tell you what we actually needed and used!
Nappies - swimming and normal, about 70, plus some spares
Grobag - both togs in case it's too hot or cold
Vests - lots
Entire summer wardrobe
UV sun suits
Sunshade for pushchair
Mosquito net for travel cot
Calpol and other medicines
Something to eat on the plane
Inflatables for swimming/playing in the pool
Possibly shoes - we don't know if she'll be walking
Toothbrush and toothpaste
That's about all I can think of for now - how does one small person have so much stuff?
Guess I'd better tell Peter he can only take one pair of shorts and a t-shirt this year!