L.G. asks from Harwood Heights, IL on April 23, 2009
Going to Punta Cana,Domenican Republic with a 10 Month Old
My husband and I will be going to Punta Cana this June and bringing our 8 month old who will be 10 months by then. I am in search of the best baby sun block. Any suggestions? Also, he is drinking formula. Do I have to bring nursery water with me or will bottled water be okay. Lastly, how do I take all of his baby food with without the jars breaking? He eats about 3 containers of fruits and veggies a day as well as 2 jars of meat a day. That's a whole lot of baby food that I will have to bring along. Any suggestions?
S.M. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
no suggestions on the food, we didn't travel anywhere like that at that age.
For sun, I like the banana boat and coppertone baby sunblocks. My DS reacted very badly to the Hawaiian Tropic baby sunblock. I'd bring more than one brand to be safe. I also always use an spf shirt on him, I buy his at Old Navy, but One Step Ahead, Gap, etc have them too.
M.M. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
I just bought my daughter an SPF shirt she can wear over her bathingsuit. It's great at protecting her back and shoulders so we don't have to worry so much about reapplying sunscreen after she swims. They also sell some really cute swim suits with matching SPF tops -- I think GapKids has them. Maybe buy one of those and use it in addition to sunscreen and a hat?
T.C. answers from Chicago on April 23, 2009
We use Vanicream Sunscreen.... it is free of a lot of the junk that can be dangerous to little ones! You can usually get it from your pharmacist or order it from Vanicream.com. It works great and is comparable in price.
As for packing the jars of baby food...maybe bubble wrap? You can probably get it from the post office.
I hope you have a great vacation and make lots of memories with your family! Blessings to you and yours for a safe trip!
A.W. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
Sounds like you have a fun vacation planned! I just wanted to let you know that I went to Punta Cana a few years back, and it was beautiful! Just to make you aware of a few things that I wasn't aware of prior to arriving: 1) Bring your own water!!!!! Do not even wash your baby's bottles out with the water there, or brush your teeth with it. I never drank the water there, but did eat salads that had been washed in it and brushed my teeth with it, and got pretty sick (along with many others in my group). You can never be too careful, especially with your little one! 2) If they offer you a "lock box" for your room - take it!! We had about $500 of cash stolen from our hotel (which was a very nice resort, by the way) by the maid. The hotel said there was nothing they could do about it since we didn't get the lock box. 3)I'm not sure if you have any older children or if you or your husband would be offended by this, but the beaches there are topless. I did not know that and was pretty shocked upon arrival! Overall, the place is beautiful. Just make sure you take the appropriate precautions, especially with your son and the water. Good luck and have fun! Oh - and Gerber makes baby food that comes in plastic containers. You may want to check those out. And, my friend's pediatrician recommended Blue Lizard sun block for her young son. You can find it online for cheaper than you can buy it in the store (it's a little pricey). Hope this helps!
J.O. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
Greetings!! The Best sunblock ever is Blue Lizard. The have one specifically for babies(pink tube) and they have a sensitive skin (white tube) one. They also have other varities but the baby and sensitive skin formulas are the same. The tubes are quite small and a little pricey but definitely worth it. It's kind of hard to find too; the only store I know that sells it is CVS. You can also go to their website. I don't know it off hand but just google blue lizard sunscreen. The website also sells larger bottles. For the face the "Water Babies" brand makes a sunscreen stick. It looks like a giant tube of chapstick. It is so convenient and a lot easier to get on a wiggling baby. Before I discovered this stuff, it was hard to keep sunscreen from getting in my daughter's eyes. This stuff works like a charm and it is super quick to apply. My daughter has very sensitive and fair skin and she hasn't burned since I've used the combo of these 2 products! Have a great trip!!
H.R. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
Others had good ideas about shipping food, but I've seen some brands with plastic containers/lids (Gerber?) that would solve your breakage problem. We traveled when our kids were still on baby food/formula, but I made their food and stored them in plastic containers with snap lids and also put them in ziploc bags just in case of spillage.
I'd recommend bringing some bottled water for the flight but then buying gallon jugs of water once you're there.
Don't forget a little baby Benadryl for the flight. I was originally wary about medicating our kids but their pediatrician said it was okay and it really did help for the flight (ears popping, sleeping). I got the one-dose applicators and split it so each baby got a half dose.
Have a great time!
A.H. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
Great idea on the SPF clothing...the sun is very different there and babies need hardly any exposure to burn - even if they are in the shade under an umbrella on the beach or near the pool, the reflection of the water or sand can cause burns too without adequate protection. My pediatrician loves Blue Lizard sunscreen the best for babies because it's chemical free.
I've personally always liked the Banana Boat tear-free SPF 50. We've never had any problems with that one, it gives great coverage. However, I wouldn't say it's 100% tear-free, if my son accidentally rubs some in his eye when I'm applying it, it will get red and tear up. Otherwise for regular use (when he doesn't rub a dollop of it right into his eye) it does seem much more gentle on the eyes than say Water Babies (the WORST on the eyes!).
Yes, use bottled water for his formula, I don't see how you would have much of a choice there. Nursery water will cost too much to fly with because it's heavy. Also you could use the Gerber plastic baby food containers (they sell a large variety at Target), or just ship his glass bottled food there ahead of time. The only issue with shipping would be if the hotel didn't receive or lost his food or something. I would personally just bring my own. Gerber makes organic varities in the plastic containers. Maybe not necessarily the brand you want to stick with forever, but for the trip it would work great.
M.A. answers from Chicago on April 24, 2009
Bottled water is fine. California Babies makes a variety of excellent sunblocks. For the beach, I like the waterproof one. I tried Mustela on my daughter at 6 months and she got a rash from it. This year (she's 20 mos) we bought a cute sun block long sleeved rash guard from Girls 4 Sport to cut down on the sunblock we slather on her. For food, just take a grinder with you, and grind up food from your plate yourself. There's a white one at One Step Ahead with a crank handle that you turn. It costs about $15 and works great.
S.S. answers from Chicago on April 23, 2009
I didnt have my son yet when we went, but I thought the water, even the bottled, had a funny taste.
I just ordered california baby ultra sensitive on diapers.com. It was rated really well and my ped said it was fine for any age baby.
Have a great time.