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Z goes to HK – Packing List

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Here’s what I packed for Z for our 4-day stay in Hong Kong.

  • 6 pairs of top and bottom – it’s the number of days plus 2 extras. Make sure that you also have a good mix of sleeveless and long-sleeved ones.
  • Jacket – erratic weather was expected!
  • Hat – or in Z’s case, his Captain America bonnet!
  • 3 sleep wears – I packed the footed, long-sleeved onesies as it was cold in the hotel room.
  • 1 pair of shoes – that will go well with all of the outfits (I’m OC like that)
  • 4 pairs of socks – matching ones, please!
  • 20 pieces of diapers – we didn’t dare expect that we can buy from there.
  • 4 pieces of dry pad – for diaper-changing on the go.
  • Towel – Z uses the ones from Aquazorb.
  • 5 burp cloths – for the drools, spills, and what-nots.
  • Disposable wipes – J&J’s sensitive skincare wipes work best with Z’s bum.
  • Cotton balls – for washing the face.
  • Alcohol – we use Sterilium from the hospital. It’s not as drying as the usual alcohol. And if the doctors use it, it may be effective, right? There are several small bottles in all our bags.
  • Cetaphil – for Z’s hair and body and my face.
  • Cetaphil’s Restoraderm Lotion – for sensitive skin.
  • Calmoseptine – as Z’s bum is not used to being in disposables all day.
  • Paracetamol – just in case.
  • Salinase drops – just in case.
  • Nail Cutter and Nail File – why do baby nails grow so fast?!
  • Dr. Edward’s Water – We bought 3 small bottles which was more than enough.
  • Mosquito Patch – to be safe from dengue.
  • Insect Bite Gel – I ended up using it!
  • Sunscreen – SPF 50 was recommended to us.
  • Organic Oatmeal Cereal – which was put in a 3-tiered milk formula container. The mini containers also served as the serving bowls per day. I just added fresh fruits to the cereal.
  • Spoons – we had 2 heat-sensitive baby spoons from Mothercare.
  • Disposable Bibs – also from Mothercare. Very helpful in keeping the clothes spic and span.
  • Cycles Dishwashing Liquid and Sponge – yup, OC!
  • Bed Spray – you’ll never know…
  • Toy Cleaner Spray – this really came in handy as Z has started to enjoy throwing things on the floor!
  • Toys – we had not-so-noisy ones like Sophie the Giraffe and Panda’s Pals soft book.

Phew! It may look a lot but we managed to put everything in a small luggage along with our own things. Some items are also in the diaper bag and in my carry-on bag. I’m excited to travel again, as I’ll just use this list to pack for Z!

What are your family’s must-haves when travelling? Do share!

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Z goes to HK – Meeting Mickey Mouse!

We planned to do Disneyland on the first day so that we’ll have a lot of energy and catch the fireworks since we’re staying in the Disneyland Resort. Well, it was what we planned but it didn’t happen that way! Z was so amazed, stressed, distracted that he always wanted to go under the nursing cover and sleep! And because the weather was a bit erratic, we felt moist and hot at the same time that we decided to go back to the hotel even before the fireworks started. So much for planning, huh? (good thing I wasn’t on a total OC mode then. You can never be OC with schedules when with a baby. A lesson learned months ago!)

At least my goal of Z meeting the famous mouse happened! Look at the happiness on his face:

Peek-A-Boo with Mickey Mouse

I know he wouldn’t remember a thing about this trip but this picture says it all. My heart melted.

Oh, he got to ride “It’s A Small World”! He didn’t know where to look at! Too much visual stimulation for the wee one.

As usual, there are lessons learned after this experience:

  • Expect rains even when the weather report tells otherwise. Be prepared for the little ones’ articles of clothing and rain equipment.
  • Download the HK Disneyland app to help facilitate in looking for changing rooms, toilets and restaurants where you can sit and nurse. We find the people there not so friendly.
  • Don’t scrimp on pictures! The print-outs can be costly but they are nice souvenirs to show the baby when he grows up. The 8×10 print-out with borders and add-ons cost HK$ 130.

I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland when Z can go on rides! I know he’ll love it there!

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Z goes to HK – The Airplane Ride

First stamps on Z's passport 🙂

This is probably my most dreaded part of the trip. Horror stories from families being escorted off the plane to babies crying non-stop to flights being delayed and all. An aunt also got me cautious about flying with PAL because of the undesirable treatment they had.

To my happiness (and surprise), it was a smooth-flying airplane ride to and from Manila!

The only concern was how to eat with an infant on my lap. Since we didn’t opt to get seats with the bassinet (Z won’t fit, anyway), the husband and I planned to take turns eating. But during the flight to HK, Z slept soundly on my chest after breastfeeding (for the air pressure not to hurt his ears). So, Mr. Bry126 had to feed me like a toddler!

I felt really sad for the baby who was crying all the way from Manila to HK. I guess the only way to prevent it is to be prepared with distractions, food and toys for the baby. And a lot of cuddling, walking and confidence for the parents. Never mind the on-lookers, they wouldn’t be able to calm your baby anyway.

I suggest choosing seats which can be reclined fully (meaning, no seats behind) so you can be comfortable when the baby sleeps. Some choose bulk seats so no one can recline towards them, or so that the baby won’t disturb the people seating in front. In our case, we were seated at the last row during the flight going to HK, which meant that I was fully reclined while Z was sleeping on me. However, going back to Manila was a different story. We were in normal seats (with people in front and behind us) and Z was super awake! Thankfully, Z was well-behaved all throughout the flight and didn’t cause any stir. Except when the flight attendants mush how cute he is! I guess for longer flights, a business class seat is a must… A must save, that is!

I’ve yet to post a picture of Z on the plane!

What are your airplane stories with your little ones? I’m excited to travel again with my baby boy!