What to Bring for the Baby:
Make sure your child is properly dressed for the weather, or else you may receive a comment or two. People in China are fond of children. They may crowd around to look at your baby. Of course, criticism is something new parents all get used to.
Be sure to bring a few different sizes of clothing. Go with a two-piece outfit -- that way if the size is not quite right, it should still fit. As for feeding your baby, you may want to make a gradual transfer over from the China formula to U.S. formula. You probably should not bring cases of baby food. Get advice from your pediatrician.
What to include in a first aid kit:
Depending on your and your doctor's concerns, you can make your own kit with items you'll need in case of an emergency. (SeeSoup's Print & Go Checklist for an itemized list of what you'll need in your medical kit.)
What Gifts to Bring:
Gifts are important in China. You will want to have presents for the orphanage director, caregivers, doctors and guide. Make sure you wrap these in red and gold -- the lucky colors. One of the greatest gifts to your caregiver is to exchange addresses and a promise to write. Or put together a photo album with pictures of your home, pets and family. Leave room to add pictures as the baby grows. Stamp collecting is popular in China -- New Years commemorative, Year of the Ox, American scenes and celebrities stamps should also be a hit.
It's wonderful to have good memories of your trip to share with your child later. Take plenty of pictures and videos. Make sure that if you find something you like, you buy it. You will not find it cheaper in the U.S., and you may never find it again. Think about what your growing child might like to have from China
China is vast and complicated. To be a good guest, you should educate yourself about its culture before leaving for your trip. Visit some of the many China information sources on the Internet. Other travelers have suggested these books and videos.
Enjoy your trip! What a wonderful experience you are about to embark on.