After the birth of my first son, I was a little worried that my traveling days were over for awhile. I had heard many of my friends vow never to fly with their children. Others just left their kids with grandparents. And almost all of them said they wouldn’t take their kids anywhere until “they could remember it.” But, we really wanted to family travel work for us. And so far so good! See my top 5 tips for traveling with a baby.
5 Tips for Traveling with a Baby
1. Choose Your Accommodation Wisely
When you travel with a baby, chances are you will be spending a lot more time in your hotel/condo room than you are used to. Between taking longer to get ready in the morning, nap times and early bed time, choosing the right accommodation is crucial. We try to get one-bedroom places so we can put our kids in the living room and then we can shut the door and watch TV or use the computer without keeping them up. Many families like to get places with a patio so they can keep the sliding door open (to hear the baby) but can enjoy a glass of wine outdoors.
2. Create a Packing List
As soon as you decide on a destination, start making a list of items your baby will need. Then, think about whether or not you can buy these items at your destination. For instance, if you are going to Hawaii for 10 days, you can buy diapers, swim diapers, wipes, formula, snacks, etc once you arrive. You can even order items online and have them shipped to your destination.
3. Travel as a Group
There’s safety in numbers! Invite a grandparent or travel with another family. This gives adults more flexibility for a relaxing vacation. It’s great when someone can stay in the room while baby is sleeping, so Mom and Dad can get a date night. Or the ladies can grab a kid-free lunch while the guys watch the kids and then they can switch.
4. Adjust Expectations
As I mentioned in a recent blog post about traveling with little kids, adjusting expectations is crucial. Babies may or may not nap regularly on vacation. This can mess up plans. It’s really helpful to choose one activity to do each day and leave a lot of wiggle room. You may not get to do everything you plan.
5. Bring a Baby Carrier
Hands down, the best item to pack when traveling with a baby is a comfortable baby carrier. It’s the easiest way to navigate airports with a baby or toddler. It is also an essential when traveling with a lap baby because it frees up your arms when your baby falls asleep. My favorite carrier is my Tula because it’s so comfortable and rolls up nicely. Plus, it comes in a variety of prints that are cute for boys or girls. And there are so many Etsy sites with amazing accessories like suck pads, reversible hoods, reach straps and more! Tula has built a whole community of Moms who love their products!