Travelling with a baby can instil fear in even the toughest of parents. From lugging all of the stuff you need to managing overtiredness, it can be a stressful time for everyone.
But there are some things you can do to make travelling with a baby easier, so you can start making those family memories sooner rather than later.
Be picky when booking flights and working out travel times. An unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming for a little one. If possible, try and book travel times when your baby is most rested, and hopefully, they will sleep right through.
Basically this is just a nappy bag but with a few more items. The key to this bag is that you only use it to carry the essentials you need for common disasters so that it’s easy to carry. If the bag is too bulky or heavy, because you’ve got way too much stuff, it’s going to be more of a burden than the bag in shining armour you’d hoped for.
This a big one. Do not lug strollers, baby carriers and other bulky items on holidays with you. Just don’t do it to yourself. A great solution is to hire your baby items at your destination. Just make sure you consider safety advice when renting items, especially car seats.
Even without children, it can be hard to pack light when going on holiday but you will be so glad you did. Make a list of items that are essential but also think about things you could probably do without or at least should have access to at your destination, like nappies, baby wipes, and somewhere to do your washing so you don’t need to pack too many outfits.
All airlines have different rules when it comes to baggage and extra things you might need when travelling with a baby, like a bassinet. Phone the airline to make sure there aren’t any surprises on the day. A great tip when travelling with kids is to have one parent board earlier and set up the bassinet, so it’s ready to go once your baby is on board.
You know how sometimes it can take forever to get out the door just to go somewhere simple like the park? Well, the plane won’t wait for you because your baby pooped in the Uber – selfish, we know! For peace of mind, start getting everyone ready a few hours before you have to leave.
As hard as you may try, there are some things you just can’t plan for – like noise outside your Airbnb. If your baby is okay with it, white noise can be a great way to drown out unexpected sounds, so she can still get a full night sleep. Pack a travel soother.
No one likes to be sitting in the same spot for hours on end. Obviously, if you are on a plane, there’s not much you can about that. But if you are driving, do some research and plan plenty of rest stops in safe and well-lit areas for your baby to have some time out of her car seat. It might take you longer, but it will be worth it.
Probably the most important tip for travelling with a baby is to be flexible. The grandest of plans can turn to mush for no reason at all, and that’s okay. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, and one day you will laugh about the vomit at the airport or the poo explosion on the freeway – promise!
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