For many new parents it can be a daunting task going on vacation, or traveling, with a baby; particularly if it’s for the first time. However, there are several things you can do that will make the entire experience much more comfortable and more convenient; this will ultimately make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your baby.
Generally, most parents have their own way of doing things, and while these tips will help on your trip, it’s always important to do what you think is best for your child as every person and baby are different with their own wants and needs.
Have everything ready, but be minimalistic
Many people like to have hundreds of the same thing ‘just in case,’ but if you think about it logically, you probably won’t need half the stuff in front of you. It would be far more comfortable to you not to have to lug around double the number of things with little to no need. That being said, there are a few things you should keep a constant supply of.
One of those suggestions is having enough of your baby’s favorite formula milk or food. Of course, if they’re still breastfeeding, then you already have that. However, if your child has one kind of food that he or she prefers to everything else, save yourself the trouble and take as much as you need. On the other hand, you can always buy diapers at your destination.
Get an aisle seat
If you’re traveling by plane, then it would make things a lot easier if you had the aisle seat. It saves you from having to walk over people and having to hold your baby in precarious positions. If you have the aisle seat, then you can go to and from the bathroom whenever you need to.
Portable baby bed
This could become a lifesaver more than you think, and you can whip it out whenever you need a safe place to put your baby. It also means you don’t have to rely on your accommodation to provide one. Some parents don’t feel comfortable renting these as they don’t feel they might be up to their standard, but for most, it’s about having the availability without the added cost.
Keep to your baby’s routine
This depends on where and how far you’re going. If your time zone isn’t changing dramatically, then many parents have recommended sticking to your baby’s schedule. This is important because, otherwise, you’ll be giving yourself hard work when you get home and potentially less sleep. However, other sources have said that, if you’re going somewhere with a different time zone and you know everyone is going to suffer from jetlag, then try and keep your little one awake as long as you can. However, this isn’t always possible, and sometimes you have to go with the flow.
Separate sleeping areas
If your baby needs to get some shut-eye, and there is nowhere else for you to go, it’s going to be a pretty quiet trip. To give yourself some peace, make sure you book somewhere with separate sleeping areas and, that way, you can get a little adult time while your little angel sleeps peacefully.
There are a whole host of things you can do to help make a trip enjoyable, but as long as you remain prepared, don’t panic, and ready yourself for a couple of sleepless nights; you’re all good!