Many people think that when they have babies, they cannot go out and travel anymore, not until when their babies get bigger and grow older. In fact, while most airlines can carry the babies from 2 week old, you can bring him or her along with you on the trip not when they are ready but you are.
However, in order to make sure that the trip goes smoothly for both of you and your baby, you need to prepare both physically and mentally. You need to pack the best pack and play for travel as well as equipping yourself with lots and lots of tips to make sure you can handle everything that might happen on the trip.
Read on this article and you will find some of the most useful tips that you could use when traveling with your baby.
1. Smart Packing
Firstly, create a list of what you would bring for your baby and for you so you can check, add or modify during the process of preparing for your trip.
You need to make sure you don’t over pack. There are some things such as diapers and formula as well as baby food you can easily buy in stores of the place where you travel to so you don’t need to bring them. Just prepare enough during the trip.
Once you get into the hotel, unpack everything and set them up like what you normally do at home. Put your baby into his pack and play with his bottles and toys. Take out all of the clothes and place them in the changing station. Doing so will make you feel more comfortable and do everything more easily and quickly.
2. Smart Napping
If you think that using a stroller will take a lot of space and your trip does not require a lot of walking, you could consider wearing your baby with a sling ring or a baby carrier. However, if you have to walk a lot, you should consider wearing your baby as a last resort since it may cause a lot of pressure on your back in the long run.
Also you could coordinate the time you travel to a destination with the time your baby will take a nap so that your baby will sleep when you are driving. And when you finally reach the destination, your baby is fully recharged and will be able to have fun with you.
Consider booking a hotel near your destination or the place where you would visit the most although it may be more expensive. When you can book a hotel closer to your destination, you can come back and forth to your room so that your baby can sleep well there too.
3. Convenient Meals
If you are still breastfeeding your baby, you can do so anytime your baby wants to.
Furthermore, in case your baby can eat solid food, you can let him eat with you, make sure you eat in good restaurant with good hygiene.
Lastly, it is better if you dine earlier when the restaurant is still empty so that you will prevent your baby from distracting other diners.
Here are some tips to make sure you would be able to enjoy your trips and so does your baby. Provided that you can prepare everything, you will handle all of the scenarios well. The most important thing is to stay calm and think positive; then you would be able create a lot of meaningful memories with your baby.