Hi there~~~ It’s summer time so it means TRAVEL time! I just booked our vacation yesterday and here I have a guest post from Kendra Thornton for you all who plan to travel soon. 🙂
Have Baby, Will Travel
The one thing to remember when planning a trip with your baby is that preparation is key. In this case, there’s no such thing as being over-prepared. The hardest part can be the actual flight, but a family vacation is worth it, and sometimes it’s important to give everyone a change of scenery and make some wonderful memories. Here are five tips to make traveling with your baby easier:
1. List up
Start a list a few weeks early, including the baby items and the vacation to-dos, such as stopping mail, getting pet care, etc. Have the list handy as you go through your day, and think about how you’ll take care of daily needs away from home. Also plan for the unexpected, like long flight delays or missed connections, so your carry on can get you through 48 hours. Try buying a new notebook or downloading an app like Packing Pro to streamline the packing process.
2.Let them sleep through it
If possible try to schedule a flight that will coincide with your baby’s sleep schedule. Morning flights have fewer delays, so if it’s a short flight, you could reserve one during your baby’s morning naptime. Longer flights might work better at night, as a bedtime flight. To encourage sleeping on the plane and alleviate pressure for your small one, try feeding during take off and landing. The suction will help their ears and likely lull them to sleep.
3.Research your stay
Make sure you research hotel amenities ahead of time to see if cribs, high chairs, strollers or anything else is available for parents with babies in tow. Some hotels are creating “rooms for parents with babies.” Let’s hope this is a trend that catches on with more hotels! And remember, it’s not enough so see if amenities are available. See if you can reserve them for your stay. If there are only three cribs for the hotel and you’re the fourth family to show up, you’re out of luck. A fridge is another essential for those with babies in order to keep bottles and baby food readily available. Looking into family friendly hotels is a great way to narrow your search when looking for these amenities. My family’s stay in Hawaii provided a great deal of the necessary items while not compromising the luxury of a great Honolulu hotel.
4. The portable crib
If you’ll be on the go and can’t count on hotels with cribs, then a portable crib is the best option. The Bjorn Portable Baby crib gets rave reviews from traveling moms but is just one of many great options for your little one. You can carry it like a bag, and it’s an easy one-motion setup. Order it early enough before your trip and baby will have a chance to get used to it.
5. Use a Baby Carrier
If you are taking a flight with a baby, you may want to consider bringing a carrier. Carriers allow you to hold the baby comfortably during take off and landing, and are highly recommended by the TSA for children under 40lbs. Ring slings are an excellent option as well because they can be adjusted easily for different adults. Order your ring sling early so that you can practice wearing it and review the safety instructions before leaving home.
While it’s never easy to travel with a baby, you can get to your destination with a minimum of stress as long as you prepare in advance and use a few time-honored mom tricks.
Author: Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!