It may seem impossible to go on vacation with a newborn or a baby who’s just a few months old. Many parents have been able to travel successfully with their young children from road trips to scenic getaways. Travelling with a baby can make it harder to enjoy relaxing vacations. Along with knowing how to get to your destination, you need to be well-prepared to manage your situation when you finally arrive.
Unpack and Organize
Once you reach your destination, it is always a good idea to start unpacking. This is as crucial as what and how you pack. Unless a family member is tired or ill you should try and unpack as soon as you get into your room.
- Set up the place to make it feel like home and place your baby in a crib or playpen with some toys. Keep older children occupied with books and activities. Your partner can also help to keep everyone else busy as you settle down and organize your belongings.
- Determine where you will be changing your baby and place the changing pad, supply of diapers and wipes in a specific area. This will prevent situations where you are unprepared when a change is required.
- Create an area for playing in a corner of the room. Play spaces for babies will make your baby feel comfortable and at home. Organize toys, playthings and books for accessibility and space utility.
- If your room does not have a kitchen, designate an area where you can store items such as bottles, formula, food and snacks.
- It is important for your baby to get enough rest and naps but you do not have to spend your entire vacation trapped in the room as you watch them sleep. Take long walks with a stroller as your baby gradually falls asleep and you enjoy the scenery. Strollers that can fully recline are the best for naps.
- Babies sleep in strollers as well as carriers that are convenient when you need to move around. Remember to try out your carrier before you leave for your trip to make sure that you do not strain your back and your baby likes it.
- Another effective way to squeeze in daytime naps without being confined to your room is to take scenic and leisurely drives around the area as the baby sleeps in the car. You may be able to coordinate such drives with your baby’s regular sleeping times.
One of the challenges that are associated with travelling with a baby is their bedtimes. This is because some babies may not easily sleep when they are in new or different places. Try out a portable bed before your trip to familiarize your baby with it and increase the prospect of restful nights during your vacation.
While you may be tempted to give up in case your baby is crying excessively, be patient as he or she adjusts to the new surroundings. Stick to your baby’s home routine when you travel to make it easer to handle the new location. Routines such as baths, feeding and bedtime should ideally be the same when you are away from home.
Jennifer Street is a freelance writer who is passionate about parenting, home decor and fashion. She has written for different sites and currently contributes to a lifestyle publication. Her hobbies are diverse and include learning foreign languages. Go to www.babyconsumers.com to learn more.