Having a baby is a life changing event. You certainly don’t have as much free time as you once did, and a full night of sleep is something of the past. However, there are definitely ways of managing as a family with a little one that can allow you to continue doing many of the things you love.
For instance, if you are a couple who loves to travel, it is entirely possible to do so with baby in tow. In fact, now more than ever before, you will find that family friendly hotels and resorts are incredibly accommodating to the youngest of travelers and there are a variety of products out there designed to make traveling with baby much easier.
The key to successfully going on vacation with baby is to plan accordingly and get organized well in advance. With all of your ducks in a row, so to speak, you can enjoy a lovely family vacation that includes your little one.
Here are just a few tips to consider when you are planning to go on a vacation with your baby.
Get the Right Gear
There is no doubt about it, babies require a lot of things. From a crib for bedtime to a stroller for walking around, you might think that bringing along everything that you need for baby on vacation is just not feasible. However, it is good to know that you don’t actually need as many things for your baby when you go on a trip as you might have thought.
Firstly, inquire with your hotel or resort to see if they will supply an age-appropriate crib for your little one to sleep in. Next, check in to see if there will be a highchair available at mealtimes, even if your hotel only offers a complimentary breakfast.
The sort of gear that you need to bring yourself will depend on where you are heading and the age of your little one. Finding the right products for traveling with a baby can help to make the trip easier on them and more enjoyable for you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fly
Everyone has experienced flights where there is a crying baby on board disturbing other passengers. Such a thought shouldn’t make you afraid to fly with your baby, though. Even though a flight can be a bit unsettling for a little one, there are several things you can do to help make it more comfortable for them.
For starters, make sure to bring along plenty of pacifiers and a method of sterilizing them. The action of sucking on a pacifier will help keep their ears clear, especially during takeoff and landing. You should also inquire with the airline to see if there is a bassinet option available so that your baby can have a comfortable place to sleep during the flight. It is also a good idea to get your timings just right so that you can help your little one to sleep on the plane.
*Photos by Taryn Elliott