Traveling with a baby isn’t easy, but it can be easier if you prepare. With the right tips and tools you can make the job a lot easier on yourself. Below is a list of some very important tips for traveling with babies that’ll help you keep your sanity!
1. Pack Light
The first tip might seem counterintuitive coming from a travel accessory blog, but pack light. This might be the most important of the tips for traveling with babies. With the right accessories you can actually pack lighter than you would without them. Slim down and only bring what you need. Prioritize light and efficient items. It’ll make you more agile and it’ll reduce the stress of dealing with all that stuff.
2. Wear Your Baby
This tip fold right in, wear your baby instead of using a stroller. This is another way to stay agile and light. Dealing with a big stroller or car-seat is never fun, if you can avoid it you’ll be a lot better off. Plus babies love it! They like being close to you and you can easily bounce them to sleep.
3. Buy Diapers There
Yet another way to pack lighter, buy diapers at the location. You don’t need to bring enough diapers to last the whole trip. You just need enough to last the travel and some wiggle room for locating diapers. This will really help you slim down as diapers can get bulky fast. Chances are, your baby won’t know the difference!
4. Travel Insurance
When you’re traveling with a baby, you want to minimize risks. One big risk any time you fly is that they lose your luggage. If that ever happens, travel insurance will be worth its weight in gold! One of the worst situations you could be in is finding yourself somewhere far away without any of your supplies!
5. Know Where To Find A Doctor
The worst situation you could find yourself in is if something is wrong with your baby while you’re away. That’s why you should always have a plan! Look ahead to the places you’ll be and plan out where you’ll go if something happens. That way, just in case, you know exactly where you need to go if the worst comes to pass!
6. Minimize Moving
Sometimes when you take a trip, especially abroad, you may plan on staying in a few places. You might want to hop hotels or B&Bs every couple days to hit as much as possible. Don’t do this with a baby! Most of the stress comes from the traveling itself. So if you can pick and stick with one place, you’ll have a lot less overhead to stress about!
7. Prepare For Baby Jet Lag
Baby jet lag is a real thing. Their internal clocks are still forming so they’re very delicate. This means that if you fly a few times zones over, your baby is going to think it’s the morning in the middle of the night. You can’t really avoid it so you just have to prepare.
8. Extra Plane Seats
If you can afford it, having an extra seat for your baby will provide a lot of comfort. Especially as they get older, they’ll get squirmier. You can even change your baby in the seat next to you if you have to! If you can’t afford an extra seat, it might be worth it to ask if there are any extras. Just ask if you could be seated next to them and they might help you out!
9. Fly During Sleep Time
If you can, time your flight for during your baby’s nap or bedtime. This will hopefully let them snooze right through and be none the wiser on the other side!
10. Pacifiers For Take-Off And Landing
Finally, you’ll want pacifiers for take-off and landing. The pressure difference for us isn’t comfortable. For baby’s it can bring on a meltdown. If your baby is sucking on a pacifier, it’ll naturally help them equalize.