Have you finally mastered the art of traveling?! How early to arrive, when to check your luggage, how big your carry on can be, what snacks to bring, what seat to request, etc.
Now you have a new addition to the family and even more to prepare for!
Eliminate that stress TODAY with these tips on traveling with a baby.
We traveled with our first when she was 6 months old, 12 months old, 18 months old and 19 months old so we have a pretty good understanding on how to master the art of traveling with a baby or toddler.
It is natural to over-pack, especially if it’s your first time traveling with a baby. Try to avoid this because your bags will already be extremely heavy. Only bring what you really need.
Worst case scenario, you go to the store and buy what you forgot.
We made sure to bring diapers, wipes, extra clothes, a hat, a blanket, sound machine, bathing suits, bottles, formula, burp cloths and most importantly SUNSCREEN!
Be sure to pack any medications you may need such as infant Tylenol just in case a fever or tooth decides to pop up.
*PSA: remember to pack diapers and wipes in your carry on.
One time we were so focused on packing enough diapers, we packed a whole brand new unopened pack.
However, we forgot to take a few out of our checked bag and add them to our carry on to have during the plane ride. We ended up having to scramble around the entire airport looking for some.
Luckily, there was a vending machine for diapers in the women’s bathroom! (who knew?!) Crisis averted, but we definitely learned our lesson.
Check with the airlines for an extra seat or bassinet access
Some airlines have a bassinet available! I know, I was shocked as well!
Usually, they only have 1 or 2 available (if any) and it is first-come-first-serve.
They screw into the floor in certain seating areas and provide a safe way for your little one to nap during the flight!
Also, if you ask ahead of time for any open seats available they will move you next to an open seat! That will give you some extra room for your child to get situated. This was a lifesaver for us!
Check your car seat for free
Most airlines will check your car seat at no extra charge.
We used the car seat while driving to the airport, got out and checked it at curbside. We already had a lot to carry so it was super helpful to get that off our hands right away (and for free!)
Another option is to rent a car seat from the rental car companies.
I personally did not feel comfortable using one that I am not familiar with and has been previously used. They charge an arm and a leg too, but it is an option!
Watch out for ear infections
During the flight when the altitude changes, your ears pop. No big deal for us, super painful for babies.
Sucking on something will clear their ears and prevent the popping, so try your best to have them sucking on a bottle or pacifier at that time.
It can be super painful for them if their ears pop, and it is likely to cause an ear infection as well. Not a fun way to start your vacation. No one said traveling with a baby would be easy!
Call your hotel ahead of time to see what baby items they offer
Our hotel provided a high chair and a pack-n-play!
That saved us a lot of trouble not having to bring those bulky items. There was no extra charge and the items were waiting for us in our room when we arrived!
Some places charge a daily fee though, so be sure to call ahead of time to find out. If they significantly over-charge, try looking for nearby rental companies.
We once found a baby supply rental company nearby that even hand delivered & installed the items in our hotel room at a fraction of what the hotel was trying to charge us!
Skip the stroller
We have a B.O.B. stroller (that we love) but absolutely did NOT want to lug around at the airport and resort.
Initially, we contemplated purchasing a small umbrella stroller when we arrived, but once we were there we really didn’t see the need when she was so young.
We brought our baby-carrier which we used at the airport, around the resort and walking to different restaurants for dinner.
We really had no need for the stroller at all! Once your child is a little older, I do suggest opting for the cheap umbrella stroller though. Save your back!
Bring a floating device
We bought one on Amazon that was cheap and small enough to pack easily.
It worked PERFECTLY!
We also ran into another couple using a similar float, but they said they forgot to purchase one ahead of time so they ordered it on Amazon and had it delivered to the resort!
I thought that was pretty clever rather than buying one that is way over-priced at the resort.
Vacation is so relaxing and fun once you arrive. It’s actually getting there that is the stressful part, especially when traveling with a baby or toddler!
Hopefully, these tips help relieve some of that stress! Happy travels!!!
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