Traveling with your child is exciting! New experiences, new places, new faces…it can all be a little overwhelming too.
Smart moms know that for a stress free trip with your child you will need some extra planning and preparation.
Here are a few mom-tested tips to make your trip a success:
- Travelling by Air? Try to arrange your departure flight for a time of day when child likes to nap. The odds will be in your favour that your little one will be quiet and content during the flight if they are drifting off to sleep just as the flight is taking off.
- Decide if you will travel with your Car Seat or rent one at your destination. There are pros and cons to both, but this will need to be planned out in advance. If you are travelling by car, make sure your car seat is installed properly by double checking the seat’s manual and your vehicle’s owners’ manual.
- If your little one is on the move, you will need to pack a few supplies to “baby proof” your destination. Outlet covers and cabinet locks don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase but will prevent you little one from exploring in some of the unsafe areas of a new location.
- Make sure your sweetie has a safe place to sleep while she is away from home. Don’t assume your destination is decked out like your nursery at home. Most hotels offer compact cribs but a private vacation rental may not. If you are staying with relatives, their idea of a safe place for baby to sleep might be a bit outdated.
- Plan ahead and arrange for baby equipment rentals (full size cribs, strollers, car seats, etc.) at your destination. Most major cities have companies that will supply you with all the comforts of home for baby while you are away. These companies are often run by moms just like you which means the equipment is up to date and meticulously cleaned.
- Have a favourite brand of diapers you don’t want to be without? You can arrange for a Baby Supply delivery right to your destination. Go online, place your order and have everything you need waiting for you upon arrival.
- Busy tourist areas can be tough with a toddler. Keep a current photo of your child in your purse or diaper bag. In the event that your child gets ‘lost’ you can instantly show people who to look for. A picture is worth a thousand words- especially when you are in a panic! Don’t let the trials of traveling with your baby stop that adventurous spirit that you had before baby was in your life. Most importantly, try to relax and go with the flow.
- Getting there is supposed to be half the fun, so…above all enjoy the journey!
- Make the most of your little one’s inquisitive nature. Show them the sights and sounds of a new destination while keeping them safe and comfortable!