Becoming a parent means that your life will drastically change. People will tell you that everything you used to love doing will have to be put on hiatus, including your travels, until the baby grows up. Fortunately for us travel-lovers, this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re hoping to take your baby on your next trip but aren’t sure what to expect and what to do, we’ve decided to help you out by putting together a list of tips you’ll find useful when planning to travel with a baby.
Bring a stroller
For parents traveling with a baby, a stroller is much more than “just a stroller” – it instantly turns into a portable bed, a highchair, and an all-around stuff-carrier. Depending on the length of your journey and your destination, you should choose whether to pack a lightweight stroller or perhaps an all-terrain one. It doesn’t matter which one you choose; it’s important to bring a quality stroller along, as you’ll be relying on it more than you might think at first. When you buy a quality stroller, you’ll notice that they’re much easier to push and fold when you’re not using them. Slings and carriers can be handy, but they can be uncomfortable in warmer climates.
Pack a bag
Babies might be small, but they need a lot of things, so you’ll have to pack your bag carefully. It’s essential to have an extra water bottle or a thermos which will help you stay well hydrated, especially if you’re breastfeeding. For those who will be flying, bring an empty bottle and fill it at a water fountain. You will also need to pack a ton of diaper wipes, so make sure you bring a functional and fashionable baby bag because you’ll be carrying it all day long. Diaper wipes are lifesavers because they will also easily mop up any spit-up, clean sticky hands and face; replace toilet paper in an emergency, and also make any surface that your baby needs to touch clean.
Assemble a first-aid kit
Accidents happen all the time, and as a parent, you’ll have to have an improvised first-aid kit with you at all times. It should contain some of the supplies you might need in case a minor medical problem occurs while you’re on the road with your child. You also shouldn’t forget to bring any prescription medications, even if your baby isn’t using them regularly. You’re familiar with Murphy’s law – it’s not until you’ve left your asthma medicine at home that your child gets an asthma attack.
Bring a sling
We’ve already mentioned that you should pack a stroller, but it would also be wise to pack a sling as well. There will certainly be a time when you should leave your stroller behind, and you might be too tired to carry your baby around, so a sling is the best solution. Not only can slings help you carry your baby around, but they are also a convenient substitute for a blanket or a changing pad, and they work well as nursing covers, too. In case you’re not a fan of slings, remember that a number of lightweight cloth baby carriers can offer wonderful support, keep your hands free, and best of all – they don’t take up too much room when stored.
Your travel plans don’t have to be put on hold indefinitely just because you’ve had a baby. While it’s true that you’ll have to make some changes to your routine and adopt some new habits, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be unable to enjoy traveling and exploring new places with your child. It might be hectic and completely different from what you’re used to, but it can also be fun, exciting, and memorable.
About the author:
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home improvement and latest DIY topics. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.