Things You Should Consider Before Traveling With a Baby
posted on Oct 24, 2018 | 117 likes
As new parents, you don't have to forfeit your family vacation.
A family trip is everything, but for new parents, traveling with their new bundle of joy is a huge challenge. While a lot of new parents forfeit their yearly vacation because of the arrival of their baby, some others take up the challenge which turns out to be tedious and less fun because a lot of things were not properly taken care of or thought through.
New parents with a 6 to 12 months old baby, might be thinking about forfeiting their vacation, but don’t have to. Proper planning and the following tips are all you should consider before you start your first family vacation.
Before you depart
• Check with your doctor to see if it’s okay to travel. You can travel whenever you want with your baby, but your doctor can advise you about anything that you may not have thought of such as vaccines.
• Since this would be the first time your baby would be flying, choose a destination that is close to your home country. The flight time should be between 2-5 hours at most.
• Although not mandatory, an umbrella stroller can be quite handy when traveling. They won’t be as sturdy as your regular stroller, but since they fold up, it can be easy to transport as you travel around.
• Be smart about what you pack for your baby and for yourself. Don’t pack too many diapers and outfits for your baby. You also do not need too much outfit for yourself. Also, ensure you have extra cash for the things you won’t be packing but would be needed.
• When reserving your hotel accommodation, be specific about all you would need as a family and most importantly for your baby. Let them know you are coming with a baby so they provide you with the right space.
At the airport and on the plane
• Get to the airport early. This would allow you access priority boarding since you are going with a baby. You don’t want to overwork yourself by rushing down to the checkpoints. Remember you would be carrying more stuff than usual, therefore, luggage check would also take more time.
• Speak with a flight attendant after you’re seated. They’ll give you the breakdown about safety procedures with a child and advice you on which washroom is best for changing your baby. Also note that when taking off, you should hold your baby in a burping position.
When you’ve reached your destination
• Finally, you have arrived at your destination and it’s time for some fun. But first, you need to get the remainder of your baby’s supply like diapers, formulas and other things you didn’t park to avoid excess luggage.
• Your activity schedule should revolve around the baby. Therefore visit attractions that would not wear you out and does not require so much physical participation like climbing etc. Do more of site seeing.
• Use an umbrella stroller, it’s easy to transport and carry as you move around and it’s safer for your baby.
• Use hop on buses. You might not like hop on hop off buses, but with a child, they are usually convenient. These buses will take you to all the major attractions so you don’t need to worry about transportation.
Hopefully, this tips would ease off your anxiety and help you prepare for your first family vacation.