If you love to travel, you don’t need to stop because you’ve become a new parent. Although your travel won’t be the same, discovering the world with your little one will be rewarding for the both of you. However travel with a baby shouldn’t be taken lightly and good preparation is key.
Here are some tips to make traveling with your baby a success!
Pick a family friendly destination
When you travel with your baby for the first time, choose a relaxing destination that’s used to young visitors, so you don’t have to sweat the details. We recommend a lazy beach retreat or a cabin in the country side. Avoid crowded, over-stimulating tourist destinations or exotic places that require heavy vaccinations or malaria prevention.
Packing when you travel with a baby
There’s a lot to think about when traveling with a baby so it’s best to start preparing well in advance. Before you start packing, check with your accommodation if your room includes a baby cot, if they offer laundry service and if there is a grocery store nearby that sells your baby’s necessities. Ones you know the answers, you can make a running list custom to your holiday.
Toddlers love to help, so a great way to prepare your little one for a holiday is to include him while packing. Get him his very own carry-on suitcase and let him pick some toys he wants to bring. Just make sure he doesn’t forget his favourite teddy bear.
The compact size of our Walrus Grey Trolley makes it a great product for flying and traveling with a baby.
Always bring something to drink and eat
Make sure to always bring plenty of water and enough snacks on your trip. Children can get dehydrated very quickly and you don’t want a hungry child when the next place to eat is still more than an hour away. Especially when you’re flying or taking a train and you need to wait for food service it’s always handy to have something to snack on at hand.
Dispensing snacks at pre-announced intervals will give your toddler something to look forward to. Consider bringing towelettes for easy clean up.
Dress your baby for quick and easy diaper changes
Our favourite combo is a onesie with leggings, which gives your quick access to the diaper without removing socks, shoes or pants. The perfect baby travel bag to take on a weekend getaway or a daytrip during your holiday is our Mommy Bag. Its large size easily fits diapers, wipes, a couple of extra sets of clothes, formula, bottles, blankets, toys, water, snacks and much more baby travel accessories.
The Mommy Bag includes a changing mat and has multiple pockets and elastic bands to keep everything organised while on the road.
Start wearing your baby
A baby stroller or pram is great for travel in cities, but if you want to go on a hike a baby carrier is a must have. Even when you travel by plane a baby carrier is more convenient than a stroller. There’s no hustle getting your stroller through security and your baby can happily continue napping as you get on and off your plane.
Our Neoprene Baby Carrier is a great addition to your holiday packing list. It’s made out of colourful neoprene fabrics which makes it not only very fashionable, it can also be used in the water.
Easier bed times
If you’re bringing a portable travel cot, have your baby sleep in it for a few nights before you leave. That way, it will feel like a familiar, comfy spot to sleep while away from home. It’s also best to keep to your baby’s bedtime ritual. If it includes a bath, lullaby and bottle, do the same on vacation to make up for the change in location.
Now, go enjoy! Toss out all your old ideas about what a vacation should be and embrace the new craziness that is traveling with a baby. Consider all the gear and baby travel system-lugging as great exercise. And then savour going back home to “regular” life that much more.