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My husband and I brought it along with us on our trip and it was a life saver! Traveling with a baby can be a struggle. I wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to make your traveling worries disappear. Here are 10 Things to know about traveling with a baby!
1. Pack Smart- Don’t Over Pack
If you are flying on a plane it is important to pack smart for baby so you do not spend unnecessary money on baggage fees. You can use the Cosmopolitan bag as a carry on for you and your child. When packing a carry on for a baby you really only need the essentials.
- Change of Clothes
- Receiving Blanket
The Diaper Bag has a mommy pocket for all the electronics and there is also a charger on the side! Which is perfect for a mommy and me carry on. Contrary to belief it is better to pack light with a baby . You can always buy anything you need when you get to your destination. That way you don’t bring a bunch of things you don’t even use.
2. Be Ready for TSA
You may be dreading this part of the whole traveling experience. I am here to tell you it’s really not that bad.; if you are prepared. When you get to security they will want you to take all the food and liquid out of your bag. If you opt not to do this they will pull your bag aside and look through it themselves. You will have to take the baby out of the stroller and all the contents in the stroller have to go through the detector. You will walk through with your baby and either TSA or your traveling partner will take the stroller through the detector.
The best way to streamline the process and get in and out without a long line forming behind you is to be ready! Have all of the food and milk in a zip lock bag and in a convenient spot where it can quickly come out of your luggage. As you get closer to the check point go ahead and take anything that is in the stroller out of the stroller including the stroller cover which I’ll talk about later. Also, do a quick check to make sure you have everything before moving to your terminal.
You would hate to get all the way to the plane only to realize you left your babies milk at TSA. I promise you doing these things will make going through security a breeze and you won’t forget your phone at security like I did (oops!).
3. Pick the Right Seats
If you are flying it is important that you and baby are comfortable. If you are on a long haul flight you should get a bassinet that your baby can lay in and sleep while taking the pressure off of you. If you are on a short flight I recommend getting an aisle seat if you are flying alone with baby. This will make it a lot easier to get in and out of your seat if your little one needs to be changed or is cranky.
If you are flying with another person I recommend getting the whole row so a stranger doesn’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle. When my husband and I traveled with our baby from Atlanta to Houston we flew spirit and got the two big seats in the front of the plane. It was amazing! We were more comfortable, which made our lap baby more comfortable and we had the row to ourselves which made it easier to breastfeed without a stranger looking down your shirt. I also recommend getting noise canceling headphones like you see below. Click here for the ones we purchased.
4. Bring Entertainment
If you are driving this is a little easier to do and keeping your little one quiet and engaged is not as big of a deal except for your own sanity. When you are on a plane with 100 other people, it is a lot more important to keep noise to a minimum. We brought multiple toys to keep our son occupied. He really enjoyed the crinkle books! It’s also a good toy for a plane because it folds up to fit anywhere. We also brought a rattle, links, and snacks. Yes, snacks! When there mouth is full, its hard for them to make noise. I do not recommend force feeding your child to keep them quiet but if they want it and it keeps them quiet, why not?
5. Bring Your Stroller/ Car Seat- Don’t Forget the Cover!
I know there are renting services where you can rent strollers and car seats when you get to your destination. But why pay for these things when you can bring your own items for free! Most airlines will allow you to bring a car seat and stroller as a checked bag for free. All you have to do is bring it to the gate and they will put it under the plane. I highly recommend having a cover for your stroller and car seat. When he traveled it was raining and our belongings would have been completely soaked if we didn’t have a cover, not to mention its really dirty under the plane and you want it to still be the same color when you get it back. Click here for the cover we used.
6. Stay In the Right Room
This is critical. Your hotel or Airbnb is the place you will lay your head every night and it should be conducive to your priorities. A few tips on picking a place to stay is try to find a place as family friendly as possible. Do not stay at a lush hotel filled with singles or spring breakers. That is not the place for a baby or toddler. An Airbnb is a great selection for families because it feels like home and your child won’t have to adapt as much. It is also easier to spread out and not be confined to one hotel room. We tried both during our recent trip and I will say that the Airbnb was a lot more functional. If you do stay in a hotel, make sure you get double queen beds or call ahead to see if they have child beds. That is the best option so everyone is comfortable. Click here to get $40 off your next Airbnb trip!
7. Fly At the Right Time
So this is when you just have to know your babies sleep pattern. Some people will tell you to take a red eye that way your baby will be ready to sleep and will sleep through the whole flight. This might work for extremely long flights but if your flight is 4 hours or less, I recommend doing a much earlier flight. We found that our baby did a lot better on the 6 am flight as opposed to the 10pm flight. That way we didn’t have to keep him up till he was over tired and he had a few hours of sleep before the flight so he was content until he decided to take a nap. He slept the whole way to our destination.
8. Rent a Car if You Can
It is great to have a car when you have a little one with you. You are able to carry all your crap with you without feeling guilty. Also, make sure your car has enough space for a car seat and stroller. We rented a small SUV and it was the perfect size for everything we needed to do. We were also able to up and leave when we wanted to without having to wait for other transportation. If you are traveling to another country and you don’t feel comfortable driving it is very possible to get around without a car and you can still enjoy yourself just make sure you plan for whatever transportation you use.
9. Have An Itinerary But Be Prepared to Break It
We all have a perfect plan of this great vacation we are going to take and all the things we are going to check off our bucket list. However, all of that goes out the window when you have a baby with you. You should definitely plan out as much of your trip as you can but you must realize there are things that are out of your control. Sometimes the weather can be different than you thought. Maybe its raining or cold when you thought it would be sunny and warm. While this wouldn’t be a big deal for you, you have to think of your child’s health and the effects weather and other dynamics can have on them.
It also takes a lot longer to do activities with a baby then it would be to do it yourself. We went to the Dallas Zoo and we had to keep stopping to make sure our son was okay, change diapers, etc. You should factor these things into your schedule. Your baby may also get exhausted very quickly and you have to stop for rest or nap breaks. Keep that in mind!
10. Enjoy Yourselves
Have fun! Traveling with a small child can be really stressful, but you are on vacation so try to relax! Be prepared as possible but understand that things change you have to be ready to adapt at all times. Take pictures every where you go so you can remember your first time traveling with your baby and all of the memories you make together. Do things you have never done and let your child explore their new world. Many people thought we were crazy to travel with our 7 month old but we had a great time and made family memories we will never forget!
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