Top tips for planning a vacation with baby from parents who’ve done it all – including the best diapers and flight times for families
public holidays come with a little planning – and when it’s your first time traveling abroad with your baby, it’s perfectly normal for it to feel like a daunting task.
Help is at hand, however, courtesy of parents who have done it all before.
Parents Paula and Matt, and mum Moon Hough, all regularly travel with their children and have now shared their top tips for a baby-friendly holiday with pushchair manufacturer Micralite.
From advice on packing (and why you should avoid over-packing diapers) to choosing flight times that won’t disrupt your child’s sleep schedule, they’ve got you covered.
Check out the tips they shared below…
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Manage your expectations
If you are traveling with a baby for the first time, you will have to adapt. Paul and Matt recommend “travelling slowly” to enjoy your travel destination, such as planning to visit one place each day and allowing in some free time or playtime with your baby.
Babies can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adapt, whether that means changing plans or canceling something altogether.
Before your vacation, take some time to plan what to visit. Paul and Matt suggest that you avoid overdoing it by cramming a lot into one day — instead, spread the activities out over the time you’re there.
Moon also advises, if you can, “stay in one place longer to make sure you can do whatever you want.” That extra time can make all the difference when there’s an unexpected tantrum or you decide you want a little extra downtime.
Think about your accommodation
Paul and Matt suggest that an Airbnb or vacation home might be easier than hotels because they often have more amenities that can come in handy, like a washing machine or kitchen appliances.
In the meantime, Moon recommends checking with your accommodation provider ahead of time – find out what’s already available so you don’t pack too many extras.
Don’t overpack diapers
Make sure you have enough diapers for at least three days – and then you can head to a local supermarket and buy more to avoid overpacking. Of course, if you’re headed somewhere remote or unsure of the nearby shops, it’s worth adding a few more — or contact your accommodation to find out what’s available in the area.
If possible, stick to your baby’s sleep routine
Flying around bedtimes could make all the difference, especially if it makes your baby more likely to sleep during the flight.
As for the dreaded popping ears, Paul and Matt suggest wrapping your baby something to suckle or chew on – or you can also massage the ears and side of the head for added comfort.
On one thing all parents agreed; Stick to sleep routines like you do at home. Moon says: “Even if it’s hard or you don’t want to miss anything, learn to love this new (kid-friendly!) way of traveling.”
Check out how the weather will be
Are you going somewhere hot and sunny? You want to keep your baby at a safe temperature and protected from the sun.
Moon advises that you try to cover your baby cool and in the shade – a sun hat and plenty of water are also a must. Paula and Matt add that one should try to “be fully in the sun during the highest hours of sunshine and apply sunscreen (preferably 50+) every half hour to an hour.”
For cold destinations, pack plenty of suitable layers – a snowsuit, waterproof boots and gloves are essential if you’re going anywhere in the snow.
As a general rule of thumb, Paul and Matt advise that your baby “should always have at least one layer more than you.”
Do you have any great tips for other parents traveling with a baby? Let us know in the comments below.
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