You’re looking forward to snapping family photos for Facebook, making fun memories with your little one, and letting your hair down—as much as you can with a baby—at your dream vacation destination this spring. But first, you have to get there.
The idea of traveling with a child in the baby or toddler phase can no doubt seem daunting. However, the more prepared you are for traveling with a baby, the smoother you can expect your trip to be.
Here’s a rundown on the top tips for making your upcoming road and/or air travel experience with a baby stress-free, efficient, and memorable for all of the right reasons this year.
Prebook Everything When Traveling with a Baby
One of the best steps you can take when hitting the open skies or open road with your little one is to prebook everything that can be booked ahead of time.
In the past, you might have shown up at your destination and picked a hotel to stay at after first becoming acquainted with the town. However, this strategy typically does not work well with little ones. Instead, you’ll likely want to make a beeline to your accommodation and drop off your bags once you arrive at your vacation destination. This is especially true if you’ve had a lengthy travel day and both you and your little one could use some rest.
In light of the above, you should ideally book your first night or first two nights at your accommodation in advance. Then, you can decide to transition to another lodging option, if you wish to do so, once you are settled. This will make it easier for you to keep the entire family happy and amused on your vacation.
Plan Your Air Travel Times with a Baby Strategically
When traveling by plane with a baby, you’ll also want to strategically plan your flight times. For instance, think about your little one’s set bedtime. Then, ask yourself this question: “How will they act if they’re forced to stay up three hours past their bedtime?”
If you don’t like the answer to this question, consider booking an overnight air travel time with your baby instead. The more you can align your flight with your child’s sleep schedule, the more cheerful they will be when getting on or off the airplane.
Bring Along a Comfortable Carrier
For those quick sprints through the airport or those long strolls at the park, you’ll need to invest in an excellent baby carrier, like Abiie’s Huggs Baby Carrier. This carrier is perfect for traveling with a baby, as it is designed to sit around a parent’s waist and above their hips like a comfy fanny pack.
The carrier’s seat, which resembles a shelf, will help your child’s bottom, hips, and legs to create an “M.” This “M” position is what pediatricians recommend to prevent children from developing hip dysplasia. The hip seat’s ergonomic design will also keep your waist and back comfortable all day long.
Pack the Meds
Another wise move to make when traveling with a baby is to pack plenty of basic medicines for your child. After all, few things are worse than watching your child struggle with sickness during what should be one of your family’s most enjoyable and memorable moments.
Your little one’s stomach might suddenly become upset after a meal. Or, you might learn during your trip that your child is allergic to tree pollen. To be ready to tackle these issues, you should bring along some infant acetaminophen for pain relief, some anti-gas medicine for tummy troubles, and even a child-friendly antihistamine for addressing allergy issues.
Take Child-Friendly Dishes with You
One of your favorite parts of vacation is, of course, eating—but it can quickly become your least favorite activity if your baby is known to turn their dinner plates into frisbees. Fortunately, you can make mealtime more enjoyable when traveling with a baby by using Octopod dishes from Abiie. These dishes are strategically designed with suction cups to keep them stationary no matter how active your little one is. That means cleanup can finally be effortless!
Don’t Forget the Bibs
Don’t forget to also bring bibs with you when traveling with a baby. The best bibs are the Ruby Wrapp Bibs from Abiie, as they each come with a patented BIB-LOCK that creates a secure pocket for holding utensils. All you have to do is wrap up your baby’s bib and utensils, then tuck the bib in your diaper bag, suitcase, or hiking backpack—whatever you’re taking on your next excursion.
In addition to being convenient to use, these bibs are also eco-friendly. That’s because they’re made with food-grade, high-quality materials that conform to the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
Pack Special Toys
To make air travel with your baby an enjoyable experience, consider packing a special game or toy for your little one as well.
Although traveling with a baby can certainly be exciting, it can also be overwhelming for your child, as they’ll experience so many new things at one time. Bringing along a familiar stuffed animal, storybook, or blanket can be comforting and help your child to relax, especially if they are the type to feel anxious on a trip.
Build Up Your Diaper and Wipe Stash
Finally, be sure to bring more wipes, Pull-Ups, and diapers than you believe you’ll need when traveling with a baby. Remember that when you think you need just one diaper, you’ll likely need two, and if you decide to bring two, you’ll likely need three. It’s better to have too many than too few diapers and wipes when you and Baby are boarding your flight home.
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