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Traveling with Babies: Tips for Stress-Free Family Vacation

Updated: May 10, 2023

Traveling with a baby or toddler can be a challenging task, especially for first-time parents. However, with proper planning and preparation, it is possible to have a stress-free family vacation. Here are some tips on how to make traveling with a toddler or baby or both an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Daddy with the girls in the train

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Plan Ahead:

Planning ahead of time can help you avoid any last-minute surprises. Make sure to research your destination beforehand and plan your itinerary according to your child's schedule. It's also good to have a backup plan in case of unexpected circumstances. Our kids are sleep trained and they have almost a fixed sleeping schedule, we try to plan our trip around their sleeping time, so they are not too stressed out. When traveling with a baby, having a baby carrier is your most essential item, in case they become fussy because of stress.


Accommodation:

When traveling with kids, it is essential to choose accommodation that is family-friendly. Look for a hotel or a vacation rental that has amenities such as a crib, high chair or booster, and a indoor play area. I included an indoor play area because of unpredictable weather. We once went on a vacation with our first daughter and it rained all day, we were happy to have fun with her at the play area without staying in the room all day and night.

You can take your own baby travel cot if you have the strength to carry it, although I have one at their grandparents place. Also, I always have a portable high chair just in case, mostly when I am visiting families with no little ones, it´s so light I have it in my travel bag at all times.


Pack Smart:

Packing for a family vacation can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to pack smart. Make sure to bring essential items like diapers, wipes, formula, and a change of clothes for each child.

I love to fold my kids clothes for each day from inner wear to the clothes and socks as needed, so that when I pull it out from the luggage I don´t end up scattering clothes all over looking for matching tops. I put extras in a separate Ziploc bags just in case of accidents. I also use a pushchair organizer to put basic essentials like baby water bottle, diaper, wipes, emergency clothes for the baby and my phone to receive call, mostly when I travel alone and my husband will call me almost every minute.


Be Flexible:

Traveling with young children can be unpredictable, but it's essential to be flexible. It's okay to deviate from your schedule and take breaks as needed to rest or let your children play. Mostly when your toddler is already potty trained, stopping to take them to the rest room or using a portable potty might interrupt your fixed schedule as they might decide to go number 2 at odd time.


Entertain Your Kids:

Plying in the train with her TIMIO

Keeping your kids entertained during the trip is essential. Pack some toys, books, and games to keep them occupied. One of my favorite toy is the TIMIO player, it is both entertaining and educational. Also, make sure to take breaks and let them explore their surroundings, mostly when you are on a road trip.


Stay Calm while traveling:

Traveling with a toddler or baby can be stressful, but it's essential to stay calm. Remember to breathe and take a step back when you feel overwhelmed. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you and your children have a more enjoyable experience even in chaos. You can read my previous blog on Fear of Traveling with Babies, it will help you to understand possible worst scenarios that could happen, so you know how to cope in those moments.


With the right preparation and mindset, you can have a stress-free family vacation that creates lasting memories for everyone involved.


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