The thought of traveling over the holidays with a baby is enough to make many parents stay home. Believe it or not, traveling with a baby is actually one of the easiest times in the life of a child to travel. They are incredibly portable!
Often, babies fall asleep as soon as the car begins to moving, because motion lulls them to sleep. It reminds them of being in the womb. If you are planning to travel by car this holiday season, keep this little checklist handy:
Checklist For Traveling With Baby
- Make a list of all items needed for your baby a week before your trip.
- Make sure baby’s car seat is installed correctly. Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.
- Keep essentials in the back seat with baby (this prevents unnecessary car stops to dig items out of the trunk): Diapers, Wipes, Pacifier, Change of clothes, Toys, Books.
- Try to keep baby on his/her schedule as best you can.
- Stop every few hours to allow everyone to have a stretch break, baby included!
- If staying a week or more and you are short on space, have baby essentials like diapers, wipes, and formula shipped to your destination.
- For bigger baby gear-ie. strollers, high chairs, portable cribs, check to see if your destination has baby rental equipment that you can use for the duration of your stay. It cuts down tremendously on what you have to travel with and allows you to still use the items that you and your baby are accustomed to having at home.
- Plan your travel so you are not stuck in rush hour traffic, if possible!
- If baby will be sleeping in a portable crib while away, practice a few nights before you leave for your trip to get baby familiar with a different crib.
- If staying in a hotel, book a suite or two connecting rooms. This will allow you to put baby to sleep and then give you space to enjoy yourself. Otherwise, parents often feel they need to go bed at the same time baby does.