6 Tips for a Stress-Free Vacation with Your Baby
I want to share a surprising 6 tips truth with you - a fun, stress-free vacation with a baby IS possible! I’m sure you’ve heard the horror stories about babies who cry the entire airplane or car ride, nights of no sleep, and being stuck in a hotel room while the baby naps, but don’t let those stories stop you. I’ve found some tips that help you prepare and pack to minimize stress so you can take a vacation with your baby and have a great time.
Skip the Stroller and Try Baby wearing
Strollers can be incredibly convenient, but they can also be a huge hassle. Many destinations are not stroller friendly, whether you’re dealing with large crowds, rough terrain, or stairs,
and then if you need to get the baby out, there’s the added difficulty of storing the stroller. An added concern is if the baby is insecure in unfamiliar or overwhelming locations, he or she may fight being in a stroller.
A simple solution to these concerns is babywearing! Go anywhere, keep your little one safe and secure, and even keep your hands free when you use a baby carrier that’s comfortable and suitable. Wraps and ring slings are great, especially in cool, breathable fabrics, but they can be tricky to put on if you’re not familiar with them. If you’ve never worn your baby and don’t have time to learn how to wrap, consider a simple soft structured baby carrier like an Ergo or Tula may be better.
Book the Right Accommodations for Your Family
Even if it’s just you, your partner, and the baby, getting a standard hotel room may not be the best option. While a suite or renting a vacation home may sound expensive, the added cost is worth it for a more peaceful, smooth-running vacation.
In a suite or home, you can put the baby to sleep in a separate space than the living area, giving you and your partner the opportunity to watch a movie, enjoy a glass of wine, and enjoy each other’s company without having to sit in a silent, dark room with a sleeping baby. You have more room to store your gear without tripping over everything, and this gives you a place to prepare and wash bottles, baby food, or breast pump pieces without having to store items in a hotel bathroom. Consider Airbnbto find baby-friendly rental spaces in your budget.
Unpack Immediately and Set Up Your Space
No matter if you arrive to your destination by air, rail, or road, you’re going to be worn out, and you’ll probably be tempted to toss down your luggage and relax for a bit. I don’t blame you, but before you get too comfortable, unpack your stuff first. Otherwise, the baby will have a diaper blowout and that is NOT when you want to be digging through luggage to find a new outfit, diaper, wipes, etc.
Provide the baby with toys or enlist the help of your partner, so that one of you unpacks and restocks the diaper bag while the other one plays with the baby or takes him or her for a walk. Keep feeding supplies in a convenient spot and create a diaper-changing station with a changing mat, stack of diapers and wipes, rash cream or lotion, and a trash can. Your space will feel less cluttered and chaotic, and you will feel less stressed out.
Pack a Variety of Baby Clothes
While you can easily check the weather forecast to know how hot or cold the outside temperatures will be, you won’t know if the airplane or your hotel will run hot or cold. Keep your baby feeling comfortable no matter what by bringing a few “off season” outfits and accessories like warm baby pajamas. Similarly, keep a lightweight swaddle blanket in the diaper bag for cool restaurants or drafty airplanes because a cold baby is a grumpy baby.
Protecting Baby from the Elements
Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or strolling through the city, you’re most likely going to be spending a lot of time outside. You definitely don’t want your baby to get a nasty sunburn or dangerous bug bites, but fortunately, there are plenty of simple precautions you can take to protect your baby from the elements while you’re on vacation.
● Sunscreen: Babies over six months old can wear sunscreen all over, and new recommendations suggest babies under six months old can wear small amounts on sensitive areas like hands, nose, and the tops of their ears and feet. Before trying any new sunscreen, do a patch test 48 hours before you use it to check for reactions.
● Sun-protective clothing: Rash-guard swimsuits for babies are adorable and provide effective protection! Not going in the pool? Don’t forget a wide-brimmed sun hat and socks when you go out and about.
● Bug repellent: Babies older than two months can use DEET and picaridin bug-repellants. Picaridin is just as effective as DEET and is less likely to cause a reaction, so if you’re looking for a simple, safer option, Skin-So-Soft Picaridin Towelettes by Avon are a convenient choice. Want a natural solution? Check out California Baby Baby Bug Spray.
● Pain Reliever: On the off chance that something does happen, keep pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or, if baby is above six months old, ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) handy to knock out discomfort.
Baby Proof Your Accommodations
Whether you’re in a hotel room, cabin, or rental home, there are going to be dangers. Keep your baby safe by baby proofing your hotel room when you unpack. Keep a roll of blue painter’s tape and cover electric outlets, tape up blind cords that are hanging down, and use wash cloths or hand towels to cushion the corners of coffee tables, dressers, and other furniture with sharp edges.
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