Traveling with a baby: 10 useful tips

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Traveling with a baby can be a bit more challenging, but it can definitely be done. In fact, traveling with a baby can even be nice! If you’re nervous about your first trip with a little one, we’re here to help. We have put together 10 useful tips for traveling with a baby.

If we had a quarter for every time we were told “travel now, because once you have kids it’s a lot harder,” we could afford a pretty long vacation. Hearing that over and over again made me nervous for our first trip with our baby. Fortunately, I survived to tell you that it is possible. If you are thinking of taking a trip with a baby, I encourage you to book that trip!

With a little extra planning and helpful tips, traveling with a baby can be fun and exciting! Here are our top 10 tips we’ve learned while traveling with our baby to help him have a smooth trip.

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Enjoying a day at the beach on the Costa Brava, Spain

10 tips for traveling with your baby

don’t try to do too much

Traveling with a baby requires more planning. We found that traveling slower and planning to do less is much more enjoyable and relaxing for everyone. Plan just a few activities each day so you can fully experience each thing.

If you are planning a road trip, plan on 1-2 hours of driving each day. More than that, it takes too long to get from point A to point B and can really reduce the amount of time you spend exploring your destination.

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Have a pool day at our hotel

Buy diapers and wipes at your destination

You can buy diapers and wipes anywhere! Pack enough to get you to your destination, plus a few extras for those unfortunate events, and plan to shop at your destination. There’s no reason to pack a week’s worth of diapers. Save space in your suitcase for other necessary things (like shoes 😉).

Consider renting large baby items

Baby gear rentals are everywhere! Instead of packing everything you need for your baby, consider renting it. We have done this in multiple destinations and it is very convenient! They usually deliver your items and pick them up where you are staying. I always rent a travel cot/pack n play and sometimes a play mat, stroller and/or baby bath if they are offered.

A simple Google search should help you find a local rental company. Here are a few that we have used and love.

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Walking through Barcelona

Use a slumberpod if you share the room

A Slumberpod is basically a small travel tent that creates a dark sleeping environment for your baby anywhere, and is safe for babies 4 months and older. It assembles and disassembles quickly and easily and folds small, making it easy to pack. If you share a room, this is a great way to give baby a good sleeping and napping environment and still have the rest of the room to use and enjoy. Otherwise, you may find yourself hiding under the covers with your computer or phone while your baby naps.

Opt for a VRBO/airbnb over the hotel room

If your baby normally sleeps in his own space at home, this is how he’ll sleep better while traveling. A VRBO or Airbnb usually gives you more space.

A baby does not necessarily have to sleep in another room. All the baby needs is a separate space. Think outside the box and consider using an additional bathroom, laundry room, or closet for sleeping space.

Plus, renting a house or apartment gives parents more space to hang out after baby falls asleep! Unless you want to go to bed at 7pm too, we’ve found this option to be the best.

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On a trip to Montserrat for hiking

Consider buying a travel stroller

A travel stroller is a specific stroller that folds small enough to fit in the overhead compartments of an airplane. They are also very light (about 10-14 pounds) to make traveling with them easier. We found that using a travel stroller was very helpful!

I didn’t want to have to check our big stroller at the door because I was worried it would get damaged. It is also big and heavy. I have read too many stories about families who have had their broken stroller returned. We could collapse our stroller just before boarding and put it in the overhead bin so we know it was handled with care the entire time.

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walking around the city without the Babyzen Yoyo stroller

A well-rested baby is a happy baby.

It’s easy to want to go all day every day on vacation. But it is important that you allow your baby to rest and recharge. Have a flexible routine while on vacation and try to get a good nap in the crib every day. Naps on the go are okay sometimes, but not all the time. Have you ever taken a nap in the car or on a train? I bet you didn’t sleep as well as in a comfortable and cozy bed.

The stroller or baby carrier can come in handy for naps on the go! Watch for sleep cues, keep an eye on time windows, and stick to a nap routine as much as possible to offer a nap in the stroller or carrier when it’s time.

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Napping in the baby carrier on the beach

Bring a portable sound machine.

We never go anywhere without a portable sound machine! Helps with naps on the go and to calm a fussy baby. Our baby sleeps with a sound machine at home, so we try to stick to that routine when we’re out and about. Hearing white noise tells you it’s nap time. Plus, it helps drown out background noise to help you have a calmer, more undisturbed nap.

Plan the trip around siesta hours

Obviously, it will be easier to drive or fly with your little one if they are sleeping rather than trying to entertain them for hours. If possible, book your flight during siesta time or choose a night flight for long-haul flights. If you’re going on a road trip, plan to drive during your baby’s nap.

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Indie taking a nap on our flight

follow your routine

Baby love is a routine. As you explore, don’t forget to follow your routine. Of course she won’t be able to follow her routine to the letter and that’s okay. A modified routine will also work. For example, simply reading a book or singing a lullaby before a nap while exploring will help tell your baby it’s nap time if that’s what she normally does at home.

These are our top 10 tips for traveling with a baby. We hope these tips help make your vacation with a baby fun and enjoyable. Of course, if you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. What tips do you have for traveling with a baby? If you enjoy this post, please pin it to save it for later.

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