We’re excited to bring you another great article from POPSUGAR Moms, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their tips for traveling with a little one.
If you have a family trip on the horizon and are bringing baby along, then you may be feeling just a tad bit apprehensive. There’s a lot that goes into organizing for any trip, but when a little one’s involved, there’s a whole new slew of things to consider. Here are five insider tips and tricks to make your journey just a little less stressful. Be sure to check out our guide to surviving your baby’s first flight and how to pack your carry-on, as well!
1. Phone a Friend
Before purchasing a slew of new baby gear that you may very well use one time only, check in and see if your friends or family (either at home or near your destination) can help. Put up a post on Facebook, or send out a group email with what you’re looking for — it can’t hurt to ask!
2. Skype Your Sitter
If you’re staying at a hotel, then oftentimes the concierge or front desk will be able to offer references for area babysitters. Inquire well in advance, and then arrange a Skype chat with the candidate(s). While it’s not the same as an in-person meeting, having that face-to-face time will give you a better feel for your potential sitter than a phone call or email exchange.
And again, ask your friends if they happen to have any contacts — you never know who might have a college-age cousin or baby-loving great aunt in the area!
3. Take Advantage of Diapers.com
If you’re a new mom, then Diapers.com is already likely to be one of the top bookmarks on your web browser, so don’t forget to take advantage of the site when you’re on the go. Have diapers, wipes, baby food, and any other necessities sent directly to your destination (the hotel can hold your delivery at the front desk), and save some serious room in your suitcase
4. Bring Your Baby Carrier
If you’re flying — and especially if you’re flying alone with your baby — then be sure to have your baby carrier easily accessible. Navigating the airport is a whole lot easier hands-free, and if your baby falls asleep on the plane, then you’ll still have the ability to read or have a drink or snack.
5. Make Your List, and Check It Twice
While it’s a relief to find out that the hotel you’re staying at can provide a crib and that the rental company you’re using can offer a car seat, be extremely thorough in making and confirming your requests. Call to verify a day or two before your trip that you’re getting what you had in mind. There’s nothing worse than getting off a flight with a 2-year-old and discovering that your rental car is only equipped with an infant seat!
Have you done any traveling with your little one? How did it go?+ Comment