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Traveling with a baby is something that I knew I would conquer because travel is an important part of my lifestyle. I knew travel would never look the same after having children, even traveling pregnant was different, but traveling with kids is an all new adventure. An adventure that is completely worth taking. I hate to hear my mommy friends say that they will reconvene traveling when their kids get older. No! Kids gain so much from traveling and your perspective as an adult expands when you see the world through the eyes of your child. My kids are 3 and 5 now, but I want to start from the beginning. Today I am sharing tips for traveling with a baby because if you plan to travel with them as toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged then the sooner they get used to traveling the better the experience will be for everyone!
5 Tips for Traveling with a Baby
1. Accept that you will need to pack a lot of stuff. Babies need a lot of things. From diapers, wipes, cream, a million sets of clothes to toys, blankets, carriers, etc. You will feel like you are packing for a month away and then may realize you need ten additional things. It took me a few trips to realize that it did not look as crazy as it felt. I promise the load lightens up with each year.
2. Pack gallon ziplock bags with a change of clothing in them. You will most likely have some serious poop incidents while traveling and it may very well be in an inconvenient spot. The biggest issue will be what to do with the poopy clothes. So having a ziplock bag prepared with a set of clothes in an easy to grab spot is great. Then once you have this disaster under control throw the soiled clothes in the ziplock bag and carry on.
3. Use a backpack as your diaper bag. By putting all your essential baby items in a big backpack, you’re freeing up your hands and shoulders while also helping balance all the weight. I always used a normal shoulder diaper bag on a day to day basis but when traveling switching to a backpack made a huge difference, especially in airports.
4. Take the right feeding supplies for baby and mommy comfort. With babies, it can be a challenge to maintain their proper feeding schedule while also keeping them comfortable and happy. Traveling with babies feels like a game of trial and error until you find what works best for your family. But when it comes to the wellbeing of your baby’s health you do not want to have to play that game.
Playtex Baby ™ Bottles remove the need for trial and error for you when it comes to feeding on the go! A big concern for moms is keeping your baby’s tummy happy. I love how the Playtex Baby™ VentAire® promotes semi-upright feeding position with the angled bottle design and has a unique bottom vent designed to keep air at the back of the bottle and out of your baby’s tummy. Less opportunity for colic and reflux resulting in complete tummy comfort.
Sometimes while traveling breastfeeding moms may stumble upon a situation that you will need to use a bottle. If you are a breastfeeding mother like I was, this may be a worry that keeps you from traveling. Don’t let it! You will love knowing that the Playtex Baby™ VentAire® and the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners promotes an easy switch between breast and bottle with the most Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple. I recently bought them as a baby shower gift for a friend and found them right on the baby bottle aisle at my local Target.
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5. The biggest and most important thing is to relax and enjoy the adventure. Try not to overthink things and just go with it. It is easy to get caught up in all the details, the stuff and worry. But you will gain so much from traveling with your kids, even when they are babies. As long as you take along the necessary items and have an open mind you will be ok! Travel looks different at each stage; it changes with each year but it does get better, bags do get lighter and the possibilities remain endless!
What tips do you have for traveling with a baby? Share in the comments!
Up next I will share tips for traveling with a toddler!
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