Our little family have been on the road since early this month for the SO’s conference and it’s finally good to be home. Living out of a suitcase, especially with a baby in tow gets tiring.
But we’ve learnt a couple of things!
1. Flying with a baby is not as bad as you might think
Traveling with a breastfed baby is a lot easier than a bottle-fed one. Fussy baby? Pop out your boob and enjoy the silence. Plus they’ll stay put wherever they are – they won’t run up and down the plane.
Just remember to book seats with the bassinet. And ask for the bassinet to be set up, even if you don’t plan to put the baby in it. The extra room to dump blankets, spare diapers and wet wipes for the next change is always good.
2. Babywear as much as you can
Even if you’re bringing a pram on your travels (as we did), babywear if your baby is up for it. Attractions may not be pram friendly, so travel as light as possible.
Also not a reason you’d normally consider to babywear, but there is a safety aspect as well. Walking back from a museum, I saw 3 youth jump out of a car to throw a glass bottle at and aggressively harass a middle aged man across the small street I was on. I was incredibly grateful I was babywearing, because if shit hit the fan, I could have ditched the pram and leg it to safety.
3. Be flexible with your itinerary
Admit it – baby is the boss of you and won’t necessarily go with the program. Don’t attempt to visit 4 attractions spread over the entire city if your baby needs feeding every 2-3 hours, because you’re just going to stress yourself out. Pad out everything time-wise and be ready to just let things go if it doesn’t pan out.
4. Pack more than you need
Being on the road means you’re in unfamiliar territory and you might not have amenities close by, so pack extra diapers, wet wipes, a spare set of clothes for baby and you… just in case of spews, leaks and explosive shits.
5. Book the right room
Having the whole family stuck in the same room can mean no one will get any sleep. If you can afford it, consider booking a suite or connecting rooms. We thankfully got a room upgrade that offered a connecting room that was a living space, which served as well when baby needed soothing or changing during night.
Also designate a baby-changing station in the room with a box of wipes, a changing pad and a bunch of diapers. That way, you won’t be scrambling for the diaper bag when that first change is needed.
Have you traveled with a baby before? What are your tips for traveling with a baby?