After a stressful year at work, we all deserve a vacation to have fun and relax a little. But if you are a parent, either a single or a couple, it is sometimes difficult to leave for vacation while leaving your baby behind for various reasons. ‘Vacation and with a baby!??’ It sure sounds like fun. Travelling with kid(s) can be tiresome both mentally and physically. You will have to cut back on many places because not every place is baby-friendly. But there are a few tips and tricks we have round-up for you that can make your family vacation less hassle and more fun.
What Baby Essentials You Should DEFINITELY Pack for a Stress-free Vacation
Before we move on to the much-needed tips, we want you to make a list of every essential you should pack if you want a stress-free family vacation.
- Baby’s Diapers
- Formula Milk
- Baby’s outdoor gear
- Baby lightweight or normal stroller
- Sleeping Sack
- Creams and sunscreens
- Baby’s bath essentials
- Bottles and sippy cup
- Baby Bug Spray
- Stroller Fan
- Baby Advil or other medicines.
1. Pack Your Belongings Strategically
Packing strategically is what is going to save your time and sanity during your vacation. You need to pack all the essentials your baby might need during the travelling period. So make sure you have every item, from their bottles and formula milk to their favourite toys. Baby toys, particularly snuggles, are very crucial if you want to have a peaceful vacation. They are the only things that might help your baby if they plan to get fussy without any specific reason. But do not pack every toy, be strategic.
2. Pack Baby’s Outdoor Equipment
It is understood that you or your partner can not spend the whole vacation carrying the baby in your arms, so you must pack the baby’s stroller to make your life easier. Wonderfold Stroller Wagon is a must-have in situations like these because of its multifunctionality. It can hold up to 4 children, so you do not have to worry. It also protects your kid(s) from harmful UV with its UV protection canopy. Other than a stroller, you can also include the baby carrier, but it’s not essential.
3. Schedule Baby’s Nap Time
If you want to have a wonderful holiday experience, your baby’s undisturbed sleeping time is critical. Therefore, we propose that you plan your flight around your baby’s sleep time. This is for two reasons: first, because newborns are uncomfortable and terrified in an aeroplane or train because of their unfamiliar surroundings, it is ideal for them if they sleep at that time. Another benefit is that if your kid is awake and wailing excessively on an aircraft, which is quite normal for a baby, other passengers may become concerned, causing you to become uncomfortable. So, whether it’s a long-haul or short-haul flight, try to book it during nap time.
4. Book the Right Hotel Rooms
If you have a group of more than three people, or if you have more than one child, you should think about having more than one room. Because your infant is more likely to cry at night due to unfamiliar surroundings, which will wake others up, connecting rooms or suites are better alternatives. Both suites and connecting rooms have advantages, but connecting rooms are better if you’re on a tight budget. If money isn’t an issue, suites are better because they include a kitchen.
5. Choose Your Destination Wisely
A family vacation, and more importantly, a vacation with a baby, needs proper planning and an itinerary of the places you are going to visit. You can not decide on a place in the spur of the moment. You will have to check and then cross-check every location that either it is a baby-family place or not. You definitely do not want to visit an adventurous or mountainous region with a baby. Italy, Japan, London, Dubai, and Costa Rica are just some places you can visit with a baby.
6. Don’t Change the Routine
Your baby’s routine is very important and should not be disturbed at all if you desire a peaceful vacation. Babies are very sensitive and can feel even the slightest change in the routine, so if your baby is accustomed to being bathed, fed, and then lullabies to sleep, so be it. It will make your baby easier to fall asleep and hopefully won’t disturb any late-night plans you might have with your partner.
7. Visit the Resort Pool instead of Beach
We all love the beach more than the pool due to its scenic beauty. But with a baby, it is better to visit a pool instead of the beach for many reasons. Beaches are far more crowded than the resorts and can disturb your baby. Beach sand is also very unfriendly for baby strollers and babies themselves because babies love to eat sand. The sun rays can also be very harsh on sensitive baby skin, even with sunscreen.
A fun vacation with a baby is certainly an oxymoron. But with the right planning, you can have the time of your life with your family on vacation. These tips are surely going to make your vacation an event to remember.