Great Parenting Tips And Tricks For Bringing Your Baby On Vacation
There's no doubt that having a baby affects your ability to do things as you once would have. That said, a baby shouldn't completely restrict your ability to have a good time. You should still be able to go out to eat, you should still be able to hang out with your friends, and you should still be able to go on vacation.
Are you trying to go on a vacation this year? Wondering whether you can take the baby along with you? You can! But be aware: it's going to require some strategy.
Fortunately, we're here to help you build that strategy. Without further ado, here are the top tips and tricks for bringing your baby on vacation.
Drive at Night
Plan on driving to your destination? If so, you're advised to do so at night.
Because babies get their largest chunks of uninterrupted sleep at nighttime, they are more likely to behave during night drives than they are during day drives. After all, the less awake time a baby has, the less chance he or she has of fussing and crying.
Your best bet is to leave at your baby's bedtime. Get your baby settled in the car, drive around until he or she is asleep, and then embark on your journey.
Recreate Your Baby's Environment
Relatively speaking, babies' worlds are fairly small. They know their homes and not much else. As such, bringing a baby to a strange destination is a great way to bring it discomfort.
That said, there is something you can do to ease your baby into your vacation destination: you can recreate his or her normal environment.
Bring the toys, the pack-and-play, the blankets, the stuffed animals, and everything else that your baby has grown accustomed to. Having these items around will help your baby feel at home, keeping fussing to a minimum, and allowing you to enjoy your vacation experience as much as possible.
Drive Your Baby to Sleep
If you have a baby, you already know: babies sleep a lot. Unfortunately, this sleep is bound to take up a good deal of your vacation time.
But you don't have to waste this time sitting around and watching the captions on the hotel room TV. The better bet would be to strap your baby into his or her car seat, hop into your vehicle, and take in the sights around you.
These car rides will effectively kill two birds with one stone. Not only will they provide your baby with the sleep that he or she needs, but they will also give you the opportunity to check out the different areas of your vacation spot.
Maintain Your Baby's Routine
While it's probably preferable to act on your whims and do whatever you want whenever you want, having a baby makes this an impossibility. Because babies are so sensitive to change, they are bound to reward your spontaneity with inconsolable crying.
As such, it's necessary to stick to your baby's routine as much as possible. Maintain the usual wakeup times, the usual nap times, the usual feeding times, and all of the other activities that your baby has come to know and love. Changing them up during your vacation could have seismic negative consequences.
Wear Your Baby
Pushing a stroller around can get a little strenuous. Not to mention, in crowded areas, it can be downright impractical. As such, instead of pushing your baby, you should consider wearing your baby.
A baby carrier allows you to walk with your baby whilst preserving the full use of your hands. So, if you want to walk on the beach, or go for a hike, or just stroll down a crowded city sidewalk, you'll be able to with ease.
Packing for vacation is stressful. When a baby's involved, it's doubly stressful. As such, instead of packing only what you need, you should opt to overpack.
Not only should you overpack clothing for yourself (your baby's bound to spit up on you, after all), but for your baby as well. You should also pack excess amounts of formula, bottles, wipes, diapers, and other accessories.
The last thing you want to spend your time on is making runs to the store so that you can buy more baby stuff. Pack more than enough items initially and you'll be able to dedicate more time (and energy) to your vacation.
Be a Team
If you and your spouse are going on a vacation together, both of you deserve to have a good time. And as you probably know, it's not always easy to have a good time when you have a baby hanging on your hip.
So, what can you do to combat the problem? You can work as a team, trading off baby duties so that each of you gets an opportunity to enjoy activities in full.
Going to the beach? One of you can sit with the baby while the other wades in the ocean.
Going to a restaurant? One of you can hold the baby while the other enjoys his or her meal.
The point is to practice a balance between good times and child-rearing duties. The more of a balance you and your spouse have, the better time you both will have.
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