Oh baby, it’s vacation time!
Tips on making your first trip with baby unforgettable
It’s time for a vacation! You’ve certainly earned a little R&R, and you want to make it unforgettable. So today we’re sharing five of our favorite tips for your first trip with baby.
- Preparation is the name of the game
Prepare, prepare, prepare (and then maybe prepare a *little* bit more!). That’s the main secret to having baby’s first vacay go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. Once you’ve selected a destination, research your transportation and accommodation options thoroughly. For instance: What is the airline’s policy on babies needing their own seat or being able to sit on your lap? Do any local hotels cater specifically to families? (And remember, if you’re traveling overseas, baby needs a passport, and possibly vaccines.)
- Pack like a pro
Of course you’ll want to make a list (and check it twice!) of the essentials needed for baby while you’re away–diapers, bibs, changes of clothes, etc. But, depending on how long you’ll be gone, the amount of luggage you seem to need might feel daunting. If this is the case, you might want to inquire as to whether you can ship supplies directly to your hotel, condo, or local friends or family.
- Don’t forget baby’s faves
In order to keep some sense of routine for baby while out of town, be sure to pack some of his/her favorite beloved objects—like books, toys, and blankets. And try to stick to normal sleep and nap times if possible (if you’re worried about baby falling asleep in a strange place, you might bring a small white-noise machine). Does your baby need a new-favorite blanket or toy? Our Finn + Emma blankets are wonderfully soft and made of organic cotton, and our toys are nontoxic, whimsical, and ethically made!
- Be ready to baby-proof
Be aware that you may need to baby-proof your hotel room/condo when you arrive. Some resorts will do this for you ahead of time, but it’s good to be prepared either way, with some electrical-outlet caps and painters’ tape (useful for securing cabinet doors, drawers, etc. shut).
- Make time for yourself
Don't forget about you! After all your careful planning, you can look forward to
kicking back and enjoying! And, if you’re so inclined, many hotels and resorts offer babysitting services, or the concierge can recommend vetted sitters. Plan time to catch up on your reading, check out a great restaurant, take a swim, or whatever your heart desires.