Whether traveling alone with your baby or with the whole family, travel like a pro and create happy memories on the road.
- Step 1: Set up a changing station with diapers, wipes, a changing pad, and other essentials in one area. Create a makeshift kitchen area with bottles, water, milk, and snacks handy.
- Step 2: If you can, plan a shopping trip the first day you arrive if your vacation is longer than 4 or 5 days. This cuts down on the amount you have to pack.
- Step 3: Enjoy being together. Relax and don't worry about seeing the sights, but do take lots of pictures of your brand new baby.
- FACT: Newborn babies tend to sleep between 14 and 16 hours each day, but that sleep can be in 2- to 4-hour chunks throughout the night and day.
- TIP: Stick to your normal routine as much as possible to prevent fussiness and avoid interrupting the baby's natural sleeping and eating cycles.
- Step 4: Unpack as soon as you arrive to put everything you need within arm's reach and make the hotel, cottage, or rental feel homier.
- TIP: Plan for every contingency by packing all necessary medicines for colic, colds, rashes, bug bites, and sunburns.
- Step 5: If you're traveling by car, deck it out with a side window shade to keep the sun off the baby as your drive. Keep toys within reach for entertainment and a bucket nearby for carsickness.
- TIP: Keep a bag of toys nearby if you're on a plane in case the little one gets fussy.
- Step 6: Make a checklist a week or two before you leave. Go through your normal routine and jot down what items you need and what items can stay behind.