The arrival of a newborn changes the course of your and your partner’s life for good or worse. As much as a spark of sunshine the child is, we need to be prepared while taking them out. Of course, extra diapers, over the counter medicines, spare clothes are always on the checklist.
However, there are additional points that you need to consider before hitting the road. If not planned properly, your vacation might not seem like a relaxing time! As much rewarding as you might find seeing your child experience a beach for the first time, here are a few never-to-forget points.
Plan in advance
Every couple would want to just go on an impromptu trip and see where life takes them! But, with a kid by your side, you will need to put a stop to that thought. Figure out the destination you wish to visit. Don’t stuff your itinerary with too many places to visit because it is highly likely that your child will not cooperate with the idea.
Keep the schedule simple without including many activities. Find a child-friendly place to stay. Not all stays wish to accommodate a child so call the reception to check about it. Also, form a travel plan well in advance. A few children might feel motion-sickness while on the road. Keep your options open about the travel before zeroing in on one.
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The grand packing
Travelling with a baby would mean that you need to take its entire wardrobe because you never know when they will need what! Create a detailed list of all the things you would need at the destination. It includes all the baby’s medicines, toiletries, toys, etc.
When you’re heading to a warmer place – pack sunscreens, hydrating liquids & powders, cool clothes etc. Nevertheless, do not forget to pack a spare of warm clothes in case of emergency. Fold all of their clothes and products in a separate travel bag to avoid any hassle. Keep all the baby products handy.
A few more things you might need are a travel size stroller, reusable plastic containers for snacks, baby’s favourite stuffed animals for comfort. Make sure that they feel comfortable while travelling. Distract them with some music or have regular conversations to relax them.
Have plenty of food, water and tissues. Instead of packing just dry foods such as cookies or oats, try some purees and milk. It will keep their tummy full while also hydrating them during the drive. Keep taking necessary breaks during the travel so that the child doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
These suggestions might sound superfluous but, practically speaking, all of these suggestions come in handy at the right time. Over the past two years, we were confined to our houses. So, go ahead and get some fresh air for you and the toddler!