As much fun as it can be, traveling with a baby is not without its challenges. We’ve compiled this guide to help you have a more enjoyable trip.
Pick Family-Friendly Destinations
Choose hotels with children’s facilities or lodging and meal discounts. Request a safe crib.
Take Practice Trips
Take a day or weekend trip to see how your child adjusts. If your baby is 6 months or older, you can look at pictures of your destination and talk to him about what you'll do there. Be positive about the trip you have planned, and chances are your child will be positive, too.
Take It Slow
Take it slow. Too many sights and sounds can over stimulate your baby. Limit your itinerary to one activity per day. It will be much easier to make last-minute changes that make everyone happier.
If it's a driving trip, limit driving time to between 6 and 8 hours and take a brake every 2 hours for diaper changes or bathroom breaks and play. End your day early so everyone can unwind after a long day on the road.
Stock Up on Snacks
If your baby has started solid foods, stock up on snacks. Water, juice and healthy, non-perishable foods are a must.
Pack surprises to keep the ride exciting. For babies, consider shiny objects, musical toys, pop-up toys and rattles. For toddlers, consider puzzles, action figures, paper and crayons and story tapes.
Baby-Proof Your Hotel Room
Ask the hotel if they can baby-proof your room, or plan to do it yourself. Inspect the room carefully. Take masking tape to secure loose items and to cover electrical outlets.
Buy Your Baby a Seat on the Plane
If you plan to fly, consider buying your baby his own seat for a safer, more comfortable flight. You can bring your baby's car seat to fit into the plane seat. Some airlines offer children's discounts. Feed him during takeoff and landing to help his ears pop, and keep him hydrated.
Start and End Early
If your baby is at his best early in the day, sightsee in the morning and reserve the afternoon for relaxing. Try to stick to your child's routine.