I love to travel, and I am on a plane at least twice a month. Therefore, Paxton has done a lot of traveling in his short life. We’ve become pretty good at traveling with a baby, so I’ve written a number of posts to help out other moms. Make sure to check out all of these posts before your next trip!
Until a few months ago, we lived on the opposite side of the
country from family and friends. This
means that for every trip to Grandma’s house, we boarded multiple planes and
spent almost an entire day on airplanes and in airports. Now doing this as often as we did with a
newborn and into the early toddler years, we were feeling pretty proud of our ability to smoothly travel with a baby or toddler. So, when we moved close enough to family to drive and visit on a regular basis, we were thinking it would be a breeze compared to flying across the country. Well our first 8-hour road trip to Grandma’s was not quite as easy as we expected. However, I live by the motto, “you win, or you learn”, and we definitely learned a lot on this trip. Keep reading to find out what we learned when taking a road trip with a toddler, so that you are prepared to hit the open roads.
If I thought planning for my husband and me was hard, a baby/toddler adds a whole new level of difficult to the planning. Despite my initial planning dread, we have had a bunch of great trips as a family, and my 1.5-year old son is more well-traveled than some adults. Read on for my tips to make planning easier and have those family trips you imagine.
If you are traveling with a baby that’s younger than 6 months, chances are good that he’ll sleep for a good portion of the flight. However, if you have an older baby or toddler, a plane is way too exciting to allow for sleep in many cases. Instead of sleeping they get frustrated that they can’t crawl/walk around the plane or kick the seat. Therefore, it’s important to have a bag of tricks to keep your tiny human happy while trapped in a flying tin can.
Traveling in general can be difficult for anyone. All the planning, packing, and effort can make trips feel more like work than a vacation. When adding a baby or toddler to the mix, traveling can become even more overwhelming. However, having kids doesn’t have to stop your adventures. Try out these tips for traveling with toddlers (many work for babies too) to make your trip as stress-free as possible.
“Big A, little a, what begins with A? Aunt Annie’s Alligator a…a…a. Big B little B…” Oh, wait – that’s Dr. Seuss. But the alphabet concept is catchy, so we’ll stick with that.
Here’s my A to Z list of Baby Travel Essentials to help simplify the confusion. Make sure to bring along everything on this list. Also, enter your email below to grab my complete packing list for flying with a baby!
Once you book a flight, now what? When traveling with a baby you want to be as prepared as possible, so that everything goes smoothly. However, it’s easy to forget little (or major) details in the stress of it all. Use this list to make sure you don’t forget anything.
When you are at home, you have everything organized just so to make caring for the baby as easy as possible. However, when you hit the road, all bets are off. Especially if you are flying, you end up at your destination with the bare minimum (which is still a lot), you may be in a different time zone and you are confined to one or two rooms with very thin walls. All of these things add up to make staying in hotels with a baby a challenge. Despite these challenges, I took my son and husband on 8 work trips during my son’s first year, and for all of these trips, we stayed in hotels. Here’s what we’ve learned.
I flew with my son on 10 round-trip flights during his first year starting as early as 4 months old. I was a total novice when I started, but after that many trips, we’ve gotten pretty good at it if I do say so myself. The following sections cover everything you could ever want to know. So, read on to learn all the tips and tricks for flying with a baby.
No one likes being stuck in airports for extended period of time, especially parents of small children. However, long layovers, mechanical issues and bad weather (anywhere in the country) often result in major delays and cancellations that can leave you spending the better part of a day in an airport. Keep reading for some tips to make the best of being stuck in an airport with a baby.
If you are going on a trip anytime soon with a baby, you will want to make sure to get my 10 must-have travel apps. For that matter, these come in handy even when you are traveling alone. Keep reading to see what apps are must-haves.
Traveling with kids is already stressful enough, therefore, make sure you are armed with the top travel apps prior to heading to the airport. Here are more than 20 must-have FREE travel apps. These apps are helpful from the planning stage through the ‘what are you going to do when you get there’ stage.
It may require so much organization and effort just to go to the store with baby that the thought of traveling across the country sounds crazy. However, once you get a system figured out, infants can be surprisingly portable. At the ripe old age of 7 months old, Paxton has now been across the country 4 times. Practice makes perfects, and during these trips I’ve learned tips for flying with a baby on an airplane. It’s never going to be quite as easy to fly with baby as it is without. That said, my husband and I have come up with a system that makes it completely manageable and relatively low stress. Below are my tips for taking to the sky with a baby.