Tips For Traveling With A Baby During The Holidays
When you have a new baby, everything is a new experience. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's challenging. One of those challenging experiences is holiday travel. It may not be ideal, but everyone wants to meet the newest member of the family. You don't want to deprive the grandparents of sharing baby's first Christmas with him, so here are 5 tips for traveling with baby during the holidays.
Make Yourself Comfortable
A baby requires a lot of items to survive a trip -- so many things that you may not be able to bring all the things you need for spending the holidays away from home. In this case, keep it simple and keep it comfortable. Pack only a few items that are comfortable and easy to clean. Baby needs your undivided attention, but keeping your travel wardrobe simple allows you to look nice as well as be an attentive parent. If something disastrous happens, your hosts can help you out. Just about every host knows to go beyond a shoe rack or toiletries to accommodate you.
Make Baby Comfortable
Your baby is going to experience new sleeping quarters, which could inconvenience you with sleepless nights during your vacation. To prepare baby for the uneasiness of sleeping in a new place, introduce him to his travel playard or sleep sack before you set out on your holiday adventures. For a few days before you leave, let him sleep in his travel gear to get him used to it. It may not prevent all travel troubles, but may make the road a little less bumpy.
Make Travel Comfortable
One of the biggest obstacles for traveling with babies is all the stuff that goes a long with them. In addition to the diapers, bottles and extra clothes, babies require a lot of heavy-duty gear like strollers and car seats. Just like when you're traveling with dogs that need heated pet beds, bringing baby gear with you is an enormous headache no matter how many helping hands you have. The good news is you can rent these items at your destination. There are services like babysvacation.com that deliver the big items to you at your final destination and pick them up when you leave. It makes travel exponentially easier for new parents.
Make Timing Comfortable
Naptime is the most important time of day for both you and baby. To preserve your sanity and that of other travelers, try planning travel to coincide with naptime. A crying baby on an airplane ranks up there with one of the more stressful situations to manage, for both parents and spectators. If you've never experienced a crying baby on an airplane you don't have to experience it now if you plan your baby's sleep strategically.
Make The Unexpected Comfortable
All of the bottles, toys and blankets you bring to keep baby happy won't smooth out every bump in the road toward your destination. The best thing you can do to deal with the unexpected is to practice being calm. There may be frustrating situations out of your control and you may find yourself getting worked up over them, but it only feeds the ugliness of a situation. If circumstances get strenuous, try replacing bad thoughts with good thoughts. Staying calm may not make things better with baby, but it won't make things worse.
The holiday season is our favorite time of year at LTD Commodities and we want it to be a happy time for the whole family! Whether it's your 50th Christmas or baby's first Christmas, look to LTD to make the season brighter.