Checklist for Taking a Vacation With Your Baby

The words “vacation” and “baby” just don't sound like they mix, do they? Whether you're going on a road trip or just a long vacation at a specific destination, it can be enjoyable for both you and your little one if you know how to plan right.

Bring a stroller that reclines all the way. You may think this is silly and may want to save space by bringing an umbrella stroller that collapses, but you'll probably regret it. A bassinet or “pram” stroller is better for traveling, because if you're spending a lot of time outside of your hotel room, you're going to want a place for your baby to be able to lay down completely. Sleeping upright in any stroller is just uncomfortable and makes for a cranky baby. Do yourself a favor and get a bassinet stroller instead. You can find better baby gadgets for travel than what is considered standard; you just have to look for them.

Bringing a baby carrier can work, too, if you'd rather carry them on you everywhere you go. The only downside to this is, like the umbrella stroller, your baby has nowhere to sleep if you're out and about and they get overtired.

If you have a bedtime routine for your baby at home, don't break it when you go on vacation. Your baby is already out of their element; they need their bedtime routine to stay intact. If that means a bath, Netflix, and a bottle, so be it. To make bath time easy, bring along a portable baby bath tub. Inflatables are best, though. You can see some of those here: www.housemama.net.

Pack more formula than you think you'll ever need. In fact, it's probably not a bad idea to just bring the whole container. You never know when you're going to run out or when you'll get stuck somewhere and not be able to get formula. You don't ever want to be caught without at least 3 days worth of extra formula for your baby.

 

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