10 Essential Tips for Traveling with Your Baby This Thanksgiving
It’s crazy how time flies, isn’t it? I mean, Thanksgiving is almost here! And with it comes the perfect excuse to travel and visit friends and family all over the country. Unfortunately, if you have a little one, traveling with them is easier said than done.
The good news, though, is that with proper planning, traveling with your baby this Thanksgiving can be a breeze. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that.
1. Pack as light as you can
Packing light makes life super easy when traveling with a baby. Think about how much you have to move as you travel. A simple drive is no big deal, but if you have a flight, a train ride, and a taxi ride to get to your host, you need to think about how mobile you can be with several suitcases.
One of the best ways to achieve this is to go for outfits that do not take up a lot of space. For example, our grows are designed to act as both sleepsuits and bodysuits, which means you only need a single item when you'd conventionally have had to pack two.
2. Check baby travel safety guidelines
Sometimes, it might not be safe to travel with your baby. Some airlines prohibit traveling with babies below the age of two days. Others set this limit at two weeks.
According to the AAP, it is ideal to wait at least a month before traveling with a baby. Some parents even play it safe and wait for 3 to 6 months. When in doubt, remember that driving is hands down the safest way to travel with a baby.
3. Check that you have all your essential baby gear
There are some things that you just can’t live without when you have a baby. However, some of these things like car seats and strollers can be rather bulky and difficult to travel with.
As you take stock of the essential baby gear that you need, contact your host and confirm what they have on hand so you don’t travel with what you do not need. Sometimes, it is even more convenient to buy new gear and have them delivered to your host instead of traveling with your own items.
Finally, pack a diaper bag with things that you absolutely need. This includes everything from diapers to toys and extra clothes. Other items like feeding bottles, medical supplies, and breast pumps can go in a suitcase.
4. Be sure to pack some special items
If your baby has a favorite toy or blankie, do not forget to pack it. It can help calm them down when they are overwhelmed by the unfamiliar.
5. Try to leave early
Having a baby means you can no longer travel as freely as you used to. A four-hour drive needs two hours of prep time. Plus, a four-hour drive is never just four hours; you need to account for snack pit-stops and diaper changes along the way. For the best results, leave a day or two before the day you are actually supposed to be at your hosts’.
6. Don’t travel on the busiest days
The day before Thanksgiving is the worst day to travel by plane or train. If your work schedule makes it impossible to travel on any other day, consider driving to your destination.
7. Bring your carry-on bag with you on the plane
When traveling with a baby, you need to bring their essentials with you on the plane. Don’t check this bag. This way, if your luggage gets lost, you’ll still be able to cope with what you have on hand.
8. Wear your baby
What do you do when pushing a stroller is out of the question? Well, wear your baby! It is easier and a lot more convenient. It is also super comfy for your baby.
9. Try to maintain your regular schedule
If you can, try to maintain the same schedule your little one has at home. Let them feed and sleep at the same time they usually do. This will give them the security and comfort they need to adjust.
10. Remember to think about the weather
Thanksgiving Day is historically a cold day. Being in November means it could even snow on that day depending on where you are. Therefore, plan appropriately and pack warm outfits and layers for your little one.
When all is said and done, traveling with a baby is not an easy thing to pull off. You need to plan for it days in advance and make lots of smart choices to make it work. With the tips and tricks in this post, you can do exactly this and make this Thanksgiving one to remember! Happy Thanksgiving!