Its summer time and its best time for planning your vacation. It’s the best time to plan for that vacation you’ve been waiting for a very long time. Most couples would be very excited about going on a vacation and spending some time with their partners. This is for those couples who are taking their kids along to the vacation.
Summer vacation must be very exciting, especially for moms who’ve been waiting for more than a year to go to a vacation. Most pregnant women do not travel during the later stages of pregnancy and after giving birth, traveling is not an option for at least 6 months. Even after your baby is about 8-10 months of age, most couples avoid traveling. But, with few tips you can travel as comfortably as any other couples minus babies.
Tips for survival during vacationing with baby
Here are some tips that can help you out while traveling or vacationing with your baby.
Research before hand: An extensive research about the place that you want to visit can be an added advantage. Gather as much as information from different sources. The first source is usually the internet, the second source is most probably your cousins, relatives, friends or colleagues who’ve visited that place beforehand. Take as much as information from them as you can and note down certain important details. These notes can come in hand. Utilize the services of map apps and check for places of interest in the location and plan accordingly.
Pack your luggage: Luggage is another most important factor to consider while traveling. You need to add important things to your luggage such as diapers, wet wipes, formula food, baby clothes, blankets, mufflers, scarves, etc. The more baby clothes the better. Apart from the baby stuff and your personal stuff, also carry lots of food bars, cereal bars, fruit & nut bars, etc. These can come in handy during those long hours of travel as they pack lot of punch.
Hotel location: Hotel location is the most important thing during your vacation. Now that you’re taking along your baby, you need to take into account certain criteria for booking your hotel room. Apart from this, it would be better, to choose the rooms or suite wisely. Look for a spacious or large room to accommodate the couple as well as the kids. You need to check whether or not your hotel is near by the places that you want to visit. You can check hotels which are near to the places that you want to visit. This way, you can avoid trying to find taxis, traffic congestions, etc and focus on the purpose of your visit.
Selecting the right room: After selecting the hotel, you should select the right type of room. Keep in mind about the needs of your baby before booking a room. Check whether or not the room has refrigerator. Having a fridge in the room can help in storing the baby food, fruits, cereal bars and fruit & nut bars from spoilage.
Ask for doctor: This might not be necessary, but right information in hand is always worth. While booking your room, ask the reception, whether the hotel has a general physician on standby. You can also search for pediatricians nearby your hotel, just in case.
Its feeding time: When people go on vacation, they usually forget about time and that can be problematic for your child. Keep an alarm or something which reminds you to check on your baby, at least once every hour. You can do the usual thing such as diaper change, or feeding your time. In this way, apart from having some fun, you can take care of your baby.
Adjusting to the new place: We know that the ability to adjust to new surroundings is much lower in kids and infants when compared to adults. So, don’t be turned down when you see your baby finding it difficult to adjust to the new place. The most important change that you can notice is that your baby might not sleep properly. If usually your baby takes naps during afternoon or early evening, but is not taking any naps in the new place. Don’t try too much to make your baby sleep. If she’s playing all day, then most probably, she’ll sleep through the night without any disturbances.
Don’t over-do your vacation: Vacation with kids or babies can be tiresome for parents as they need to tame their high energy kids all the time. But sometimes, during the vacation, parents get excited and children can get tired. An eagerness in parents to introduce them to the new places can actually bore kids. So, you need to slow down your excitement and show those places to your kids in a relaxed fashion. This will help both you and your kids not to lose enthusiasm. Instead, do things at a steady pace.
Make time for your interests as well: On a vacation, it’s not only about the kids’ enjoyment, but it’s about your enjoyment as well. If theme parks, game arenas, zoos or aquariums are not your idea of vacation, you can include your own ideas of vacation along with your kids’. Make some time for yourself as well. Until, your kids are of certain, they might not be able to appreciate theme parks, zoos or aquariums, so you can include your own versions of spending good time.
Above all, enjoy each and every moment of your vacation. It is the happiness in smaller moments that can matter at the end of the day. Have a great vacation, everybody.