I just traveled with my little one for the first time. And when I say traveled, I don’t mean to the Target in Westlake, I mean to LAX and then off to Big Sky, Montana. That’s right, I flew with a 7 week old to the snow and we survived. Call me crazy, but it actually wasn’t that bad — which is why I wanted to share my experience with all traveling mothers. For a smooth-sailing traveling experience, check out my tips below because every mother should be able to adventure happily & stress-free with their little one:)
1. If at all possible, travel with others.
We were lucky to be able to fly with my brother, sister-in-law, their two kids and my two sisters and brother-in-law. It’s so much easier to travel with other people because they can help you out when you need a little break – like simply holding your baby or entertaining your kids for just a few moments (that way you can down that in-flight cocktail real quick!;).
2. Get travel advice from a trusted source.
My brother and sister-in-law have two (adorable) kids and have successfully traveled quite a few times with them. Before we left, I asked my sister-in-law for advice on what to pack & bring on the airplane as well as what to expect so that I could be as prepared as possible. She had a lot of great tips and tricks for me that I definitely wouldn’t have thought of myself and I am happy to now share with you!
3. Make sure you have all that you need easily accessible on the plane/train/car ride.
I made sure to pack the diaper bag (P.S. I won the best diaper bag by Lily Jade on Instagram and it was perfect for traveling– so much storage, but stays organized and it converts into a backpack!) with anything and everything I might need…just in case. I had extra pacifiers, lots of diapers and wipes, two changes of clothes (which my sister in law told me to put in plastic bags in case Reese was to have a spit or worse…a poop explosion– genius!), nursing cover, extra blanket, etc. It’s so much easier when you have stuff on hand instead of trying to remember which bag you packed what in and then having to dig through to find it.
4. Use/bring what you know your little one likes.
This could mean toys, favorite book, iPad so they can watch cartoons/play games, and in my case it was my Solly Baby Wrap and Cloud B Sleep Sheep. My little girl falls asleep instantly in the solly baby wrap so I wore it (and her) pretty much the entire time we where traveling– it worked so well that she slept pretty much the entire time! She also sleeps so much better with white noise (I like the ocean and rain settings), so the on the go Cloud B Sleep Sheep works great too!
5. Try to relax and have (at least a little) fun.
Traveling in itself can be stressful. And God knows adding a baby to the mix can seem like utter chaos. But it doesn’t have to be. Try to relax and know that while people may be annoyed to be sitting near you and your child, at least they won’t say it to your face (…unless they want to be the rudest person ever ! ;). But on a more serious note, it’s not the end of the world. Everyone should understand and if they don’t, well that’s their own fault. You just worry about you and your little one. So relax, order a glass of wine, and remember that you’re on VACATION.
The moment my daughter did cry was just before we boarded and surprisingly, the few people who spoke to me were actually encouraging, not upset or annoyed at all.
So go ahead and plan that vacation you were thinking about taking and follow these tips. You won’t regret it and better yet, you’ll make great memories along the way – even if your baby does cry. It’s life 🙂
If you have any other tried and true tips for traveling with a little one…please do share! All us newbie mamas need your help and advice! #spreadthelove #localifestyle #travelingmama