We all know that traveling with a baby can be stressful. But a little planning ahead can go a long way. Here are 9 tips to make traveling with a baby easier!
1. Make the room dark
Bring dark sheets, thumb tacks, and tape so you can create your own black out curtains and cover the windows to make the sleeping area dark.
2. Bring things from home
I like to bring as much stuff from home as I can to make baby’s sleep environment as similar to home as I can, like the pack n play, pack n play sheet, lovey, sound machine, etc. Anything portable that will make it feel like home!
3. Bring an assortment of PJs
I like to pack an assortment of PJs – some that are lighter and some that are warmer – so I can dress baby according to the temperature. Don’t assume that just because you’re going somewhere warm you’ll only need cooler PJs or that if you’re going somewhere cold you’ll need super warm PJ’s. You never know how the A/C or heater will act. Last month I went to Wisconsin with Everly and although the weather was nice and warm outside, the room we were staying in was freezing!
4. Soundproof earmuffs
It might be a good idea to bring some soundproof earmuffs made for blocking out noise. My favorite earmuffs are Baby Banz. I’ve seen pictures of babies sleeping soundly at football games and racetracks with these things on!
5. Travel sound machine
I have this On-the-Go sound machine that I hang on her carseat that plays white noise similar to what we have playing in her room. It helps to block out some of the noise.
6. Nap cap
We bought a nap cap for Everly to wear if she needed a little help falling asleep while we were out during the daytime. It’s a hat with a little flap to cover their eyes and block out light.
7. Bring medicine
Pack any and every medicine and ointment that you might need so that you don’t have to run around trying to find what you need in a new place. For example, diaper cream, tylenol, teething tablets, gas drops, gripe water, etc.
8. Baby carrier
If your baby will sleep in a baby carrier make sure to pack it for napping on the go! The only carrier Everly will sleep in is the K’tan because I can pull one side of it over her head and force her to lay her head down.
9. Plan for packing
As you go about your day, write down the things your using that involve the baby. For example, baby is fussy so you hand her a favorite toy. Then you’d go to your list and write that toy down so you don’t forget to take it. There are so many little things you use and need throughout the day for a baby that it’s almost second nature and you don’t even realize it until you’re without it. I like to start doing this a couple days before I start packing so I don’t miss anything.
Even after following all these tips and planning ahead, remember that the schedule will very likely be thrown off, and that’s ok. As soon as you get back home and back into a routine, baby will adjust and things will be back to normal in no time. Just do your best, be flexible, and don’t let the fear of traveling with a baby stop you from going places and making memories!
All the ladies of BFBN are posting on the topic of “sleep disruptions” today. Check out the rest of the posts below.
BFBN Sleep Diruptions Posts
Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: Sleep Disruptions You Will Face as a Babywise Mom (and how to deal with them)
The Journey of Parenthood: Babywise Disruption: Handling the Wonder Weeks
Wiley Adventures: Grammy Detox: Recovering Your Schedule After Spoiling
Mama’s Organized Chaos: Toddler Sleep Disruptions During a Family Crisis
Team Cartwright: How to Handle Schedule Shake Ups
Christine Keys: 3 Ways to Keep Your Baby Happy in Church
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