When you’re a new mom, everything new you do with your child is new… and a little intimidating. Travel tops out that list because not only are you going to be doing new things, but you’re also sure to be far away from home. So, it’s important to be prepared.
But that doesn’t mean you should stress. In fact, new moms stress a little too much the first time they travel with their children, especially during the holiday season, which is notoriously stressful already.
In this post, we’re going to cover the best tips you need to know to help put your mind at ease this holiday travel season.
Let’s get started.
Don’t worry so much about the plane
That first flight with a baby is downright terrifying. Since this is your first, you’re terrified of other people’s reactions to the potential that your precious bundle of joy screams at the top of his or her lungs the entire time.
But here’s the good news…
You really don’t have to worry about this as much as you might think. In fact, many babies sleep on the plane. And even if yours isn’t one of them, most people are more understanding than you might think. When you ask veteran moms about their first plane ride, they’d probably all admit to worrying way too much. It is what it is, and everyone will be fine.
Prepare to lug gear
Okay, so now for one of the downsides. When you’re traveling with an infant, you’re going to have to lug some gear. You’re probably going to want to take the stroller and the infant car seat on the plane with you. It helps with safety, and it’s much more convenient than the alternative. Those are the basics that you absolutely need, but there’s some other stuff that falls into the category of “really good to have.” This includes things like bouncy seats and pack ‘n plays. But here’s a pro tip: Your hotel may have these for you. If not, you might consider getting a cheap second-hand model for your trip and reselling it back to a consignment store afterward.
Time everything around naps
As a new mom, there’s one thing that you learn quickly. Absolutely nothing is more important than sleep. Nothing. So don’t make the mistake of planning an excursion during naptime — unless you’ve got a baby carrier that your child likes to sleep in. This is quite serious stuff. Similarly, you’re going to want to plan long car rides for nap time. You’re not going to keep the little one awake in the car, and if it’s not nap time, everyone’s schedule will be off for the remainder of the trip.
During the holiday season, we’re more likely to have to travel. And life doesn’t stop when you have children, so we’ve got to figure out how to make it work. Fortunately, traveling with little ones isn’t quite as scary as it seems (usually).
Follow these tips to keep your baby happy and comfortable during this upcoming holiday travel season.