When babies are under 2 years old many airlines will offer a free ticket. That means you can go anywhere in the world without having to pay for anyone besides yourself and your partner. What a steal!
Many people choose to take advantage of this period of a child’s life to go traveling since they spend so much time sleeping and it can be a great opportunity to see the world. As they get older and more demanding, it can start to become a challenge dragging them around on trips.
If you’ve decided that you want to give traveling with your newborn a try, then here are some of the best tips that you should follow to set yourself up for success.
Rent a Car
Rather than struggling with finding a cab or getting on public transportation when you get to your destination you should stick to the most convenient form of transportation. Having a car at your disposal rather than dealing with fumbling around trying to find a ride will be incredibly convenient.
When you have a baby under your care you should be focusing on the baby rather than other details. Having the peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to flag down a cab in traffic or wait in the cold for them to arrive is worth its weight in gold.
Bring a Baby Bed
Since most hotels won’t have a spare crib, you should make a point of bringing a baby crib. There are many options which are easily collapsible and easy to transport with the rest of your luggage.
Some airlines will allow you to count it as part of your luggage without charging an extra fee. It’s worth calling ahead and seeing what exceptions they may make.
Plan For The Worst Hope For The Best
It’s important to remember that babies are completely unpredictable. You never know when they’re going to fall asleep, start screaming, or projectile vomit.
It’s important to always be prepared for a baby screaming for the entire flight, with the hope that it won’t happen. By preparing yourself and maintaining a realistic attitude rather than an overly optimistic one, you can be sure that you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way as parents.
Since you can’t always perfectly map out your trip with a little one, knowing that you never know when they’ll need to eat or sleep on the fly, you should try to remain flexible.
Having a relaxed attitude about timing your day out will avoid a lot of stress and potential arguments with your partner. Babies behavior isn’t always easy to anticipate, so it’s important to be ready to roll with the punches come what may.