Just because you had a baby, does not mean that the adventure has to stop!
Sure travelling with a baby looks a little different to what travelling prior did.
Of course travelling with a baby is more challenging than what it was before.
But travel with baby love can still be incredibly fun and majorly rewarding!
If you are wondering how to travel with a baby and you are after some tips and information on where to travel with a baby; then you have come to the right place! In our enormous, truly comprehensive guide we share all of our first-hand knowledge of how to make your baby vacations easy. We will also give you some helpful insight into what the best holiday destinations with baby are.
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In this MASSIVE Travel with Baby Guide, you will Find:
Top 10 Reasons to go Travelling with a Baby
- 10 Flying with Baby Survival Tips
- How to Cope with Jet Lag in Babies & Toddlers
- 7 Items you Should always take with on your Vacations with a Baby (*coming soon*)
- The Best Baby Travel Gear
- 5 of the Best Places to go on Holiday with a Baby
- Traveling with Baby Checklist
The Top 10 Reasons to Travel with Baby
If you are wondering why you should take on the challenge of going traveling with an infant or maybe you want to go traveling with a toddler; don’t worry as we are here to show you why it can be so incredibly and completely rewarding!
1. You have the time off
Parental leave is the perfect time to travel. In most countries mums with get paid maternal leave and in some ‘lucky’ countries even dad can get some paid paternal leave. You have the time off, so why not use it wisely.
2. Because up until the age of 2 they fly for free (well nearly)
Travel as often as you can before your child turns 2! Most airlines allow babies/kids up to 2 years old to fly for free (you only have to pay a small amount to cover the tax)! We are trying to squeeze in as many destinations as we can to make the most of this incredible money saving factor!
3. Babies under the age of two get free entrance at attractions and events
Speaking of free; let’s add on the benefit of savings costs at attractions and events as babies are never charged entrance fees.
4. No errands to run, no lists, no dishes to do…
People say it is challenging to travel with a baby … I say it is challenging to be at home. I prefer to be somewhere, where there are no ‘jobs’. I prefer to be somewhere where my husband is there to help me with bubs. In a lot of ways travelling with a baby is easier than being at home!
5. Babies can go anywhere
You can take a baby anywhere! We typically have our little miss Avie in a baby carrier on holidays. Why? Because she sleeps so much better in it! And secondly because it means that she can go wherever we can go.
6. Babies sleep a lot!
I know it might feel challenging to get your baby to sleep, but babies really do sleep a lot! Most of them sleep an average of 15 hours a day, that means that you will have plenty of time to explore in peace.
7. Babies help you meet people
Babies are great ice breakers! You will meet so many new people. We especially enjoy meeting the locals through our baby, which allows us to learn more about what parenting a baby looks like in their culture (you can truly learn so much about how they mother and father their children).
8. Babies are easier to entertain versus a toddler
Let’s face it, you can entertain a baby with such simple everyday objects. Try dangling your keys in front of his/her face, give them some of the water cups on the plane to smash together. You don’t need to pack a lot of toys and almost anything in the vicinity will work as entertainment. This will change! It is so much harder to keep our little toddler out of mischief!
9. Babies won’t be able to run away and get lost in the crowd
It is so easy to keep your baby safe. In comparison a toddler will most likely be more stubborn and want to go their own way. If you don’t watch them like a hawk, it can be so easy for them to wander off and get lost in the crowds. Let’s face it, babies are easy!
10. Because it will give you some lovely quality family time to bond
Holiday time is a great time to slow down and find time for each other. It is a great time to deepen and strengthen relations and the perfect time to build truly strong bonds. A holiday is the perfect way to start the journey of a new family!
10 Tips to make Flying with a Baby or Toddler Easier
This page is for you if you are wondering how to fly with a baby. Here we will outline some answers to commonly asked questions as well as provide tips for flying with a baby. Whilst we are busy compiling this section, please head over to our blog post about what to expect when flying with an infant.
How to Cope with Jet Lag in Babies & Toddlers
Jet lag! I’m still waiting for a magic cure for jet lag to be invented, as I swear that it gets worse as we get older! Never mind the fact that you will be dealing with your own jet lag and then somehow you also have to deal with jet lag and a baby that isn’t sleeping properly – talk about a challenge!
Jet lag is not fun! And unfortunately there isn’t much more you can do then simply survive it. We have written up a great in-depth article on Jet Lag in Babies & Toddlers, but for those of you after a super quick summary, please stay on this page.
Below you will find our top jet lag tips for babies as well as some great toddler jet lag solutions (if there even is such a thing as a solution!)
1. Jet Lag Recovery Time
They say jet lag is worse when you fly east! Our baby is so much more unsettled when we fly from Europe to Australia then vice versa. So make sure to build in one slow and low-key day to deal with jet lag when you are flying west and have at least 3 days set aside as low-key days if you are flying east. Don’t plan much on those days, have easy outings that don’t take you too far from your holiday accommodation.
2. Be Mentally Prepared
Prepare yourself for a challenge. It will be hard for a while, you will be tired, but you will need to get up when baby gets up and sometimes that means that your day will start at 3am. I think if you know it is coming and you know it will be hard, you will deal with it so much better when it happens.
3. Just go with the Flow
Allow your child to adjust naturally, or at least as naturally as possible. Just like we manage to adjust on our own, so will they; it just takes time. If you try to force them into what you think is best for them, you will most likely have a pretty cranky baby or toddler on your hands. I say, let them sleep when they are tired and let them play when they are awake. Soon enough things will be back to normal, I promise.
4. Keep the Lights Low
When baby wakes up at some ridiculous time at night. Keep the lights and stimulation low. Allow them to play for an hour or two and then see if you can pop them back to sleep.
5. Keep up the Normal Night Time Routine
Even though you are travelling, it is important to stick to any routine you might have, whether it is a bath, dinner and read a book before bed or something else. These little ques will help baby understand that it is now time for a night time sleep rather than just a nap.
6. Attempting Jet Lag Prevention
If you are a control freak, you can try to prepare your baby for the new timezone with some baby jet lag sleep training. Essentially what you do a few weeks before your trip is to slowly start adjusting your baby’s sleep time to be closer to the sleep time in the country you will be visiting. I really think it is a waste of time, because my baby’s sleep always get jumbled up on the flight over anyways, but some parents swear by this method.
7 Things To Bring When You Go on a Holiday with Baby
Wondering what items are the essentials for your baby vacation? Look out soon for our super handy list!
* COMING SOON! *
Best Gear to Take on your Vacation with Baby
Taking the right gear and equipment on your baby holiday will go a long way in making life easier instead of harder. It is important to invest in ‘travel-friendly’ baby items if you wish to make life simple.
Find Below Links to our Comprehensive Best Baby Gear Buyers Guides:
Not only do these guides contain the top 10 items currently in the market, but they also discuss what features and specifications to look out for to ensure that the item will be perfect for travelling with.
- Best travel car seat (*coming soon*)
- Best baby travel bed or baby travel cot (*coming soon*)
- Best baby diaper travel bag
- Best baby sun tents (*coming soon*)
- Best toddler headphones (*coming soon*)
- Best baby carrier (*coming soon*)
- Best travel highchair (*coming soon*)
Top 5 Baby Friendly Holidays
While adults may find any new travel destination quite thrilling, sightseers with their young ones should visit places that are specifically kids-convenient and unquestionably safe as well.
Due to the many sensitive considerations involved in choosing baby friendly holidays, many family travellers might find it challenging to make a decision.
As a result, this short article briefly explores a few excellent baby friendly vacations and insights for excursions that are perfect for babies and toddlers. Continue reading to discover the top 5 best places to go with a baby and/or toddler and get some insightful tips for great family getaways.
1. San Diego – United States
San Diego is one of the most thrilling sightseeing locations for family getaways. I don’t think San Diego’s presence on the list of best places to travel with a baby will surprise anyone!
If your greatest worry has something to do with your kids’ overall safety, then San Diego would be the most obvious choice for a baby/toddler travel destination. The meticulously planned and outstandingly clean city offers a perfectly healthy environment for adventurous youngsters.
On top of this unmatched kids-friendly attribute, the whole place has level streets that render strollers and prams movements extremely simple and fun. For great children-centered attractions, Balboa Park makes for a compelling must-sea for all curious toddlers and babies.
San Diego Zoo showcases unbeatably spectacular species such as pandas and koalas, countless natural and man-made marvels as well as various other sights and features that your little one will enjoy. Be aware that temporary baby-care services might prove rather rare or uncharacteristically expensive within this top-tier American city.
2. Bali – Indonesia
An Indonesian metropolis of no mean repute in terms of extraordinary sights and sounds for both adult trippers and fun-loving kids, Bali is an inspiring getaway choice for parents/guardians traveling with their little ones. This very popular tourist destination provides surprisingly affordable babysitting services as well as plenty of baby friendly resorts.
As such, it’s an ideal choice for families that have kids in tow. For example, the ready availability of cheap baby-care temporary packages means that parents/guardians can leave toddlers behind while visiting far-flung sites that might be somehow unsafe or inconvenient for their babies. Again, the area contains numerous parks and zoos that promise fun-hungry toddlers all the animal-related adventures and natural thrills they typically crave.
Bali truly will give you the best vacation with baby and is one of the cheapest destinations for those who are on a tight budget.
3. London – United Kingdom
Just like Bali, London is another destination that offers some of the best vacations with a baby. It is a city that offers is remarkably safe and that has plenty of adventure-filled activities for babies and toddlers. You will find a large variety of attractions such as renowned museums, zoos and many more.
Moreover, London’s olden thoroughfares, roads and key streets are aptly designed so that prams and strollers will easily navigate the even grounds. Due to the city’s mixed income classes, remarkably cheap babysitting services are readily available for visiting parents who want to hire part-time baby-care packages.
4. Rome – Italy
For trippers touring the world’s most beautiful cities, all roads should literally lead to Rome – one of the oldest metropolises. A wonderful symbol of civilization’s origins, Rome promises immense beauty and incalculable fun that will stir the bubbling curiosity of even the grumpiest of infants. With fairly flat roads and streets, navigation around this ancient European town is easy.
Like all the other tourist spots highlighted in this write-up, this inspiring city doesn’t lack exciting attractions. For example, any adventurous little souls may take a short break for a gelato and a Roman pizza, have a detour to Naples, or embark on a highly educational Vatican exploration. Rome isn’t just the best place to travel with baby, but I reckon it is also one of the best cities to travel to for anyone!
5. Chicago – United States
Another top choice of the many baby friendly holiday destinations is found in Illinois – home to countless global marvels – Chicago is an indubitably exciting sightseeing spot for babies and toddlers. Since most infants like admiring various animal species, the local Lincoln Park Zoo will be a top must-see for your little lovely darling. In addition to this worldwide attraction, your little one may also enjoy a variety of children-centric performances offered at the globally acclaimed Emerald City Theater.
Traveling with Baby Checklist
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