When you’ve developed a love for travel it can be hard to resist the temptation to take off on a whim to a new place. That’s easy to do when you’re by yourself or in a couple but is it still possible when a baby enters the mix? According to these seasoned travellers it most certainly is!
Learn from experience
Evie Farrell has been travelling the world with her daughter for two years and they share their journey on Mumpack Travel. With all this experience it’s no wonder she has great advice for baby-friendly travel.
“Traveling with a baby can be the easiest time you'll have hitting the road with kids. They sleep, they lay around and they can't talk - this can make for a super relaxing holiday, as long as mum and dad are feeling comfortable and confident.
If you're flying, make sure to pack spare clothes in your carry-on for baby and mum and dad, and breast or bottle feed on take-off and landing to help equalise your baby's ears.
TIP: Wait till the plane is actually heading down the runway before starting. Always request a bassinet seat when you book your ticket, and follow up before you fly. If you're formula feeding make sure to buy water sterilising tablets for washing bottles while away, and always buy bottled water for mixing formula.
Resort islands like Fiji are fabulous for baby holidays as their lovely Fijian nannies will look after your baby in your room while you have a dinner together, or a swim in the pool or ocean. They also offer portacots - check with your resort.
TIP: Pack your pram in a golf bag for secure transport on the plane; or take it to the gate with you and they will load it and return it to the gate at your destination when you disembark.
Buy a baby rashie and hat and some non-toxic sunscreen to protect your baby's skin and always rinse them off in the bath or shower after a dip in the pool.
MUST PACK: Baby panadol, baby carrier, pram, sunscreen.”
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Pack the essentials
Jolene Ejmont is another travelling mum whose site - Wanderlust Storytellers - combines a travel blog with helpful guides to prepare you for any travel mishap imaginable. Here’s what she had to say about travelling with babies:
“Whilst travelling with a baby will be more challenging in comparison to pre-baby, there are some essential items that you can take along to make life easier. We never travel anywhere without a pram and baby carrier. We often find that some attractions are simply not pram-friendly, so popping baby in a baby carrier makes life easier! We also always take along our video baby monitor. That way we can keep an eye on our daughter whilst she sleeps, but still enjoy a bit of adult holiday time. Our last tip is to minimize what you take. It is so tricky getting around the airport with a baby when you also have too much luggage to drag around, so keep it simple.”
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Take a leaf out of dad’s book
Running Rad Season, an adventure travel and action sports startup, has meant Oli Russell-Cowan is frequently travelling. He’s been on the move with his wife and baby all over from New Zealand to Europe and much of Australia. Here’s 3 hacks he uses to make the adventure easier on everyone:
“1. Carry on a car seat and use that as your baby's seat on the plane. It gives you the option of being hands-free for a moment and allows the baby to get a bit of comfortable rest on long flights.
2. Include a small child-proofing kit in your luggage with items such as outlet covers, foam corner guards, etc. When you're on the road as often as we are, you need to be able to quickly convert any space into a child-friendly environment.
3. Keep a happy bag packed at all times with small snacks & toys for when you're in a pinch. Parents can skip meals and entertainment if need be, babies cannot!”
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It’s easy to bring your baby along for the ride if you just plan ahead. They may not remember much of the trip but they’ll be growing up as a world traveller.