You hanker to go on a vacation, the way you did before you had your child. Perhaps you will not choose a faraway destination or plan an ambitious trip, but travelling with a baby still needs some careful thought.
First, have realistic expectations. At this age, your baby still likes to follow a regular routine. It makes her feel safe and secure.
Choose a holiday spot reasonably close to home, so you don’t have to spend hours confined to the crammed seats and space of an aircraft.
Secondly, plan ahead because timing matters.
Make sure the flight times are at reasonable times during the day or early evening, or that the road trip is manageable within a few hours, or that you have reserved seating on the train.
There is no point in arriving at a hotel in the morning because your room is unlikely to be available. Most hotels don’t offer rooms to new guests until early afternoon. Hanging around a hotel with a tired baby while you wait will make all of you irritable.
Allow for the unforeseen (the flight is delayed, there is a traffic jam, the train breaks down, your baby throws up just as you close the door behind you) by leaving the house early, giving yourself some extra time just in case.
Other things you shouldn’t forget are:
Your baby is very sensitive to hot weather. Her skin tans easily and her temperature rises more quickly than yours. High-factor sunscreen lotions are usually advised for toddlers, as are sun hats and sun shades.
She likes to munch on the same food most of the time, and she may become irritable when you offer her something new. So take her favourite food or snack along if possible. She will be far happier when she is full.
Don’t forget her favourite toys – pack as many as you can. You might also want to take along her usual bed blanket or pillow or bedtime toy; its familiar smell and feel helps her settle at night in a strange room.
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