Planning a Holiday with a Baby

It is hard to go out and socialize with a newborn, and babies up to one year old can have regular sleeping and eating patterns. You might want to take a few days off from home, being fed up with the same environment, but booking a hotel might not be an option for some. Get planning, and make sure that you have everything you need to look after your baby while you are away. Take notes of your baby’s daily habits and routines, and plan the journey and activities accordingly. It is possible to have a holiday with a baby, but it requires more planning than regular vacations.

Don’t Go Too Far

“New Baby Car Seat – 3 Months – June 1962” by RichardBH is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The first vacation you plan with your baby should not be too long, and should not involve airplane travel. You can simply jump in the car and take a trip down to the seaside for a few days. Make sure that you have plenty of entertainment for the little one, and you can take regular stops on the way, in case you need to feed or change the baby. Taking a small camping or beach house vacation initially will help you get used to the idea of being away and understand the needs of your child better.

Go Self-Catering

You might not want to go to a hotel after all, no matter how good being waited upon and cleaned for sounds. Your baby might cry all night, which can cause problems at the accommodation, and you might not be able to turn up for breakfast or dinner on time. If you book a hotel, ask them if it is OK to take a baby, and whether they are flexible on meal times. Otherwise, look for a B and B or caravan vacation. If you book an AirBnB accommodation, you will be able to take your time in the morning, and will not disturb other guests.

Get an RV or Caravan

Chances are you will have to take a buggy, baby bed, water steriliser, and all the rest of your baby equipment with you when traveling with a small child. If you book a hotel, you might not have enough space for all of these items, or you will spend hours arranging them in your accommodation. Instead, you can hire an RV or check out one of the  PMX Campers that open and close almost automatically, and allow you to stop anywhere you want. This way, you can stay flexible on your travels, and have all the baby stuff stored safely in the trailer.

Prepare for Emergencies

If you travel with a baby, you might need to cut the vacation short, if he or she falls ill or gets very upset. Always have a plan B, and plenty of methods to calm the  baby down, but if nothing works, you will need to return home.  

Traveling with a baby requires careful planning and organization. Self-arranged holidays work better, as they give you more flexibility, and allow you to make last minute changes.

Cover image source: “Traces of Molly” by Keith Williamson is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.
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