If you love to travel like me but also love your children – then buckle up! I decided as I am packing my own bags to make a major journey across the oceans I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned along the way in my extensive travels with my little toddler.
1. Always buy their own seats:
Trust me – after the dozens of hours of traveling you will want your own space. And it is the safer option as well! Better to have space and safety when it comes to traveling with your children. The extra time that you get to get settled without bumping elbows with someone else is always grateful. I mean, flying with a baby or toddler is stressful enough without having passengers behind you sighing and judging as you struggle to buckle your little one.
2. Book flights with longer layovers:
Running through airport terminals with your stuff, the baby backpack which is dropping everything because you forgot to zip it up, spilling coffee you HAD to get all over you because you’re exhausted and needed the boost…avoid the struggle all together and give yourself a little cushion time.
3. Renting The Baby Equipment:
I’ve only traveled with a car seat twice. You can lighten your load in the airport and avoid baggage fees, consider renting baby travel gear. You can have cribs, car seats, high chairs and more delivered to your destination airport, hotel, or grandma’s house. Baby Quip is one of many services around the world for traveling families. It makes life with traveling a lot easier!
4. Bring a Extras:
Always bring twice as much when it comes to clothes, snacks, diapers. Seems like a “duh” parenting tip but trust me I didn’t once bring extras on a shorter flight and boy did I regret that decision. Also pack a change for yourself too, the small number of times my little one has been sick she pulled an “exorcist” puking all over me.
5. Ignore the Haters:
Sometimes, no matter what you do, sometimes your baby just isn’t happy. You do anything you can think of and still, your child may have a screaming fit in the plane. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to show that you try (and that other passengers see you do it). Stop making yourself crazy worrying about what other people think! You have enough to worry about without concerning yourself with every cranky pants on the airplane. Take care of your baby or toddler, and ignore the haters. Just remember that it won’t be long before your plane will safely land and your family will be ready to explore together!