The thought of vacationing with baby can be overwhelming for new parents, but it doesn't have to be. Like most things in parenthood, it may not be as easy as it once was, but it is possible!
Here are a few tips to help:
1. Don't Over Schedule - this can lead to over tired baby/toddler and frustrated parents. Travelling with baby isn't the time to jam pack every possible excursion and activity into your days. Pace yourselves, fit in nap times and everyone will be happier. "This doesn’t mean you have to be in your hotel room for all naps! Set out with the stroller and let your baby doze while you see the sights." - Carrie Bruno, owner The Mama Coach
2. Stick to Schedule and Routine - this isn't always possible but do your best. A missed nap, or late bedtime isn't the end of the world, but if the schedule is consistently disregarded you end up with an over tired and cranky little one. "Children thrive off routine and do better when then can predict what is happening next." - Allison Keenan owner Peaceful Slumber
3. Pack Comfort Items - make sure you pack a favorite blanket, lovey, sleep sack for baby. This can help them feel safe and secure in an unfamiliar environment. If you use black out blinds or a white noise machine at home, pack these too - black construction paper will work just fine. If you are going to be out and about don't forget your Ellie Ears positional support pillow for in the stroller and hiking back pack to make those naps on the go more comfy!
4. Be Patient and Manage Your Expectations - I don't sleep great the first night in a new place, so even with all the tips and tricks in the world it isn't crazy to think a baby or toddler will struggle to adjust too. Talk with your partner or travel mates about realistic expectations before you leave and remember baby will adjust, just be consistent!