Soon after you’ve had a baby, it is not possible to go on a vacation for a while. This is the reason parents grab the very first opportunity that they get to have some time out of the house. However, this time, you will not get to go alone. Your baby goes where you go.
Planning a vacation wouldn’t have been a difficult task before the baby. All you had to do was, fix a date, book a flight, a hotel room and get going. This is not the case anymore. Babies come with a lot of packages and a lot of baggage.
Here are some things that you ought to remember for your first vacation after a baby.
1. Take the opportunity
Before the baby, your routines were a little more flexible and you could adjust to certain dates. Once you’ve had a baby, try not to postpone vacations. If you get an opportunity, go for it and start planning right away. There might not be another chance for a vacation again for a long time afterwards.
Golden tip: Once you’ve reached your hotel room, try to make it look like your home as much as possible, so that your baby doesn’t take much time to familiarise with the surroundings.
2. Tune down your expectations
Babies are little packets of big surprises. Don’t expect your vacation to go exactly how it used to when it was just you and your spouse. You now have a new person with erratic demands whom you absolutely love. So, try not to get angry or annoyed if things go amiss. Just remember that you are out with the people you love and have as much fun as you can.
3. Pack sufficiently, but pack light
Babies, as mentioned earlier, come with a lot of baggage. While you should make sure that you pack all the necessary items, also take care that you don’t over-pack. Parents happen to go overboard at times and worry about contingencies that are very unlikely. This will only increase your difficulty to move around freely. So, pack only what is absolutely necessary.
4. Do your research
If you don’t want to carry strollers or other extra baby stuff, try to look at places where these things might be available. Remote locations where you cannot see a shop for miles are a straight no-no. Opt for places that are close to human habitation and where services such a supermarkets or doctors are accessible readily. This will allow you to be prepared, in the case of contingencies.
5. Entertain your little ones
While you are busy enjoying your vacation, your little one might be getting bored. Be alert about everything and bring some entertainment for your baby to keep them occupied. You don’t want a hungry/bored baby to be spoiling your vacation. Sometimes, the climate of the place may not suit your toddler, in which case you should make arrangements with your hotel to adjust the room temperature accordingly.
Vacations are a good thing and not something to be worried about. In the midst of packing, planning and getting things right, do not forget to enjoy yourselves.