Planning a vacation with a baby could be a tricky affair. It is essential that the baby is facilitated with all their belongings to make them feel at home. The planning should start before the journey begins. Here is a brief look at how to do the same to enjoy a hassle-free vacation.
List of to-dos’ before leaving:
Plan the packing: With a baby-on-board, it is essential to travel light. Extra baggage could spoil the fun of the vacation. While pre-ordering of wipes, diapers, baby food well in advance is a must, do not overload the suitcase with excess and unwanted baby stuff. A quick homework about the availability of baby stuff (such as diapers, baby food, to name a few) in the destination can save a lot of space in the suitcase.
An emergency baby-kit:
With a baby around, a parent could need "N" number of things in an unknown place. It is therefore essential to always have an emergency kit containing medicines, electrolytes, bandages, to name a few, while travelling with a baby. In the case of a vacation to a foreign country, do get the prescriptions updated so that you can purchase the essential medicines as and when required. It also makes sense to keep few substitute medicines handy just in case need arises.
Don't be in a hurry to board the flight/train:
It is tempting to go first while boarding a flight or train just to settle down quicker. In reality, this could backfire since everyone would be queuing up and become restless if there is a delay in moving forward. When travelling with the baby, do not rush to get on board. Taking it slow and easy will give the parents the extra time to move freely with luggage and the little one. Further, this will also go a long way to keep the baby calm and cheerful.
Crying is normal:
With a few exceptions, most co-passengers are understanding and does co-operate when a baby cries (such as making efforts to pacify the baby). Thus, it is advisable to the parents that they should not take the frowns of other co-passengers too seriously. As is seen in most cases, a baby often cries out of irritation, anger, fear, hunger. It is normal, and they stop crying as soon as they find the assurance of their parents.
It might appear a little difficult but with adequate research, it should not be a big thing get a reliable and experienced babysitter in the destination. A babysitter will deduct tons of worries and tensions for the parents. In addition to the baby being pampered and taken good care of, it will also ensure that everybody has a good time throughout the vacation, thereby making it truly refreshing.
Ensure good sleep:
Many times a baby gets fussy and cranky out of tiredness and lack of a sound sleep. It is therefore vital to ensure that your baby's regular sleeping time is not disturbed, even when on a vacation. On time food and a sound sleep play a pivotal role in keeping the baby happy and in a cheerful mood, much to the relief of the parents.
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