So you’ve mastered trips to the grocery store, grandma’s house, and the park…now it’s time to tackle travel on a larger scale. It might be a road trip, baby’s first plane ride, or taking the train into the city, but however you travel, there are a few things we’ve found that can really make a difference:
1. Expect that everything will take longer than you expect. It’s going to take you a few extra minutes to get through airport security with the baby, your stroller, car seat, and carry on items – but don’t worry, most airports have special security lanes for travelers with infants.
Also, when road tripping, your may find that you have to take more frequent rest stops or that each break takes a bit longer. Planning with this in mind will keep you from getting too caught up in how much longer everything is taking, because you’ve budgeted the time for it.
2. Gather your gear and know what you’ll really need. Taking your infant car seat is a must for most trips, and your stroller is almost as important. But think carefully about packing toys, clothes, high chairs, and activity centers.
Think about what you’ll have available to you when you get to your destination, and about what it’s going to take to transport it. The gear limit imposed by your travel method will play into this – car trips are only limited by your trunk space, but air travel poses certain limits, especially with the new fees for checked luggage.
3. Document the experience. Baby’s first trip only happens once, so break out the flip cam or your smart phone and get video. Watch baby’s eyes widen at take off, snap a few pics of her waving bye bye as you hit the road, catch his first train ride on video. Share it on Facebook, real time, so that your friends and family can experience baby’s first voyage right along with you!