Thanks to our guest blogger Matt Milstead for his great article on Baby Travel – What to Bring and What to Rent

If you’re up to your ears in sippy cups and inflatable play pens, you may be wondering if your weekend getaway is even worth it. But relax! Traveling with children is easier than you think as long as you’re willing to plan ahead. Whether you’re going abroad or just hopping over to visit the in-laws, here are just a few simple tips for managing all your eating, sleeping and playtime needs.

Bring: First Aid Equipment:

Kids are wiggly creatures who can find trouble just about anywhere they go, specially in new and exciting environments. Don’t leave anything up to chance:

Pack your ointments and band-aids right along with your socks and shoes, and then you won’t be faced with a 2am store run in a strange city when little Billy suddenly develops a rash from the hotel sheets.

Rent: Stroller:

You can find affordable strollers from almost any baby rental company. Not only are they made of stronger, sturdier stuff than the traveling kind, but most are also chosen with an eye towards convenience for traveling moms, meaning that they come with lots of pockets, pouches and compartments for the parent with plenty to carry.

Baby Jogger City Mini

Buy: Diapers:

You’ll need to pack enough diapers to get to your destination, of course, but unless you’re traveling to Uganda, it won’t be hard to find a store and buy new diapers when you arrive. Don’t bog yourself down with a super-sized bag full of diapers.

Bring: Night Light:Baby Night Light

Research suggests that most babies have fully-developed color vision by five months or so. This means that a new night light will be distracting, not soothing, as your baby tracks the unexpected visual stimuli. Stick to the night light with colors and patterns that they already know. This also ensures that you get a good night sleep, that is not interrupted by cries throughout the night.

Rent: Travel Crib:

This is another item that’s simply too difficult to lug around on holiday. There are portable cribs that can be blown up or let out as circumstances require, but they aren’t always the most secure option for your child. It’s better to be safe than sorry by renting a proper crib for a night or two while you’re away.

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

Buy: Clothes:

It may sound crazy, but moms who do a lot of traveling will all tell you the same thing: It’s better to buy clothes at your destination rather than pack a bag full of woolen sweaters for a trip that winds up being rainy and humid.

You just never know what the weather will be like until you actually get there, so budget for a shopping spree when you get there.

Bring & Rent: Toys:

You’ll need plenty of toys to keep your child occupied during their long journey, so don’t wait until the last minute to stock up. Visit a toy store or baby supplier to get yourself ready.  Be sure to include a wide variety of trinkets in your bag; don’t expect your little one to be entertained by blocks for five hours. Pack crayons, puzzles, teethers, rattlers and stuffed animals as well.

When you arrive at your destination you can also rent new toys for new toys to keep your little one entertained.

Rent: Baby Gates:

They’re too unwieldy to put in the trunk, and don’t even think about flying with them. But what if you need a baby gate while staying in a luxury hotel or resort? You don’t have to go out and buy one just for a few days of vacation. You can find safe, high-quality baby gates for a fraction of the cost from rental companies.

These are just a few guidelines for traveling with a baby on board. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to go on holiday without all the usual levels of stress and inconvenience. You just need to plan accordingly, and this list can help you do just that.

 

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