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5 Tips For New Parents On Their Baby's First Vacation
Traveling with your baby as a new parent is very exciting, stressful, and fun all at once.
Whether you’re embarking on a road trip for the first time with your little one or a flight, there are tips to make your first vacation as a family a bit easier.
Here’s what you need to know on a baby’s first vacation.
Plan to arrive and leave earlier than expected
This summer has been busier than anticipated. Don’t get caught up by the long lines at the airport — always leave earlier than expected. If you’re flying, arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight’s departure. This allows enough time to go through security without having the rush through the airport with a baby.
Travel during your baby’s nap time
This may not always be possible, but if you can, try to travel during your baby’s nap time. This is great on flights and allows you to have downtime as well.
Try not to overpack
As a new parent, you want to make sure you have everything on hand that you would possibly need. However, carrying heavy luggage and bags while traveling in addition to a baby is a stressful feat. For your baby’s first vacation, you have to pack light.
If you need to travel with larger items, consider shipping them to the place you’ll be staying ahead of time.
Gate check your car seat and stroller
Traveling with a stroller and car seat is a must for new parents. They’re annoying to travel with, but you can gate-check these items. Once you get to your gate, ask an agent to tag your stroller and car seat to be stowed on the plane. When you arrive at your destination, your items will be there waiting for you. This avoids the possibility of your stroller and car seat getting lost.
Get a portable changing station
You won’t have to worry about finding a clean space to change your baby’s diapers while traveling with a portable changing station. Getting a backpack that holds wipes, diapers, clothes, bottles, and snacks comes in a clutch. There are even some bags that change into a crib!
TSA allows up to 3.4 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, and juice in carry-ons.