Tips for Traveling with Kids over the Holidays
For many parents, the holiday season comes with traveling near or far to see family and friends. Whether it’s baby’s first trip or they’re an airport pro, there are always tips and tricks to help reduce stress so you can focus on the joy of the season and your family.
Keep Baby Wipes Close By
If you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, having baby wipes on hand can be a lifesaver. Of course there’s the traditional use and many diapers will need to be changed during your trip, but spills, sticky hands, and questionable tray tables can all be wiped down and forgotten about.
Anyone who is familiar with infants and especially toddlers, knows pacifiers can be dropped and toys can be flung. Avoid having to root under car seats for lost items by attaching them when you can. Pacifier clips can be a lifesaver in any stressful situation, and whether you’re traveling by car or through airports, keeping them off of dirty floors and seats is even more important. For older children who may no longer use a pacifier, clips can still be used to keep stuffed animals and small toys close by.
Often going through airport security by yourself can be stressful, so it can feel especially overwhelming with little ones. Customizing your approach to determine what works best for your family is of course key, but here are a few options when it comes to navigating airport security: If handling a car seat, a stroller, the baby, and the baby paraphernalia all at once is intimidating, baby wear through security. This allows you to go hands free to manage luggage or older kiddos. Alternatively, you can take your stroller through the security line, making it easy to keep everything in one place and in-sight. Most airlines will check strollers at the gate for free, but call ahead to be sure!
Prepare for Messes
Spills, spit ups, and accidents happen so preparing for it can alleviate a lot of stress. Using a bib will protect baby’s clothes while keeping them comfortable and cute. Rather than needing an entire outfit change, just swap out for a clean bib and you are good to go. Easy and convenient! Unfortunately there aren’t bibs for grown ups, so make sure you have an change of clothes readily available so you aren’t uncomfortable.
Keep Things Flexible
Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Arriving to the airport an hour earlier than you think you need to be or giving the grandparents an estimated time frame for arrival rather than an on the hour figure, can make all the difference. A happy, relaxed parent makes for a happy, relaxed baby.
With the holiday hustle and bustle adding to the stress of travel, taking a few simple steps to prepare can take your holiday from hassle to heavenly.
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