We are a couple who loves to travel, no doubt! When we got married, we had a blast traveling to different places together for three years. I thought we can’t do this lifestyle anymore when we already have a baby. So we made the most out of our baby-less married life. And suddenly this blessing came and we’re so excited. But at the back of my mind, I was calculating the months of my due date and then poof, it’s near our South Korea travel dates. We were supposed to experience our first snow last January of 2011 if we didn’t have this bundle of joy. What’s supposed to be our last hurrah before a new addition to family arrives was postponed. Heck, we even have a notion that once the baby’s out, we have to say goodbye to the wanderlust lifestyle, all travel plans shelved.
For one, it’s difficult to explore and get lost in unfamiliar places with a crying baby in tow. Aside from that, consider all the necessities you have to bring such as baby bottles, lots of clothes, baby food, bottle sterilizer etc… Others find it expensive to travel with a baby too.
But we proved it wrong, we were able to do it when Gwen was 7 months old and we had so much fun, we became more involved and hands-on with Gwen on our short trip so traveling with a baby is not a problem to us since then.
Here are some tips on how to make traveling with a baby possible:
1. Look for a homey and well-equipped accommodation. If possible, stay at a friend’s house. When we went to Singapore, we stayed at a friends house so we’re free to use all the facilities, I was able to cook, wash the feeding bottles, cook and reheat baby food, do the laundry etc… I can’t do all those things when we stayed at a hotel. But if you don’t have friends who are willing to adapt you in other countries, there’s Roomorama. I consider Roomorama as your home away from home because you can use all the amenities available in the apartment while you’re there, it’s part of the package. This is very convenient compared to staying at the hotel wherein your actions are very limited. If you’ll be traveling with a baby, kids, with the whole family, this is the way to go.
In fact, we’re going to use it on our Hong Kong trip this year and we’re looking for nice apartments as early as now:
And how lucky can we get that one of the apartments has a playground too…
2. Bring medicines for fever, etc.. and vitamins. You need to boost baby’s immune system while traveling.
3. Plan your itinerary. Traveling now is no longer a shop til you drop or walk til you drop, allot some rest times in between for naps and feeding times.
4. Just bring minimum number of bottles and just wash at the apartment. Or buy those Avent Tempo Liners to avoid bulky luggage. Or better yet, breastfeed!
5. Bring lightweight strollers or baby carriers. This will be a big help and will save your back from carrying baby.
I think the most important tip is just to enjoy! Consider your travels as a bonding and learning experience for you and your baby too. Start your child early in learning different cultures and walks of life.