When the paparazzi take photos of celebrities enjoying a great vacation with their infants and splash them in leading papers and on the net, you wonder if it is that simple to take babies out for a vacation. But then, they are stars who write their own stories, and life need not be that smooth a cakewalk for you. With the bundle of joy making its entry into your life, you are no more footloose and fancy free. The unencumbered life you enjoyed as a couple comes to a sudden halt, and every decision must be taken keeping your baby in mind. Along with the endless joy that the baby brings into your life, it also brings enhanced family and parental responsibilities. Your baby is sure to keep you busy changing diapers, cleaning the mess, feeding or lulling it to sleep till it becomes a routine which almost makes you forget you ever did anything else. Worse, the couple even forget to spend time with each other. No wonder many parents-to-be go for that one last trip during the last stages of pregnancy, as they know it will not be the same once the baby is born. But then relaxation is important to the whole family and there is nothing better than a short vacation that will serve that purpose. If you plan wisely, you can go for a vacation with your baby so that you can relax and re-energize after a really tedious time playing the dutiful parent. Given here are some tips that will help you plan a fun vacation with your infant.
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Tips For Holidaying With Infants
Given below are tips on a few things to be taken care of while planning a vacation with infants.
Choosing The Right Place For The Vacation
Though you might feel an urge to go to a far off land like the Caribbeans to spend some exciting time holidaying, remember that you are not alone and will always have a small bundle of joy with you that will need your constant attention. With an infant, it is always better to choose places where both you and your baby will be at ease, like a visit to your parents or to a relative’s, especially those whom you have not visited for some time. But if a new place is where you want to go to, then choose wisely, as you would not want your trip to end abruptly. You should think twice before opting for a hill station or place of adventure for vacationing with baby.
Mode Of Travel
Babies are new to long hours of travel, so it is better to travel in a car and stop from time to time to check on the baby and rest yourself. You will have quite a lot of things to pack for the baby; travelling by car makes it easy to take everything you need, including the baby stroller.
Pack, Pack and Pack
Whether you go by car or not, do not expect to be able to buy those essential baby things at the last minute when you need them at the place you are going to. You should be prepared for all kinds of emergencies; it is better to take all that is necessary in your packing rather than go looking for it where none might be available. Always take enough extra pairs of clothes, accessories and toys, if travelling by car. However, do pack only the most necessary items like clothes, diapers and medicines, and not things like too many extra feeding bottles or too many toys!
With an infant, you cannot expect to go on long trips. The maximum number of days to plan for is 4 to 5. Once a baby is born your responsibilities increase and your decisions totally depend upon her well-being. So taking into consideration your baby’s comfort, avoid going on frequent and long vacations. All that your baby might want is to just sleep as much as she is used to, apart from that little time you spend with her feeding, playing, cleaning, changing and cuddling. So having your baby forego her precious sleep because of a different bed in a different place for long periods will be much worse than having her benefit from the change you get even if the vacation is a short one!
Though most of the time baby will prefer to nap, she also loves to see and hear new things and always smiles to prove that! So while you are going sight-seeing, take her along with you. From the comfort of her stroller, she will still be able to experience things around her or doze off into a peaceful nap when she wants. This will be a relief for both you and baby.
A whole lot of common sense along with these tips should certainly transform the scary experience of travel with an infant into a fun and memorable holiday, keeping the camera busy and everyone happy!