Prior to falling pregnant and having a baby, you and your husband used to create lifelong memories together by driving up the coast blasting ‘Summer of 69’, and pitching a tent for a few days wherever your heart so desired. Ahh remember those days?!
Now however, the thought of getting out of our track pants leaving the house makes you cringe and curl up in the fatal position, let alone actually trying to make a ‘holiday’ out of it. Never fear though Mamma’s, we’ve done a few trips with our little one, and I won’t lie, it’s been a breeze (ok, well 88.65% of the time). Here are my red hot tips:
- Babies are pretty adaptable – I was always worried that she wouldn’t sleep if she wasn’t in her bed, or she’d be unsettled the whole trip due to her new surrounding and constant new things to look at and touch. Oh, how she proved me wrong! I could successfully say that on the several trips we’ve taken her on during her first year, she has without a doubt had the best nights sleep! Why..? Who knows. But this Mumma will take it
- Fly at night! Particularly if you’ve got a long flight ahead of you. Although you might have to put up with an over-tired cranky toddler whilst boarding, the game plan is then they’ll crash on the plane, giving you some peace and quiet
- Carry distractions, ALWAYS – Whether you’re boarding a 10 hour flight or simply driving 2 hours from home, kids get bored easily. Whether it’s food (I try and take things that take her a while to get through), her favourite game or toy, make sure you have things on standby. I always bring a toy or game that she hasn’t seen in a while, that way she thinks she’s been given a present #mumtrick
- Take spare clothes, and LOTS of them. Oh, and don’t forget a spare top for you and your husband 🙂
- Go with the flow – I’m a next level control freak and I struggle when things don’t go to plan. Having a baby in the first place has toned that down (just a fraction though), but it’s a valuable skill when you’re travelling with young kids. Try not to ‘plan’ too much each day. Once you learn to let go of this, you’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have.
I know these don’t seem like rocket science, and trust me, they aren’t, but they are small tips that will make your family holiday that much more relaxing.
So go on, book that flight (remember, kids are free until they’re 2 with most airlines!)
Simply Raw Motherhood