When our son Aarav was born, our friends who were well-acquainted with our love of travel told us to slow down until he grew up. But we were travel junkies. We wouldn’t let having a child keep us away from our next fix. Besides, traveling is awesome, and we wanted to share this passion with our son. We knew that for our son’s sake and our own, it was necessary to introduce him to travel as early as possible.
So when we decided to travel with a four-month-old, we knew not to expect smooth sailing. His first flight was rocky. But we learned. And with each trip we take, we learn even more. Though Aarav has now been on over 70 flights, we’re still learning. However, one thing we know for sure is that there’s no substitute for proper preparation. In the spirit of helping you prepare for flying with an infant, here are a few of our favorite tips for flying with a baby.
We love traveling, and so does our son. Well, considering that he was only four-months-old when he went on his first flight, he hardly had a choice. He didn’t choose the travel life. The travel life chose him. His first flight was not easy, but we never expected it to be easy. Like any parent flying on a plane with a newborn, we were terrified. But we decided to go anyway.
If you enjoy traveling, it’s essential to make it a habit early on during your child’s life, both for your sake and your child’s. And no matter how long or short the flight, it’s best to be prepared. Here are a few things we’ve learned about flying with a newborn on a plane. Though they can’t guarantee you a hiccup-free trip, they’ll certainly help your flight be more enjoyable.
Traveling with infants requires a good car seat that can travel with you. Not only will you want and need a seat that keeps your baby secure when riding in taxis or on car-led private tours, the seats can also keep your infant safe in their own seat on an airplane.
We reviewed car seats that are lightweight, travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. These are for infants up to age 18 months. They all weigh less than 22 pounds and convert from a rear- to front-facing seat. If traveling with older children, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved car seats and boosters for toddlers.
Taking a family vacation is unlike any other experience in the world. This is a great chance for you and your children to get out in the world and explore. Traveling with kids a truly rewarding experience, so we wanted to provide you with twenty of our favorite quotes that will inspire you to travel more with your kids. We’ve also thrown in a few of our quotes because why not … it’s our blog :). For more in-depth information on how to travel with children, including countless practical tips, be sure to check out our book, How to Travel with Kids Without Losing Your Mind.
Where you stay during a vacation can make or break your entire experience. Years ago, we didn’t have much of a choice other than booking a hotel room. Today, we have Airbnb, and with those, our options are endless. We’re not limited to a single room like we are when we book a hotel. We have an entire house that actually feels like home. Cook meals in a full kitchen, and catch a little break from the kids with separate bedrooms. Want a house with three bathrooms? You got it. Looking for a penthouse suite? Just tick the box under the filters. In a battle between Airbnb vs. a hotel, who would reign supreme? We think Airbnb. Here’s why.
When it comes to traveling with children, some people are wary about traveling with an infant and think it best to wait until their kid is a little older. After all, they contend, you need to pack bottles, strollers, car seats, formula, diapers, and enough clothes to cover those more-than-likely diaper blowouts. But there are actually many advantages to traveling with an infant. From free plane rides to less sass, here are reasons why traveling with an infant is way easier than traveling with a toddler.
Air travel is without a doubt one of the fastest and easiest ways to get from point A to point B. Unfortunately, if you’re traveling with a child who decides to throw a tantrum at 30,000 feet, there’s no sending them to their room, letting them blow off some steam at the nearest playground, or even a corner store where you can buy a Popsicle to distract them. Although a temper tantrum in mid-air can be embarrassing and frustrating, there are things you can do to (hopefully) put a quick stop to them. Here are some of our tried and true methods for handling a toddler tantrum and dealing with a crying baby on the plane. Hope they help.
We spent hours researching car seats for our children to make sure they are safe and secure in our cars, yet when we hit the road, we discover our enormous “tanks” of car seats are difficult to carry, hard to install and can get damaged during transit. So, how do we keep our children safe when we are taking taxis or tours and riding on a plane? Bring on the lightweight car seats that keep our kids secure but are lightweight and easy to install.
Traveling with a toddler for months on end meant we seriously researched travel cribs to keep Aarav safe and sound as he slept in various hotels and Airbnbs. Our choice was the Lotus Guava, which you can read all about in our Travel Crib Recommendation, but there were some runner ups that may be the right fit for you. All of the following travel cribs are lightweight, pack up and travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. Most, however, are not made for babies under a year old; for that, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved travel bassinets.
Our favorite thing about traveling with an infant is we could go practically anywhere with our son and he’d sleep. Dining out? A piece of cake as he would fall asleep in his car seat en route and then could sleep through the noise of a restaurant with the greatest of ease. And, when it comes to staying in a hotel, there is no need for an extra bed. All you need is a bassinet.
Before companies catered to babies, older travelers, so we have been told, would remove a drawer from the hotel dresser, pad it with a blanket and use it as a bassinet. Today, we have lots of travel bassinets that are safe, comfortable, and easy to carry.