Here is a list of things to think about before traveling with a baby. The first year with our baby we camped in a Yurt, went on a cruise, and went to Grandparents that lived 3 hours away. We just got back from a beautiful vacation to Bermuda. We took our 10 month old baby to Bermuda for 7 days on the NCL star leaving from New York City.
I read many websites before going on a cruise with a baby. There was many negative and positive comments about cruising with a baby. NCL did have a 2 and under room with kids activities and toys for kids. The kids activities did not work well for us because they did not fit in the schedule for our day. But the kid room was great. There was many kids toys that were clean that we did not have to pack. Also, babies her age to play together. When I say play together, they really just looked at each other.
The woman in the two and under room said there was 10 babies on the cruise 2 and under and on average there is usually 20 on a cruise. So parents are doing this! My husband and I did have friends and family on the cruise to help out. We were tired after every day but I think we would have been tired anyway.
My husband and I love to go on vacation. We were not going to stop because we have a child. We decided to choose a port where we did not have to fly to. This port was a 4 hour drive from our house. We knew we could do it because my parents live 3 hours away and our baby has already made that trip a couple times. We packed in 2 large suitcases, spiting the babies stuff between the two.
We had 3 days in Bermuda. We took her on the bus 2 days to horseshoe beach, and one day on a water ferry to Georgetown. Some families did not go far from the ship with babies because they were nervous. I think it helped that my husband and I took the same cruise years ago. With a umbrella stroller, we thought we could do anything we could do without a baby. We went up hills, but we were fine. My husband and I have been to Bermuda before so we knew how crazy the buses were. We made the decision to just hold our baby on the bus which worked out fine. If anyone has any questions about cruising with a baby I would love to hear them! We did it and I think with planning anyone can. With proper planning we had an amazing time. We were both tired at the end, but not any more tired than we would have been without a baby. Everyone needs a vacation after their vacation, right? Please help me add to the list until I get to 50! What are your travel tips? Here is more baby stuff on I have pinned on pinterst.
1. Pack Baby Clothes in Shoe Rack
I decided to pack her clothes in a shoe rack. A spot for each day. I packed 3 changes of clothes, 3 travel bibs, and food for each day. When you pack
the baby clothes and your own clothes in one bag, finding those little clothes
are hard to find. Instead of creating a scavenger hunt for yourself pack the little clothes in a separate bag.
2. Don’t Bring Too Many Diapers
Then only bring the amount of diapers for the days you are gone, plus a
few extra. Remember enough wipes too! Remember your swim diapers!
3. Pack Baby Food In Multiple Containers
4. Feeding Chair
A Infant Travel Chair may also be needed if you baby is a little older.
5. Bring Easy to Pack Toys
Bring flat or easy to store and carry toys with you on your trip. The stacking cups worked great on the ship and at the beach. I also like the rings for holding toys and to play with. Great for strollers or to attached to the diaper bag.
6. Plan a Sleeping Place
to stay in one place so you can both sleep sound at night.
7. Bath Time
8. Remember Your Must Haves
9. Sound Machine
We brought her sound machine. We listened to the waves while we were on the ship and rain in the yurt.
10. Pack Your Baby Medicine Cabinet
11. Bring a Baby Hat
12. Sun Tan Lotion
13. Baby Carrier
Collapsible strollers work best on the ship and on land. In Bermuda they only allow umbrella strollers on the bus. Jogging strollers are nice for camping but large to pack.
15. Disposable Bibs
Disposable bibs worked great for us during the week. We had three in the diaper bag each day. We just left them to be thrown away when we were finished.
16. Ziploc Bags
Ziploc Bags are a great way to store everything! Snacks, old diapers,wet bathing suits, and old bibs. They are very helpful while traveling with a baby.
17. Pack in Large Suitcases
We decided she was too big and heavy for a carrier. We brought a umbrella stroller. So there was only 2 hands left. We brought 2 big suitcases with all of our stuff.
18. Plan Packing List Ahead of Time
Make a packing list and check it twice. You can’t buy formula, food, or diapers on board.
19. Kitchen Trash Bag
Bring one of these for your dirty laundry. We put the entire families in one bag. Then when we got home, we just put the bag in the laundry.
20. Plan Itinerary Ahead of Time
We did some internet research before going on her trip. For example babies can be on buses without car seats in Bermuda.
21. Connect With Other Moms
You may not be the only one with a baby. Connect and trade stories with other Moms that are traveling.
22. Be Ready to Changes
Everything does not always go smoothly even when you are not traveling with a baby. Have many back up plans.
Give yourself more time than you need.
24. Create a Diaper Bag List
Make a list of things you want in the diaper bag every day. Then you can pack the bag an not worry that you are missing anything.
26. Recreate Your Changing and Feeding Areas
Put the materials you need in these areas for easy changing and feeding.
27. Reusable Food Pouch
We fed her with a reusable food pouch. We found apple sauce, yogurt, and other liquid foods to add to it on our trip.
28. Wet Wipes
Bring more than you think you need. This are great for cleaning up spills too. You never know where you will be when you might need to clean up lots of poop.