6 important tips for traveling with a baby

New parents who are considering traveling with a baby may have many questions on their mind. First of all – are we crazy?

Jen Campbell Boles, founder of Explore More Family Travel, told TODAY Parents that traveling with her kids — twins — from the time they were babies “made all the difference.”

“People are so intimidated by traveling with young children,” Campbell Boles said. “Not only is it important to get the kids used to traveling from a young age, it’s also very nice not being able to travel during the school holidays.”

She continued: “Travelling in May and September was always my favorite when my boys were younger. We were able to improve our travel experience by traveling during the shoulder or shoulder seasons. Getting more value out of your vacation investment is always a good thing.”

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How hard is it to travel with a baby? Not difficult at all. Campbell Boles shared six tips for success for parents traveling with their baby:

6 tips for traveling with a baby

Start small and build from there.

“When I found out I was having twins, I honestly didn’t know when I would go back to traveling like I used to,” Campbell Boles said. “We started small with a trip to Chicago to test the waters. I needed to build my confidence before I could travel internationally again. Chicago went so well that I immediately booked our next trip to Italy and Greece.”

Bring extra items for children.

“During our trip to Italy when my twins were 1, I had a lovely moment sitting outside on a ferry along the Cinque Terre with my son on my lap,” Campbell Boles said. “I was thinking about how much I loved that moment and for no reason at all my son took the one sippy cup we wrapped for him and threw it into the sea so fast I couldn’t even try to stop him.”

Get a balcony or a room with a separate space.

“Babies go to bed earlier and parents need time to recover from their day and connect with each other,” the travel expert shared.

adjust expectations.

Travel can be slower – and that’s okay.

“You won’t see everything,” Campbell Boles said. “This is an all-soaking journey as opposed to a see-all journey.”

Remember to pack something for your baby.

“If you like swimming, book a hotel with a pool. If they’re mobile, some space they can safely roam around in – maybe that means green space at a resort or piazza in Italy! Find parks with playgrounds. Make time to carry them out so they can nap in the stroller and allow you to do what you want to do.”

Think about sleep schedules.

“If you’re going far, try to book red-eye flights so kids are more likely to sleep and not get too fussy during the flight,” Campbell Boles shared.

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Traveling with Babies vs. Toddlers

Campbell Boles told TODAY Parents she feels babies are “easier to follow than toddlers.”

“They spend a good part of the day in a stroller without complaining and just absorb everything,” she said, adding that babies are more likely to sleep on the go. “Obviously you have to take more stuff with babies, but airlines are pretty good at allowing you to bring all the stuff. You can also target resort and cruise brands that have the items on hand so you don’t have to pack as much.”

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