Your Life as a Parent : How to Plan a Baby-Friendly Vacation

Are you thinking about a family trip? You might feel anxious about traveling with a baby in tow, but this is completely doable — and lots of fun! Here are some tips to make your trip a success:

Choose a destination that's relaxing and safe, so you feel less overwhelmed. It may help to go somewhere you’ve been before and feel comfortable with.

Don’t create a jam-packed itinerary. Instead, add lots of down time and rest to your vacation plans.

Think about where your baby will sleep. Will you use a portable bed? If so, it may help to let him have a few naps in it before you head off, so he has a chance to get used to it.

Try to mimic home in the ways you can. For example, perhaps follow a similar daily routine or take your baby’s favorite toy to give him comfort.

Take a look at this guide about what to pack in your diaper bag. Have extras of things like clothes, diapers, snacks, and water.

If you’re going on a plane, read this article on flying with a baby for great ideas on tackling this with your baby.

Even though it’s easier said than done, try to stay calm. If you take on an easygoing attitude and you’re having a good time, your baby will be more likely to do the same.