Since Lively was born, she’s been to the mountains (a 15 hour car ride), the beach (a 10 hour car ride), and on a few flights. Traveling with a baby definitely changes things, like making car rides longer and adding extra luggage, but at the same time, it makes trips so much more special seeing your little one having fun exploring new places! Our little family is leaving on a train trip out west soon; I’m super excited, because we’re going to be visiting places we’ve never been before (I’m excited to share it with y’all, so stay tuned :)), and it will be Duncan and Lively’s first time traveling by train!
In honor of our upcoming trip, I wanted to share a few helpful tricks we’ve learned that’ve made traveling with a baby a little bit easier. I know some seem super simple and common sense, but I know as a mom, sometimes I forget the most “simple” things… mom brain, I guess!
- Make a packing list! I’m a check list person anyway, but a packing list is really important when you have a little one, because there are so many different items necessary for daily life with a baby you do NOT want to forget (maybe not all necessary, but at least make daily life way easier).
For long car rides:
- Bring a handful of books and/or toys to entertain your little one. I’ve memorized a few books of Lively’s that are pretty short and simple, so they’re easy to recite to her in the car; some of her favorites are “Where’s Spot?,” “I Like to Squeak! How Do You Speak?,” “Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You.” Having some of the books memorized means we don’t have to bring as many with us!
- Sing songs and tell your little one(s) stories. Lively LOVES this and it soothes her best if she’s starting to get fussy on a long drive. I think it helps, because she’s still in a rear-facing carseat, so she gets a little lonely in the backseat, and I like to reassure her that we’re still there!
- Bring snacks (if your baby is old enough). Little snacks help when it’s getting close to a feeding time, but there’s not a good place to pull off the road for a little ways. They usually help hold Lively over until we can pull over, and I can feed her.
- Duncan or I usually sit in the backseat with Lively for at least part of a long drive, so she’s not by herself the whole time. She gets so happy when someone is back there talking to her and playing with her!
- Arrive with plenty of time before your flight, as everything takes a lot longer with a little one. We had to go through special lines since we had a lap-sitting infant, and they involved long waits every time.
- We flew Southwest, and they have “family boarding,” which means if you don’t have “A” boarding, you can board between groups “A” and “B” if you have a little one. We didn’t know this for our first flight, and waited until group “C” since that’s what it said on our boarding tickets. It makes it so much easier when you can board earlier!
- For landing and take-off, I was told to either be feeding Lively or make sure she had her pacifier in her mouth (so her ears didn’t pop). It totally worked!
- Once again, bring little snacks (in your carry-on).
- Also, bring a couple of toys and maybe a book or two in your carry-on.
These are just a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned while traveling with a baby. If you have some more, please share; especially for a train, since this will be the first time we’ve taken Lively on one!
My dress in these photos: PinkBlush
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