Traveling for us is not always the greatest for us. I am a control freak that likes to be over prepared and everything planned. Hubby is exactly the opposite and just throws some shirts and pants in a bag and does whatever he wants and takes his time because he has no plans.
Yes, it drives me up the wall.
This past weekend was the first time traveling with my newborn little girl. We took a 3 hour trip to see my parents for Mother’s Day and stayed in a hotel for the weekend.
Of course, I made sure we did well preparing for the trip. Also I was grateful that a few things fell into place that made it easier for us.
The trip did have its challenges, but I learned some things that will help for next time we travel with our baby so here they are.
#1: Leave Early
The trip was supposed to be 3 hours of continuous driving. Originally I thought, she usually sleeps for about 3 hours at a time so maybe we can make it there without stopping. Apparently she had other plans.
The pediatrician had already told us that you should never feed your newborn while she is strapped into the car seat. So I made sure that I stopped every time she got fussy and wanted food.
Well, a 3 hour car trip turned into 5 hours as we stopped several times to feed her, then again to change her. I wish I had left earlier.
#2: Bring Everything
What was really helpful is that we were completely prepared because we brought everything. We had the pack n’ play for her to sleep in. We had several pairs of clothes and blankets, about 3 for each day, just in case she threw up on them every day. We had her boppy pillow just in case we wanted to put her in bed with us and not use some hotel pillow. We were prepared.
The only thing I forgot was a change of pajamas for me. Of course, she threw up on me and my only pair of pj’s the first night. I was too busy making sure we had everything for her that I forgot about myself.
#3: First Floor Hotel Room
Unknowing of the hotels in the area, I booked one of the cheaper hotels in the downtown area. To my surprise, it was actually a motel. It had rooms that were outdoor and only two floors.
While I personally prefer to be in a regular hotel, this actually proved to be very convenient. We parked right in front of the door and were able to move the pack n’ play, stroller, and the several bags we had in with no problem.
I imagined hauling everything we had into an elevator and down a hallway, one of us staying with the baby while the other one went down for more, then hauling it down when we left and honestly it just wouldn’t have worked out that well. I’m glad we had that motel. It was perfect.
#4: Jogger Stroller
I am so glad that I had gotten the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, PhantomWe visited South Florida and for Mother’s Day weekend. Of course, when you are in south Florida, you have to see the beach.
We pushed the stroller through the powder white sand of Siesta Key with no problems. We wouldn’t have been able to do that with a regular stroller. The sand didn’t even get stuck in the wheels, it was super easy to rinse off. The Jogger Travel System stroller was worth every penny.
#5: Avent Bottle Sterilizer
The only down side of the motel was that there was no microwave in the room. I had brought the Philips AVENT Anti-Colic Bottle Essentials Newborn Starter Set, Clear so right before going to bed I would go down to the office and pop it in the microwave with all the bottles.
It fits 4-5 bottles and nipples easily which lasted through the night. This kept us from having to use tap water to rinse her bottles out. It proved to be very convenient and easy to travel with.
We were very blessed that we were able to travel with our newborn with no problems. We have an even longer trip coming up in a few months and I’ve already started preparing for it, physically and mentally.
Being a 3 month old baby at that time, I’m sure traveling with her will come with a whole range of additional needs and challenges. Especially this trip being a 6 hour car ride.
I guess we will see. I will keep you posted.