It’s not the first time that I’m traveling with a baby. However, it’s the first time I’m traveling with a baby that’s actually old enough to dip in the pool or sea water. Although we have a swimming pool at home, baby Stephanie hasn’t actually taken a real dip, except, of course, the daily splash in her bath tub. Although I know she has the adventurous gene in her, thanks to her mom and dad, there are things that worry me when it comes to traveling with her in the summer:
- Sunburn – Too much sun and she may get sunburned
- Accidents – She’s too active and may suddenly flip her baby float even if I’m watching
- Waterlogged – She does not want to get out of the water even if she’s had enough
What I learned from experience
Traveling with a small infant requires a checklist on my part. There’s also the difference between weekend trips and three-week road trips. I learned from experience of traveling with an infant that you have to constantly entertain her while in the car or make frequent stopovers to keep her from getting too bored if the drive takes a whole day. Thankfully, the more she grows, the less mess she makes in the car (or am I just speaking too soon?) I figured as long as she has all the stuff she needs such as blankets, diapers, disposable bags, food, and toys, she will be traveling just fine.
Summer travel with a baby is different because you have extra stuff to bring. You also need to figure out what the best places are to check out where you’re staying. Apart from the list that I use, I recommend the following:
Sunscreen “for babies”
– Babies have sensitive skin so they cannot just use regular sunscreen. There are sunscreen lotions specifically made for them. You can find them at Babies R Us and perhaps your local Wal-Mart.
Baby swim diapers
-They come in different sizes. If your baby’s size is neither small or medium, I recommend using the medium. They easily outgrow everything so even if you don’t use a whole bag of them during the month of June, you will still use them for the rest of the summer!
Baby floats with canopies
-I’m not a big fan of bringing these because they are so weird-looking at the swimming pool, but baby floats with head cover will save your baby’s skin from getting sunburned. You can buy these floats at Toys R Us or at a similar shop that sells baby floats. They come with instructions and warnings so make sure you read them for your baby’s safety.
If you’ve been there and done that, what made your summer travel with baby successful? Did you have similar motherly worries? What’s the best tip you can give to other moms traveling in the summer with the baby for the first time?