Published On: Tue, Jul 23rd, 2019

Travel Hack for First-Time Parents

By Annette Barnes

Whether you’re going to the airport or traveling short distances, it can be daunting as a first-time parent to bring your kids with you. Is it going to be a liberating experience or a stressful one? However, you can avoid the latter easily. As with any travels, the first and vital step is to plan everything ahead. Yes, the “secret” travel hack is planning.

You know the drill, create a list of what you should pack from extra clothes, toiletries, first aid kit, to even snacks. The last thing you want is discovering you left your essentials and needing to buy them at triple costs. And when it comes to kids, they will definitely let you know if they feel uncomfortable.

However, you have to learn how to compromise with your little ones about what can they bring and not. For example, if it’s going to be a beach resort, they probably won’t need 3 pairs of sneakers. It is also best to skip bringing bulky toys and sugary snacks for any trip.

We put this article together to give you an idea of what first-time parents typically neglect when it comes to traveling with young kids.

1. An Organized Backpack Diaper Bag

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You’ll be surprised by how much space you’ll have if you organize your belongings better. In fact, you might even fit everything into two or three bags instead of six. You might not be bringing these bags with you everywhere you go, but trust us; you will notice the difference it makes in terms of comfort. Bringing fewer bags also means less luggage to worry about.

For parents, CuteLittleDarling.com recommends using a backpack diaper bag. If you personally prefer a shoulder bag or tote, you can still use that. But with a backpack-style bag, you’ll be able to carry it hands-free. This way, you can hold your child’s hand or push your infant’s stroller with your free hand.

The Bag Nation diaper bag has 14 pockets and is water-resistant. You can hack your way into fitting everything in the bag by separating your things into different compartments. Keep the smaller items in smaller pockets and your larger things neatly stacked inside the largest compartment.

You should also put important things such as gadgets and keys in secret compartments for safety. Opting for a water-proof bag will give you the confidence that your things will not be ruined by accident as well.

2. Portable Electric Breast Pump

Sometimes, there will be trips during those days when you are exclusively pumping. Most moms might choose manual pumps because they do not need an outlet to work, but electric pumps are now equally easy to travel with.

The Medela Sonata Smart is a rechargeable electric breast pump. It comes with a cooler and an ice pack, as well as breast pump bag for carrying the device and its parts. If you need to feed your baby during the trip, you can store the milk bottles in the cooler to keep the milk fresh. You should also place the valves, flanges, and connectors neatly inside a ziplock bag. Storing them this way makes sure that they are clean and easy to reach for the pumping session.

As recommended by the World Health Organization, babies up to 6 months of age have to be fed exclusively with breast milk. That is why, even during travels, you should never skip giving your baby breast milk. Cordless electric breast pumps are practical and offer benefits for both you and your child during travels. Pumps relieve engorgement and help in maintaining your milk supply level. Having a pump also allows you to have stocks ready when your baby gets hungry. However, you can always pump in advance and store your milk in a ventilated bag or pocket beforehand.

3. Plush White Noise Machine

The Cloud b white noise machine might look like a stuffed toy, but it also emits 8 different sounds with volume control. When sleeping in an unfamiliar place, kids can be anxious. A plushie that plays calming sounds can ease and distract them to fall asleep easier.

4. Pack n Play

Once you arrived at your hotel room or your family’s house, your child might want a place where he/she can rest or play. However, it won’t be safe to “leave” your child somewhere without restrictions. The Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby PlayYard only weighs 13 pounds and folds into a backpack. It is surrounded by mesh, and you can unzip the side panel in case you want to check on your child while he/she is asleep. However, do note that a pack n play is not a babysitter and never leave your child unattended for too long.

5. Eczema Cream

The Mustela Stelatopia Emollient cream has sunflower oil distillate and avocado perseose. These ingredients help in moisturizing, healing, and restoring itchy, eczema-prone skin. If your child has sensitive skin, it is better if you always have an emollient cream separated from your first-aid kit. You can also bring a fast-absorbing diaper rash cream to keep your baby comfortable in long durations.

6. Travel Systems

A travel system is a combination of a car seat and a stroller. What makes this combo efficient for traveling is because you can leave the base of the car seat to the car and attach it directly to the stroller. But aren’t travel systems bulky? Manufacturers have now created units that are travel-friendly. The Evenflo Vive stroller folds into 16 inches, and the Evenflo Embrace car seat only measures at 18 inches.

With travel systems, you can always have a back-up in case your child gets tired of walking. And because the infant seat serves as a carrier, you don’t have to wake your baby up when you transfer him/her to the car. Strollers also serve as additional storage for your belongings, and you can even protect your child from the UV rays as you walk because of its canopy.

You can modify this list depending on the age of your child or on the destination you’re going to. It will also help if you plan your itinerary ahead of time. You can even book hotels, check for flights, and arrange a taxi to be sure that it’ll be a comfortable trip with your little one.

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