We have been extremely busy all summer and it doesn’t seem like it is going to slow down anytime soon. I thought the fall season would be slower, but here we are. October is upon us and we are still just as busy as we were over the summer. I think John and I
thrive off of living out of a suitcase sometimes ha ha. As much as sometimes I wish our lives could slow down a bit, I actually enjoy living life to the fullest and experiencing these things with our daughter. Here’s the thing though- it can be difficult to stay on a schedule when you are gone every weekend. I put together a few of my tips to holding down the fort and keeping baby happy while traveling based on my experience so far:
- Try to keep bedtime routines almost the same. Ellie wears a sleep sack to bed and she usually snuggles with John and I before we put her down to sleep. No matter where we are, when the Halo Sleep Sack comes on, Eleanor knows it’s time to wind down. If she doesn’t go down between 7-8 pm, we find that we are in for a lot of wakings in the middle of the night.
- As they grow, keep a couple of toys and books in the car and if all else fails, there’s always the IPad, right? I’m sure I’m going to get some crap for saying to shove an IPad in a baby’s face, but sometimes when you are on a two hour trip and nothing will help, you put on an episode of Octonauts and all is calm.
- Ellie has a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) which causes some troubles when we travel because it seems like she gets so pumped to see everyone that napping just isn’t an option. On the off chance she does nap (which she eventually does), it seems to only be for 20 minutes at a time. It is what it is! This one I am still trying to figure out so if anyone has some suggestions, leave them in the comments below!
- Roll with it. I try not to complain too much because John and I are choosing to do these trips, weddings, etc. What I can tell is that Ellie eventually adapts to whatever we have going on that day. Although her best sleep seems to be when she is in her own crib, she adjusts to her pack n play with time.
- Bring comfort items. Ellie has a little stuffed baby doll we got for her. We try to bring the doll on our trips for car rides and for snuggling at night. Oh, except for when her mom grabs the doll when leaving the house and it somehow fell out of her car seat without me knowing. Needless to say, the doll spent the weekend sleeping outside until we returned on Sunday from our trip out of town. The doll spent a nice time “showering off” in the washer 🙂
What are your best tips for traveling with babies/children? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you.
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