Liam just successfully went on his first week-long trip on an airplane and staying in a hotel. Before that we had been on a 4 hour car trip with him and a trip to the lake. During these trips I have learned some do’s and don’ts, as well as tips for keeping yourself sane and the baby happy. So these are my best tips for travel with a 6 month old. Honestly they would work with a baby of any age.
Tips For Travel With A 6 Month Old
Tip 1: Sound Machine: Our hotel room in Chicago was super small. Since we are used to us having our room and Liam having his own we were worried about noises. We didn’t want to go to sleep at 7. We packed his sound machine and it does the trick! He takes 3 naps a day still (2 long, 1 catnap) plus sleeping for 12 hours at night. We needed him on schedule (more on that later). Once he goes down we still have some lights and the TV on and it doesn’t bother him at all. Plus my alarm went off at 5 every morning to work out before he and Andrew got up and that didn’t wake him either!
Tip 2: Distractions: For the plane or car rides. We gave Liam his favorite toys (sophie and lambie) as well as a few new to him toys (really things he hasn’t played with in a month or so). He was busy the entire wait at the airport and then slept on the flight after I fed him. Distractions are key! For older kids this may mean an iPad or tablet. Liam isn’t quite ready for those yet.
Tip 3: Schedules: Stick to a schedule as much as possible! When traveling we keep Liam’s schedule and routine exactly the same. Different place but same routine. We do his same bedtime routine, same nap times, etc. This may also mean booking your flights during times that are optimal for the baby. We booked our flights during nap time! WORKED SO GREAT!
Tip 4: Pack The Essentials: The 3 things I suggest are an inflatable bathtub, the BabyBjorn travel crib, and the Doona stroller. These 3 are saviors for us. The duck bath works great for bath time and honestly also what we put Liam in to feed him! He’s kind of a messy eater. The BabyBjorn travel crib was AWESOME and so lightweight. Plus it has a carrying case you can check! The Doona stroller is what we use whenever we travel. It saves room, Plus you can take it on a flight with you. You aren’t worried about both a stroller and a car seat because it’s all in one! Other than that we packed the sound machine, his daily essentials (clothes, toys, bibs, diapers, food, etc). But all the toys we packed were his smaller ones so we managed to fit everything into a smaller checked suitcase.
Tip 5: Give Yourself A Break. Flights get delayed, traffic happens, and babies cry. Don’t worry about other people. As long as your child(ren) is/are happy and safe that’s all that matters. Don’t worry about the strangers staring if they have a meltdown. Don’t worry about the diaper change you have to do right as the flight takes off. Just do one thing at a time and stay calm!
I feel like these tips for travel with a 6 month old would really work well for any baby newborn to probably 2!
What tips would you add?