Travel is usually an inevitable part of the Christmas holiday season. The distances can vary from a lengthy car journey to catch up with friends, to a plane trip for a family reunion. Whatever type of travel you do during the holidays means extra planning and preparation, especially when a little one is involved. And while the idea of a trip with a baby or toddler in tow can strike fear into the heart of the most experienced parent, by taking some sensible precautions a holiday can be enjoyable for all involved.
Holiday travel will involve not only checking out your accommodation for it’s suitability and safety for your little one, but also making sure you’ve packed enough for the trip itself. It’s important to remember that your little one will have no qualms about making their displeasure known to you while travelling! With that in mind, it is important to keep their needs at the forefront of your holiday travel plans.
Bub’s travel bag (for the journey):
Huggies baby wipes
Huggies nappies (enough for the leg of your journey)
A couple of changes of clothes
Plastic spoons and bowls
A large waterproof bib
A light blanket or quilt
A comfort toy
A pair of socks
Bub’s travel bag (for the holiday)
Case of baby clothes
Stroller or pram
Power point covers if bub is crawling or walking
Liquid baby soap
Travel cot and bedding (if needed)
Toddler’s travel bag (for the journey)
Change of clothes
Plenty of snacks and drinks
Plastic spoons and cups
Huggies baby wipes
Toddlers travel bag ( for the holiday)
A suitcase with clothes
Travel cot and bedding
Huggies nappies or pull ons
Deodorized nappy bags
When you’re planning your Christmas holiday one of the most important things to remember is to under-schedule yourself. In the past, you may have been an avid sightseer or participated in every family event with gusto. With a little one in tow you will probably have to rethink that approach. You will find your holiday far more enjoyable if you keep activities to a minimum and try to keep your little one in a routine they are familiar with.
Most little ones tend to thrive off a routine and while their surroundings may be unfamiliar, if the patterns you have created are the same while on holiday, they are likely to respond far more positively. If they don’t have their regular scheduled naps or eat familiar foods, the person who will usually suffer for it most, after bub, is you.
If you’ve changed time zones during your travels, the best way to get your bub or toddler adjusted to the new time is by using the routines they are familiar with. In addition it is wise to ensure you’ve got blackout blinds to place on the windows to help them sleep that bit longer if possible.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, whether it is a hotel or a home you need to ensure it is safe for your little one. Remove all objects that you consider hazardous out of reach. If you are in a home, just explain that your little one is a curious creature and that “object x, y, z is safer if it’s put up high out of harms way.” While you cannot rearrange the house to suit yourself or bub’s needs, it is always worth asking if some object can be moved to higher ground if you are concerned about it. Remember that you are staying in someone else’s home and to be respectful of the way they run their home, however it may mean you need to be extra vigilant with your little one during your holiday.
During your holiday, don’t forget to take some deep breaths and spend some quiet time together as a family. While you may not have the holidays you enjoyed previously, you can create some very special memories of a Christmas together. Watching your little one open their presents or meeting a family relative for the first time can be a rewarding experience when seen from the viewpoint of an excited toddler. These will be the times during the holiday where it is good to remind yourself that the effort put into planning your holiday was worth it.