Vacation ideas that are baby friendly? The thought of taking a baby on vacation might have you thinking for the next 18 years you are going to be staying home. You don’t have to! Sure, not every vacation idea is baby friendly. There are more options for vacation ideas than you might think! Check out these ideas before you start planning your next stay-cation.
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Baby Friendly Family Vacation Ideas
I love to camp! I have been camping my whole life. Something about being outside in nature recharges the batteries (yes even with kids!) I have been taking my son camping since before he was one. Before he started walking, it was easier; I could plop him down in the playpen for a bit for a nap or to play. The fresh air was great for him as well, helped him sleep at night. Some of my fondest memories growing up are camping with my family. Go start making your own memories and traditions!
A friend of my recently had her 4th child and she made a comment about not making it to the beach this summer. Why not?! That baby is so small and portable. You don’t need anymore for a day at the beach than anywhere else. Maybe some extra sunscreen and a bassinet or playpen (sitting in a stroller or car seat all day can be hot especially when sleeping). The sun, sand and sounds will help to lull your baby to sleep as well, so no need to stress about nap times.
If you are thinking of traveling international with your baby, what a great experience! You will need to get him his very own little passport. Well, it is not little, it is the same size, but you definitely need this if you are taking him abroad. Typically airlines do not require children under two years of age to have a seat (which means he is sitting on your lap). Baby wearing would be a great thing to do for international travel if you have not started to wear yet. It leaves you hands-free while your baby is still close to you, exactly where he loves to be.
Maybe it was because I grew up near the White Mountains, but there is something peaceful about taking a vacation on a lake house. I never actually had the chance, but life isn’t over yet! There are so many homes on lakes that are owned for the purpose of renting out for weeks at a time. Picture it: you are sitting on the front porch swing, overlooking the peaceful lake, cold glass of lemonade sitting next to the book you are ready to pick up once your baby goes to sleep after rocking him into a good nap. After dinner, you can take a stroll down by the water or into town. A lake house just makes you feel at home.
Many first time parents feel as if once they have their baby, the fun and travel stops. So you can’t just pack and go, you have a little more to think about when you travel with a baby, but it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Think of all the great memories you are creating! Your child won’t remember, but you will, and maybe the chosen destination can become a tradition!
Do you have any favorite baby-friendly vacation ideas? Share with us in the comment section below!