Traveling with an infant requires careful planning. First, make sure the lodging you choose is family-friendly. Next, develop checklists before packing the luggage. Considering how tiny infants are, it’s surprising how much luggage they require—but checklists will help you remember those essential items, like your baby’s special teddy bear. Here are a few more tips to help make traveling with an infant as easy as possible:
Use a travel system stroller.
Travel system strollers can be a lifesaver for parents. When flying, you can check the stroller with the rest of the luggage if you wish. Or, just get a gate check tag for it and keep your baby in the stroller until you reach the gate. At that point, you can detach the car seat from the stroller and check the stroller with the gate agent. Note that you’ll need to purchase a ticket for your baby if you want to bring him or her in the car seat instead of holding or wearing your baby in a sling.
Be mindful of the time zone.
If you’re traveling across time zones, your baby may have a hard time adjusting to naps and feedings that are a few hours off from their usual times. Consider keeping your own watch set to the time zone back home. This will help you remember when your baby needs a nap, and it can prevent crying episodes caused by exhaustion.
Bring a few favorite toys.
To a young infant, everything is a potential toy. You can bring a few of your baby’s favorite toys, but there’s no need to bring a suitcase full of them. Chances are, your baby will be just as entertained by a restaurant menu or the motel key as he or she would be by a specially designed sensory toy.
Rabbit Ears Motel is a popular choice for visitors to Steamboat Springs, CO, given its central location in town and proximity to top attractions in the area. Pets are welcome with advanced notice, and this motel even offers free laundry facilities to make it easier to travel with children. Call (970) 879-1150 to book your accommodations.