If the last time you traveled was just with your partner but now you have a little one to join you for the first time, you must be very excited. More like, excited and scared. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when setting out for your first trip as a family. Some people prefer staying in furnished apartments to have a full access to a kitchen, while some prefer hotels with more amenities. No matter where you are planning to stay, there are a few things you should check on before heading to you temporary home:
Does the place have a crib or a playpen?
Call the place in advance to check whether or not they have a crib or a playpen. If they do, you don’t need to worry about bringing your own unless you absolutely prefer to do so. If you prefer to have your own, buy a portable one and have it shipped to your destination in time for your arrival.
What does your child need for sleeping?
What helps your child to sleep? A new environment can be stressful for a child, so having something familiar for the sleeping time will be comforting for your baby. It can be his favorite toy or a blanket, or the book you read before the nap time. You might also consider bringing a night light since the hotel rooms can be quite dark at night.
What do you need for bottle cleaning?
Keeping your baby feeding supplies clean is key when traveling and most likely no hotel will provide you with those. Think in advance what you might need: bottle brushes, bottle drying rack, your favorite detergent. We often take those things for granted when we are at home and truly understand what we are missing when being away.
Does the place have a bathtub?
Call the place in advance to see what kind of bathrooms they have and, if possible, request one with a bathtub to wash the baby. If there is none available, you will need to bring a baby bath tub with you or order to have it shipped to your destination in advance.
Where is the closest supermarket?
No matter if you decide to bring all your favorite baby essentials such as diapers with you or buy them on the spot, it is a good idea to know where the nearest supermarket is. If possible, choose a location with one within walking distance.