It is no big secret that my husband and I bring our little toddler with us everywhere we go. We’ve never left him home alone, not just because we are a clingy family, but because I still breastfeed Tristan (I stopped pumping awhile ago and just direct latch). We’ve traveled to Europe (twice), the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and all around the Philippines with him (Baguio, Boracay, Batangas, Misibis Bay, Cebu, Bohol, and Camiguin), which makes our little boy incredibly well-travelled. Looking back, it has been quite a wild ride and to be honest, it is hard to believe we traveled that many times with our son.
No doubt, we have collected more than a few amazing family photos. But to be honest, these only tell 1% of the story (don’t believe everything you see on Instagram or Facebook), as bringing your baby/toddler with you can be tiring, both physically, mentally and emotionally (especially after a meltdown). Traveling with a baby is much different from what I was used to: you just cant pack in five minutes (you’re bound to leave something when you’re in a hurry), you cant be spontaneous and just fly to a new place on a whim (you have to do your research), and little things like having your baby’s favorite snacks and toys with you can make all the difference. Yes, being a parent really forces you to grow up and be responsible (struggling responsible parent here), because your baby’s mood, health and well-being is at stake here. I mean, of course, it is a vacation but as a parent you have to think 10 steps ahead (something my husband ALWAYS tells me) to ensure your little one is happy and healthy.
Now, the best way to ensure you have fun on a vacation with your toddler is to have everything covered. You have to be prepared and think way ahead, so you can curb any potential disasters. This will spell the difference between a good day and a bad day, and yes, when you’re on vacation you want all days to be good days!
So, here are my travel tips (based on experience), which I think can be applied to both short and long-haul trips. Oh, and if you can, bring someone with you on the trip—it can be your husband, mom, sister, MIL, or yaya. Because believe me, you will appreciate that extra hand especially when your flight has been delayed, it starts raining or snowing, or if you’re simply lost. Also, its nice to have someone to talk to, or take your photo haha.
Before anything, please remember that each baby is different, and what works for some may not work for all. I hope that these tips work for you and that you have a happy vacation with your little one!
I hope I helped you plan your trip! Remember to have FUN, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Leave a comment if you have any questions!