You’ve been on long walks. You’ve survived the grocery store more than a few times, and are a pro with public changing areas. Now it’s time to expand your comfort zone, go on an adventure, and see someplace new with your baby.
First off, many parents feel that if they can avoid airplanes to get to a vacation, it's probably worth it. There are definitely times when flying is the only way to get where you need to go, but for shorter trips, it might be time to get a little creative, since creative travel methods can help your little one avoid takeoff, landing, and the altitude in-between until she is a little bit better prepared to handle it. If there's no way of cutting the plane out of your trip, though, there’s a lot you can do to survive an airplane with your infant, which you can read more about here.
If you do manage to put off your baby's first plane-ride, that means road or train trips. If you can get a private car, traveling by train can be a fun way to trek across the country. Consider exploring the areas just out of reach of where you live. Pull out a map - what’s 4 hours in each direction from you?
For many people, spending a lot of time with the parents or in-laws might not be a set-up that screams vacation. Maybe a holiday, but certainly not time meant to be dedicated to relaxing.
But you’ve got a baby now, and grandparents have special relationships with their grandchildren. Any opportunity to see their new grandchild will bring them a lot of joy. In fact, they’ll be so happy you came to visit that they might just make meals for you, keep an eye on your baby while you sleep, and generally go to great lengths to make sure you’re comfortable.
Enjoying some sun and saltwater is a great way to rejuvenate. Absorbing vitamin D from the sun is good for your baby-weary body, and walking along the beach or swimming in saltwater actually have beneficial health effects. And, unless you live on beachfront property, there's a good chance that this will be your baby's first ever experience of the ocean, in case she hasn't been getting enough firsts lately.
Cleanup at the beach is a breeze. Sure, you’ll need your diaper bag, but if your baby spits up or lets loose a little tinkle, the water is right there. If you can find a somewhat private area, you can let your baby squirm, scream, and cry all she wants and not worry about disturbing anyone. It’s liberating to be outdoors and not have to worry that your baby is disturbing anyone or making a mess.
Plus, if you think your baby likes to pee in her diaper, wait until you see the relief on her face when she pees in the ocean!
If you are taking a vacation on a certain type of budget, you might want to consider visiting a resort with all-inclusive pricing. They provide rooms, activities, and meals all for one daily price. This lets you budget your vacation well in advance and not have to worry about any surprise expenses.
You can also more easily plan out your days at a resort. If you’re taking a vacation to get up and out of the house, then give yourself an itinerary. If you make plans in advance, they’ll be harder to break. Your first temptation when you get to the resort will likely be to just sleep as much as possible. That’s fine, but maybe not the reason you’re on this particular vacation!
Think about choosing a resort with fun activities available - you can help to make your vacation memorable by really committing to exploring them. You’ll thank yourself, and your baby will be glad you’re out of the house.
Comfy plush beds, few other guests, a staff that’s on hand 24 hours a day to make sure you’re comfortable and have everything you need. Sometimes a trip to a B&B is just what the doctor ordered.
If you live in a city or suburb, you might enjoy trying to find a place a little off the beaten path to get some fresh air away from the sounds and distractions of the city. It's definitely a good idea to check that having an infant with you isn't against the B&B's policies, as you wouldn't want to disturb the other guests if they're expecting total peace and quiet. The nice thing about smaller B&Bs is that the owners will know the full guest list well in advance. You’re sure to be scheduled at a time when your baby will be a welcome addition.
Depending on where you live, this might be one of those “we’ve just gotta get on a plane” kind of trips. You know what? It’ll probably be worth it.
Disney parks are iconic destinations for first trips. Besides the rides and attractions, you’ll find that these parks have another great thing going for them - they’re designed with families in mind. You’ll find lots of changing space and a staff ready to help you meet your baby’s needs. It’s always great to find a destination where children aren’t only welcome, but expected. Make sure to take pictures to show your baby how much fun the vacation was in a few years.