Just because you have a newborn does not mean you cannot take a summer vacation. Traveling with a newborn can be a challenge but if you take your newborn’s personality into account while planning your destination, you can have a relaxing vacation even with your new baby along.
The first thing to determine is where you would like to spend your vacation. If your destination is somewhere that you are not familiar with, do a lot of research so that there are no unexpected surprises. Speak to friends or family who may have traveled there for a vacation to get some tips on where to stay and what to do.
The temperment of a newborn can vary. Some babies are very adaptable and travel well. Other babies need to stick to a strict schedule and can be very high maintenance. A fussy baby can ruin a vacation if you do not plan your trip around your baby’s personality. Knowing what kind of baby you have and being able to compromise with what kind of vacation you expect to have can determine the success or failure of your trip.
If the point of your summer vacation is just to get a change of scenery, it will be easier to decide on somewhere to go. If you had a specific plan in mind, say a Disney vacation, think about how you will be able to enjoy the rides when you are toting a newborn along. Will you have an extra pair of hands along to help with the baby?
The other dilemma parents face when taking a summer vacation with a newborn is the amount of extra luggage needed for the baby. A stroller and car seat are necessities. If you will be flying to your destination, check and see if it would be easier to rent these items instead of lugging your own.
If you have other children and this is a family vacation try to plan a trip with activities for the entire family. You still need to consider the newborn’s schedule and needs, but it is a trip for the entire family. Renting a beach house can be relaxing and although it may seem like work, being at the beach can be a laid-back summer vacation. It is easier to work around a newborn’s schedule in a setting like a beach vacation where you do not feel as much pressure to get your money’s worth like you might at a costlier theme park vacation.
Perhaps traveling out of state to visit family is a summer vacation choice for you. This can be a great summer vacation to take with a newborn. Mom and Dad get to spend time with family and also can sneak off on their own and leave the new baby in the care of loving grandparents. Stay in a nearby hotel and enjoy your family while still being able to have your own space.
Make your plans early and allow for flexibility. Your summer vacation with your newborn can be everything you hope for as long as you remember that babies can be unpredictable.