- Family and Parenting
Baby's First Getaway
For most people, when they think of traveling with a new baby their hearts start racing and they break out into a cold sweat. It seems like such a daunting task, and no way will it be at all enjoyable. I have started a series of articles that give my firsthand tips and ideal trips for traveling with newborns to toddlers. I’ll show you how getting away will actually allow the whole family to have a decent if not very good time.
In this article I am going to talk about planning a small getaway during those first 6 months. After you have all settled in and are getting used to a new schedule and new person being around, you may feel the need to get out and roam a bit, change the scenery, eat in a restaurant.. Yes, you can do it.
One of the easiest ways to have a mini vacation is to stay at a nice hotel in your own city. We did this two times during my child’s first summer. We chose large full service hotels with a pool, spa and restaurant, that were in a lively neighborhood. Almost every hotel can accommodate with a crib. For one night, at this age, along with clothing you’ll need to bring feeding supplies, diapers, blanket and maybe a couple small toys. It felt very exciting to pack up and go to a different side of town that we don’t visit much.
After we checked in we took a stroll around the beautiful waterfront park and had lunch. I remember thinking how nice it was to be outside in the sun and fresh air and actually feel ‘away’. At 2 months old the baby mostly sleeps and eats so she can be quite accommodating.
During an awake period we took the baby down to the pool area and let her test the water for the first time. My husband and I had a relaxing swim and sauna. Yes, we had to take turns but still it felt wonderful.
For dinner,we took a long walk to a waterfront restaurant that evening. It was the first time we tried to eat out since the birth and I worried that it may not be enjoyable. But she fell asleep during out meal! For some reason I remember the food tasting so delicious, like I hadn’t eaten in months. The time with my husband was actually a bit romantic as we tried to reconnect.
We strolled back to the hotel and up to the room. Our baby was still sleeping so we decided to let her stay undisturbed in the stroller. That night and for the first time, she slept all the way through to morning! We were in shock at our good fortune. The whole family had a restful night in a luxurious room and woke up refreshed.
The next morning, after a delicious room service breakfast, we headed back up to our side of town. It was a lovely day so we dropped off our bags and took a long walk in the sunshine. The vacation feeling was still in our minds and we were quite relaxed with a feeling of accomplishment, a sort of ‘we did it’ feeling.
Having a new baby does not mean you have to be confined to the house with only diaper and feeding duties. Don’t be afraid to pack it up and take a small trip to recharge the batteries. A simple getaway can have amazing effects on the whole family.
Stay tuned for my next articles with tips for venturing further away and even over seas!