Fuss-Free Travel with Baby

If you’ve ever been behind that woman in the airport security line whose little one is toddling toward a solo flight to London while she’s wrestling her clunky stroller into submission (or worse yet, if you’ve ever been that woman), the idea of traveling with your child probably sends your blood pressure skyrocketing.

Now picture this alternate reality: You stroll up to the security line singing softly to your baby, who is cuddled quietly against your chest. You use your free hands to gracefully place your carry-on bag onto the belt. As you wait for your turn through the metal detector, you lean down and place a gentle kiss on your baby’s forehead. And then you’re on your way.

This may sound like the stuff of travel fantasy, but it isn’t. It just requires some organization and the right tools. Here are five keys to successful, anxiety-free travel with babies and kids from the experts at BobaFamily.com.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

  1. Practice at home. Go through a dry run of the airport security line before leaving the house. Check that all your liquids are packed in a quart-sized zip bag. Remove your shoes. Set your jewelry and electronics aside. Notice what feels difficult and try to find a better way. Minimizing surprises will make for less sweat when it’s your turn in line.
  2. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. Head off the low-blood sugar meltdowns (hers and yours) by keeping plenty of interesting and nourishing snacks on hand.
  3. Pack a change clothes (for two). You’ll remember a change of clothes for your baby, of course, but don’t forget to pack one for yourself. Travel has a singular ability to create monumental digestive events in little ones. Be prepared to freshen yourself up if you should be subjected to one.
  4. Pay attention to your stress level, and your baby’s. Traveling can put anyone on edge. If you notice yourself getting short with your child, take a minute to breathe deeply, hold her, and recenter. And you can minimize your little one’s stress by keeping her in a baby carrier, where she’ll feel insulated from all the action going on around her.
  5. Pack the right baby carrier. You’ll want to have your hands free to manage tickets, shoes, luggage, etc., but you don’t want something so bulky you’ll be struggling to carry it when your baby wants to stretch his legs. The lightweight, travel-friendly Boba Air is the perfect solution. At just over 11 ounces, it probably weighs less than your wallet and can fit easily into your purse or diaper bag. Plus, it tucks effortlessly into its own zippered hood pouch, making it fully self-contained. Which means one less thing to forget in the security line.

Have Fun!

People often worry about losing their freedom when they become parents, but the reality is that they don’t have to. If you can get a handle on the logistics, it’s really not hard to see the world with your favorite little person by your side. And there’s nothing more rewarding than nurturing a love for travel that you can share for years to come.

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