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It can be stressful to even think about traveling with a baby. I'll be honest: now that we have two, just the thought overwhelms me so much we rarely go anywhere. Packing is the thing I dread the most. But when Harper was a baby, we took several trips. Her grandparents live 3 hours and 6.5 hours away, so we traveled several times to see them.
The key is to be organized and think ahead. You have to really consider anything your baby might need while you are gone. We are fortunate that both sets of grandparents bought cribs and set up a room for our kids, and they also have high chairs, so that makes it easy for us to go visit. But you still have to think about clothes, bibs, diapers, food, pacifiers, pajamas, toys, etc.
A great tip for car trips is to try to travel at a time when your baby will sleep the most. Leave right at nap time and they will sleep most of the way (depending on the length of the trip), or leave at bedtime. Be prepared to make lots of stops to eat or change diapers. You just have to be patient and not be in a hurry to get somewhere. Nursing adds a whole new dimension when you are traveling, but it can be done!
Having kids shouldn't keep you stranded at home. It makes it more complicated, but they can add a lot of fun to your travels. Seeing the world through your children's eyes is one of the greatest pleasures a parent can have!
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