Vacations can be a relaxing treat away from the hectic schedules of daily life. Of course, bringing kids along for the ride has its own wealth of challenges. Follow these expert tips from Shelly Rivoli, author of "Travels With Baby," and Huggies, to ease your family vacation woes and turn it into a fun, relaxing experience.
Warm weather has finally arrived, and parents everywhere are starting to plan family vacations. But traveling with a little one can be challenging and requires preparation.
Rivoli knows all about vacations with little ones as a mother of three, and has even changed diapers on four continents. “When planning a vacation for the entire family, it’s important to plan simply and only bring necessities for trips,” said Rivoli. “With the right products on hand, like Huggies Hawaiian Diapers and Wipes, you might only need a sun hat for your little one.”
Here are more of Rivoli’s tried and true tips and tricks for making the most of this summer’s trip.
Timing Is Everything
Stick to your baby’s regular sleep schedule as best you can to ensure a satisfied little one. If your baby sleeps well in the car, you can look forward to putting on miles during naptime drives. However, if your child has trouble sleeping in the car, consider leaving first thing in the morning or right after naptime to make sure your little traveler gets the rest he or she needs to enjoy the adventure.
Bring Liquids Onboard
When you travel with a baby or toddler, airport security will allow you to bring a “reasonable amount” of extra liquids for your child, based on your itinerary. Place any prepared bottles, baby food or boxes of shelf-stable milk in a large, clear zip-top bag to present at airport security as you pass through with your child.
Beat the Heat
During summer travel, long rides in the car can be even warmer for tots riding snugly within a car seat. To keep your child cool and comfortable, dress him or her down to a vacation-ready diaper. Huggies Hawaiian Diapers are shaped to fit to provide proven leakage protection — with an added tropical twist — perfect for summer.
Pace Your Road Trip
Plan a meaningful pit stop for your family at least every two hours on the road for fresh air and exercise. Even rest areas may have space to roll a ball or chase bubbles and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Simplify Diapering on the Go
Carrying just one or two diapers at a time in your purse with a travel pack of stylish baby wipes will make it much simpler to change baby on the go. Huggies Hawaiian Diapers come with two different styles in a pack — providing two outfits for your little one. Remember to restock your purse or daypack as needed.
Stick to the Routine
Traveling babies need the stability of their daily routines to stay happy, especially for naptime or bedtime. If you and your baby go through a nightly bedtime ritual at home, stick to it. Even with the change in scenery, you and your little one will enjoy your special routine and ensure a restful slumber.
Diaper Bag Essentials
__Huggies Hawaiian diapers and wipes (5/day + 2 extra)
__Diaper rash cream
__Portable changing pad
__Disposable diaper bags
__Portable clip-on highchair
Home Away From Home
__Stuffed animal/ doll/blankie
__Waterproof crib mattress pad
Diapers For A Cause
This summer, dress your little ones to be “Cute for a Cause” and contribute to the fight against diaper need. These vacation-ready Hawaiian Diapers allow mom to stylishly accessorize baby for the hot summer — for a trip to the pool or a family getaway — while also helping a baby in need. For every pack purchased, Huggies Every Little Bottom will help diaper a baby in need for a day.
To get excited for vacation planning, upload a photo of your summer-ready little one to the Huggies Facebook page, and create a fun animated dancing Hula Baby video to share with all your friends. Learn more at facebook.com/huggies.