momsContrary to what many people may believe, there are quite a few great options to consider for vacationing with newborn babies. Many hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts realize that parents could use a vacation, especially those with a new baby. However, most parents of newborns are not comfortable handing over their new child to a babysitter – or even a family member so that they could take a vacation. Therefore, many parents may not bother to look into some of the options available to them.

Packing

One key aspect to any successful vacation is that necessary items that are not easily found while away from home are packed and ready for use. This is particularly important when traveling with an infant. Ensuring that all necessities are available will avoid disruption so that time is spent relaxing and enjoying the different environment rather than trying to find what was forgotten. Even the youngest infants can get attached to their familiar comforts, so ensure that special blankets, pacifiers and other items are available.

Another item that moms find particularly useful for travel is nursing pillows. Because they have a variety of uses, parents find them very helpful. For instance, not only do they make feeding time more convenient, but the best nursing pillows double as baby loungers making any environment more comfortable for young babies and children.

Relaxing Getaways

As long as certain precautions are taken, there is no reason that a baby cannot be taken on an airplane to any location. The trick is to time it so that there is as little disruption to the baby’s eating and sleeping schedule as possible. For instance, pick flights that align more with their schedules. Bring along plenty of snacks for yourself and ensure that you have everything you need as close by and accessible as possible. Inquire ahead about baby specific activities like infant massage classes to learn how to aid baby’s sleep and digestion.

Local Getaways

To have a vacation it is not necessary to go far from home. Many local hotels, motels and other accommodations specialize in family friendly lodgings. Most of these places welcome kids of all ages, including newborns. Check into specials around town and arrange to take a few days away from home to relax in a new environment. Many of these places offer in-room massage and other services that make getting away even more convenient. Traveling with both parents allows for switching off so that each can also get some private time.

Family Friendly Retreats

Knowing how impractical it is for parents to leave their new babies, there are a number of facilities available that cater to families, particularly those with young children and infants. Some of these places include private beach cabanas that are ideal for nap time. Resort facilities offer quiet and peaceful lodgings for families with babies. Think about booking a suite to take along other friends and family members. This is a great way to get in some private time, while treating a friend or family to a nice time away from home. Some retreats offer small apartments that include all of the comforts of home, for example:

a. Kitchenettes
b. Full living and dining rooms
c. Private backyards and pools

All of these types of environments can be ideal for parents with newborns and families to comfortably have a relaxing and invigorating yet stress free respite away from home. 

Researcher Shelby Warden is a mother of two who wrote this article to help new moms enjoy a relaxing weekend away. The best nursing pillow will have a firm side for support and the other side will be soft for lounging or tummy time. There are even some that have vibration units that help newborns relax in any environment.

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Contrary to what many people may believe, there are quite a few great options to consider for vacationing with newborn babies. Many hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts realize that parents could use a vacation, especially those with a new baby. However, most parents of newborns are not comfortable...