5 reasons to travel with your 0-2-year-old.
If your family recently expanded from 3 to 4, take advantage! The first two years of a child’s life is extremely cheap travelwise. A new baby is free to most events and attractions. A baby costs nothing to take on the plane with you. Plus, a baby is breastfed or bottle-fed making feeding no added cost on the road. Read on to learn more.
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Lap babies are free. You can even check a car seat for no additional cost.
*Check with your flight carrier first. This might not be the case with your airlines.
Babies are free to most events, shows, museums, and most other attractions that otherwise cost money. They are even free to indoor play areas like Wiggleworks and kid museums around the world.
Food for baby is easy to pack, cheap, or even free. Breastfeeding costs the same at home as it does on the go. Pack formula or baby snacks as a backup and you are good to go. Almost no added cost.
Diapers are universal. Most countries you will visit have diapers for sale. So you’ll only need to pack enough for two to three days just in case and buy a small pack on location. Plus, it’s an expense you would have to pay if you were home, so again no added cost to traveling.
*The one checked item not to skip is a car seat. If you know you are going to be in a car at any point in the trip, pack one. Either an Uber, Taxi, or car rental is a type of car. The worst thing is if you get caught without it and get an international or national fine. Better safe than sorry when it comes to car travel and baby!
If you are going to be sleep deprived, let it be for a good reason. Taking care of a baby is hard work. You might as well do the heavy lifting in a beautiful setting you’ve always meant to go to. Paris is prettier at night. So is London. You won’t mind that the little one is up in places like that.
Still not sold? Think about this: packing for a little one is a lot easier than you think. Skip the pack and play and the bulky stroller. Most places provide these upon request or have them for rent on location if you really need them. You can even add your cloths to the diaper bag so you don’t have a second carry-on. All you need is the following list of essentials:
Two days of diapers (disposable or cloth, your choice)
*You can pick up more at your destination.
A portable changing pad
Formula and two bottles to rotate feeding (or your natural pump; again, up to you)
Four days of extra onesies and burp rags just in case
Their sleeping gear (blankie, stuffie, pacifier, whatever they use in the crib)
A body carrier (the kind that straps baby to your front or back)
That’s it. Everything else is extra. You don’t need it. Really! So pack up the essentials, book that flight, and go on that trip while they are still free.