How To: Traveling With A Baby

So you’re thinking of taking a trip somewhere?  So you have a baby?  NOT A PROBLEM.  As someone who has recently taken a 3 week trip with a 4 month old baby, I have tons of really helpful tips and advice on how to make your travels with baby run smoothly.   You’re welcome in advance!


Tip 1:  Don’t travel with your baby.


What are you, nuts?  Taking a 3 week trip with a 4 month old?  Have you completely lost your mind?  Maybe the first step to traveling with a baby is having an in-depth psychological evaluation done on yourself to find out the exact nature of your mental illness.  The #1, hands down, easiest tip for traveling with your baby is just to never do it, ever.  It’s simple and cost effective.  And you have the added bonus that you can do it in one of two ways—by just not traveling at all, or by traveling and leaving your baby with someone you either trust or at least sort of trust.  (grandparents , acquaintances, passably-friendly yoga instructors, non-violent mailmen, etc.)

Tip 2:  Keep Your Expectations Realistic—do not expect it to feel like a vacation at all (i.e. enjoyable)


Don’t go into traveling with a baby thinking, “I’m going to relax and have an amazing time.”  Set realistic goals.  Say things like, “I’m going to see how many people on this airplane I can get to passive aggressively put in their iPod headphones,” or “I’m going to invent a fun drinking game where every time the baby either vomits or cries because of pressurization problems on the plane, I take a shot. “  Know that even simple actions such as “leaving a hotel room” or “boarding a bus” will require MacGyver-like ingenuity and monk-like patience and that walking onto a plane with a baby is the equivalent of walking onto a plane wearing a sandwich board that says “I have bedbugs!” except that in the bedbugs example maybe there are one or two people who still won’t mind sitting next to you.

Tip 3:  Go Somewhere Baby-Friendly


Nowhere you have any interest in going is baby friendly.  But at least go somewhere that is less baby UNfriendly.  Vacations to avoid while traveling with a baby include:

-A ‘hiking up Mount Everest’ vacation

-Anything that involves being on or near a boat

-Anywhere that requires getting numerous pre-trip vaccinations

-Any place where there are flights of stairs or nice restaurants where you want to enjoy yourself


-Any place with wild, violent animals that might eat a baby

-Any place with other people

Tip 4:  Always Have a Backup of Everything


Brought food?  Bring extra food.  Brought diapers?  Bring extra diapers.  Do not underestimate the number of things that will go wrong.  What’s that, you think you’re ok on an 8 hour day trip bringing along 24 diapers and 17 bottles of formula?  Amateur.  You’re an idiot.  The baby will go through those in the first fifteen minutes.  Probably your best bet is to bring an extra baby so when the one you have becomes waaaaaay more than you can deal with at that moment, hand him off to some friendly locals who seem ok with babies, pull out your spare baby, and get back on your tour bus.

Tip 5:  Always Make Sure You Lock Your Stroller Wheels When Your Stroller is on a Hill

Ok so obviously it’s not like I’m speaking from personal experience or anything, but if your stroller is on any sort of an incline and you’re walking away from it for any length of time, LOCK THE  WHEELS because otherwise there you are, running after it like an idiot, pulling your stroller out of the pond at Powers Court Gardens while hundreds of other tourists stare at you like you are the world’s biggest moron and worst parent.  And again, totally totally hypothetical.  I can’t imagine that anyone that anyone would do something this stupid so let’s not spend any more time on it.


Tip 6:  Take the Baby to Outer Space


If you can get the U.S. Government to fund it, consider taking your baby into outer space.  This solves two of the most frustrating baby/travel problems.

1.)     Having to carry your baby and your baby’s stuff all over the place.  (In zero gravity the baby floats!  With the fun added bonus that if your pediatrician calls and asks, “Is he gaining weight?” you can say, “No, he’s gaining mass!”)

2.)    In space, no one can hear you scream.  With the added bonus that no one can hear the baby scream either!  You’ll never worry that “his fussiness is bothering anyone” because you’ll be a hundred thousand miles from another human being.

Happy traveling!

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    robin unander

    Love your blog, but how do I officially follow it (ie., how do I receive notifications of new posts because there’s no way I’ll remember to check back periodically to look for them)?

  2. This past summer we did a trip with our then almost 4 and almost 2 year old. It was a 4.5 hour car ride then a 6-7 hour ferry ride. The best part of the trip, placing bets in which of the kids would be the one to get car sick LOL!! Needless to say I said I was never making that trip again for at least another 5 years.

  3. You are HYSTERICAL! Thanks for the read. I am now totally terrified for our upcoming 10 day trip to South Carolina with extended family, two dogs and eight month old baby. At least I’ll have something to chuckle about when things start to go haywire.

    More on our planned trip here:

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    Okay, that was really funny.

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    Melissa Harrison

    Omg, you are HILARIOUS!!! My favorite new writer! (Btw, full disclosure, I took a breastfed baby on more than 50 flights her first year. YES we are nuts. YES I think I’m going to take your advice and get a psychological evaluation! Haha)

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    Rona Waldon-Saunders

    Thank you SO MUCH for your blog which is keeping me sane (just) as I wrestle with looking after my almost-10-month old and partner who is currently sick. Humour is badly need to relieve the relentless day-after-day surviving – recognising so much of what you say is fantastic and has had us crying with laughter. Again. Thank you. xx

  7. Another hilarious entry – thanks!

  8. I avoided trips longer than 48 hours until they were able to poop and wipe their own butts…packing diapers is the devil.

  9. As someone who once took a 3 month old breastfed baby on a journey that involved 23 hours of non-stop flying and being in transit (to Africa), I wholeheartedly approve this message. 8 changes of clothes, about 16 diapers, and two fat packs of wipes later, we arrived in Johannesburg — baby in his very last, very stained onesie. When we ran out of wipes, we started in on the stack of 100% cotton washcloths they had in the first-class bathroom. Smirk.

    • I would not even be able to blog about traveling with a baby on a 23 hour plane flight because I would have put a sword through my own heart around hour 7 or so. You are very brave.

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