If you will be traveling with a baby for the first time this summer, there are some necessary precautions you should take to keep your baby happy and safe. When you make your vacation rental reservations with us at Atlantic Beach Realty be sure you let us know that you will be bringing a baby along. Many rentals can provide baby equipment (cribs, highchairs, play yards, etc.) at no extra charge. When you’re browsing through our accommodations check the list of amenities in advance to see what’s available. If not, you’ll need to either bring your own or get what you need from a local rental company.
With a little well-planned effort your baby’s first beach vacation can be a pleasant and fun-filled event. As long as your baby’s basic needs are met they’ll be pretty happy to go anywhere you’re going, just be sure they stay on the eating and sleeping schedule that they are accustomed to at home.
Here are some tips that will help you with your plans for traveling with a baby. You’ll probably find that some vacation rentals are more suitable to a family with a baby than others so take your time and look around.
• Best Time to Travel. Try to schedule your air flights when the baby normally naps. Your fellow travelers will thank you. Walk and play with the baby while in the airport. More energy exerted while off the plane will be less energy the baby exerts while on the plane.
• Stay On Schedule. While you’re on vacation try to maintain the schedule you have at home as closely as possible. That means the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when naptime is.
• Bring favorites. If your baby is used to a musical stuffed animal, a special blanket, pacifier or certain toys, bring them along on vacation.
• Just Ask. Does the rental you’ll be staying at provide equipment and accessories for babies? Ask about car seats from the car rental agency, too.
• Sun Protection. Because you’re visiting a coastal location be sure to stay out of the midday sun. Dress your baby with a hat and lightweight clothing. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin showing and consider renting a cabana or sun tent to shield them from the sun.
• Be Calm. Don’t stress out when getting ready for your trip. Stay calm, move slowly, and the baby will too.
• Less Can Be More. With babies the rule really is “Less is More.” Don’t over stimulate the baby. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for them to take their regular naps. And remember — afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening for everyone.
• If your baby is mobile, be sure to baby proof your accommodations as soon as you arrive.
If you follow these tips your baby’s first beach vacation can be a wonderful time for everyone that makes for lasting memories. Once your accommodations have been fully baby proofed you can get on with the pleasure of experiencing an enjoyable and relaxing beach vacation with your baby.