Spring has definitely sprung and don't know about you, but the summer holidays or even a 3-day city-break in a fascinating city are already on our mind. A family vacation is the perfect occasion to relax, create memories while learning together about new places and spending quality time with the ones you love.
Although travelling with babies does require more planning, nothing should stop you from enjoying a vacation with your whole family. Babywearing is definitely one of the best parent lifehacks and will save you a lot of wasted time and frustration if added properly to the vacation plan!
How can babywearing fix some of the trickiest things about travelling with babies? Let's see some of the best tips & tricks:
1. You save space in your luggage: no stroller
One of the things that seem overwhelming when it comes to travelling with babies is all that luggage planning. Clothes, extra changes of clothes, diapers, toys, sippy cups, medications, chargers, formula, arghhh, all of that should fit in a pretty decently sized luggage, because you don't plan on snail-travelling with your whole house on your back, right?
Why add extra weight and space to carry a stroller for your baby, if a woven wrap or a soft-structured carrier could do the trick and weigh 10 times less?
And remember, babywearing means free hands!
2. It makes it easier for you to move from point A to B with all that luggage
While commuting to the sunny islands of your dream-holiday, a lot of unexpected stuff can come your way: last-minute cancelled or belated flights, gate switch at the airport, getting the wrong seat number in the train, getting late for boarding, because you couldn't find a taxi in time etc. etc, you know what we're talking about.
Wearing your baby makes it way easier for you to move from A to B, because you don't have to worry for baby's safety, especially when you're in a hurry. Baby is sleeping right in front of you, safe and ready to kiss and your hands are free to carry whatever you want.
3. Sharing the experience: baby goes wherever you go
No travelling experiences are identical, just like each and every holiday destination has its own charm. If you wanna go mountaneering or breath the enchanting air of an old civilization on the narrow streets of Rome, babywearing will come in handy.
It's simple: baby can enjoy the same experience as you, while you both navigate safely and easy through the destination's checklist.
Besides, it's a fact that babies go to sleep easier while carried, so holiday-time should be calmer and snooze-magical for everyone. :)
4. What carrier to choose while travelling?
We know for a fact that the best advice when choosing your travelling carrier is that you have to make sure you know how to handle it very well, because this is no time for experiments. Of course, if you plan your holiday way ahead and have time to experiment with different carriers, go ahead and give it a try!
So, let's see what carrier is better for a babywearing holiday:
Ring slings – while ring slings are one of the most popular babywearing choices worldwide and are easy to use and adjust, one arm carry could cause pain for long-time wearing.
Woven wraps – wraps are very versatile and can be used for both front and back carry, so they're a great choice for travelling. They can also be used as a blanket and the two-shoulder carry distributes the baby's weight evenly.
Soft-structured carriers – this type of carrier is most probably the best idea for travelling. Mamagoló-wearing moms told us that the waist support from our SSCs is amazing and the belt ensures comfort for a long time and makes weight distribution efficient. Padded shoulder strap support is also a plus for comfy travelling.
Babywearing jackets are great for colder weather.
See? Travelling with babies is not that difficult to plan when you have babywearing on your side. What's your experience with baby-travelling?