A few weeks ago, Jordan and I took a quick weekend road trip to the Magnolia Silos! And by a quick trip, I mean – a drive that should have taken 3 hours turned into 6 hours REAL fast. Turns out, traveling with a baby isn’t a small feat 🤪 This was Stella’s first road trip and while it was a little more time-consuming than we anticipated, I’m just so thankful that this was strictly a getaway – no deadlines, no stress – so we weren’t in any rush. I feel like we learned a lot about Stella and how a baby effects traveling! Here were my biggest learning points.
1. When baby needs to stop, ya stop.
And Stella needed to stop a LOT. We probably had to pull over every 30 minutes or so to take care of whatever she needed, whether it was a diaper change, a feeding, or just some time out of the car. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it doubled our travel time, so plan ahead! If you’re able to leave earlier or to take some extra time off, it’s worth it, because ultimately you have to plan around baby. If you plan for it to take longer, you also won’t be stressed or have to reschedule any time-sensitive plans etc.
2. Know your changing stations.
So apparently, changing stations are required at restaurants, but not at coffee shops. So if you’re stopping for a mid-drive caffeine boost, don’t assume you’ll be able to double duty it with a quick diaper change. That added even MORE time to our trip because we weren’t aware.
3. Check the weather 🤪
This is probably obvious, but for us Texans, the snowstorm we hit on our drive home took us completely by surprise 😂 Thankfully we made it just fine, but it slowed us down and made it a little stressful. We aren’t used to driving in the snow, and then to add on a newborn who needs you to pull over every 30 minutes – this mama was on her last nerve 😂
4. If you can, use a car seat/stroller combo.
My mom got us the Doona for Christmas, and y’all. It’s life changing. It’s just made transportation so much easier and faster. The downside is that it’s pricey, and it doesn’t have storage, but it’s personally been one of my favorite items so far. We use it for everyday travel, but I was especially grateful for it during our trip. It was just one less thing to worry about. Honestly, if you don’t want to invest in one for everyday, I would see if you could maybe swap strollers with a friend who has one while you’re on your trip. It’s worth it!
5. Don’t forget your wrap!
I carried Stella around in my BabyBjorn wrap for so much of the trip! We use this everyday in general, too. It’s super soft and breathable. I love that it lets mama be hands-free but still keeps Stella just as close to me as ever. We got to experience so much together on this trip, and even though she won’t remember, I will! And I want to treasure every moment where she’s little enough for me to walk around with her strapped to my chest.
Next time we travel, we are going to be so much better prepared! Of course, there’s still so much that we don’t know yet. After all, we haven’t gotten to fly with Stella yet, or take a longer or more extensive vacation, so I would love any mama tips for traveling with a baby below!