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Worried about checking or lugging your car seat and stroller attachment along with all your other stuff? Don’t be! Most airlines will allow you to gate check your car seat and stroller, so it’s right there waiting for you when you get off the plane (avoid bringing a large or non-collapsible stroller, which you might not be able to gate check).
Planning on using a Pack ‘n Play or a crib at your hotel? Reserve one early before they run out! You’ll also want to consider where baby will nap during your stay… I packed a light aden + anais blanket so baby could sleep on me, poolside.
Pack a few of your baby’s favorite toys and books from home. Not only will they keep him entertained in the car and/or on the flight, they can also pass the time in the hotel room and make him feel a little more secure as his normal routine is disrupted.
With all the preparing for baby, it’s easy to forget that it’s your vacation, too! Most hotels and resorts offer babysitting services, if you feel comfortable taking advantage of them. Or, take turns having “down time” while your partner tends to the baby’s needs. Load up your e-reader with some good beach reads (for naptime) and sip a cocktail by the pool. Finally, spend some time dreaming about when you can take your first trip WITHOUT the baby.