Christmas, Parenting

A Christmas Trip with a Baby – What to Expect

Traveling during the holiday season sounds like a marvelous idea, that is, until you actually start packing and organising everything. Then it becomes a true mess. The traffic is jammed and the airports are crowded with all the other people who came up with the same idea as you. If you factor a newborn into that equation, the situation will become even crazier, and before you know it, you’ll wish you’d never left your home in the first place. Still, if you organise everything perfectly and if you know what to expect, this may end up being your best vacation yet.

Your baby is stronger than you think

For the first months after a baby is born, parents are, naturally, treating them with care and attention, and want to keep them as close to their home as possible. This means traveling, even for a short-distance is a big no-no. However, infants are much stronger than parents think and by their third month, they are perfectly fit for low-key travel.

Timing is everything

When planning your trip, you need to make a schedule for your trip a few days prior to the holidays just in case there is bad weather, flight delays or illnesses. Also, this will help you avoid the peak of the vacation season and all the crowd that goes with it. Additionally, you should consider the time of the day when you start your trip, because it would be ideal for your little one to sleep through the entire turmoil.

Pack with care

Packing for holiday travel can be a real fuss. Packing for holiday travel with your baby is downright stressful. However, you need to do your best to prepare everything you need to keep your little bundle of joy safe, comfy and happy. Here’s a short checklist:

  • Health and safety: include a first-aid kit which consists of tools to deal with any minor medical problems that can come up along the way, including prescription medicine. Even if you are travelling during the winter season, you need to pack sunscreen and other protective and nourishing organic baby products. A hat for the sun or the cold is also a must.
  • For the ride: if you are traveling by car, your baby will need to be in a car seat (you can bring the car seat for public transit as well), which should be comfortable and supporting. Also, you may need removable shade screens for the windows to protect your baby from the sun. If you are flying by plane, buy an airplane baby seat.
  • Baby essentials: Pack baby clothes, nappies and baby formula if you are not breastfeeding.

Traveling can be chaotic

Traveling is sometimes stressful and chaotic even for adults. There are all sorts of unpleasant situations you can face. For example, the baby’s ears can hurt from air pressure changes. This can be addressed by breastfeeding or with a soother. Jet lag can also be a serious problem for the little one’s sleeping schedule. Prevent this by adapting the baby’s sleeping schedule a couple of days before the trip.

Before you arrive…

Grandma’s house or an inn in the mountains are both ideal places for you and the baby to spend your first Christmas together, but regardless of the glowing Christmas tree, numerous shiny decorations and a warm and cozy fireplace, you will need to make sure your destination is perfectly safe before you arrive. Depending on the place you’ve chosen, you may need to make a couple of calls to check whether the house/hotel is childproofed and, if not, what can be done about it before you get there.

After you overcome all the crowds, jet lag, traffic jams and baby’s crying fits, you will finally wind up at your destination, hear the jingle bells in the air, smell the apple-cinnamon pie and hot chocolate, and have the first of many amazing holidays with your kid.

This is a guest post by Brigitte Evans, you can read her lovely blog, High Style Life, here.


  1. Jenni

    29 October, 2017 at 10:00 am

    These are great tips, I didn’t know you could buy an aeroplane baby seat but obvious makes sense x

    1. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Hi, Jenni!

      Glad you like it 🙂

  2. Vikki Holness

    29 October, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Brilliant advice here for anyone travelling with a baby – we always take a first aid kit away with us!My eldest is so accident prone that it’s an absolute must for us! xx

    1. amyandtots

      30 October, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I always carry plasters, my daughter is accident prone and nothing but a plaster helps!

      1. Brigitte Evans

        8 November, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        Hi, Vikki

        Yea, first aid kit is a must for me too 🙂
        I am glad you like my article.


  3. Lilinha

    29 October, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    We love travelling and our first trip with little man was when he was only 2 months old. Great tips!

  4. Erin Ek Rush

    29 October, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Fantastic post! We took my youngest to the US (took us 3 flights and almost 24 hours of travel) and it’s the easiest time to travel with them. It”s the toddler stage when things really get tricky!

    1. amyandtots

      30 October, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Oh I agree, when they just want to get up and run everywhere is when it gets tricky!

    2. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Awesome! Thanks 🙂

  5. Elizabeth

    30 October, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I confess when mine were all babies I never considered travelling anywhere; it was too much like hard work! I should have though as I’m sure I missed out on a lot of opportunities.

    1. amyandtots

      30 October, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I thought the same, couldn’t be dealing with all the little bits you’d have to take!

      1. Brigitte Evans

        8 November, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Hi, Elizabeth!

        Yea, they are so much stronger then we think 🙂 It is so much work, but definitely worth it. Glad you love my article 🙂

  6. Agata

    30 October, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I can only imagine how stressful it must be, especially during Christmass season when so many people are out and about and try to get places as soon as possible.

  7. Super Busy Mum

    30 October, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Fabulous tips when travelling with a super dinky one.

    1. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hi, Agata

      Yas, I agree, most of the people do have some free days around Christmas and it is crazy 🙂

    2. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Hi hun, glad you like it 🙂

      Cheers, Brigitte

  8. Laura

    31 October, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I think with any trip whether you have a baby, toddler or your child it’s so important to research and be prepared for long delays at this time of the year. Great tips and fantastic post

    Laura x

    1. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Hi, Laura!

      Thank you so much 🙂 Glad you like it!

  9. Tiffany

    2 November, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Yes, these are great tips to keep in mind when traveling with your little one. However, we just forget to bring some these essentials.

    1. Brigitte Evans

      8 November, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Hi, Tiffany

      Thanks 🙂 Oh, it is so easy to forget, completely understand you 🙂

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