Infant Travel: Planning Your First Trip with Baby

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Have Baby Will Travel‘s mission is to inspire, motivate, and help families travel with babies, toddlers, and young children. Since 2007, we’ve traveled, we’ve learned, and we’ve shared any and all advice and information about baby travel and family vacations. Scroll down for where to find tips and advice on all aspects on travel with babies and toddlers. And if you have any questions about your first trip with baby, please reach out on Facebook or Twitter!

The way you’ve always traveled in the past is changing.

In some ways, it’s harder. (Don’t worry, it gets easier.)

In a lot of ways, it’s more rewarding.

You get to see the world through the eyes of your child, and it’s truly a magical place. If you’ve always loved travel, you still will. And very soon you’ll have a new travel companion who’ll be just as excited about new adventures.

Infant Travel: 10 Things to Consider When Planning Your First Trip with Baby…

1.  Flying with Baby:

Whether you’ve got a newborn or a toddler, the thought of that first flight with a baby can be overwhelming. CLICK HERE for a collection of articles and tips on flying with a baby or toddler at every age and stage.

first trip with baby2.  Infant Travel – Eating:

Don’t stress about feeding on your first trip with baby. From exclusively breastfeeding to fully weaned and on solids (and every stage in between):  CLICK HERE for articles, tips, and baby travel gear for feeding, eating and managing baby food while traveling with babies and toddlers.

3.  Infant Travel – Sleeping:

Sleep (or lack of it!) has to be the biggest worry for parents of babies and toddlers on their first trip with baby. CLICK HERE for information and advice on maintaining naps and sleep routines during infant travel, as well as the best options for dealing with baby jet lag and finding a safe baby travel bed.

4.  Infant Travel – Playing:

As babies get bigger, you need to keep them busier. CLICK HERE for some tips, advice, and infant and toddler travel toys for playing with baby and family fun while traveling with an infant or toddler.

5.  Infant Travel – Getting Around:

Once you get to your destination, you still need to get around! CLICK HERE for tips, information, and baby travel gear recommendations for travel strollers, as well as travel car seats and boosters.

6. Infant Travel – Baby Travel Gear:

Wondering what you need to bring? CLICK HERE for a break down what’s worth lugging, what’s worth leaving, and we list businesses for baby travel equipment rentals in many places around the world. And please check out our Amazon Store when you’re ready to buy!

first trip with baby7.  Infant Travel – Destinations:

Looking for some ideas of where to go? CLICK HERE to peruse our list of safe, clean, and family welcoming destinations that are ideal for a first family vacation. BTW, we’re big fans of Disney 🙂

8. First-Hand Infant Travel Stories:

Want to read real stories of other parents’ trips with their babies and toddlers in tow? CLICK HERE for travel stories and trip reports from other moms and dads (besides us!) who’ve got tales to tell and advice to share.

9.  Baby Travel Packing Lists:

Once you’re ready to go, you won’t need to make a list (because we’ve done that for you) but you’ll need to check it twice. Our printable packing lists will make sure your suitcase(s) and carry-on bag are well-stocked.

10.  Infant Travel – Health & Safety:

Chances are you’ll be playing it safe when dipping your toes into infant travel. But being and staying healthy is important for every member of your family. Consider any baby travel vaccinations you may need and make note of what to do if baby gets sick on vacation.

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21 Responses to Infant Travel: Planning Your First Trip with Baby

  1. I have two kids – a nine year old and a two year old. I have already been on two holidays abroad….but they were very tourist friendly destinations. I still shudder to think what I would with my two year old do if I were traveling to a not so tourist friendly place. Thats why I haven’t looked beyond Thailand and Singapore yet…

  2. An inspiring blog for mommies. Indeed it isn’t easy to bring with your babies while travelling but you nailed it. Will definitely give this a try when we availed seat sale this year.

    Thanks for such an inspiring article. Keep it up!

    • Andrew at #

      And daddies

  3. Great site with a load of good advice for those travelling with kids. I’m still footloose and free to travel but a few friends with kids have recently asked me for tips so I’ll send them you’re way. Safe travels. Jonny

  4. Crysta at #

    Fantastic collection of tips, thank you for sharing!

  5. Nichola Beech at #


    We want to go to the Dominican Republic next year and our baby will be 15 months old. Do you have any suggestions for hotels that pffer a baby club thatvshe will be able to join in with and the option for evening babysitting. We would like maybe one or two romantic meals 😊.

    Also a lot of hotels offer a kids club for 4 years plus but we need one that our baby would enjoy. Dont want her getting bored and would be nice for her to play with other young babies.


  6. Erin at #

    Hi Corinne! We are taking our 7 mo from Edmonton to San Francisco and I’m wondering about purchasing a Flye Baby hammock. I found a few reviews that said they weren’t allowed to use them or there wasn’t enough room. One review said air canada were the only ones she checked with that allowed it. We are flying air canada and I’m wondering if it’s worth spending the $ if we won’t be allowed to use it. We have two other trips coming up this year as well, so if it’s allowed i thought it might be worth it!

  7. Jenny at #

    This is priceless advice for parents travelling with young children so thank you. There are so many people out there who have no sympathy when it comes to having to settle children on planes etc. so I think this is brilliant for anyone, not just for parents.

    I found, when travelling, that one of the hardest and most stressful scenarios is getting off the plane and having no idea where to go. I’ve recently been involved in the development of a new travel site ( ) which aims to solve this by providing users with detailed images of their accommodation’s surroundings. I’d really appreciate it if you could take a look and let me know what you think 🙂

  8. Tahlia at #

    I am not a parent, but I like to think when my time comes that I don’t have to part with my love of exploring. Thanks for the inspo 🙂

  9. Hi Corinne!
    I am a great an of your work and love reading your tips. I am a mommy of two lovely babies, a boy that’s turning 5 in March next year and a girl that is turning 2 in January. I love being a mom and I try to document my life as a mom on my blog, In Mama’s Words .

    When we had our first baby, my husband and I traveled with him just as much as we used to travel before he was born. The downside to this was that he got colds and flus and other opportunistic infections all the time. Needless to say, we spent a good part of our lives then at the hospital! 🙁
    Due to this experience, the birth of our baby girl made us put a halt to all our travels because we didn’t want to go through what we had with our boy.

    Now that she is about to turn 2, we are gearing up for a one week holiday trip to Mombasa (Kenya’s coastal city known for beautiful beaches) from December 26 to January 2. We are going to a place called Vipingo Ridge . I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are. The tips on your website are a godsend and I hope to share with you and your readers our holiday pics.

    This trip is special for us also as we will booking using our newly established Tour Company called Simba Trails Expeditions . Our target market is clients with extra special requests and families with babies is top of that list!

    Thanks again and wish us luck!

    • Corinne at #

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Best of luck with your business 🙂

  10. Jess at #

    Great to have everything all in one spot! Thank you

  11. Maria at #

    Hello Corinne,

    I left a comment on an article yesterday but I forgot which one was it to keep checking for you reply! So I will comment on this one again!

    I am planning my first travel with my baby (14 months old) and I am freking out! I bought him a seat after reading all the articles about safety but I don´t have a car seat yet. I live in Brazil and car seats here are NOT FAA approved. Upsetting. So I will have to buy one online and have it delivered to my place. Another ton of money.

    My concern is to buy a car seat with a good reclining feature while rear facing, so that my baby can sleep confortably during the 10-hour-night -flight. I was thinking about the Graco size4me, or Mysize. What do you think?

    What type of foods should I bring to the airport/plane to feed him? He is breastfed and doesn´t take formula. So I need to bring food and liquids for hydration. What would you recommend?

    Thank you so much for any help!!!

    • Corinne at #

      Sorry I missed your other comment! A car seat installed rear facing automatically has a decent recline. Your best bet is to choose one that you will get the most use out of–either at home or specifically for travel.

  12. Robin at #

    Great Tips! Corinnel, Thanks for sharing these beautiful tips 🙂

  13. Great tips! Every first-time parent-traveler should read this.

  14. Thank you so much for these great tips. Looking forward to read more from you.

  15. Amazing tips! Just read the whole blog and found it really helpful and informative.

  16. Savzz at #

    Your writing style is very engaging and I appreciated the in-depth research you did. It was very informative and provided a fresh perspective on the subject. I will definitely be sharing this with my colleagues and friends.

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