A friend had a question regarding a good age to travel with your child. They brought their 2.5-month-old on a 9hr road trip and feared the experience threw their baby out of whack and their routine out the window. Since babies grow and develop so rapidly in their first year, is there an ideal time to travel?
I think the answer is yes, and no…
From my personal experience, I can say without hesitation that a younger, exclusively breastfeeding baby is the easiest age to travel with. They aren’t mobile, they aren’t on a real routine that could cause stress if strayed from, they’re easily distracted, they sleep when they need to (as hard as that is to believe at times!), and momma is all they need to eat.
When a baby is really small, they are basically an additional bag you need to bring with you. One that requires their own bag and lots and lots of luggage, but easy to travel with nonetheless.
The issue for me with my daughter, was that I wouldn’t have been easy to travel with. A walk around the block was a big ordeal for me. Our first trip when she was 11mos. only took place after months (literally) of research on how I could manage everything and still actually enjoy our trip!
Plus, toddlers start to have their own opinions on what they like to do. And in spite of them actually being your kid, sometimes they don’t want to do what you like doing. And that difficult aspect of traveling with kids does not get easier!
If you’re a calmer first-time mother than I was, take advantage of your maternity leave and travel!
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