There’s only one first family vacation as new parents. Aside from the excitement of finally getting away for a few days, you might find yourself wondering – What the heck do you do on a vacation with a small child?
You’ll want to find a good balance of fun for everyone; it’s important for mom and dad to relax and enjoy the trip while also providing excitement and memory-building activities for the kids.
This balance may seem a bit out of reach when traveling with a one-year-old, but there are plenty of options. For example, when my husband and I recently booked a vacation to the mountains, we passed on the two-story cabins perched on steep terrain and opted instead for a one-level home in the lowlands. Just as nice as its teetering counterparts, our choice provided added safety.
Maybe your little one won’t join you for a kayaking trek down the river, but he can sure appreciate the look and feel (and smell!) of that catfish Dad caught. Whoa!
So you may not spend a week sipping margaritas on the beach this time; that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun seaside vacation. Just slather the kids in sunscreen, grab a toy shovel, and work on your sandcastle-making skills. The sun and the water are just as enjoyable without the drinks. A fun tip: when that mischievous tot decides to toss her sippy cup facedown in the sand, puncturing a hole in your water bottle’s cap serves as a quick and easy way to keep your cutie hydrated. Squeeze gently to control the flow, though – you don’t want to drench her.
Be sure to check out the local attractions for engaging and stimulating activities. Aquariums are a great place for kids of all ages to learn and explore. Even the youngest of babes can get stimulation from the bright colors and graceful movements of those underwater beauties.
Another helpful tip is to have local emergency numbers handy for your destination. New surroundings are not only full of new adventures and discoveries, but they can also provide new insects and allergies. When Bailey randomly broke out into hives during our trip, we were sure it must have been some unknown allergy. With so many variables to consider, it was impossible to pin it on any one thing. Luckily, a quick call to the doctor proved fruitful when we learned it was a simple virus (similar to the cold virus) that would clear up in a matter of days.
No matter where your family time takes you, rest assured there are more places to tote your tot than you might think. Remember, one of the most entertaining things about kids is that everything is new to them!
What are some infant-friendly vacation activities you enjoy with your family?