Can you still have your dream vacation even if your family just recently had a baby? The answer is a big yes.
Karen Edwards and her partner Shaun Bayes, together with their then 3-month old baby, Esme, explored Australia, Asia and New Zealand for 10 months.
If they can do it, so can you.
If you are looking for an ideal year-round getaway, look no further than Queensland. Its serene beaches like the Whitehaven’s, and laid-back lifestyle will surely ease the stress from your body.
The state has a compact land area which can be travelled aboard a motorhome with ease.
Here are some reminders that will help you in your travels around Queensland.
Travel While They are Young
The best time for your newborn to first experience the joys of travel is between the age of six months to one year. During this period, babies are actually much stronger than they look. They also weigh less at this point, making them easier to carry around.
Furthermore, babies have yet to develop preferences. For example, they don’t mind what food you give them. As long as your kids’ basic needs (food, sleep, play time and clean nappies) are being met, they are less likely to interrupt your travels.
Vehicle Safety for Babies
Choosing the service of a motorhome or campervan hire in Sydney is one of the safest ways to go around Queensland when you are travelling with a baby. You can prepare your child’s food in the motorhome’s kitchen and have your baby sleep indoors anytime of the day.
One of the main challenges when travelling with your baby is securing him or her while your vehicle is on the road. Luckily, most motorhome rental companies provide baby seats to ensure the safety of their 6 months to 4-year old passengers.
For your baby’s safety, always check with the motorhome rental company if the particular unit you booked has baby seats. It may cost you extra for this safety feature, but it is a small price to pay for your peace of mind.
Things to Bring When You Travel
Your baby’s needs may outweigh your own needs. Often, when a baby gets cranky or cries it only means that some of his or her needs (food, sleep, playtime, diaper change, etc.) are not being met.
Here is a list of things you should bring with you when you are going on a road trip with an infant:
- Small toys and touch-and-feel books for entertainment
- Extra clothes and nappies
- Baby carrier to free your hands while moving around with your baby
- Your baby’s favourite low-mess snacks or pureed food
- Nappy rash cream and wipes for hygiene
- First aid kit for emergencies
- Formula milk, if you are not breastfeeding
- Removable window shades to shield their eyes and skin from the sun
- And of course, a CAMERA to capture those precious moments
Baby-Friendly Sites in Queensland
Contrary to popular belief, travelling with a baby will not significantly limit the places you can visit or the activities you can do. In Queensland, there are tons of travel destinations where families with toddlers can spend quality time together.
Below are a few baby-friendly activities you can do in Queensland:
Hit the Sunshine Coast
Babies and the beach are a perfect match. Your little ones just love the feel of sand on their feet and to swim in the sea as much as you do. Drive your way into one of the magnificent beaches in the Sunshine Coast and splash around the refreshing waters with your tot. Minimise their exposure to the sun and avoid the hottest times of the day between 11 A.M. and 3 P.M.
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Picnic at one of Brisbane’s Parks
You don’t need to travel far from the capital to enjoy a piece of Queensland. Picnic in one of the lush green parks in Brisbane and let your child snooze under the shades of trees. Colmslie Beach Reserve, Kalinga Park and Roma Street Parklands are just a few of your options.
Meet and Greet the Koalas
Introduce your child to the importance of nature and wildlife as early as possible. The tranquil Daisy Hill Conservation Park has lush trees that provide sufficient amounts of shade. Possums and wallabies can also be sighted once in awhile.
- Frolic at the Carrara Market
Head to Queensland’s biggest market with your tot tucked in a baby carrier. The popular family destination has merry-go-rounds, pony rides, bazaars and face painters which you can check out on top of your shopping. Best of all, the market has free entrance and parking.
Carrying your Child Through Your Travels
Babywearing is perhaps the best way to carry your child as your family travels. This ingenious contraption allows you to move around while your baby stays close to you. Other benefits of this parenting activity are: less crying, breastfeeding, freeing your hands and a quiet bonding moment.
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For a hassle-free babywearing experience, here are a few tips:
- Practise wearing your child at home before your travel so your infant can get used to it.
- Ensure your baby’s nasal airways aren’t blocked. Riding a bike or driving while wearing your baby is certainly a no-no.
- Be attentive and pay attention to your surroundings. Lastly, hydrate well. Babywearing can be a little hot, especially on hot days.
These are just some of the important points you should know when travelling around Queensland with a baby. To reduce the hassles of travelling with a baby, rent a motorhome. This vehicle will help you control your schedule and have enough room for everything your child needs when travelling.