Feb 14, 2013
Going on vacation with a small baby is, certainly, a challenging task and many parents decide to stay home in order to avoid complexities associated with taking the little one with them. However, thanks to timeshares, it is not that difficult if you stay at a timeshare resort. Timeshares give travelers an option to be "home" away from home. You can stay in an apartment-like unit with multiple bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, a dryer, a washer, multiple bathrooms, a crib, a playpen, a highchair, etc. Being a father of two beautiful girls, I can say from personal experience, all of these features make our lives as parents much easier and nearly not that different than staying at home. For outdoor activities in warm/sunny destinations: sun-block, beach cap, beach accessories & toys, swim diapersBaby clothes: shirts with short and long sleeves, shorts, pants, jackets, socks, bath robeBaby essentials: diapers, diaper rash cream, disposable changing pads, wipes, bath soap, bath sponge, shower cap, inflatable bath tub for babies, sheets for a crib and a playpenMedications: enema, pedialyte, toleynol/motrin, nasal cleaner, saline drops, thermoscan, neosporin, bandagesFood-related: baby formula, other food your baby is eating, baby spoons, bottles, sterilizer, sponge for washing bottlesDepending on where you are traveling from and your travel destination, you may need to fly, and, therefore, would need to be prepared for the whole airport experience as well as the plane ride. Here are the tips for flying with baby:First of all, buy a seat for the baby if it is not going to break your wallet, especially for flights longer than 3 hours. It is safer for the baby to be in a car seat during intense turbulence and emergency. In addition, you will have a chance to rest comfortably when the baby falls asleep.TSA currently allows bringing a reasonable amount of liquid baby formula, juice, etc. on board. Obviously, you can't bring a case but whatever is necessary for the flight. Just remember to put it all in a separate bag and show it to a TSA agent at the security checkpoint. I, personally, did not bring liquid formula since it needs to be refrigerated after opening. I prepared at home bottles with pre-measured powder formula and brought thermoses that I filled with water after the checkpoint at any airport cafe. It was extremely easy to add water to the bottle, shake it, and, viola, the formula is ready. Just remember to prepare extra bottles in case of airport delays, plane diversion, or some moron running through a security checkpoint resulting in a massive terminal evacuation (unfortunately, it is very possible these days), and, almost forgot, you may accidently knock down a bottle and spill the formula.If your baby eats finger food, bring enough of it for the entire flight.Bring a blanket for the baby, colorful magazines the he/she can rip, and a favorite toy (preferably, the one that can be washed after the flight since it will likely end up on the floor many times during the flight) Bring as many clean pacifiers as you have as well as a pacifier clip-on.Planes are full of bacteria, so, don't forget to pack plenty of anti-bacterial wipes for yourself and Johnson & Johnson wipes (or alike) that are safe to use for babies. You need to wipe everything the baby will possibly touch: tray table, handles, changing table and faucet in the restroom, etc. Obviously, every time you prepare food for the baby, wipe your own hands.Bring extra clothes for baby in case the clothes he/she is wearing are soiled when doing #2, throwing up, or spilling food. For the same reason, pack in your carry-on luggage two extra outfits for you (t-shirts and sweat pants will do just fine).Bring plenty of diapers, disposable changing pads, and empty shopping bags that you can use to put the dirty diapers and changing pads to be discarded as well as bags for dirty clothes. Finally, allow plenty of time for airport check-in/luggage drop-off, to go through airport security, and get to the gate. Believe me, with babies it all takes much longer.I hope you will have a nice and memorable vacation! Enjoy!
Many would say that they do not own a timeshare property and some do not intend to own one. Well, you do not need to own a timeshare property: you can rent a timeshare unit from either the resort directly or a timeshare owner. Obviously, renting from a timeshare unit's owner is a cost-effective and very much affordable way to take vacations, especially when you already have other large expenses associated with a baby.
Provided that you decided to stay at a timeshare resort, what do you need to pack and take with you in order to make the vacation as pleasant and enjoyable as possible? I suggest having a checklist, which, by the way, needs to be adjusted as baby grows. Here are items on my personal checklist that is suitable for taking babies between 4-12 months (I would not take a vacation with a baby less than 4-6 months old):