5 struggles of traveling every parent knows too well
Honestly travelling with a little one is the most nerve-wrecking thing ever. That’s where “the struggle is real” totally applies. I think as a mom you have a lot of pressure on your shoulders when you travel. Believe it or not there’s a lot of planning that goes in the process. From scheduling their naps to meals and moods, which are pretty much unpredictable, especially with toddlers, there’s a lot that needs to be taken care of. For me, it’s absolutely fine if a child is having a “moment” or a meltdown, it never bothered me. But their are people who just can’t deal with it, I don’t give a crap about them tbh, because I find it pretty darn stupid. But I like to make sure that my daughter is entertained and enjoying her time, which is great, not just for her, for us parents but also for the other people in the flight. But at the same time the list doesn’t end here,
Are they going to sleep well ?
Sleep! We all know how important that is. A well slept baby is a happy baby. Obviously from the moment you leave home, it’s not the same for them, they’re not familiar with anything, and that triggers their anxiousness. The fear of “disturbed sleep meltdown” is unbelievable. Don’t ever disturb a baby in their sleep, otherwise be prepared for a major meltdown and it will continue, FOR A WHILE !
Are they going to eat properly ?
I have a super, super, super picky-eater on my hands. For me this is one of the biggest concerns when we travel. Well they also say ” A well-fed baby is a happy baby” and that’s true too. I’m an adult and when I get hungry, gosh I get pissed ! I don’t get HUNGRY I get HANGRY. Imagine a toddler being HANGRY, enough said!
Are they gonna adjust ?
Eventually every child adjusts to a new situation, because that’s just how it works. But in the beginning it’s always way harder. But the thing is on a vacation you’re not there to stay forever, eventually adjusting doesn’t work, you have to make it as easier as possible for them to make the process as quick as possible. If your child doesn’t adjust to that new place, it’s safe to say your vacation is not going to be very relaxing.
It’s funny and amazing at the same time, how planning everything is so different once you become a parent. Before becoming a parent myself I never thought there’re suppose to be “family friendly” places. From the hotel you stay in to places you visit, it revolves around their entertainment. Finding the perfect place is not that simple.
Keeping them Entertained
Well it’s easier to keep them entertained when they’re in a playground or a place more entertaining for them. But when you go for lunch, dinner, sight-seeing whatever it is that’s not super entertaining for them, they make it known, VERY WELL ! I’ve nothing against the parents who use ipads and phones to keep their children entertained, but it’s not for me. The idea of it doesn’t sit well with me. Of course there’re times when I’m like well that’s the last resort, but those are RARE ! and as I said “last resort”.
Let me know if any of these sounds familiar to you. Luckily we have had a smooth journey so far, let’s see how it goes. I find that if you can distribute the time wisely, you’re more likely to have an amazing vacation. Planning isn’t always a bad thing.