How to turn traveling with babies into a (almost) stress free experience

Have you ever been on a plane with a lot of wining babies and thought to yourself “Oh my God! Why are these parents causing such stress to their kids? Can´t they just stay home?” .. Well if you did, rethink. First of all, you were once a kid as well, and you might not have been on a plane at an early age, but you most certainly drove your parents and everyone else crazy, at least once, in public. Did “they” cause you such a stress? Did your parents cause you the stress? Nope, they didn´t You were just a kid.

Traveling with kids is a topic surrounded by a lot of mixed feelings, and surprisingly enough, people without kids seem to “know better what´s best for your child”… Seriously? I never thought I would ever say this, but those who don´t have children should think twice before sharing their opinions about parenting. By that I am not trying to say that they are not entitled to an opinion, I am just trying to say that they should mind their own business if not asked. So.. having said that, traveling with kids doesn´t always have to be stressful, it does depend on the kid for sure, but it mostly depends on the type of parent you are.

The very first and essential golden rule is to KEEP CALM. In other words, just chill. Stress is usually passed onto a baby / toddler, so the more stressed out you are, the more stressed out your child will be. This is not a doctor´s opinion, but I really speak out of experience: every time I freak out about something, my one year old son freaks out too. I learnt that a good aura can easily be passed on as well, so if he cries I try to calm him down by being calm myself.

The second golden rule is to be prepared for (almost) all eventualities. So try to be prepared for situations such as sudden hunger, dirty diapers, dirty clothes, playtime, nap time and so on, and definitely have one or the other medication in your bag (after consulting a doctor of course, I usually have a nose spray and pain killers), you can never know when this will come in handy. Whilst you can’t be prepared for all possible situations , it is always a good idea to have the basics right next to you whether you are traveling by car, plane or train.

View from our window seat on our flight to Porto – October 2019

The third and last golden rule I have set to myself is to put my child first. If your child starts crying it is probably because something is wrong, so stop worrying about what the people around you think, feel or want and be selfish: put the wellbeing of your child first and shut the rest of the world out. I know this might be hard at first but trust me, it will get easier, and your kid will be very thankful. Turn traveling into an exciting experience for him/her and you will definitely be rewarded with a lot of love and a heartedly felt smile!

If you also have some comments, or ideas on how to make traveling with kids easier, just drop me a message!

Cheers x

5 Things to do everyday to feel better (whether you are a parent or not!)

As a new mother I was very often confronted with new situations, some I couldn´t cope with straightaway, and I sometimes missed the time I had all for myself in the past. I am sure a lot of you know what I mean, you look around and you just see a big mess, you look at yourself in the mirror and feel so consumed, and then you feel like you have so much to do but don´t have the time for. I felt like this at the beginning of my journey as a mother, and even though I love my baby overall, I still felt like I missed some “me” time, which I am not ashamed to say out loud..because I am only human after all, and I am a woman.

As time went on, I decided I needed to optimise my day and figure out a way to make myself feel a little bit more freshened up, I did not want to be one of those mothers who sat home the entire day with her jogging pants on who just did not know what to start with the day (even though I learnt to love those days as well now! Sometimes we all need a break!).

So here are my top 5 daily to do´s to feel better!

  1. WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY

Try to get up from bed at the same time everyday, and of course try to sleep the same amount of hours. As a new mum this may sound a little difficult, and it is indeed, but with a little effort and consequence it can really work out. I still wake up about twice at night to feed our baby boy, but I go to sleep right after and it has been working pretty well for me. We follow the same sleeping routing everyday and this helps a lot! Also, snoozing your alarm is not an option! Trust me, it just makes things a lot worse! Luckily I don´t need an alarm: my husband goes to work pretty early and I am just awake when he is, and Liam also wakes up pretty much as the same time everyday 🙂

2. FOLLOW THE SAME MORNING ROUTINE

Morning showers are the best!

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth, take an extremely quick body shower and do my make up (yes don´t laugh:) to me this is quite key in the morning!). I don´t always do my hair to be honest, I mostly put them up in a bun, but that does it for me as it looks quite fine, some morning I have more time and in that case I either curl them up or straighten them depending on my mood and the weather!

3. DO ONE HOUSEKEEPING “HOMEWORK”

Housekeeping is a bit of a challenge when you have a baby (when you don’t it is as well), and while some have the luxury of a daily cleaning woman coming over, most of us don´t so that we have to split our time between looking good, feeling good, taking care of our baby, going out, go grocery shopping, cooking, doing something fun and sleep..the housekeeping part may become a challenge. So start by choosing one activity per day, for instance laundry (probably one of the most hated ones) or bathroom cleaning (second most hated .. or was that window cleaning?) and go for it. IF you feel like doing more and can, then go for it !

4. DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Strawberry Water

Ok, this is something I still need to learn to do, I feel I really don´t drink enough water! But what has really helped is putting my water in a big bottle filled with fresh fruits. Right now is strawberry season, so I go for fresh strawberries 🙂 My goal is to drink two bottles (that would be about 2 liters) and also drink two big mugs of tea (that would be another 600 ml). I call anything above that a great achievement! Water keeps my skin smooth and my body hydrated to it is a very natural way of staying healthy and fresh!

5. TAKE SOME TIME TO DO WHAT YOU LIKE

whether this is to watch a movie, to do some online shopping or to simply talk on the phone with someone, don´t forget to do something during the day that really makes you feel better. We are all different but we all deserve some “ME” time. We all have different priorities but try to make “you” your priority once a day!

6. BONUS POINT: PLAN A TRIP!

As a traveling mom, planning trips is always very relaxing to me, so if you are like me, plan (and yes, book!) a trip every now and then !

How about you give these tips a try? If you do let me know how it goes, but if you have other ideas don´t hesitate to share them with me as well! 🙂