Is a baby carrier a travel must have? There are many reasons when traveling with a baby carrier can truly make your vacation experience better. Find out why the new Ergobaby Omni 360 is ideal for babies of all ages.
Why an Ergobaby Baby Carrier is a Must-Have for Travel
Since my daughter was about two weeks old I’ve used a baby carrier. Neither of my boys liked their baby carrier experiences. But I’ll be honest – I didn’t consistently use the carriers with them, but I did with my daughter. Since my daughter was 5 months old (she’s now 17 months), I’ve traveled cross-country with her twice and the baby carrier has proven to be the must have travel item.
While it might not necessarily fit inside your diaper bag, a baby carrier should absolutely be something you take with you when traveling with a baby. I traveled alone to Walt Disney World, across the country by myself and my 5 month old. I would not have been able to do it without my baby carrier.
Taking Babies on Vacation
If you plan on traveling with your baby at a young age, get them used to riding in a front carrier as infants. If your child is comfortable with a baby carrier, they’ll be less apt to resist it as they grow. Here are some reasons to pack the baby carrier in your travel suitcase!
- Even if you think that there will be plenty of people to hold the baby on the trip, bring the carrier. Babies can get easily overstimulated and appreciate the close quarters that a baby carrier provides.
- So you have a toddler? Even if baby is old enough to walk, bring the carrier. Little ones get tired and want to be carried. You won’t want to tire yourself out from carrying her.
Taking Baby on a Plane
- Places like airplanes can have a lot of strange germs. Placing baby in a carrier can keep him from touching everything. And keeping him in the carrier also dissuade germy people from reaching out and touching the baby! Keep reading for reasons why you should keep babies in a front carrier through the airport and on the plane.
1. Baby Carrier at the Airport
If anything, you want to be hands free at the airport. From having to take out paperwork like tickets, passport and ID. Dragging your carry-on bag and removing and putting back on your shoes. Putting items on the conveyor for scanning, you’re going to need your hands for all of this! If you’re taking a stroller, that’s just one more thing to push around.
I preferred having my baby snuggled in close in her carrier while going through the airport. I was even able to pass through airline security with my baby safely sleeping at my chest. TSA swabbed my hands and allowed me to skip the full body scanners.
2. Baby Carrier on the Airplane
When I’ve traveled alone with my baby, I don’t have anyone else to hold her on the plane. Having the Ergobaby baby carrier is so convenient during the flight. You’ll need to remove your baby from the carrier during take off, as requested by the stewardess. But as soon as you’re back in flight, you can slip them back inside the baby carrier. This makes everything from eating a snack, holding a book and yes, even using the bathroom that much easier!
3. Baby Carrier in a Hotel
At the end of a long day, I found that it was sometimes tricky to get my baby to calm down and sleep. The strange location and having the entire family inside one room was disturbing her rest. Holding her in the baby carrier while I walked around the hotel room, prepping for the following day, allowed her to relax and actually fall asleep. Then I was easily able to transfer her into her crib.
4. Baby Carrier While Touring on Foot
There are some places where pushing a baby in a stroller just isn’t conducive to the environment. For instance, what about when the terrain is rocky or steep (like on a hiking trail). How about when the streets are cobbled or overly crowded. Or perhaps it’s raining and you need to keep baby under an umbrella. In these cases having baby in a carrier makes so much sense. You’ll be able to climb stairs without looking for an elevator and still easily navigate through crowds.
5. Baby Carrier at an Amusement Park
In many cases, when visiting an amusement park, you’ll have a stroller with you. Walking outside with your baby in a stroller will be convenient in that you can put the diaper bag and other essentials in the stroller basket. The Ergobaby 360 Stroller is our family travel go-to and you can read more by clicking the above link.
I suggest that in addition to the stroller, bring along the baby carrier as well. I tuck my carrier in the basket under the stroller and use it throughout the day.
While standing in queue, you’ll be able to hold baby without sore arms. While my baby napped inside her carrier, we were able to go on family-friendly rides without disturbing her. I was even able to nurse her inside the carrier while I walked around the parks. Most convenient was being able to hold my daughter in the carrier while folding her stroller and boarding a Disney bus to and from the parks.
Tips for Your Baby Carrier
I recently received the Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier for review. Offering all carry positions, the Ergobaby Omni 360 can switch baby to face out or face you and easily adjusts from newborn to toddler (7-33lbs), no infant insert needed. Before using the carrier on vacation, make sure to read these tips in order to know how your baby carrier works.
Get Used to the Parts
The various straps, buckles and buttons on your baby carrier can be overwhelming at first. Definitely sit down with the manual and your carrier to get familiar with the different styles of carry and techniques for the most comfortable fit for your baby. It helps to have another adult there to help you with interpreting the instructions and diagrams.
Watch a Video
If you’re struggling to understand the instruction manual with pictures, try watching a video on Ergobaby’s Facebook page for more clarity!
Practice at Home
Your vacation shouldn’t be the first time that your baby has been in the carrier. Make sure both you and and the baby are comfortable with the carrier. Practice putting him in and out of the carrier and let him ride around the house to get used to it.
Follow Size Rules
It is very important to follow the size rules for your baby carrier. Take into consideration the size of your baby and take note of what methods to use for each age. Infants, for example, require an insert to make some baby carriers safer.
My daughter is now a toddler, a petite 21 lbs and 17 months old. She still enjoys riding in her baby carrier, especially when traveling. She likes being close to me. However my arms and shoulders get so tired when holding her for extended periods of time. I’m happy to have the Ergobaby Omni 360 so that I can still carry her!
Try a Variety of Positions
I can place my daughter facing in, which is perfect when she’s napping. In the Ergobaby Omni 360 my daughter can also face outward, ride on my back or sit on my hip. Velcro tabs and button closures help me quickly adjust the carrier for my baby’s size. Double-lock buckles are easy to snap in and release with one hand.
Comfort for Parent and Child
The fabric and design of the Ergobaby Omni 360 is soft and flexible, but still offers sturdy support. The padded straps and ability to crisscross in the back helps relieve any discomfort to my back when carrying my daughter.