Since my husband and I both work from home we have learned to juggle business with pleasure when it comes to our children. I don’t have any hired help so between the two of us, we have learned how to ‘make it work’ while juggling the needs of our little ones. Luckily, only one business requires me/us to travel, and I’ve been fortunate enough to align myself with companies and individuals who are in the business of baby so to speak ;).
At 7 months old, my son is already racking up the rewards points with 10 flights under his belt.. er diaper.
Since he began traveling at the ripe age of 2 months, many people including the flight attendants have asked, “Kudos, to you! I don’t know how you do it with such a small baby.” The thing is, traveling with a baby has been quite easy, but had it not been for a change of attitude a few essentials, I’m not sure I would have managed.
Here are three tips on how to manage a business trip with baby:
Stay in-tune with your baby and don’t sweat the small stuff
Everyone loves babies and you will be surprised at how many people are willing to go out of their way to help you out when you have a little one on your person. They are also excellent ice breakers when meeting with a client or company ;).
Babies develop their own rhythm early on, so pay attention to their eating/sleeping routine. If you know that they tend to get hungry by a certain time, plan meetings and roughly schedule around those times.
Nursing is a huge, huge convenience when traveling as the milk is always warm and ready to go. When your baby gets older and if you are traveling with your partner or a friend, a breast pump is a great option as you can have a bottle ready to go in case you are in the middle of an event. Medela’s Freestyle Breast Pump is excellent for traveling!
If you have yet to try babywearing, I highly recommend it! There are numerous baby carriers out there each with their own individual purpose and functionality, but my all-time favourite pick is the Ergo Carrier. The infant insert is great for newborns and once they outgrow that stage, the carrier can support a baby/child up to 45 lbs. If you are comfortable with nursing, the attached cover makes this ideal for nursing on the go as well. I can’t tell you how many times I sat in meetings or stood chatting with someone while nursing my son. No one could tell because he was completely covered by the hood and he fell asleep shortly after.
As baby gets older, it gets a little more difficult to tend to their needs while on business. Luckily, my husband and I have made our trips family affairs when we reach that point and so he is able to help me out with the kids while I am at a conference or during an event. If you are unable to do so, there are options to hire help during your trips. Although I haven’t tried their services personally, there are services such as SitterCity that allow you to hire a qualified sitter for a few hours or a day depending on how long you need them for.
Have you ever traveled with your baby? Would love to hear your thoughts or tips in the comments!