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Stress-Free Travel with Baby

Invest in Sanity
Trade ill-timed flights or poorly equipped hotel rooms for the right tickets and accommodations.

Don't connect. When traveling by plane, look into direct or nonstop flights. A slightly higher ticket price may be preferable to the plight another Montclair mom, Andrea Messina, found herself in: lugging a double stroller, three car seats, two carry-ons, a 4-year-old, and infant twins as she and her husband tried to make a connection. "We did it, but swore never again," she recalls. Unavoidable stopover? Try to time it so it isn't at naptime; your child can burn energy crawling around the airport (and hopefully snooze on the plane).
Book a kitchenette. Room service is expensive. Oatmeal in the microwave is cheap, and your baby might actually eat it. Knowing that you can cook mac and cheese if you can't handle another meal out can also help lower stress levels. At the very least, "request a mini-fridge," suggests Melissa McLaughlin of Washington, DC; you'll want it for juice boxes and ready-made formula.
Spring for a suite. When it comes to hotel rooms, bigger is better. "With Patrick, we spent much more time in the room," Litton says. And trust us, taking a bottle of wine into the bathroom and whispering as you huddle on the tile isn't so cozy; neither is going to bed at 7:30 p.m., when your child does. Choose a cheaper hotel's suite over tiny digs at a fancier spot -- you won't regret it.

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