Because I had a baby in July, I haven’t been able to get to the beach this summer. Usually I spend at least a few long weekends at a nearby beach over the summer, so by the end of August I was feeling a bit stir crazy and craving a dip in the ocean. The idea of traveling with a newborn is daunting, but my husband and I decided that we would do our best and try our hand at traveling with a baby.
Well, it turns out that with some patience and a laid back attitude, infant travel is a breeze!
We had a 3 hour car ride to get to our destination of Orange Beach, Alabama. We decided we would stop whenever the little man signaled he needed to eat or get out of the car seat. On our first stop, we found a grocery store at the exit so we could buy a healthy lunch and snacks to eat in the car while I breastfed. On the next fussy interlude, we went to an outlet mall and bought some super cute baby outfits at a Carter’s store. It was so much fun to peruse the baby styles!
At our hotel, we had thought ahead and got a balcony room overlooking the beach. This turned out to be the best decision. With a newborn’s delicate skin, you can’t go out in the sun and crazy heat. But our covered balcony let me still have the beach experience with the view, sound of the ocean waves, and cool breeze flowing in. And our baby never slept so well as he did in the breezy salt air. It’s the most fresh air he has gotten his whole life!
With my Boba wrap, I was able to take walks on the beach early in the day and in the evening. The pool area at our hotel, the Tides Hotel by Best Western Premier, also had a nice shady covered area with chairs, a couch, and a bar. So I sipped a virgin banana daiquiri with my toes in the water and my baby on my chest as my husband swam (and we took turns). Yay for baby wearing!