Although February could seem an unlikely time to take a 12-week-old to the beach, Jeremy and I braved the elements and decided to spend a romantic four days in Florida over Valentine’s weekend – with the little one in tow.
It actually turned out better than we could have imagined.
Granted, mornings were smoother than evenings out (we wound up staying in for dinner one night simply because it was easier), but each day found a child full of smiles. That, in turn, made two very happy and relaxed parents.
We decided to make the 7 hour drive to Rosemary Beach, choosing the destination for its walkability alone. There were obviously other factors that came into play as well – the restaurants, for one. But I cannot stress enough how wonderful it was to awake to the sound and sight of the ocean, walk to breakfast, and not worry about sticking Griffin in his car seat. Usually we can only hope he doesn’t get restless in restaurants, but during this trip he not only dined out for breakfast, but accompanied us to lunch each day. And as I’ve already mentioned, dinners were spent away from the condo with the exception of one night.
This was all possible due to our successful first attempts at baby wearing.
Jeremy had his Ergo Baby Carrier, and I had my Baby K’Tan. These two contraptions allowed us to spend time leisurely eating and walking around Rosemary and Seaside while Finn took long naps. Did he get a little spoiled over those four days? You betcha. But it was well worth it! I now know that when next month rolls around and we go for a week to Amelia Island and Disney World for Spring Break, we can simply wear Griffin and he will be happy to go wherever his parents want to cart him. Talk about peace of mind!
The car ride down to Florida was my other source of paranoia before we set out. 7 hours. With an infant in the back seat. It could have gone either way.
It actually turned out really well! Maybe we were just lucky, but it seemed that leaving at 5pm instead of early in the morning like we usually do was the best course of action. Finn only ate one time before conking out for the night. He then ate when we arrived – around 12:30am – and didn’t wake again until the sun was up and he could have breakfast while looking at the ocean waves.
Taking such a new baby on a trip was a risk on our part, to say the least. Each person we encountered while there was so nice about it though, going out of their way to make sure we could get a table and our food quickly. And everyone – and I mean everyone – loves it when parents wear their babies. I can’t tell you the amount of people that stopped to coo about how small he was – men included!
All that said, here are the items I’ll definitely be packing for next month’s trip:
- Baby K’tan Wrap – I may get another – maybe one in every color. It was a life saver!
- Ergo Baby Carrier – This was great for Jeremy, and looks very masculine!
- Wubbanub – I was against these pacifier holders at first, but this thing really helped when out and about with Griffin in the stroller! We bought the Triceratops because that was what the store carried, but I really love the Giraffe, as well.
- Play Gym – This Baby Einstein ocean play gym was a last minute purchase on my part. I usually hate this type of toy for babies, but I caved in because I needed something that could occupy him while he played on his back. He loved it! As long as I don’t put all the gadgets on at once, I don’t feel like he is going to get ADHD!
Honestly, that’s about it! Babies really don’t need too much – I’ve learned they are perfectly content to just stare at their toes!