When Mom Travels for Work: How to Make Business Trips Easier on Baby
Before baby, traveling for work probably meant lots of time for uninterrupted working and hopefully some time for uninterrupted play. Once your baby comes along though, many women that used to enjoy traveling for work find it more and more difficult to pull themselves away from home. Sometimes their little ones have a hard time with these travels, too. Whether you’re a regular traveler or you’re heading out on your very first business trip, check out the tips below to help make your absence easier on your little one.
Let them know you’ll be going
Even if it seems like your little one seems too young to understand that you’ll be taking a trip, talking to them to let them know what to expect can help ease any worries or concerns they might have. It also sets a great precedent of openness and easy communication between parent and child
Leave something for them to snuggle
For very young babies, in particular, having something that smells like mom can help them feel safe and loved, even when you’re away. Consider leaving them a pillowcase, a shirt, or a stuffed animal that smells like you to cuddle in your absence.
Keep their routine consistent
If at all possible, do your best to keep baby’s routine consistent while you’re away. If they typically go to daycare, have them continue to go while you’re gone. If you normally read them a story before bed, have someone read them a story before bed. Keeping things consistent can help a baby cope with the challenge of not having their favorite person nearby to snuggle and cuddle.
Talk, sing, or read to them over the phone
Even if your baby can’t talk yet, hearing your voice can bring them immense comfort. Consider taking along one of their favorite books to read to them from afar or singing them their favorite lullaby through a video call before bedtime.
Come home after bedtime
While you might be anxious to catch the first plane home and snag them from daycare for some extra cuddles, sometimes coming home after bedtime can give you the time you need to settle in before your baby wakes up to their favorite person. It can also help avoid the bedtime meltdown that often occurs when a baby has to go to bed right after welcoming their parent home.
Good luck with your travels, moms. You’ve got this!