3 Tips when traveling to Mexico with a Baby | BABYBJÖRN PLAY YARD GIVEAWAY

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IMG_5741This year we were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Mexico with Esti for my sister’s wedding in early November. We spent 5 gorgeous days celebrating with friends and family in Punta de Mita and then packed up and moved North to the beautiful surf town of Sayulita.

Traveling with kids is never easy, but we came prepared and planned ahead for smooth sailing the entire trip! During this post I am sharing some of our photos as well as my must-have travel items and advice when vacationing with little ones.

First up, photos of paradise. Welcome to Casa Los Arcos!

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What did I say? Pure Paradise right?!

Casa Los Arcos was one of the best places we have ever vacationed!! A private 2 bedroom casa settled into the hillside over-looking the gorgeous town of Sayulita. It was our first time there and we had no idea what to expect, except that the online photos looked absolutely amazing. The gorgeous roof top deck was our regular hang out and we spent most of our time there with Esti. It was important to me that we brought a travel crib, as even though we had arranged for a crib rental, we were not sure exactly what the surroundings would be like and when it would come in handy. It was hands down the best item we brought with us!

Tip #1: Bring a play yard.

We chose the BABYBJÖRN Play Yard Light that we received from Westcoast Kids and could not have been more happy with it! The Play Yard Light only weighs 11 pounds and is one of the lightest on the market.  We were able to check ours at the gate along with our umbrella stroller at no charge. Boy, did that come in handy when our flight was delayed three hours on our way home. We had it set up in the airport and Esti slept in it until our flight was eventually cancelled at midnight. It saved the day again when we were told there were NO cribs at the hotel we were transferred to for the night. We easily set it up in our hotel room and Esti had a great sleep! What I like the most about the BABYBJÖRN Play Yard is that it is so easy and light to transport with the wide strap carry-case and that it is very easy to set up and take down. I have also used it when working in the VONBON studio with Esti, which you can see here.

We really enjoyed being able to utilize the roof top deck with Esti in the Play Yard and felt that she was happy, comfortable and safe. She too, enjoyed the views and the warm ocean breeze without us having to hold her the entire time.

IMG_5657IMG_5694As the sun would change positions we would move the crib to a new area of the patio. It was so light and easy to move that Esti got to enjoy the deck from every angle!

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This trip we found that Esti was old enough (12 months) for us to bring an umbrella stroller, but on our past vacation with her, we also loved the BABYBJÖRN One Carrier. It made for really easy transitions through the airport and when sight-seeing in the city. With the 4-way front and back facing options, you and your child can be comfortable for long periods.

Tip #2: Rent the majority of your baby gear.

We decided to rent a crib, highchair, foam play mats and a bunch of toys from Baby Vallarta. It was such a pleasant experience and one I would highly recommend. The items were delivered to our condo before we even arrived, and everything was clean and in wonderful condition. When we finished our time in Punta de Mita the company picked up our items and transferred them to our new location in Sayulita. Again, they were there before we even walked through the door. There is no need to bring and carry more baby stuff than you need. We found that for this trip the play yard and the umbrella stroller were key items we didn’t want to be without and the rest we could just rent. We were so happy that we did!

Tip #3: Come prepared with healthy snacks.

Love Child Organics has saved me on numerous occasions when either Esti or I, have needed a snack on the go. They definitely came in handy with our airport delay. These perfect little pouches are one thing we always bring with us on trips, especially when flights are involved! We packed about 20 of them in our suitcase and a few in Esti’s carry-on bag for easy access on the flight. Full of certified organic ingredients and whole grains like quinoa, it was an easy way for us to know that Esti was getting what she needed while we were away. You can never be too sure of what’s on the menu when traveling in a different country. I’ve also been known to take down one or two when the “hangry” comes on hard!! Esti’s favorite flavor is the carrot, sweet potato, blueberries and apple. They also have some amazing new organic snacks that are perfect for distractions on a long plane ride.

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Some other important things we brought along was our sound machine, Zoe Organics Diaper Balm ( amazing for rashes from wet bathing suits and swim diapers), and lots of little distractions for the flight. I purchased a selection of colored felt balls from the dollar store before we left. We played all sorts of different games with them. Like taking them in and out of Daddy’s hat, throwing them in the air, hide and seek, etc. They were silent, didn’t break if they were dropped and they were super light and easy to pack.

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What also made this trip so special was that we celebrated Esti’s first birthday in Sayulita! If there is one tip I can give any new mom, it’s go on vacation for your child’s 1st birthday!!! There was no option of an over-the-top celebration where I would just end up stressed out and too busy styling a desert table and serving guests to enjoy the day with my sweet babe. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pretty party as much as the next girl!!!  Instead, we spent the day splashing in the pool and playing in the sand, enjoying every ounce of her. We purchased a hand-made pom-pom garland from one of the local vendors for her 1st birthday photo and let her dig into a small piece of cheesecake that we found available at a local restaurant. It was the perfect day.

What better way to keep the celebration going than to giveaway our favorite BABYBJÖRN Play Yard Light to one lucky winner!! This would be the perfect item for the upcoming holiday travel season, or to gift to new or expecting parents at Christmas. Either way, be sure to ENTER TO WIN below and happy travels with your little ones!
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Photos were taken by myself with our favorite Canon Rebel SL1.

Disclosure:  The views expressed in this review are my own and do not represent the opinions or views of BABYBJÖRN.  I received a BABYBJÖRN Play Yard Light from Westcoast Kids as compensation in order to conduct this post. I only promote products that I have tested and truly love.

72 Comments
  • Lisa
    November 24, 2015

    Loved the tips. We’re packing a bunch of love child snacks for our first flight this week!

  • deidre bowie mills
    November 24, 2015

    great tips. we love packing tiny dollar store books and knick knacks that we’ve wrapped up as presents. when he gets cranky on the flight, he opens a present to distract him. :)

  • Stephanie
    November 24, 2015

    We always bring our own car seats rather than renting them.

  • Lacy Soparlo
    November 24, 2015

    Love traveling with the little ones! Looks beautiful! Great review!

  • Jaimie
    November 24, 2015

    The only thing I would add is a baby carrier! When our little was smaller we had our bjorn but now that she’s older the Ergo is great for back carrying!

    I love that playpen much lighter than what we brought to Brazil!

  • Dominika Ivan
    November 24, 2015

    We love our Babybjorn travel crib as well, always take it with us everywhere we go! Our noise machine and the Gro blackout blind are almost are musts, my kids won’t sleep if there are too many distractions around, otherwise they are solid sleepers.

  • Bernadette N
    November 24, 2015

    If traveling by car, bring plenty of snacks!

  • Vanessa Shanks
    November 24, 2015

    Great travel tips!

  • Kathleen
    November 24, 2015

    Such great advice! Thank you! We are travelling to Mexico this Friday with our 3.5 month old. We found an umbrella stroller suitable for this age – the uppa baby g luxe. It reclines far enough back for safe head / spine support :)

  • Vicki
    November 24, 2015

    I’ve never had to travel with a baby or child (my first is due in February!) but we plan on travelling with our new baby when they are a few months old to Europe for our honeymoon! I’ve been told by avid traveller friends that travelling with a baby before they are mobile is the best time. Just carry them around in a baby carrier! Plus if you’re breastfeeding, it makes it even easier to get around without having to lug around formula and diapers! So that’s our plan in the spring =)

  • Stacey Rusnell
    November 24, 2015

    Thanks for the great travel tips! We’re planning on a family trip before I have to go back to work in Feb, so the tips will come in handy :)

  • Dfly
    November 24, 2015

    Great tips. My LO loves Love Child.

  • Capucine
    November 24, 2015

    I always bring extra pacifiers when traveling and lots of wipes!

  • Jessica
    November 24, 2015

    We can’t live without our Mountain Buggy Nano. Great stroller, all car seats fit with no adapters and it fits in the overhead bin so no chance of it getting damaged!

  • Eula Mei A
    November 24, 2015

    Love using the be prepared for traveling

  • Karen Guzman
    November 24, 2015

    Great tips!! We’re traveling next year to Dominican Republic and baby will only be 6months, I need all the tips I can get to prepare and enjoy the trip!:)

  • Andria
    November 24, 2015

    Plan for the unexpected! As in you can never be prepared for everything and you just have to roll with it.

  • Meghan Binab
    November 24, 2015

    Great advice! So good to be prepared for airport delays and easy travelling! I love that there are so many resources now for baby equipment rentals!

  • Annik
    November 24, 2015

    Thanks for the great tips. We have yet to travel with my little one, but the tips will come in handy when we finally do!

  • Dana Slocum
    November 24, 2015

    Our daughters now 6months and for travel we have been using the baby bjorn bassinet. It was so amazingly easy to pack and use but the travel play crib would be perfect for her next stages! Hope we win!!

  • Kim
    November 24, 2015

    Perfect timing for these tips- heading to a wedding in mexico in march with our little guy. Thanks!

  • Jessica
    November 24, 2015

    This travel crib looks so great! We have a huge, clunky one that takes up so much space I hate taking it anywhere!

  • Jeannie
    November 24, 2015

    My tip is to have little games and snacks ready during travel time. I also like to do research of where I can take the kids each day. We do everything from local zoo, local toystores, local aquarium.

  • Kris
    November 24, 2015

    My tip is…simply travel with your kids. Any age…its all good! The fun, memories and experiences for both parents and children is so worth it.

  • Angela Mitchell
    November 24, 2015

    A few things we always liked to have on hand: disinfecting wipes and a CARES safety harness for the plane.

  • Jenn
    November 24, 2015

    We’re going on our first trip in February with a 6 month old, and I’m planning to wear him in my Ergo to keep him content in the airport. As a bonus, we are renting a playpen, high chair and toys once we get there to eliminate some stuff from our luggage pile :)

  • Andrea
    November 24, 2015

    Great tips! I could use one of these!

  • Danvie Martinez
    November 24, 2015

    <3 will be travelling with my 3 year old and my 8 months next year. Awesome tips 😘

  • Danvie Martinez
    November 24, 2015

    Esti is so darn cute 😍 And Jennifer you look amaze! Xo

  • Angelica
    November 24, 2015

    What a cutie! Our biggest tip for traveling is trying to go with the flow more – schedules can be resumed when you’re home.

  • Liz Ticona
    November 24, 2015

    I’ve learnt when travelling with children, to expect the unexpected. :) It’s good to have a somewhat idea of what you want to do and everything but with kids, things can change unexpectedly & it’s up to us, as parents, to make it still a great trip even though things didn’t go according to plan. :)

  • Cheryl
    November 24, 2015

    Love Child Organics saves the day again! We never leave home without one or two pouches in my bag!

  • danielle frizzell
    November 24, 2015

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for the tips, even the thought of flying with Macy scares me!

  • Paulina
    November 24, 2015

    I can’t wait to travel with my little one! We have a few short trips planned for his first 6 months (Tofino, Victoria, Whistler) and a couple of further ones later- Toronto and Europe!

    We were on a flight once and a couple with a young baby handed out earplugs and “thank you for your patience” cards with chocolate bars to the passengers around them – such a great idea and they had extra hands to hold their baby the entire flight, everyone loved it and their baby was entertained the entire time.

  • Kelly Gordon
    November 25, 2015

    Great tips! Will come in handy when we travel to Maui in Feb to celebrate our boy’s 1st birthday.

  • Heather
    November 25, 2015

    Thanks for the tips! We will be traveling for the holidays with our one year old and appreciate all the help we can get!

  • Alyssa
    November 25, 2015

    we love snacks and lots of toys! Music and babywearing help tons!

  • cassie
    November 25, 2015

    I don’t have any advice yet since we’re still expecting our first :) But I’m looking forward to reading the comments of other mama’s advice !

  • Dena
    November 25, 2015

    I only travel with my daughter once for the first time on the plane and we went during her nap time

  • Ebony
    November 25, 2015

    I think with our two boys that having an adventure bag that they help pack has been great, it can have snacks, books, toys (cars, trains, robots) and their blankets or ‘ahhtee'(don’t ask where they learnt that…)
    It gives them a bit of focus as they are responsible for there ‘stuff’ plus if they want something to do they always have it handy!

  • Anna
    November 25, 2015

    Great advice!!! Who knew that you could rent baby gear!!!!?

  • Shannon
    November 25, 2015

    Keeping them occupied! There’s nothing worse than an unhappy kiddo in the car. We bring lots of books, small toys and also put on Disney sing along stories

  • Heather D Sparrow
    November 25, 2015

    I like to have an extra change of clothes or two! more than enough diapers and a variety of snacks… bringing little finger puppets was always a hit!
    My 1 year old daughter and I were stranded at the Calgary airport on our way home last year after a missed flight connection! it was horrible. I didn’t have any extra clothes and we had 1 diaper to last us until we caught our next flight in the morning.
    After all the travelling I have done with my children, lots of time solo as well. that was probably one of the worst lol

  • Lindsey
    November 25, 2015

    Great tips! Thanks!

  • Lindsey
    November 25, 2015

    As I don’t have any kids quite yet, I can’t offer any advice on travelling with them :)

  • Vivian
    November 26, 2015

    No real tips here since I haven’t travelled with the little one yet! BUT I would like to have he baby zen yoyo stroller for traveling as it is light and compact and can fit as carryon in a plane!

  • Zahra Saleh
    November 26, 2015

    Fantastic advice! Love all of the products you support!

  • S.Pasiuk
    November 26, 2015

    Great advice. For us the key was traveling when our daughter was super young! It’s so easy then! :)

  • Jessica NE
    November 26, 2015

    Hands free traveling, carriers are the best for toddlers and under.

  • Caroline
    November 26, 2015

    Love the travel tips. Would also recommend if you are still bottle feeding to use Playtex bottles with the disposable liners…great for on the go or travelling to avoid hassle of washing bottles!

  • Danis Sale
    November 26, 2015

    Don’t have any children yet to be able to give any tips, but I love the tip of leaving for holidays for her first birthday instead of a party, I would like to spend time with her than worry about the attendees.

  • Kari Barone
    November 26, 2015

    My advice for traveling with a baby is babywear, plan ahead, bring a wet bag, and only bring practical Necessities.Be sure to have all proper identification and any important documentation on you if needed. Take a lot of pictures because you will be so glad you did! Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s so not worth it.Happy travels!

  • Catherine Alger
    November 27, 2015

    I like to take snacks, extra clothes, plenty of diapers and wipes, some little toys

  • Lesia
    November 27, 2015

    Such awesome tips!! I am now expecting my third and love this playpen!!! Thanks for sharing all the awesome baby things!!!

  • Briana
    November 28, 2015

    Going to Mexico this March. Loved this post, especially the part about renting baby gear. Thanks!

  • Lauren List
    November 28, 2015

    Thank you for the great tips! Our little one is 7 weeks but I feel more confident about traveling with him after reading your post!

  • Aleessa Epstein
    November 29, 2015

    Love me some Sayulita! We travelled there last year and can’t wait to go back with our girls. A Baby Bjorn travel crib would be so amazing to win! Fingers crossed:) xx

    • Jennifer
      December 7, 2015

      Congratulations, Aleessa! You were randomly selected as our winner! So cool that you have traveled to Sayulita too! We are definitely planning another trip in the future. Enjoy the Play Yard Light! :)

  • Regina Wright
    November 29, 2015

    Love the tips you shared. Never knew you could rent baby gear. Only advice I have is PATIENCE and plan ahead.

    • Jennifer
      December 7, 2015

      Patience is key! And yes, renting baby gear is actually possible! It makes traveling with a little one that much easier!

  • Nicole
    November 29, 2015

    Thanks for the tips. I learned the hard way that there is such a thing as overpacking. We will know for next time.

  • Joey Wright
    November 29, 2015

    My advice is travel during normal bedtime hrs for kids. They’ll most likely fall asleep which makes for easier travel.

  • Diana Talarico
    November 29, 2015

    We always travel with our daughter’s favourite snacks, an iPad and a great travel stroller. I love the idea of bringing your own play yard in case of flight delays!

  • Maddie
    November 29, 2015

    I think that I am totally going to do my baby’s 1st birthday abroad. I had never thought of that before! I knew I was alreadybgettings stressed about creating a memorable Pinterest birthday party, and didn’t want that pressure. Thanks for the wonderful idea! Maybe Maui, our family vacation spot!

  • Elisabeta
    November 30, 2015

    Great tips!:) Avoid overloading with clothes and toys, overpacking while traveling can be exhausting and might even pose health problems , if you end up carrying some of the items between flights, buses or trains.

  • Joy e
    November 30, 2015

    When traveling with my little ones i always have a washcloth in a zip bag incase i ran out of wipes, it came very handy wiping off sticky/dirty face or hands.😆

  • Darwin Chau
    November 30, 2015

    Great tips! My tip is to bring an extra lovie or stuffy that the baby relies on. You never know what will happen to it when you’re away. We lost our lovie at the airport, but we packed an extra one in case and we are so glad we did.

  • Brenda Jahnke
    December 1, 2015

    Sometimes, a backpack carrier is nice to have along! Also, don’t over schedule – in fact plan as if every activity will take longer than anticipated.

  • Katie
    December 3, 2015

    My travel advice is to just be as calm and relaxed as you can children are unpredictable and the pick up on your anxiety! I always take a big breathe pack lots of entertainment and snacks and just roll with it!

  • April
    December 3, 2015

    If you’re flying with a baby, make sure you stay calm. If you’re calm and happy they are way more likely to be! We would love to win this travel crib for our next trip!!!

  • Serena
    December 3, 2015

    I loved Sayulita and am glad you did, too. I certainly don’t have the key to traveling with kids but we try to bring some familiar things and familiar foods.

  • jen st pierre
    December 3, 2015

    Bring extra clothing & snacks!

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