A few weeks ago, I attended a small bloggers retreat with some of my closest blogging pals like Angie from Many Little Blessings and Colleen from Raising Lifelong Learners.
This makes my fifth blogging related event but conferences and retreats are a little more challenging when there are small fry involved.
Are you planning on attending a blogging conference with a baby soon? Here are my best tips for attending the conference with a baby, without losing your mind.
1. Be Realistic
You’re probably not going to keep the pace of the other conference attendees. Even a baby with the most predictable schedule can throw you a curve ball when you’re away from home.
Late night parties and early morning meetings are not on your agenda. Save those for another season of your life.
2. Bring EVERYTHING you need
Get ready. If you’re bringing a baby along, you aren’t traveling light.
If you’re in a hotel, they might have a travel crib. Consider travel versions of things that you use at home.
Between Colleen and I, we packed a minivan full of baby paraphernalia.
We brought along
3. Drive if Possible
Since you’re bringing so much, flying would be a challenge. I prefer to drive, since I can take my time.
This also allows you to take breaks for little ones to nurse, grab a snack or stretch out a bit.
4. Bring a Helper
If at all possible, bring someone that can lend a hand.
I tried not to impose on her too much, but I’m forever indebted to her. She watched Maeve while I went on a much needed run before the retreat got started.
5. Arrive Early
Traveling with small babies can be stressful. If you build in an early arrival, you might be able to grab a few hours down time to decompress.
6. Stay a Day Later
After a blogging conference or retreat, a writer’s brain is filled with ideas and things to do. By taking an extra day after the conference, before heading home, you might be able to get your thoughts straight.
Many thanks to Colleen for this great idea.
7. Strength in Numbers
Even though Colleen and I couldn’t offer each other a lot of help, I felt better with her there. I knew that I wasn’t the only one who would feel a little out of sorts, trying to balance learning and writing with a baby in tow.
8. Consider a Carrier
Without a baby carrier, I would have hopped the first plane home.
Maeve is in a difficult age …. very active, and doesn’t nap very well. I needed to find a solution to keep Maeve happy while being able to listen and take notes.
Thank goodness I brought my Ergo carrier. Colleen helped me learn how to wear Maeve on my back, and all was well.
9. Toys and Snacks
10. Don’t Forget Baby’s Safety
Keeping your baby safe will look different depending on where you’re staying. Things to consider:
What about you? Have you attended a conference with a baby? I’d love to hear your best tips, too!
Be sure and check out my friends Angie with Top Ten Tuesday and Kristen with Works for Me Wednesdays for more excellent ideas to help you out.