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Taking a baby on your vacation can seem a little redundant. After all, isn't vacation a time to relax and get rid of your stress? Listening to your baby cry is not a great way to relieve stress.

Here are a few tips to make it work and keep your sanity intact.

#1 Before going on vacation, take your child to the pediatrician and make sure he or she is not sick. (This may seem a little stupid to you, but tons of families each year go on vacation with a sick baby and find themselves in dire straits before the allotted time is up.) Be on caution’s side and make sure. It will make for a more enjoyable vacation if your baby isn't sick and not having a good time.

#2 If your child is currently teething or recovering from a recent round of vaccinations or illness, make sure you bring along the necessary medication to treat your child. Orajel, Tylenol, and other baby medications are a must for proper care of gum pain and fever. (Always consult your pediatrician before giving your child any medication you're not sure about.)

#3 Make sure you pack everything you will need for proper care of your child. This includes clothing, formula, distilled water, nipples, cleaning utensils, solid food (if child is old enough), plenty of diapers, wipes, etc. The list goes on and on and as a parent you are probably the best judge of what your child will need. Just make sure you have enough and the proper cleaning supplies to properly cleanse and store your utensils.

#4 Always have an emergency card with the needed numbers of family contacts and pediatrician should anything happen to you or your spouse. Doctors must have parental permission before giving your child needed medical attention. Should something happen, they need information on who to contact immediately in order to better care for your child. You should also include a list of allergies.

#5 Always become familiar with the area you are staying in. Learn what kind of daycare, if any, your hotel will offer and note any local pediatricians that you may be able to access if needed. (If you feel better with a referral, see if your current pediatrician can recommend anyone in the area you'll be staying.)

#6 Secure your hotel room. Make sure outlets are covered, heavy objects are pushed away from table edges, and floors are properly cleansed. It might be a good idea to see if the room was recently sprayed for insects or what cleaners they have used. This is especially important for children who are still crawling or not yet crawling who tend to put their mouths on their surroundings.

#7 Find attractions that are baby-friendly. Don't select areas that only you and your spouse will be admitted. Find things that amuse you and your child. You will have more fun if you can enjoy your vacation as a family. (If you are comfortable with leaving your child with hotel daycare, arrange for some private time with just your spouse for added spice to your vacation.)

#8 If traveling by plane or car, always bring toys that will keep your child occupied. It tends to be a little unnerving when plane occupants are giving you the evil eye because your child is crying at the top of his/her lungs.

#9 Bring along some of your child's favorite toys or a blanket from the crib. Your child will adjust more easily to the unfamiliar surroundings if he/she has something familiar to hold.

Just remember to have a good time. It will be hard, perhaps a little trying on your patience, but it can be done.