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Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Tips for Traveling with a Baby - Clearwater Beach Florida

Traveling with a baby can be stressful if you’re not prepared. Planning from the beginning, even before the trip is booked, can make the experience a lot less stressful and fun experience for the whole family!

My wife and I took my daughter on her first trip when she was two months old. We went to the #1 Beach in America, Clearwater Beach, Florida! Here’s what we learned about traveling with a baby. These tips will help you keep traveling with a baby fun and relaxing!

Tips For Planning the Trip with a Baby

When planning to travel with a baby, the first thing you need to figure out is if your baby is even old enough to travel! I found that most airlines would allow babies to travel starting at just 2 weeks old! That was a bit early for me.

My wife and I also asked our pediatrician some questions about traveling with our daughter and he recommended waiting until ~2 months old. This would allow for her immune system to develop a little bit more and she would have some vaccinations as well. Regardless of age, I recommend asking your pediatrician if your baby is ready to travel for the first time just to be safe.

It also wouldn’t hurt to check with the airline about their rules for flying with a baby before booking tickets. You may want to ask things such as if you need to buy a ticket for your child (usually free), how to register a child for a ticket, what paperwork is required for the child to travel, etc. Understand what is needed and the check-in process of traveling with a baby will help make the travel day much easier.

When talking with the airline, you can also ask questions about the TSA rules and how to get through security. Getting through security can be more difficult with everything for the baby, including liquids such as breastmilk (frozen or not) or even the pump equipment.

Another way to make getting through security even easier is the register for TSA PreCheck. “With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security and don’t need to remove your: shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.” This speeds the whole process up and makes it easier when your hands are already full with your child, your bags, their bags, car seat, stroller, etc. If you sign up from TSA PreCheck, your child does not have to sign up, they will be approved to go through TSA PreCheck with you until age 12. Children 13 and older must have their own TSA PreCheck approval.

Speaking of carrying all of that stuff through security, you may not have to take as much as you think you do. If you’re going to rent a vehicle, check with the rental company to see if they also rent car seats – you may not have to unlatch your car seat from your car (which is difficult on its own) and relatch and unlatch in the rental cars as well.

You can also talk with your hotel or condo management company and see if they can provide anything for your baby, such as a Pack n Play and possibly even a high chair. If you’re staying with us at B&W Management, ask us what all we can provide for you! Pack less, relax, and enjoy your stay on America’s #1 Best Beach!

Packing Tips for a Baby

When it comes to packing for a baby, my #1 tip is not to pack everything into a checked bag. Pack a carry on that includes enough clothes, diapers, and wipes for your baby for roughly two days. Packing a smaller carry on will keep you fully prepared for any unknown issues that may popup such as lost luggage, missed flights, or even just a surprising second blow out on travel day (and a diaper bag that needed just one more change of clothes than it had in it).

Second tip: you don’t need everything. You’re packing too much. Pack light so you don’t have to carry so much. You’re already going to be carrying more than you used to. Check to see if you have access to a washer and dryer. (Our beachfront condos all come with a washer and dryer directly in each condo!) If they do, pack fewer clothes for your baby and less for you! Just do a quick load of laundry while you’re on vacation. Don’t pack so many diapers, wipes, sunscreen, medications, etc… there are many grocery stores (and Target) nearby Clearwater Beach, and if you’re going somewhere else I’m sure you’ll be able to find a store nearby as well. Instead of packing everything for a week or longer – pack for a few days and make a quick stop to buy what you need when you arrive at your destination.

When making a packing list, don’t forget to add things such as a sound machine and the baby monitor. A sound machine will help block out unusual noises of sleeping in a new location. A baby monitor will allow you to keep an eye on your baby while in different areas of the condo – including sitting on the balcony overlooking the beach!

Travel Day Tips with a Baby

When it comes to driving, there are not many tips I have to offer. Prepare for frequent stops if needed, bring snacks, relax, and take turns driving/relaxing/entertaining the baby.

If you’re flying with your baby, I have some tips to help with that. In addition to packing light… arrive early. You’ll need to check-in with your baby at the desk area of your airline. They’ll need to print additional boarding passes for you and your baby.

If you are bringing a stroller and car seat, see if they have the ability to connect. If they do, use it! It’s worth being able to connect them and not have to carry them separately. Don’t check the stroller and car seat when you check bags, gate check them. Gate checking the stroller and car seat allows you to use them until right before boarding the flight! If your child is young enough not to need a stroller, consider not bringing one. You may be able to get away with just using a baby carrier. These are much smaller, making travel easier. We didn’t bring a stroller on our trip to Clearwater Beach, and we didn’t miss it. The baby carrier worked very well. Also, strollers don’t work well in sand. I saw a couple of people fighting with their strollers on the beach throughout the week – they all get stuck and are not useful.

My last two tips, and probably most important flying tips!

#1. Before boarding the plane, change your baby’s diaper. You have way more space. It’s much more manageable before getting on the plane with enclosed space.

#2. Feed your baby during take-off and landing. Feeding your baby during these times helps the baby clear the pressure build-up that causes ear pain. Babies don’t know how to clear their ears yet, they need help, and breastfeeding or taking a bottle during take-off and landing helps!

Traveling with a Baby Tips

Once your vacation starts, relax, and stay flexible. Things will not go as planned, and it is okay. Enjoy showing your baby more of the world (even if they’re sleeping and don’t see much of it). Enjoy the new experiences with them. The texted of soft sand, the warm water, watching the seagulls fly, and when they’re napping in your arms enjoy holding them with beautiful beach views.

If your baby has set nap schedules and bedtimes (my daughter does, and she tells me if I don’t follow her rules) do your best to keep those schedules. Our condos offer full kitchens to cook in for your favorite foods. If you want some local food for dinner but it’s almost bedtime for the baby, no worries, many places deliver or have delicious to-go orders, and it’s still hot and warm when you get it back to the condo.

If you feel like people are watching you, they probably aren’t. But sometimes they actually are but they’re usually remembering the times they’ve spent with their families, admiring your family and seeing your happiness makes them happy as well. If you’re in a less than happy moment and are struggling, know everyone has been there and if someone offers help even if it’s just by holding the door because your hands are full – allow help when it will help.

Relax, play, and enjoy a wonderful family vacation with your baby!


What tips would you add to these? I’ll be taking another trip with my daughter soon and I’m always open to more advice on traveling with a baby, and now a soon to be toddler!

Book Your MLB Spring Training 2020 Trip Today!

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MLB Baseball 2020 Spring Training Near Clearwater Beach Florida

It may be the middle of winter, but it’s time to be planning for MLB’s 2020 Spring Training! Plan a trip to head south to Florida for the warm weather and some baseball games. Rent a beachfront condo on Clearwater Beach and combine baseball with some great beach time! Clearwater Beach has been rated the best beach in the united states multiple years in a row there are three MLB Baseball Teams Spring Training facilities within 40 minutes!

2020 Spring Training Games Near Clearwater Beach


Philadelphia Phillies: Clearwater, Florida

601 North Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Phillies 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Spectrum Field…

  • February 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 28, 2020: Phillies vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 1, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 5, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 7, 2020: Phillies vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 9, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Phillies vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Phillies vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 17, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin, Florida

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Blue Jays 2020 Spring Training Home Games at TD Ballpark…

  • February 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Braves – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 25, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Twins – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 2, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 9, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 11, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Orioles – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 12, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Canada Jr. Team – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 6:07 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)
  • March 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)

New York Yankees: Tampa, Florida

1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, FL 33614
40 minutes from the beachfront condos!

New York Yankees 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Steinbrenner Field…

  • February 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Yankees vs. Nationals – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Yankees vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 3, 2020: Yankees vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Yankees vs. Orioles – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Yankees vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Yankees vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Yankees vs. Marlins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT

Other MLB 2020 Spring Training Teams in Florida


While there are three MLB teams with Spring Training facilities in the Clearwater Beach area, there are several more teams that have Spring Training facilities in Florida that make for great day trips! You can find the other teams below with their location and how far away from Clearwater Beach they are.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bradenton, Florida

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
1 hour and 4 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Detroit Tigers: Lakeland, Florida

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805
1 hour and 14 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Baltimore Orioles: Sarasota, Florida

2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
1 hour and 25 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Atlanta Braves: Orlando, Florida

700 South Victory Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747
1 hour and 42 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Tampa Bay Rays: Port Charlotte, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
1 hour and 50 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Boston Red Sox: Fort Myers, Florida

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myres, FL 33913
2 hours and 20 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Minnesota Twins: Fort Myers, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL   33948
2 hours and 24 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

New York Mets: Port St. Lucie, Florida

525 NW Peacock Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
3 hours and 21 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

St. Louis Cardinals: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Miami Marlins: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Houston Astros: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Washington Nationals: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – January 2020

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events January 2020

Happy New Year!

Clearwater Beach Weather January 2020

The Clearwater Beach January weather gets a bit cooler; the high still hit the upper 60°s and into the 70°s during the day. At night it may drop into the low 50°s. It’s a perfect time of year for quiet beach walks in the warm sun! (Or get outside and keep training for the Clearwater Running Festival!)

Clearwater Beach Events January 2020

Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival: Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets each day on Pier 60. The festival starts two hours before sunset and stays open until two hours after sunset. The daily festival includes artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful view of sunset on Clearwater Beach – America’s #1 Beach!

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

  • January 3, 2020: Dora & The Lost City of Gold (PG)
  • January 4, 2020: Aquaman (PG-13)
  • January 10, 2020: Abominable (PG)
  • January 11, 2020: La La Land (PG-13)
  • January 17, 2020: Freebirds (PG)
  • January 18, 2020: The Parent Trap (PG)
  • January 24, 2020: Angry Birds 2: Frenemies (PG)
  • January 25, 2020: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
  • January 31, 2020: Ugly Dolls 2 (PG)

Namastay at the Beach for Mimosas: January 12th – 26th, 2020 from 10 AM – 11 AM.

“Meet at Beach Fire Grill, 608 Mandalay Ave Clearwater Beach, to register (by 9:45 AM). We head out to the sand promptly at 10 AM for a one hour, all levels friendly, fun and funky yoga flow. Then we indulge back at Beach Fire with bottomless mimosas, or domestic drafts, until 2 pm! Yogis enjoy a discount on all food orders, all day! (Cash or Venmo only)”

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA: November 16, 2019 – January 6, 2020.

Come visit Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and see the area fully decorated with holiday lights and more! Enjoy a fun holiday kid zone, see Santa and his elves swimming in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

Weekend Hockey – Clearwater Beach MLK Invitational: January 17, 2020 – January 20, 2020

Clearwater Running Festival: January 25, 2020 – January 26, 2020

A weekend of running events in Clearwater Beach! Running events include a Marathon, 50k (ultra), Half-Marathon, 5 Miler and 5k!

Tampa Bay Sporting Events – January 2020

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • January 2, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Montreal Canadiens (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 4, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 5, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Carolina Hurricanes (5:00 PM ET)
  • January 7, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vancouver Canucks (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 9, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Arizona Coyotes (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 11, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Philadelphia Flyers (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 12, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 14, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings (7:00 PM ET)
  • January 16, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Minnesota Wild (8:00 PM ET)
  • January 17, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Winnipeg Jets (8:00 PM ET)
  • January 27, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Dallas Stars (8:00 PM ET)
  • January 29, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Los Angeles Kings (10:00 PM ET)
  • January 31, 2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Anaheim Ducks (10:00 PM ET)

Events Near Clearwater Beach – January 2020

Beach Bums Bowl III + 3th Annual Rock-N-Play NYE: December 28, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Now – January 4, 2020

Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929: Now – April 5, 2020

Outback Bowl: January 1, 2020

The Grasshopper and The Ant and Other Stories: A New Installation by Jennifer Angus: Now – January 5, 2020

Yoga on Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing: January 1, 2020

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali: Every Sunday

Yoga at The Dali: Every Sunday

Epiphany and Glendi Celebration: January 6, 2020

Tarpon Springs Epiphany: January 6, 2020

Dunedin International Film Festival: January 8, 2020 – January 14, 2020

Poetry at The Dali: January 9, 2020

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing Co: January 12, 2020

East West Shrine Bowl: January 18, 2020

MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day: January 20, 2020

Gasparilla Parade of Pirates: January 25, 2020