15 Travel Tips for Your Baby
15 Travel Tips for Your Baby. Whether you’re going for a trip with your newborn for the very first time or it’s your baby’s twentieth outing, there will always be at least a few things to plan more than you’d need if you were traveling alone or with your husband only. From what exactly to include in your packing to how to arrive at your destination safe and without any hitches, there will always be something to be more cautious for. So, what tips and hacks can help you avoid these worries?
1) Research, Research… RESEARCH!
Both pre-travel and during the actual trip. Is a visa required for your baby, kids? Do you need any jabs? Should you carry any medication like malaria tablets? No Mom wants to get caught off-guard!
2) Packing Your Baby’s Food
While many airports do let in baby milk/food through security, it’s always essential to confirm things. Most will also open the container and screen its contents. It only takes a minute or so and doesn’t contaminate the food contents.
3) Is a Low-Cost Carrier Worth It?
It’s often very tempting to go for low-cost airlines when you have a family. But sometimes these carriers fly into very remote airports that could mean extra travel to your hotel with your baby. Consider paying a little bit more for comfort and peace of mind. Request a seat in the front if possible. The back is noisier and more vibration. Plus easier to board and exit upon arrival.
4) Make Accommodation Bookings Wisely
Maybe you’ve been to a certain nice hotel with your hubby while dating. But have you considered, for instance, the hilly terrain and many steps up the building when pushing a stroller with your newborn? What about other necessities in the room? Maybe separate sleeping space?
5) What to Carry the Baby with
Do you use a baby carriage, a stroller or a sling? No best or easy answer, really. It depends on your situation: where you’re going; if you’re using an automobile; the terrain; the weather; what your child is used to; etc.
6) Airport Time: Check-in Online
You can avoid spending too much time waiting in line at the airport via online check-in. Once you’re done with that part, all you need to do is hit your bag drop and go through airport security.
7) Snacks, Snacks… SNACKS! One of the Most important Tips when you Travel with Your Baby
Please, don’t run out of baby snacks. Carry lots of them: sprouts, fruits and fruit smoothies, instant porridge, hard-boiled eggs, rice crackers, carrots, avocado, etc. You don’t want your toddler suddenly screaming of hunger!
8) “Know” Your Destination Well
Here, I mean customs, norms, laws, etc. For instance, are they okay with breastfeeding in public? While some countries and cultures don’t mind, in some places you could be required to seek somewhere private to breastfeed your little one.
9) Where to Sit on the Plane
With some airplanes, the most appropriate place to sit with a baby can often be dictated by its design. For example, some planes only have additional oxygen masks over particular seats. You need to double-check with your airline and consider what seat best suits you and your baby.
10) One Bottle for Take-off & Landing
If your baby is past nursing stage, a baby formula bottle can come in handy to help alleviate ear pain during both take-off and landing.
11) Your Baby’s Nap Time
Build your daily activities at your travel destination around your newborn’s nap times. If you don’t stick with their nap routine, it may disrupt a few things.
12) What Could Go Wrong?
Before you leave home, list down all things you think could go wrong: missing your flight, a sudden bout of flu, unexpected congestion, etc. Be mentally ready just in case!
13) Toys on the Plane!
Have you thought about the half an hour or so of wait-time before the plane takes off? Your toddler may not sit still like you with their seat belt on. Bring some tiny little new toys.
14) Just in Case…
Do you know where to turn to if your baby gets sick? Unless it’s an emergency, consider bringing your pediatrician’s phone number and/or email. This can be a great resource when you least expect the need!
15) Always Keep Your Baby/Toddler Close…
For safety, security, so that you can easily guide them when moving around, etc.
Minimal Baby Packing List for Travel Tips with your baby.
- Diapers and Wipes
- Versatile organized bag for travel
- Toys -Toys– Bring the favorites if possible. Several toys can amuse and occupy the baby during stressful times.
- Blankets – Just a few
- Pacifier and back-up’s
- Zip locks bags or trash bag – dirty diapers and clothing
- Hand Sanitizer and Disinfecting Wipes
- Optional Stroller and car seat.
- Clothes and socks.
Final thoughts – It’s not always going to be a piece of cake traveling with an infant. Diaper mishaps, upset stomachs and crying episodes really get you flustered. Remember, it’s just temporary and you can gain knowledge along the way while being prepared for the next trip! Thank you for reading 15 Travel Tips for Your Baby. Happy travels!
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