Important Tips for Travelling with a Baby
Travelling with a baby is not always easy. Babies can be unpredictable and do require time, planning and management.
A quick trip away can feel like a mammoth task & can be quite stressful.
The key is to plan ahead and to be patient.
Planning a Destination
It is important to be mindful of the destination you are travelling to.
Especially if overseas, look into any vaccination requirements, drinking water, food, temperature/climate, and medical facilities to assess the suitability of the location.
Avoid locations that are high risk.
When Travelling By Car
Feed baby and make sure he or she is comfortable before your leave. It is a good idea to begin the trip around sleep time. This way you can get a good few hours of driving in prior to you needing to stop.
Plan the route
Make sure you are able to stop as planned, especially when travelling on highways or freeways, where ideal spots may be infrequent.
Pack toys, spare clothes, food and drinks that are easily accessible throughout the drive.
You may even decide to sit in the back with your baby when he or she is awake. This way you can communicate effectively and baby will feel safe and secure.
Control the temperature in the car to ensure baby is dry and warm. Also use a sun shield across the window to avoid sun shinning directly on baby.
When Travelling By Air
Avoid stressful situations
Allow plenty of time for check-in and boarding.
It is always better to be early than to be running late.
Pack plenty of spare clothes, nappies, food, drink and toys. It is advisable to pack more than you think you will need as flight delays are sometimes unavoidable.
Invest in a good baby carrier that is both comfortable for you and baby. This will give you a lot of freedom and will keep baby close and happy.
Avoid taking large strollers away with you. Invest in a good portable stroller that folds up and is compact and light to carry. This will be good investment and will ideally be used for years to come.
Share the load
Take turns with your partner during long flights. Try to get as much rest as you can. Keeping a baby occupied and happy on a plane can be exhausting.
During liftoff and decent the air pressure can build up in your babies ears. It is advised to give your baby his or her pacifier and or to get them to eat or drink during this time to help stabilize their ears.
Try and stick as closely to your baby’s routine as possible, especially if you are on a long flight. Eating times, play and sleep should be as per normal to avoid disruption.
When your baby sleeps, you should try and get some sleep too.
Should your baby be on any medication, have allergies or be prone to any conditions, it is advised to notify the airline when making your reservation.
Carry with you the action plan and medications required in an event of an emergency.
Breastfeeding and Pumping
If you’re a breastfeeding or pumping mum, understanding the travel times, location, stops and cultural sensitivities will help make your travel stress free.
Feed as often and on demand as needed. Wear comfortable breastfeeding friendly clothing and nursing bras, which will help to assist in easy discrete feeding.
Expressed milk should be stored in clean, tightly sealed containers. Have extra expressing equipment so you are not always rinsing and washing.
Arriving at your destination is an exciting time.
Set up the room immediately and get your baby’s bed, changing station and play area sorted.
Try to establish a routine and stick to it while you are on holiday. This will help the baby to feel secure and will also give you some flexibility and time to plan your days.
What to bring
- Plenty of spare clothes for all climates
- Plenty of spare nappies
- Wet wipes
- Food for traveling with
- Microwave bottle steriliser
- Formula (if required)
- Baby carrier
- Portable stroller
- Day pack
- Portable change mat
- Baby shampoo/soap
- Swimming nappies
- PJ’s or sleep suit
- Medication if required
- Creams for rashes
- Car seat
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