Traveling With Baby – From Newborn To Eight Months
Realistically you can go anywhere with your newborn. Your baby needs your attention at this tender age. You also need to have a concern on his meals. But from the third month, you can go with your baby anywhere happily. Here are the tips you can use to get along smoothly.
When is my baby old enough to travel?
Theoretically, your newborn can go on trips because most airlines allow babies as old as seven days as passengers. However, you should consider whether it is okay for you. For instance, when there is hardly time for breastfeeding and changing diapers. In such a case, you might want to wait a little longer. At the age of three months, your baby has already grown to a manageable travel companion. It may not be hard as you may think, the child may also have no problem by now especially if his bed is in a hotel instead of been at home.
However, if your child is not mobile and is used to a certain routine, traveling can be more difficult. Here are a few tips to help your baby off to dreamland so you can easily have some time for your personal chores.
- Plan your vacation well; preferably two to three weeks in advance. Choose a child-friendly hotel, make sure that it provides for all your baby’s needs right from the winding room to the pool.
- Search for a destination with the shortest possible routes. In the case of long trips, babies can frustrate you as they whine impatiently. Drives should last for a maximum of three to four hours. Air travel is a bit comfortable because you can always look after your child. If you decide to use a train, then reserve in tim
- When traveling abroad (within the EU) each infant already requires its own children's passport with a photo (but need not be biometrical). You must apply for this passport at the Municipality or the local exchange.
Health and Safety Tips
- If you’re going for a holiday, then feed your baby when taking off and when landing to relieve earache (pressure on the ear).
- Take with you diaper cream, bags for dirty diapers and enough fresh diapers. More so, suppositories against eventual pain and fever can be helpful. Also, think of a remedy for colic (you can be a recommended by the doctor), nasal drops and a tooth gel. For more information, read our First Aid Checklist.
- Carry with you baby hats and sunscreen (SPF 20 or higher). Infants younger than six months should be held out from the sun. While, children between six months and one year should only be exposed to little sunshine, especially during the hot hours 13-15 AM.
- Buy shade with suction cups for the car window so that the face and the baby's eyes are not directly exposed to the sun.
- If you are traveling by car, make sure your child sits facing rearwards. Attach the baby seat on a passenger seat with an airbag. Before riding, check that the baby seat is properly and securely installed. Also, ensure that the harness is properly connected. Make sure that the shoulder belt is snugly and comfortably seated.
Food And Convenience
- If you are not breastfeeding, remember to bring expressed milk or other milk food. In the case of milk food, stir it in boiled but cooled water. Think how you will carry the baby food whether you will use pots, bowls or jars, but if you’re not traveling across exotic lands, then you can just buy these things on the spot.
- For older children, take with you enough spoons and a plastic bib. The bibs are priceless, and they’ll protect you from pureed carrots and the need to change your clothes severally per day.
- Think of a baby blanket, so you can have a break at any park and give your baby a little playing time or a nap.
- If your baby is sleeping in their own cot, then reserve a direct booking, to avoid bad luck when you arrive. Alternatively, you can take a travel cot.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR BABIES
- Bring with you a bag of your baby's favorite toys. Also, pack a few new things in the bag. These may include; pieces of stuff that glitter, an unbreakable baby mirror, rattles, musical toys, stuffed toys, plastic keys or toothed rings.
Some well-chosen equipment will simplify your travel and local exploration on vacation. For small babies, you can avoid having a baby seat as it is costly. A baby carrier can also render good services. For older babies who can hold their head well, a light buggy is advantageous because you can fold it and store in the trunk or as hand luggage compartment on the plane.
Alternatively, you can opt for a stroller. If you are traveling in hotter countries, then carrying an umbrella for your baby is good. It will help you protect your Tom Thumb from the glare and the scorching rays of the sun.