Traveling with your little one
You may be itching to stay home with your baby if you are a new parent. Going on holiday and traveling long distances with your baby can initially seem daunting. The good news is that enjoyable travel is possible, and we have some tips to make things go smoothly for you.
When can I travel with my baby?
You can take your baby on a trip shortly after they are born. It is generally recommended that babies be two days old before they fly, but it is entirely up to you. It is essential to remember that your baby will require a passport and, if necessary, a visa to travel abroad. Additionally, you should ensure that your travel insurance covers your little one.
As long as young babies feel secure, cuddled, and fed regularly, they usually make good travelers. You may want to rethink any long journeys if your baby suffers from colic (or any other health issues) or feels overwhelmed with new parenthood. When you do not have a moment to spare between feeding and changing your baby, you may want to wait a few weeks until you have more time.
You and your baby are more likely to be ready to travel after three months. The baby is no longer as fragile but still small enough that they don’t care if they sleep at home or in a hotel room if they are cuddled close to you. Usually between seven and nine months, when your baby becomes mobile or has established a routine, travel becomes more challenging.
- Sanitizing/Baby wipes
- Burp cloths
- Extra set of clothes
- Breast milk or baby formula
- Diaper cream
- Plastic bags
- First aid kit
- Teething toys
- Toys and/or books
Don’t panic if you need to remember anything! Find out if another parent has extras on the plane or in the airport or pick it up upon arrival.
Tips for Traveling with Babies
Traveling with a little one involves a few considerations that will make everyone’s trip go more smoothly.
- Make sure you are organized. Be sure to pack everything you think you’ll need, including wipes, diapers, organic baby formula, snacks, and a change of clothes. Be sure to leave plenty of extra time to get to the airport/bus station if anything unexpected happens, such as a diaper blowout.
- Make sure you have the right gear. Keep your hands free with a backpack-style diaper bag and a baby carrier. You may want to consider investing in a travel stroller if you plan to travel often. For quick changes on the go, keep a portable changing pad handy.
- Keep your little one busy. When traveling with young children, especially older babies, and toddlers, a few simple activities go a long way. Make your busy boxes, lacing cards, window clings, and more with favorite toys and books, and look on Pinterest for creative travel activity hacks.
While traveling with an infant may not be as convenient as traveling alone, it can still be a wonderful experience. In addition to making beautiful, everlasting memories together, your child will learn the nuances of traveling as they get used to it.