The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with a Baby

Traveling with a Baby

 

Traveling is always a fun, incredible thing to do, but if you have a baby then the joy of it could be marred with concern. If you’re anything like I am, you simply can’t relax unless your little darling is fully taken care of, and taking a trip can turn into a real logistical nightmare without the right kind of preparation. There are a ton of things you have to pay attention to, and you probably feel that if you forget something, you’ll be in big trouble. Well, fortunately, traveling with a baby is totally doable, and all you need are the right kind of tips to get you going. Do you need some help figuring out how to bring your child and have fun on your vacation at the same time? Then take a look at our advice!

 

If you’re going by car, then you’ll have to strap your child in the car seat in the back and have someone sit right by their side to make them comfortable. Take frequent breaks to feed them and let them breathe in some fresh air, and bring their favorite chew toy to play with.

 

Traveling with a Baby Checklist

 

Bring all the essential items

The first thing to consider is where you’re going and how you’re getting there. A flight requires very different preparation than a car ride.

 

If you’re going by plane, then bear in mind that children up to two years of age can sit on your lap and they don’t have to pay a ticket if you’re taking a domestic flight. If you’re taking an international flight, there will be a fee involved. Of course, you’ll always have to list your child on the booking under your name, so make sure to call the airline because they’ll be able to help with this.

Babies do need passports the same way adults do, so yes, you will need proper documents for them even if they’re barely more than a few months old. Make sure to get all the required papers long before your flight to avoid any unpleasantness at the airport. When buying tickets, try to book an aisle seat—it makes it much easier to get up and walk to the bathroom and back without disturbing anyone, but bear in mind that kids aren’t allowed to sit in emergency exit rows.

Most airlines will let you check things like car seats and strollers for free, as long as you let them know you’ll be bringing them along in advance. However, rather than a bulky stroller, it might be wise to bring a soft baby carrier instead because it’ll make it a lot easier to hug your child close and snuggle them whenever you want. This can free up some space and give you a practical solution.

If you’re going by car, then you’ll have to strap your child in the car seat in the back and have someone sit right by their side to make them comfortable. Take frequent breaks to feed them and let them breathe in some fresh air, and bring their favorite chew toy to play with.

 

Traveling with a Baby Tips

 

It’s always a good idea to prepare a packing list before your trip. Besides a changing pad, diapers, wet wipes, and all the other hygiene basics, you should also pack extra plastic bags, washable bibs, blankets, and extra clothes. Make sure to pack a sun hat and sunscreen if you’re going somewhere warm, and stock up on small snacks, both for you and the baby. You should also bring your breast pump, if you use it.

If you’re worried about entertainment, consider packing a portable crib or play yard, and a few of your baby’s favorite toys. For the most part, they just need cozy things that they’re used to because this will help them be more at ease in a new environment. If they always sleep with the night light on, make sure to bring that, too. Your child might be fussy and uncomfortable during that first night, and having things they like within reach will calm them down.

To pack their clothes, consider putting each outfit in a different ziplock bag. This way you won’t have to hunt through the bag to find each of their socks and other garments, and you’ll already have one full outfit prepared and ready to go. You should also bring a few spare shirts for yourself, and keep them around in your carry-on bag. Believe me, you don’t want to be the person on the plane who’s covered in baby drool or vomit, and accidents always tend to happen when you least expect them.

Another thing you should definitely pack is a medicine bag. Small kids can easily get sick during travel, so fever-reducing tablets, ear drops, thermometers, and first-aid kits are generally very useful. You should also bring pain-relievers for yourself, and possibly a bottle of probiotics to avoid any stomach trouble. Besides this, bring some entertainment in form of books, board games, or music.

 

Traveling with Baby Gear

 

Conclusion

With the right information and a handful of useful tips, you can easily travel with your baby. Don’t worry too much about the little one—if you prepare well they’ll be just fine, and you can both relax and enjoy the vacation. I love traveling with my child and I’ve never regretted going on long trips, and I know you will come to love those experiences as well. With the tips provided here you’ll have everything you need, so start planning your holiday and good luck!

 

About the Author

Brigitte Evans is a Lifestyle Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 4, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.

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