Babies love to travel. They love to explore, see the world etc. Although travelling is fun for baby, it is not as much fun for mommy. Babies become very cranky, hungry and tired most of the time while travelling, therefore taking a trip with a new born seems almost impossible. Here are a few tips that might help you take that long awaited vacation after the baby came along.
When is my baby old enough to travel?
Your baby can travel soon after she/he’s born. Young babies generally make good travelers if they feel cuddled and secure and are feeding regularly. The movement and activity often helps them sleep. However, you may want to think twice before embarking on any long journey if your baby has colic etc, or you are feeling overwhelmed with new parenthood. If you feel you don’t yet have a moment to spare between feeding and changing your baby, perhaps wait a few weeks until you are feeling more settled.
By three months, you and your baby are more likely to be ready to travel. Your baby is no longer as fragile, but she/he’s still small enough to not mind whether her bed is at home or in a hotel room, as long as he/she gets to cuddle next to you.
What’s the best way to transport your baby?
Choosing the right travel gear will certainly help smooth the journey and make it easier to explore your destination once you arrive.
If you are flying, a front carrier or baby sling is an ideal way to transport your baby when he/she is tiny. Being carried close to you or your partner will make him/her feel safe. Baby carriers also make travelling much easier on trains and buses. Using a sling keeps your hands free, so you can delve for passports, find money for fares, and carry bags, all while you hold your baby snugly.
If your baby is very small, a travel system with a car seat that fits on to the pushchair chassis may be the best option. It takes some of the hassle out of getting in and out of cars and airplanes, it also means you can move your baby without disturbing his/her sleep.
What do I need to pack?
- Baby wipes
- Nappy rash cream
- Changing mat
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Car seat
- Small first aid- kit
- Breast pump (if needed)
- Travel sterilizer kit
- Plenty of clothes
- Formula milk
Along with these essentials make sure you arrange a proper sleeping bed/cot for your baby with the hotel/accommodation you go to.
How can I keep my baby happy when travelling?
Making sure you are both feeling calm and rested is a good start. Try to make sure you and your baby get plenty of sleep before you set off.
Along with his/her food and drink, take a bag containing a few of your baby’s favorite toys.
Feeding while travelling
Breastfeeding is very convenient when travelling as you don’t need to pack any equipment.
If you are formula-feeding, you could bring an insulated flask of boiled water, portions of formula powder, and sterilized bottles and teats. Then you can make a feed whenever your baby wants one.
Sterilising bottles may take a little organizing, but travel bottle sterilizers and pre-sterilized bottle liners are available in many baby shops today.