Traveling with a baby can be a tedious thing to do especially when they are at a certain age. Depending on whether you are traveling by road or air, some airlines have age limits to which age a baby can travel. However, there are several things that you can do to ensure that you remain stress-free and have fun throughout your trip.
You need to prepare yourself adequately beforehand to make the travel comfortable and fit for both you and the baby. Here are 5 tips that you can use for a wonderful experience.
Carry some snacks and fluids
Select a few non-perishable foods and pack them along with other items. Always ensure that you carry fluids to avoid your baby being dehydrated during the trip, mostly if you will be using an airline or going to a place with hot weather conditions. If possible carry a bottle or something to suck on, which will relieve air pressure during take-off and landing.
Limit your trips to less than 6 hours
It is not wise and healthy to leave your baby sitting for long hours due to their small size. They are also not well grown to maintain certain positions, especially when they are not asleep. In case you will be traveling by road, try and make a stop along the way, get out of the car and practice walking a bit. This will reduce any exhaustion from sitting for long periods of time.
Carry extra clothing and diapers
Babies tend to cry a lot, especially when they are uncomfortable. Dress your baby in the right clothing to ensure comfort throughout your travel. In case it gets too hot, remove any additional clothes from them or add more if it’s too cold. Extra diapers and clothes will keep your baby clean in case they mess up the one they have on using spit or a diaper-leak.
Place them somewhere close where you can easily reach them. However, limit the number of clothes that you carry to avoid carrying unnecessary weight.
Carry extra gear
Bring along a blanket or pillow along with a few toys to make your baby comfortable and cozy when they sleep. These will ensure that they are calm, occupied and can sleep without throwing tantrums during your travel. Toys will also keep your baby occupied once you get to your destination making them have fun and memorable moments. Always pack light with few baby items. For items that you can buy when you get to your destination, it is better to buy them there rather than carry them from home.
Book a separate seat for your older kid
When traveling with a baby and an older kid, have another seat for the older kid. You can also decide to get an infant car seat for your baby that will enable them to sit comfortably during travel. Get a car seat stroller combo that will make your baby’s travel experience safer and comfortable.
There are numerous other ways that you can make traveling with a baby a great experience and enjoy your vacations without any problems. The best is to schedule your travel at a time when your child is sleeping. This will ensure that throughout your trip your baby will be asleep and can give you time to rest as well.