Travelling can be a real fun , if your trip is really a planned one.
Travelling with your baby is a bit different one. You need to plan your trip nicely for the comfort of young one.Most of the time you prefer to avoid travelling with your baby but his is definitely not the solution
Obviously babies need lots of attention and feeds, so travelling long distances and going on holiday can be difficult to manage. And you may be feeling exhausted, too. Your trip can be a real fun with you baby if are prepared before hand.
Here are some tips for you if you are going to travel with your baby
How old your baby is?
Your baby can travel soon after she’s born. Most airlines prefer babies to be at least two days old, but after that, it’s up to you. Young babies generally make good travellers if they feel cuddled and secure and are feeding regularly. The movement and activity often helps them sleep, too! However, you may want to think twice before embarking on any long journeys if your baby has colic, is tongue tied, 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’s still small enough to not mind whether her bed is at home or in a hotel room, or being cuddled close to you.
Once your baby is mobile or has established a routine, which is usually around seven months to nine months, travel can become a greater challenge.
What’s the best way to transport with 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 she is tiny. Being carried close to you or your partner will make 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 young, 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 aeroplanes, and means you can move your baby from the car to a cafe, from the plane to the arrivals lounge without disturbing her sleep. However, many systems take up quite a lot of space and are probably not the best option if you live in a tiny flat or you do not use a car.
In this situation, a lightweight, umbrella-folding pushchair is a useful alternative. Fold-away pushchairs take up much less space than travel systems and can fit in the smallest car boot. They are also very practical when travelling by plane. Some versions also have car seats that can be attached to them, providing the best of both worlds. Make sure the model you choose is suitable from birth with a seat that lies flat. Some models are only suitable for babies from six months when they can sit up.
If you’re travelling by plane, your baby can ride in her pushchair to the aircraft door when it is usually put in the hold. Make sure you get a luggage tag for it at check-in.
What all you need to pack for baby when we’re going away?
- If you are booking a holiday and your baby usually sleeps in a cot, do ask for one when you make your reservation. Discovering there is no cot when you arrive at your destination with a tired baby is not a good start to a holiday.
- If you take along your own travel cot, pack a sheet and your baby’s cover. The familiar smell of your laundry may help settle your baby when you’re away.
- If you are buying a carrycot for your travel system, consider choosing one that is suitable for overnight sleeping. Not all of them are. It will be easier than taking a travel cot when your baby is small. At home, you can use the carrycot instead of a Moses basket.
- If your baby wakes when the sun rises, pack a travel blackout blind or blackout curtains. Not all rooms have thick curtains or shutters.
- If you’re travelling somewhere hot, a baby sun pod will keep your baby shielded from the wind and the sun. Make sure your pushchair has a sun canopy or umbrella, too.
- You may also want to take a plug-in baby monitor or night-light with you, which is useful for settling your baby back to sleep in an unfamiliar room. You may need a plug adapter, too.
- Take along a couple of her favourite toys and books. Stacker cups are brilliant as they can double up as bath toys.
- If your baby likes a bath as part of her evening routine, a universal bath plug is very useful. It will turn a shower into a bath. Or you can put socks over the taps and bathe her in the basin.
- And of course, take along your camera to capture all the fun!
Along with the above, you will also need to remember all the usual baby supplies, which may include:
- nappy rash cream
- changing mat
- sunhat and sunscreen
- car seat
- first-aid kit
- breast pump
- travel steriliser kit
- formula milk
It’s worth packing a basic first-aid kit with supplies of plasters and infant paracetamol for relieving a fever. If you are travelling overseas or going to an area a long way from shops, you may want to consider taking other items, such as a colic treatment, saline nose drops for stuffy noses, and teething gel. See our first-aid kit checklist for more ideas.
How can you keep your 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 her food and drink, take a bag containing a few of your baby’s favourite toys, plus a couple of new ones. Possible playthings can include:
- anything shiny
- baby-proof mirrors
- musical toys
- soft animals
- plastic keys
- teething rings
How can you feed your baby when traveling?
Breastfeeding is very convenient when travelling as you don’t need to pack any equipment.
If you are formula-feeding, you can buy convenient travel-sized packs of ready-made formula at most chemists and supermarkets. Or you could bring an insulated flask of boiled water, portions of formula powder, and sterilised bottles and teats. Then you can make a feed whenever your baby wants one.
Sterilising bottles may take a little organising, but travel bottle sterilisers and pre-sterilised bottle liners are available in many shops.
Your baby’s milk and food is not subject to the same maximum restrictions as other liquids for aeroplane cabin baggage. You are allowed to carry enough for your baby’s journey. Find out more in our travel tips for families.
If your baby is eating solids, pop a few well-wrapped jars and sachets of baby food into your luggage. You should be able to buy food when you’re away, unless you are going somewhere really exotic. However, a few favourite flavours will help your baby settle. Lots of bibs are also essential for catching all that pureed sweet potato!
How can you keep your baby safe when travelling in the car?
Take the same careful approach to safety as you do at home. Follow these safety steps:
- Get some removable window shades for your car to shield your baby’s skin and eyes from the sun.
- Make sure your baby’s car seat is properly installed and that the seatbelts, if used, are correctly threaded. Your baby should travel in a rear-facing car seat installed on the back seat of your car. Never place your baby’s car seat on the front seat of a car with an activated passenger air bag.
How can you keep your baby happy when travelling by plane?
Feed your baby during take-off and landing to ease any earache.
Give her a change of scenery from her seat when you can. Walk her about the plane or train and let her look out of the window. Unless she’s asleep, lay her down safely and let her kick her legs at least every couple of hours.
Do ensure she is drinking enough during the journey. It’s easy to become dehydrated when travelling.