Traveling with Baby

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Before you had your baby going away and getting out of town was easy. You really didn’t give it much thought. You just booked a last minute flight and took off for a few days. Not anymore, now that you have a baby the idea of traveling can be daunting. Planning becomes a big deal and it can make the difference between a great trip and a totally stressed-out experience.

Here are some things to help make your trip a really good one. With a little planning your trip will be memorable in a very good way.

Traveling by car is pretty easy but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • The car seat should always be rear facing. This is important for safety reasons. Here’s more information about car seat safety.

  • Get removable shades for the car windows. It will not only keep the sun out of baby’s eyes but will make the car cooler. You can get these shades at Amazon or most baby stores. Munchkin makes a nice shade.

  • Plan frequent rest stops.

  • Pack a goody bag with food and entertainment. A playlist with sleepy time music can be a game changer.

If you are flying here are some ideas to ease the angst.

  • Call your airline and ask these questions:

    Can you bring your own car seat? It must be FDA approved

    Can you gate-check your stroller?

    Will the agent at the gate announce pre-boarding for families with small children?

  • Be sure to dress your baby for quick diaper changes.

  • Feed your baby on take-off and landing. The sucking and swallowing will help with the change in air pressure. If your baby isn’t ready to eat, a pacifier works well.

  • Wear your baby. You’re allowed to walk through security screening with your baby. No need to wake him up if he’s sleeping.

  • You can carry on a “reasonable” amount of liquids which may include formula, expressed milk, baby food and medicines. These must be in a clear 1-gallon zip lock bag.

  • Both you and you baby are allowed one carry on.

  • A birth certificate or some proof of your baby’s age may be required so be prepared.

  • For more travel tips go to “have baby will travel.

Other things to think about when traveling with baby:

  • If you’re crossing time zones, try to adjust your baby’s schedule by shifting your baby’s schedule back or ahead by an hour a day. Research shows that adults adjust to jet lag in about 3 days. It can take babies more or less time.

  • Try to take your baby’s sleep schedule in mind when making travel arrangements. This can make the difference between a happy baby and a cranky baby.

  • Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, even in winter. If you’re going outside your baby should be protected.

  • When you get to your destination try to create a home away from home. Having things around that are familiar to your baby will help.

  • Don’t forget to make a list of the most important information like your pediatrician’s name and number, any medications your baby may need. Keep this on your cell phone for easy access.

You should be all set. Happy travels.