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TRAVELLING BABY TIPS

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Hi everyone, I’m going to be discussing the challenge around travelling with your baby, whether a short day trip or a long journey flight, travelling with your little ones can be one of the most stressful things a parent can face. I hope you find the travelling baby tips helpful. So let’s begin.

Planning for a short trip, what should I take?

If you are only going for a day trip somewhere and traveling by car or a train, then a baby carrier, as opposed to a buggy, may be a good option for convenience. Then you need only include the basics that you would normally take out in your baby’s travel bag. Nappies, milk, baby food and changing mat. And if you are staying overnight then consider taking a travel cot with you for convenience.Tips for travelling baby

However, where many parents, including my wife and I have gone wrong in the past is considering what to dress your baby in when you travel. We all want our baby to look nice in their best clothes for family days out, but trousers, shirts or dresses can become restrictive and irritating when your child is sitting still in their car seat for several hours or more.

For that reason I would suggest dressing your baby in a vest or sleep suit when going to and from your destination, and changing your bay into their nice smart clothes when you get to where your going.

I know it may sound a bit inconvenient, but weigh that up against the alternative of a grumpy crying baby that is uncomfortable on your trip. If you are travelling by car, I would make sure you have a reliable baby car seat, that is comfortable for your baby or toddler.

When can my baby travel by plane?

OK so officially this one is up to you, providing you can find an airline that will allow you to travel with a very young baby, most airlines would like a baby to be at least a few days old at a minimum. Remember your baby will need a passport and possibly a visa depending on where you are going, and I would strongly advise if you are going to travel with a young baby, ensure they are covered by your travel insurance, just in case anything unexpected should arise.Baby travelling by plane

Now just because you can travel with your baby, consider if you should. I remember the first time my wife and I took our son to see my wife’s family in Thailand, it was a straight flight from London to Bangkok, and my eldest son had not turned 1 yet. He screamed for about 9 hours on and off! In the end my wife passed him to me and I spent quite sometime walking up and down the plane trying to comfort him so he could sleep on my wife’s chest, as the cot they plugged into the cabin divide in front of us was just about big enough for a mouse to sleep in!

Now that being said, if you are going to fly with your little ones, here are some points to consider.

What to consider when flying with my baby?

Consider the take off times and try to fit them in to your baby’s sleep cycle, contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to plan to are off when your baby would sleep at night necessarily, although this is an option you could lift off a few hours before baby’s nighttime sleep as it gives baby a chance to get used to the new surroundings and settle down a bit before bed, and if like my son, your baby does not sleep straight away due to the strange environment and misses their soft cot, there is a chance as they have been up for a while and might nod off on your chest as they are just that tired!

Talking of take off, it is pretty commonly suggested feeding your baby their bottle during take off and landing as this makes it a little easier on their sensitive eardrums as the plane rises or descends.

Think how we feel when travelling, it is easy to become dehydrated on long flights as adults, so be sure to give your baby enough to drink on your flight.

Unless they are asleep, then let them have a look around the plane with you or out the window from time to time as any small distractions you can find for them will help the time pass more swiftly. Generally baby’s close to being newborn are better travellers than older babies of 6-8 months and older, just due to the fact that the younger baby is, the more they will sleep after feeding. And on that note, let’s talk about travelling with older babies from 6-8 months onward.

Travelling with older babies

As a baby gets older, they get more alert and will need more entertaining on a long flight. And they will be more aware of the fact their routine is being thrown out of whack. If you are travelling as a family then share the work of feeding, playing and walking around with your baby, as it will make the journey that much more bearable. Either way making sure you pack some small, and silent toys for your baby to have a look at is essential, as is planning to take enough snacks for your baby as this is always a way to distract baby from their potential temper tantrum! If only for short time.

The trick to travelling with an older baby I find is keeping them engaged and occupied for long enough that they feel like having a nap, then mums and dads can have a break both physically and mentally! The good news is that as your child’s routine may be upset, they will also wear themselves out quicker (hopefully), being in a strange environment. So knuckle down and stay with it, flying with a baby is never easy, but if you go prepared neither does it need to be more stressful than necessary.Enjoying going abroad with baby

And so to conclude….

Going abroad with your baby is definitely a challenge, but there are things that can be done to make life a little easier. Mostly around planning and preparing as we have covered here, but also mentally preparing yourselves and having the patience of a saint! Lol. But isn’t that just a necessity when you’re a parent anyway? So good luck travelling with your baby and be sure to enjoy yourselves wherever you go, because the journey might be a tricky one!

Thanks so much for visiting my site and I hope you will leave a comment below or ask any questions and I will be sure to respond.

Kenny.

kenny@myadviceforbaby.com

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “TRAVELLING BABY TIPS”

  1. Thani says:

    A really true post. It can be stressful flying with kids. Some good advice here. Thank you

    1. Yes, I totally agree! Thanks so much.

  2. Diane says:

    Great tips Kenny.
    I never travelled by plane with my young ones and I feel grateful that I didn’t hehe
    Small spaces and lots of people…No thank you 🙂
    Travelled a lot by car though. Half the car was full of baby stuff. Lots of stops and regain a positive mindset.
    Good on you for preparing travelling parents.
    Well done. You doing so great!

    Di:)

    ps not sure if its how you designed it but the wordings under the sub title “planning for a short trip,What should I take” is smaller than the rest of your article.

  3. Hi Di, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my site. Glad you liked it. I may re-edit the slightly smaller wording! Thanks

  4. Christie says:

    Hi Kenny,

    Your “Traveling Baby Tips” article just reminded me of the first time I learned that my toddler who was just barely learning how to walk, knew how to unbuckle himself from his car seat…believe me that was a real scare!! And not only did he unbuckle himself, but he also learned how to unbuckle his little brother who was just a baby at the time… But that was years ago, thank God…they did grow up to become two very intelligent and handsome young men! 🙂

    1. Hi thanks for your comment. I’m so glad it gave you some memories. Yeah kids are the best, even when the give us a bit of a fright! I hope you will visit my site again in the future. All the best, Kenny

  5. Mariah says:

    My mother and father used to fly back and forth from Taiwan with me and my brother. I was only about 6 months old and he was 2 years old. 

    I can only imagine how difficult such a long flight was. I have not flown with a baby myself yet, and I didn’t know the different tips about how to help your baby adjust to the pressure and so on. The poor babies have no idea what’s going on. Even as an adult, it can be quite painful if my ears don’t adjust to the pressure changes as we gain or lose altitude.

    Are there any other suggestions you can try if giving them a bottle doesn’t help? 

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi thanks for the question. The only go to, really is comforting them until they are calm. In the end all the tips are there to help, but it’s a hug from mum and dad that is the most effective thing you can do. Thanks.

  6. Josh says:

    You’ve covered some very important topics when it comes to traveling with a baby.. I dont think id ever think about plane travel with a baby, but that’s just me and for some it is a necessity.

    My favorite tips though is to keep a baby in comfortable clothing while traveling and only change them into nice clothes once you’ve hit your destination. If that will help them stay happy that will make the trip for everyone better.

    Thanks!

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      aGood, I’m glad you found this site helpful and I hope you will visit again, kenny

  7. Holly Knudson says:

    Kenny, This article is full of great tips for flying with babies. Boy, airplanes and babies are like oil and water, especially long overseas flight. I liked your tips about feeding them during takeoff and scheduling flights around their sleep schedule. I remember years ago taking a three month old on a red eye to NYC. it  one in the days where smoking was allowed on planes. The lady next to be smoked the entire time. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. I’m glad we don’t have to put up with that nonsense anymore. Great article! 

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      lol yeah I can imagine how bad that must have been when smoking was allowed on planes. Thanks for leaving me a comment. Kenny 

  8. Mary says:

    Hi There, I like your site, its nicely written, fun and informative.

    I have two children, and we have travelled with plane travel and car travel (long trips) in the last few years.  I often search for entertainment ideas on the internet to help me with them while travelling, playdoh has proved effective. I was wondering if you had a checklist of what I can or cannot take on a plane flight these days with young children, If I have a child with allergies etc can I take food, formula, or my own snacks? Is it OK the breastfeed a baby on a plane or are there some sort of restrictions?

    All in All its a great topic of conversation,  and I have a little bit more clarity with what to take and what to do on these trips. Thanks

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Great that you give so much detail of your own experiences and I’m glad it gave you a better idea for travelling with your family. Thanks Kenny 

  9. kaeyoes says:

    We traveled with our babies a lot!  This would have been excellent to know back when they were little 🙂  I always had to guess at what to bring and if it was going to be the right things as well as the right amount.  We usually had to bring extra traveling clothes for the babies, as well.  A car drive through a few states lasted a while, sometimes, and sometimes wasn’t only one day of traveling…

    This is really great advice for those traveling with little ones 🙂  Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Thanks as that is why I thought of creating this post on a topic like this in the first place. I’m glad you found it interesting and helpful. Kenny.

  10. Kelly Elliott says:

    I wish I would have seen this last February when we were traveling to FL. I was an anxious mess traveling with my then 1 yr old. Of course I packed everything but what I truly needed. I was also afraid I would have to check my son’s carry on due to its size. You covered it well and like I said I wish I would have seen this in February. February 2019 I will be better prepaid. Do you have a check list available to print, that would be nice to have and it would make packing alot easier if I had something to look at. Let me know thx

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi that’s great to hear that you liked my advice and I hope you will visit again. I always try and improve my work based off of feedback so if you have any suggestions please let me know. Kenny 

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