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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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