Your challenge: You can’t wait to introduce baby to the big, beautiful world. The only issue is just how big it really is. Thanks to the wonderfully complicating factors that accompany life with a baby, traveling is now daunting in a whole new way.
The solution: Babies deserve credit for their amazing acclimating abilities. As the parent, you are just the one who will need a bit of a pre-travel pep talk. So know this: With a little preparation, strategizing and confidence, you can have a smooth traveling experience with your little companion.
Taking flight: Air travel is never the easiest thing to manage, logistically. Now with a baby aboard the plane, the prospect can feel a bit intimidating. Set yourself up for success by scheduling flights at optimal times for baby (read: not way after bedtime), arriving with plenty of margin time and bringing along items that can help soothe baby, such as a pacifier for take-off or a quiet-but-engaging toy for flight entertainment.
Working around sleep schedules: Just as you wouldn't want to travel when you’re overtired, everyone will be happiest if baby’s sleep needs are respected. The good news is that newborns are amazing at sleeping on the fly (including really on the fly in airplanes!) as long as they feel soothed and comforted. If you’re flying, a nursing cover can pull double duty to block light from a sleeping baby. Or, if you’re on the road, make sure baby is comfortable + secure in the car seat so they can get in a solid snooze.
Checking up on baby’s health: Regardless of where you are traveling, it may provide you some peace of mind to schedule a well-check for your baby before hitting the road. (Never fun to begin with, lurking ear infections could really trouble baby if you’re flying.) Also be sure to fill your doctor in on your plans in case they recommend any additional immunizations.
Providing stability + stimulation: When you’ve arrived at your destination (hooray!), aim to give baby the comforts of home as much as possible—so that everyone has an enjoyable time. Do they sleep in a playard at home? Pack it! Are they used to warm milk? Bring along that bottle warmer. Do they have a favorite toy? Make sure it makes the trip, too.
Pro tip: When you’re planning your destination, also plan for pit stops. You’ll all enjoy getting out of the car and resetting along the way, so even if it’s a longer day, it will likely be a more pleasant one.
You’ve got this.
Motherly + Kids 2 provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. This site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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