How To Make Sure Your Baby Stays Safe While Traveling

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Alongside many challenges that parenting brings, traveling with a baby for the first time may seem like one of the scariest ones. Maybe you’ve heard about some bad experiences, or maybe you’re just scared. True, it’s not an easy task but it’s doable. With proper planning and a handful of useful tips, you’ll gain the confidence and the courage to do it. Here are some ideas that will help you take the best possible care of your little one during the trip and make it more enjoyable for the whole family.

1. The art of smart packing.

Almost any trip requires some sort of planning. When you’re traveling with a baby, then good planning definitely becomes half the battle. Packing for such a trip may seem like a daunting task, but trust me, with the right approach, you’ll become the master of it. Time places an important role here. It’s not something that you’ll want to do at the last minute. Sit down and make a list. Actually, make two – one for the bag with the essentials that you’ll carry with you, and one for the rest of the luggage. This way, you’ll get the insight into the things that you need to buy, wash, or get ready before you set off. In addition, this will also give you enough time to deal with things that you may have forgotten to include and avoid stressing out before the trip.

2. Set off during baby’s nap time.

As a parent, nobody knows your baby’s endurance span better than you. Also, you probably know that it’s a lot shorter than yours. This is important to keep in mind when planning your first trip with your little one. You will want them to stay as calm as possible and that’s why it’s important to schedule your departure around their sleeping routine. Whether you’re traveling by car or by plane, make sure that you set off during your baby’s nap time. By doing this, you won’t disrupt your baby’s sleeping schedule which means they will be less fussy during the trip. The best option is to travel during the night, or after lunch time which is their usual nap time.

3. Buckle up!

Making sure your little one is safe during the trip is an absolute imperative, but you probably know that already. What may puzzle you though, are the ways that you can make sure you’re doing it right. The safest way for a baby to travel is a car seat. Even if you’ll be changing transportation along the way, this is something you can’t do without. If you haven’t done it already, do some research and look for high-quality infant car seats that will best suit your baby’s needs. You’ll also find some useful tips on how to safely secure the seat in your car or other regulations that refer to airplanes. Yes, many airplanes will allow you to carry your baby’s car seat on a plane which will provide both you and a baby with much-appreciated comfort.

4. Put the feed bag on.

Whether you traveling with an infant or a slightly older baby, prepping their meals for the trip is something you have to think about beforehand. If you’re breastfeeding, traveling by car may be a more comfortable solution for you. This way, you can make stops whenever there’s a need for them, and you can feed your baby in the privacy of your own car. If you’re going on a long flight, this activity can be a bit more complex. However, there’s no need for you to be worried. You can always make a privacy curtain with a receiving blanket and other passengers will probably be glad to offer help. If you’re bottle feeding, prepare your bottles with baby formula powder. That way, you can just ask one of the flight attendants for some warm water and you’re done!

5. Make as many pit stops as you need.

If you’re traveling by plane, then you don’t quite have the option to take breaks. This is one of the biggest advantages of traveling by car has over flying. Even though you have probably calculated your arrival time, it’s important not to stick to it at all costs. After all, it’s more important to travel safely and enjoy the ride than to be there at the exact time you planned. Look at this trip as an adventure and plan the route ahead. Find some interesting spots where you can take a break and reset. Make a stop every couple of hours. This will not only benefit the baby but the parents as well. If you’re driving, you can use this time to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

6. Pack the essentials kit.

Sure, smart packing when traveling with a baby is crucial. However, prepping an essentials kit can be a life-saver. This is the bag that you’ll be carrying with you during the entire trip so it’s important to think about all the necessities that you might need. From water and baby bottles to diapers and a pacifier, make sure it has all the things you and your baby need. Pack some of their favorite toys and a change of clothes. Also, don’t forget to include a first-aid kit. Talk to your pediatrician before the trip and consult with him about whether or not your little one needs any additional vaccinations or medication.

All in all, traveling with your little one doesn’t have to be a nerve-shattering experience. With the right tips and a positive attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for the whole family. Keep in mind that as much as it’s important to plan and prepare for the trip, it’s even more important not to expect that everything will go as planned. Even with some possible bumps on the road, you will manage to do it. Staying calm and positive even if things aren’t, will reduce the tension and make the whole experience more pleasant for all of you.

Thanks to Mia Johnson

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