Whether going by plane or car, traveling with your baby can be a daunting experience, especially if your baby is brand new and you've never traveled with them before. It seems the smaller they are, the more stuff you need to bring with you, and the more planning and preparation you need to do before embarking on your journey.
All children travel differently and it can be a great experience or a challenging one for some parents. Add in multiple children and a small trip can become a lot more complicated.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when traveling with your baby:
Traveling by airplane
- you might want to bring some baby Tylenol or Advil if they are teething
- either breastfeed or give them a bottle when the plane is ascending or descending
- bring toys to keep them entertained
- bring an extra set of clothes in your carry-on luggage
- when booking your seats, if you can try to get a whole isle to yourself
- childproof your flight, remove anything within reach that isn't age appropriate for the baby
- long flights - ask for a baby hammock when booking your flight
- bring a decent sized plastic pad for changing diapers on an airplane, most planes only allow you to do it in the bathroom
- always give yourself plenty of time to check in and prepare for boarding the plane
- if you know your car seat can fit in the seat on the air plane then bring it in, many car seats are approved for flying on a commercial aircraft
Traveling by car
When going on a road trip with your little one(s) you will need to keep them entertained for a few hours, if not days, depending on the distance you plan on traveling.
- take frequent stops for bathroom breaks, to feed your baby, and to stretch
- take lots of toys, books, etc. to keep them entertained
- don't be surprised if they sleep most of the trip, most babies love the vibrations from the car
- if you don't have one built into your vehicle, consider renting a video entertainment system so the kids can watch a movie as you drive, babies are often memorized by Baby Einstein videos
- have extra clothing and a diaper bag close by in case you need to stop
- if traveling in winter time have an emergency kit in the car in case it breaks down
- every once in awhile monitor the air temperature to make sure that it's not too hot or cold
- put screens on both read side windows so that the sun isn't directly in your babies eyes for any stretch of road