20 Tips for Trav­el­ling with Baby

DINE and Destinations - - TRAVELS - By Yashy Mur­phy

Be­fore she was three months old, our jet-set­ting baby had trav­elled with us to Lon­don, Paris and In­dia. We not only sur­vived, but we had thrilling ad­ven­tures soak­ing up Parisian cul­ture, mar­vel­ling at the stun­ning Taj Ma­hal, and even breast­feed­ing in a chapel in West­min­ster Abbey. Two years later, and now with two ba­bies in tow, we have trav­elled to eight coun­tries and 33 ci­ties, and con­tinue to quench our thirst for tour­ing places near and far.

Trav­el­ling with an in­fant can be daunt­ing, but know that you can en­joy a peace­ful jour­ney as long as you are well pre­pared. An­tic­i­pate de­lays and en­sure you have plenty of sleep the day be­fore your trip. With sum­mer around the cor­ner, don’t let the fear of va­ca­tion­ing with a baby keep you from ex­plor­ing the world and en­joy­ing amaz­ing ad­ven­tures!

In the air

Re­quest a basinet (if avail­able), or if the flight isn’t fully booked, ask if you can bring your car seat on­board.

Stay calm and don’t stress out—ba­bies feed off your en­ergy. As soon as you board, ask a flight at­ten­dant if any of the lava­to­ries have a change ta­ble. Air­line re­strooms are a good quiet spot to calm a cry­ing baby. Travel with ex­tra earplugs that you can of­fer to neigh­bours dur­ing your wee one’s cat­a­strophic cry­ing ses­sions. If breast­feed­ing, travel with a bot­tle or two of pumped milk. If for­mula feed­ing, travel with your own wa­ter source. Air­line wa­ter may not be safe for baby to drink. Keep milk bot­tles cold in an ice-filled air­sick­ness bag. They’re wa­ter­proof. Put in any re­quests for hot wa­ter or ad­di­tional needs well be­fore feed­ing time to give the flight at­ten­dants time to ful­fill your re­quest. En­sure your di­a­per bag is well stocked with snacks and toys. Of­fer ba­bies a paci­fier, bot­tle or fin­ger to suck on to avoid the ef­fect of cabin pres­sure changes dur­ing take­off and land­ing.

On the road

En­sure the car seat is com­fort­able, clean and prop­erly in­stalled. Bring along a va­ri­ety of dry snacks and place them in a spot that can be eas­ily ac­cessed. Bring your baby’s favourite toy and blan­ket. En­sure toys and paci­fiers are se­curely teth­ered onto the car seat so noth­ing falls on the floor. Don’t for­get en­ter­tain­ment. Whether it’s an ipad or a DVD player, en­sure it’s well-stocked with pre-loaded car­toons and age-ap­pro­pri­ate games. Carry milk in a travel-sized cooler. Pack enough ice for the jour­ney. In­vest in a por­ta­ble bot­tle warmer and en­sure milk bot­tles are warmed well be­fore feed­ing time. On long jour­neys, plan pit stops ev­ery four to five hours. Choose spots where your baby can stretch out. Never take a break if your baby is sleep­ing—it’s a sure way to wake them from quiet slum­ber. En­sure change pad and di­a­pers are ac­ces­si­ble, and have a spot cleared in the car for emer­gency di­a­per changes. If pos­si­ble, di­vide and con­quer—have one per­son driv­ing and the other in the back seat to at­tend to baby’s needs.

Yashy Mur­phy Travel Writer , Life­style Blog­ger and So­cial Me­dia Con­sul­tant,

Baby & Life www.babyan­dlife.com

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