HOW-TO TRAVEL WITH A BABY
Heading towards the sunny horizon of an overseas holiday is something we all look forward to, but when it comes to travelling with a baby, especially for the first time, preparations extend well beyond throwing your swimsuit, sunnies and sunblock into a bag and making a mental reminder to grab your passport on your way out the door.
The one thing that’s a must when you’re travelling with a baby is confidence. You’ve got this! All it takes is a bit of preparation, which for the best outcome means planning early. Consider packing in stages – doing the initial pack two weeks before you go, with everything that you think you need. Revisit your suitcases a week later – don’t be surprised if you’ve remembered something or reconsider bringing some excess (often parents realise they remember everything for bub, but forget their own essentials).
When booking your airline tickets, consider timings that correlate with baby’s sleeping schedule and book an aisle seat. If it’s available, book the airline’s bassinet. In terms of baggage, there is an allowance for extra cabin or check-in items, whether it’s a pram, carseat or suitcase.
When travelling to a different time zone, if you’re away for a short time try to stay as close to your home sleep routine as possible, to make it easier for your return. It may mean that one of you is hotelbound incredibly early, or up before the sun rises – but take turns. Some people try to get baby on the new time zone before they leave. Alternatively, try to keep bub up as long as possible in the evening and avoid naps close to bedtime.
Don’t forget to check the local reports of any required vaccinations and take precaution with insect repellant against mozzies. Opt for natural ingredients such as lemongrass oil or fennel oil.
When packing your carry-ons for the plane, consider having one specifically for baby. In this include a change of clothes, cardigan in case its cold, extra blanket, wipes, nappies, changing mat, and favourite toys and/or book.
Bring along any of your baby’s favourite sleeping items, and before you depart, download rain noise or other noise apps onto your phone or ipad.
Many rental car companies have a car-seat option, and hotels have transportable cots on-hand – just don’t forget to request one when you book to ensure you’ve secured it.
Keep your little one’s ears clear at departure and take-off by either feeding them, or giving them water or a pacifier to encourage him/her to swallow.
Opt for wearing your baby while travelling – it will make it all the easier when going through security at the airport or heading out on a daily adventure.