Little Treasures - - TRAVEL -

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.

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