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Tips for Taking Your Baby on Vacation

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 1

New parents are often apprehensive when it comes to taking long distance trips with their babies but they shouldn't be. In fact, young families can be seen traveling to all parts of the globe whether it be by air, land, or sea. Preparing for a trip with a baby takes time and patience. With a little bit of both, doting parents don't have to wait until their kids go to college to take a trip around the world.

Practice Makes Perfect

Here are some ways to make traveling with an infant easier:

Pack a diaper bag with all the necessities. Make sure to have the appropriate amount of bottles, pacifiers, diapers, burp cloths, toys, blankets and medications. Soothing a crying baby after a long drive or flight will come naturally as long as you have a fully equipped toolkit.

Dress your infant appropriately. Do not layer clothing if traveling to a warmer hemisphere. Do not underdress him or her in colder climates either. Pack a hat to shield their face from the sun or a cap to keep their head warm when it is frigid outside.

Keep your baby's routine. If your son or daughter eats or sleeps at a certain time, be respectful of this. A family vacation is not an appropriate time to change things around. Put your child down for a nap at his or her regularly scheduled time not when it is most convenient for you.

Rent or purchase a stroller once you have reached your destination. Carrying a bulky piece of equipment on an airplane can cost a fortune. It can also slow you down when you are trying to reach a terminal in a hurry. If you plan on driving and space permits, place your own stroller in the trunk and pack your suitcases on top of it.

Keep your infant's personal documents in a safe place. For international trips, a passport for your child may be required by the country that you are visiting. A boarding pass may also be necessary. Some airlines require that a baby carrier or child seat accompany the infant on the flight. Other companies are more lenient and allow the child to sit on the lap of his or her parent. Whatever the case may be, a simple phone call pre-flight will clear up any questions that you might have in regards to rules and regulations on the airplane.

Toting around small children while racing against the clock to meet deadlines, flight reservations and lodging is no easy task. Armed with an arsenal of knowledge, new parents can avoid any catastrophes that might happen while traveling with a baby by following the tips provided here. Whether the infant is a newbie at traveling or an old pro, it is always best to keep this in mind. It is better to be over-prepared than underprepared. A beloved toy or book can be a lifesaver to a scared child. By providing the comforts of home, parents can ensure that their family vacation package starts off well and ends well.



Jan 17, 2010 10:14pm
Am I glad my baby is a four year old now. Traveling with an infant would mean so much more preparation. It is so much easier to just leave for the plane or train now.
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