Parents with a baby are usually scared of setting off somewhere further than to a local supermarket. We all fully understand that kids require special attention and being away from home makes it significantly more difficult to give appropriate healthcare. But if you’re eager to travel and get the sense of adventure, you can definitely conquer that challenge of taking the first trip. Tips below may help you to become more prepared for possible situations during either baby’s plane ride or road trip. So, take notes and get ready for your first journey with us.
1. Make the baby travel checklist
It’s not a secret that babies have more things than you do and while adults can easily go through any kind of situation, what will you do if your little one gets hurt on the plane and you’ve forgotten medicines? So making a travel list of essentials is a must for new parents. Ticking things from your list will make you more confident and prepared for your trip. Your travel list should include all the necessary things such as documents, medications, diapers, wipes, light blankets, baby clothes, bottles, nipples, ready-made formula, baby snacks, stroller, toiletries and other accessories.
2. Adjust your baby’s routine
It’s a nice piece of advice if you’re traveling with your baby abroad. Changing time zones can make a baby whimmy as he or she is already used to daily routine, and different times of eating, sleeping or playing can bring some havoc. So, it’s a great idea to try to adjust your baby’s routine in advance to make it easier for your little one to take the trip. Try to set meal times, naps and bedtime slightly earlier or later considering the place where you’re going to. It would be perfect if you start shifting your child’s schedule a couple of weeks before going to a different time zone.
3. Manage baby food while traveling
Every parent knows that meals and snacks are an important part of any outing, even when you stay in your hometown. And going to another city or, moreover, abroad can become a real challenge. Firstly, figure out whether you want to breastfeed or formula feed and take the necessary things for it. Breastfeeding has a lot of advantages while traveling as it helps the baby to calm down. But if you feel uncomfortable while breastfeeding in public, you can choose ready-made baby formula which will fully satisfy your kid’s hunger. Furthermore, if your loved one is already introduced to solids, you need to think over some snacks. A lot of families prefer taking wholesome child meals pouches which are full of necessary nutrients and can be eaten at any time and any place.
4. Grab some baby’s favorite toys
Babies sometimes get bored while traveling and it can become a real challenge for you to keep one busy. So favorite toys may remind the baby of home and keep one distracted. Pack baby travel toys that are compact and create minimal noise so they can be used in a cafe or other public places.
5. Ask for help if necessary
It applies to those travelers who have their babies under the age of three. People around you can give a hand in any kind of situation. They will usually let you through without staying in a queue, for example, or change your seats if you need that. And if your little one is getting fussy on the plane or train, you can also ask an attendant if they have anything special for kids.
6. Drive or take a plane while a baby’s asleep
Going somewhere is not a piece of cake for a baby as well. And many parents claim that taking the road during nap time is a lifesaver. Furthermore, it’ll help the child to get used to sleeping in a different place, which also is a great skill for babies.
7. Rent some baby gear
If you’re eager to pack light, you can think of the possibility of renting some baby necessities in the place of destination. Baby gear rental companies make it easier for parents to travel and you can take advantage of it. Not taking your stroller, baby carrier, car seats, a crib, high chair and other things can save the place in your suitcase and make traveling trouble-free.