10 Tips For Traveling With A Newborn
Sometimes, travel is necessary after the birth of a new baby so you need to know about these 10 tips for traveling with a newborn. Family emergencies, moving and vacations are all part of life and sometimes travel arrangements can't be changed even if you are new parents. Traveling with a newborn may seem like a daunting task but with a few things to keep in mind, you should be able to travel safely while enjoying your new baby. Here are ten tips for traveling with a newborn.
- Prepare a travel kit. A travel kit can consist of many things, but make sure you have the necessities such as a first aid kit, any medications that are needed, wipes, diapers, favorite toys or blankets that help your baby sleep and supplies you normally use on a day to day basis.
- Bring safety necessities. If you are traveling by car, bus or train or going to any place that is sunny, be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen for your baby to keep the sun off of them. Babies can burn very quickly with just a little sun so be sure to protect your infant's skin when traveling with a newborn.
- Try to keep their schedule the same. Traveling can make it difficult to keep a normal schedule but if possible, keep your baby's sleep and eating schedule similar to what they are used to at home. This can keep your baby calmer in an unfamiliar setting by keeping familiarity in his schedule.
- Have help available if possible. Traveling can be hectic as it is and traveling with a newborn can compound the situation. If there are other members of the family traveling with you, utilize their help when possible, especially if you are doing the driving or a portion of it.
- Be aware of any changes. Keep yourself aware of any health changes in your baby when traveling. Travel by planes can cause ear aches in babies, and cars can cause motion sickness. While you may not experience any of these issues when traveling with a newborn, it is best to be highly sensitive to any changes your baby may experience.
- Have emergency numbers available. Be sure to take with you the numbers you need in case of an emergency such as your baby's doctor's number.
- Have patience. Your baby may be more fidgety and upset with this unfamiliar event so have patience and try to keep calm when your baby cries.
- Bring your car seat. Car seats are a must in travel by automobile but can be used on airplanes, busses and trains as well.
- Have a blanket handy in case you are breast feeding. A blanket is good to have so that you can have privacy when breast feeding on any type of public transportation.
- Be aware of airplane rules. If traveling by plane, keep in mind what types of liquids you can bring and what sized bottles are able to pass through security so that you have your baby's needs attended to.
While it's not always suggested that you travel with a newborn, sometimes you have to. Keeping in mind these ten tips on traveling with a newborn should be helpful in making it a trip to remember.