Whether your lifestyle is such that you will be spending a lot of time traveling on the road due to business commitments, or else your friends and other family members live across the state or even farther away, naturally, you will need to travel with your baby fairly often.
With this in mind, for your information and reading pleasure, here is a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your baby for a long journey.
Flying With a Baby
Before the arrival of your tiny bundle of joy, you may well have been one of those people who, when embarking on a plane ride, religiously checked to see if you are seated in the vicinity of an infant and hoping with all your might that you are not.
Now, with a newborn or young baby in your arms, it is your turn to secure the safety and happiness of your child on a flight, as well as the comfort of both you and your traveling companions and the people seated around you.
Key ways to prepare your baby for traveling on an airplane include the following:
- Ideally, buy a seat for your baby as well and strap them into the plane seat by the side of you. The top ten baby car seat accessories nearly always include entertaining baby toys as well, so your baby will be distracted and stimulated during the flight
- Ensure everything you pack for the flight, in terms of provisions for your baby and for yourself, is packed safely out of reach
- Feel comfortable enough to ask the flight attendant for help if you need it.
- Try to schedule feedings for landing time and take-off to help with ear comfort as a result of pressure changes
Taking a Train With a Baby
The key to a successful and stress-free trip on a train with a newborn baby, or indeed a young child, is preparation – and one of the most important things to remember is that you should arrive at the train station early, leaving yourself plenty of time.
- If your baby does not settle, walk them in your arms up and down the carriage
- Reserve a seat for your baby
- Make sure your baby is dressed in comfortable and layered clothing so you can easily control their body temperature
- Talk to the train staff if you need baby formula refrigerated or heated up
Preparing for a Long Car Trip
The most common and frequent mode of transport that you are likely to take your baby on is a car journey, and there is a myriad of ways in which you can ensure your child has a safe and comfortable car ride.
- Choose a rear-facing car seat
- Use a shade on the car windows to protect your baby from sunlight
- Never, under any circumstances, leave your baby alone in the car
- Bring along colorful and stimulating pictures for your baby to look at whilst traveling
- Play relaxing and calm musical tunes during the car journey