If you are planning on going away for the holidays to see friends and family and also to introduce them to your new bundle of joy, then you’re in luck because Huggies has come to the rescue with some great tips on how to travel with your baby. If you’re not too sure about how to make the trip as comfortable for baby as it is for you then keep reading for tips on how to make sure baby is comfy when travelling by car or plane,
The most important thing about travelling with a baby is planning. Travelling with your baby should be exciting and seen as family time. Planning ahead of time will allow you to be prepared for most situations:
Travelling by car:
If you are travelling in a car, then don’t forget your car seat. Taking your pram with you may help if you would like to walk with your newborn during stops. make sure you also take a blanket that’s right for the weather on the day so baby is warm at all times.
One of the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding is that your milk is always readily available. If bottle-feeding, make sure you have a number of sterilised bottles to make-up a feed while you are out.
Of course, it’s also important to have a bag packed with the essentials. In your bag you will need nappies, wet wipes, breast pads (if you are breast feeding), a changing mat, hand sanitiser and disposable bags for dirty nappies. It is also a good idea to have an extra set of clothes for you and baby, a pacifier or some other comfort item, which can make a difference to both of your travelling experiences. It is also good to have a first aid kit in your car with basic items such as plasters, cotton wool and tweezers.
Don’t forget to bring along baby’s favourite rattle and soft toys to keep him/her busy whilst on the road. An assortment of hats and sunscreen to protect baby from the harsh sun’s rays especially if you’re going down to the coast. Baby’s skin is very delicate and soft and keeping it hydrated and healthy could help in preventing skin disease in the future.
If your baby is in a routine, try and map your travelling time accordingly. It is also suggested that you travel along main routes where you know there will be plenty of restrooms and restaurants along the way in case your little one needs an unforeseen nappy change or feed. It is easier if mom or dad sits in the back with baby to be able to assist baby at all times.
Travelling by aeroplane:
When travelling with your baby by aeroplane, it is advisable to feed your baby before the plane takes off as you will not only feed baby, but you will also alleviate the pressure on your baby’s ears. Alternatively you can use your clean fingertip/pacifier for baby to suck on. Having a baby carrier or sling to walk baby up and down the isles is also recommended for when baby starts getting restless.
The older your newborn gets the more awake they will be and in order to stimulate them accordingly you can have some soft toys and dangling toys with which to entertain them.