Travelling With a Baby Tips
So living in the USA and having family in UK it was inevitable that we would be making frequent trips across the Atlantic. Here are some things I learnt travelling with a baby.
Plan, plan, plan!
Gone are the days of just packing last minute and showing up at the airport as the plane is boarding, travelling with a baby is a whole new adventure.
Figure out the weather where you are going and make sure you have enough clothes for your little one for the temperature. Remember babies are more susceptible to cold and hot climates.
Make a list
Make a list of what you need to take and pack in advance. Travelling with a baby you travel with all kinds of extra items so you want to make sure you can fit everything in and allow time for repacking when you can’t.
Look at your daily diaper bag, is it large enough to fit in a months worth of supplies? You may want to downsize for travelling. Look for a bag that has plenty of pockets to store items plus use plastic bags inside to keep items separated such as clothes, toys.
Take a look at your stroller, will it work for your trip? Do you plan to travel often? If so it maybe worth investing in a travel stroller. For our first trip abroad we took our big and bulky everyday stroller. This works great when at home in USA however I realized not so great in small cars and navigating small boutique stores in London, UK. Another tip, get a stroller bag – a good one ( this tip is also for your carseat). Our brand new very expensive stroller left the USA in pristine condition and looked like it had been thrown around in the dirt upon arrival. Also remove and secure any loose items like shoulder straps, we learnt that the hard way after having to purchase new ones as ours became detached and lost in transit. For subsequent trips I purchased a compact travel stroller however as my baby was still so young and we plan on travelling frequently I purchased one that will fully recline for naps , it was worth the investment. Also when purchasing a travel stroller ask yourself , does it have the accessories that you will need for example a warm sleeping bag and rain cover if travelling to colder countries.
If possible take a night flight as close to baby bedtime as possible, that way they may sleep the majority of the way.
On the plane I carried a pillow so that my baby could sleep comfortably for the long journey on my knee plus take some of the pressure off my legs and arms. If only I could stretch out and sleep like that on the plane I’d be…well sleeping like a baby.
Buy new toys that you only introduce to your baby on the plane, something like this puppet book that will easily fit into your carry on bag. That way it will engage them longer. For extra back up maybe download some of their favorite TV shows or songs to play on your phone.
Dress to be comfortable for both of you. It’s ok for baby to fly in pajamas, wouldn’t you if you could get away with it? Bring two sets of spare clothes for the baby and a spare top at least for yourself. Whatever baby spills on them it’s probably going on you too.
Make sure you rest as much as possible and eat before boarding the plane. That way you are well fed and rested to keep baby entertained whilst in the air.
Babies ears are more sensitive to cabin pressure especially on take off and landing so to help them encourage them to nurse or suck on a bottle during these times.
Lastly once onboard relax, you’re going on vacation. Babies cry on planes all the time, don’t get stressed if your little one has a little wobble it’s ok just stay calm remember they feed off your energy. Don’t forget the flight crew, they’re there to help if needed.
Happy safe travels.