Traveling with Baby
Traveling with a baby is a much more complex experience than traveling solo. But with some preparation, you can have a manageable and fulfilling travel experience!
Traveling by car
Traveling by car is the easiest in terms of having everything you need. You have plenty of space, and anything forgotten is easily acquired on the way. But keep these things in mind:
- You’ll need to stop about every hour, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Not quick potty breaks, either, but long pauses to let your baby out of their restrictive seat and get variety of scenery.
- You’ll want to have a variety of things to let your baby hold, but don’t give them all at once. Change toys or items (spoons or extra paper cups or empty water bottles are all great entertainment!) only when the baby is fully tired of something.
- Plan your days with your baby’s sleep needs in mind. On the road, the nap times are good for making a little more distance all at once. During the rest of your trip, you’ll need a place for your little one to rest during those times.
Traveling by plane
The breastfeeding moms have the advantage here. Nursing prevents uncomfortable ear pressure, keeps the baby at least partly occupied, and often encourages the baby to simply sleep through the flight.
For longer flights and the non-breastfeeding moms:
- Don’t worry about a car seat, and have a small, cheap stroller for the airport if you use one. (Larger strollers need to be checked and can get damaged by luggage handling.)
- Boarding last is fine. The less time spent inside the plane, the less likely baby is to get utterly tired of it.
- Pack teething rings or chewy snacks to help baby’s ears adjust to the pressure changes.
- Don’t let the anxiety of what the other passengers would think change how you care for your child. Focus on your child’s needs.
Above all, remember to take your time while traveling! Breathe, smile at your baby, find a quiet corner, and enjoy the journey.