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If you are a parent, then traveling with your baby can be a daunting task. From the long flight to the cramped car seats and noisy airports, it's hard for parents to feel at ease when they have their precious cargo in tow. However, if you follow these simple tips on traveling comfortably with your baby, things will run much more smoothly!
#1 Plan everything out
The first step to traveling comfortably with your baby is planning everything out in advance. This includes flight times, what you will need on the plane, and how much luggage can be taken. If possible, try to avoid changing flights because it could mean having to wait two hours at an airport for the next one! Also, check that you have all of your essential items packed into carry-on luggage - this means no waiting around at baggage carousels after a long journey!
Also, make sure you have all of the right baby supplies. Finally, if possible, pack your carry-on luggage in advance so that it can be checked in before heading to the airport - this will make things much easier when you arrive at security! Finally, try to book a seat towards the front of any plane because these are generally more spacious and allow for extra legroom. This is essential if you want your baby to sleep comfortably on board!
#2 Schedule travel time during nap time
Another essential tip for traveling comfortably with your baby is to schedule travel time during nap times. If possible, try to avoid long journeys in the morning because this will wake up your little ones and make them grumpy! Instead, aim for late afternoon or early evening - hopefully, they'll be tired enough by then to sleep right through until you reach your destination!
Also, check that any car seats are approved by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), as these must meet certain safety standards before being used on a plane. Last but not least, it's important not to stress out too much when planning trips with your baby - they will pick up on this and become stressed themselves! Instead, focus on the positives of any trip; after all, everyone loves a holiday.
#3 Pack enough medication in your hand luggage
If you have a baby who is prone to allergic reactions or other medical conditions, then it might be a good idea to pack enough medication in your hand luggage. This could include pain relief and antihistamines for any allergies, along with creams and plasters if they suffer from eczema! Also, ensure that potential snacks (such as peanuts) are left at home because this can prevent life-threatening allergic reactions onboard the plane!
Finally, remember that all medications should only be administered by yourself - never anyone else - unless agreed by a doctor. You may also need plenty of changes of clothes after any medicine has been taken (in case there's an adverse reaction). These tips will make traveling much more comfortable for you and your baby!
#4 Don't forget the entertainment
Many of us would probably say that the most stressful part about flying with children is keeping them entertained. There are never any spare seats to lay out a blanket and read stories, nor are there any power outlets for iPads or DVDs! However, by planning ahead, you can get around these problems easily.
Firstly, download some shows onto your iPad - this will keep them occupied during the flight (and maybe even allow you to have some peace!) Finally, take along their favorite cuddly toy if it helps calm nerves on takeoff and landing - many parents swear by this trick! With so much preparation involved when traveling with babies, it's safe to say that it is not always easy!
The benefits of such a trip far outweigh any stress involved. So don't worry about rushing through airports or missing flights - just try and enjoy yourself and focus on how lucky you are to be able to take the time and spend some quality time with your family while seeing some amazing places. One day, you’re going to miss the craziness and miss the days when you had a little bundle jet setting with you to who knows where!
#5 Give yourself enough time when making plans
Finally, remember that you should always give yourself plenty of time when making travel plans with your baby. This is because airports can be so disorganized at times, and it's easy to miss flights if everything isn't planned out in advance! For instance, don't forget the fact that babies need feeding throughout any trip - especially during takeoff and landing (when ear pain may occur).
This means that they'll probably need napping mid-flight, too, which could mean getting up repeatedly before finally settling down again, just as everyone else has gone to sleep! Also, ensure you research all possible routes for traveling there beforehand (such as flying versus driving) but never go over budget - this will make things much more stressful than necessary. All these tips will ensure that you feel calm and collected when traveling with your baby!
#6 Don't take too much baby gear with you
You don't need to take your whole nursery with you - just a few essentials and the baby itself will be enough! Also, make sure you have a good car seat; this is definitely part of the essentialist for the minimalist baby and will make traveling much easier!. Also, a baby carrier that's comfortable for both of you; either front-facing or back carrying depending on how old your baby is would also make life much easier.
And lastly, remember a stroller/buggy – this will depend upon where you are going and what facilities there are locally but make sure it's sturdy enough to cope with different surfaces as well as folding down easily into a compact size.
#7 Pack as light as possible!
The lighter you pack, the easier everything will be to carry around, and this includes your baby too! Also, try using the baby carrier as much as possible (especially good for those with back problems) – it's easy enough once mastered, saves on space in a hotel room or car boot, and makes life so much easier when shopping.
If you can't stand lugging heavy suitcases around, then don't worry - there are plenty of ways to travel light these days without sacrificing comfort or safety for yourself or your little ones. You just have to think smarter than ever before!
#8 Remember snacks and drinks
Babies need feeding continuously throughout any trip, especially during takeoff and landing when ear pain may occur. But don't panic, this doesn't mean you have to take tons of food with you everywhere! Instead, just make sure there is always some in your hand luggage so that if needed, it can be given at any time without worrying about missing a meal or having to purchase something mid-flight which might not agree with them.
#9 Take an extra set or two of clothes on flights
Just in case of emergencies, spills, or other possible scenarios - this is easily done if you are traveling light. It will also make sure that even if your baby spits up during the journey (which they often do), there'll be something clean to change into when reaching your final destination!
Be ready to modify plans on the fly – babies have minds of their own sometimes, which could mean keeping them up all night, being unable to sleep, etc.; don't forget about naps just because you're away from home, though!