Is this your first time traveling with your little one?
You must be scared, right? It’s okay.
The thought of traveling with an infant raises many concerns that revolve around the baby’s safety. However, according to Movingbabies, vacationing with your baby does not have to be a nightmarish ordeal. It can be quite an adventure if you make all the necessary preparations.
For a fun, safe and adventurous trip, check out the helpful hints before putting your infant on a car seat:
1. Get Your Baby Vaccinated
Your baby’s immune system is relatively weaker than yours. And, considering that foreign countries have varying health standards, your baby may be at risk of contracting a contagious disease. Hence, your first action should be getting your little one vaccinated before embarking on your trip.
The government keeps an updated travel advisory for different destinations. Research your destination ahead of time to check for any health warnings. Get your baby vaccinated accordingly and take all the necessary health precautions when you get there.
2. Make It Entertaining
Traveling for long distances is both tiring and boring. Babies cannot stand either, and they will make their frustration known by crying and making a fuss. However, they will not notice it if you keep their minds occupied with fun and games. Do not forget to pack some of your baby’s favorite toys. You should also get in on the fun – you could use it too!
Will you be traveling by plane? If so, you should book the ideal seat to make the trip less cumbersome.
The ideal sitting positions when traveling with a baby are the window and the aisle seats. You will have more space to interact with your baby on these seats. Middle seats will sandwich you and your little one between other passengers who may get in your way. You should also consider asking your airline to block off a middle seat if the flight is not sold out.
Make sure that you pack all your baby’s supplies. The extra luggage will cost you, so make sure that you carry only the essentials. Alternatively, you can travel light and buy new supplies when you get to your destination.
As mentioned, you should consider bringing a car seat. It will come in handy on the plane and the ground when you arrive at your destination. It will ensure your baby’s safety every time you board a flight or hire a taxi.
A baby stroller will also come in handy for you both. It will make it easier to get around when you arrive at your destination.
A light-weight baby stroller will do just fine for short trips that will not require you to move around a lot. If, however, you will be doing a lot of sightseeing, you should bring a heavy-duty stroller.
5. Check Into a Child-Friendly Hotel
Most hotel rooms are not designed to accommodate babies. Do your research and get a child-friendly hotel. At the very least, the hotel should provide you with a baby crib. You should also consider booking a corner room that will muffle your baby’s cries.
Ethnic cuisine may be a delicacy for you, but your baby might feel otherwise. You also have to take into consideration the threat of food-borne diseases. It is prudent to pack some baby food before traveling. Alternatively, look for food brands that your baby is familiar with when you get to your destination.
Traveling with your baby can be lots of fun as long as you prepare well. Take these tips to heart and keep your little one’s personal needs and preferences in mind. Your little angel deserves to see everything that the world has to offer!