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The Ups and Downs of Traveling with Baby!
Traveling with babies is not easy, but with a little preparation it doesn’t have to turn into a horror story! In fact, if you have all the right travel items that can keep you and your child refreshed and organized, it can be an enjoyable experience.
If you plan on taking a flight, there are some preplanning you can do to make sure you have everything you need. Some airplanes offer a special baby seat for children or you can simply strap your little one on your lap using a baby belt during take offs and landings.
Airlines often have hot water for baby formulas but make sure you test the temperature as often it is boiling water they are giving you. Advice from one parent suggested breastfeeding or bottle feeding baby during take offs and landings as it can help relieve the pressure that builds up in their ears.
If you are traveling by plane you will probably have limited space to pack everything you need. However, it is a good idea to take most of their needs in a carry-on piece of luggage. The last thing you want is to have your luggage get lost with all your baby’s clothes and diapers.
Diaper Bag Backpack
The perfect size for an airplane carry-on bag for of baby's things!
You can't go wrong with this travel backpack for babies. There is a diaper station with changing pad, a wipes dispenser and space for 16 large diapers. The insulated pockets will hold a number of baby bottles and the ventilated pouch is handy for storing pacifiers or teethers. There is even an outside pocket to hold a DVD player or computer.
This stroller is well made and sturdy and easy to collapse. You are able to take this as a carry-on with most airlines. It has a retractable canopy and integrated brake. The backpack has two outside pockets, great for storing toys or snacks for baby.
Here is what one customer had to say about this backpack stroller:
"I was a bit hesitant when first purchasing this product about the size. I'm 5'2 and have a petite build so I was a bit apprehensive about the thought of lugging this thing on my back around New York City. When it arrived, I was pretty relieved and happy about the weight. I find that it's not straining on my back at all. The adjustable straps help make it feel like it's safely secured when my toddler is not being carted in it. As for assembling the stroller itself, it's really easy once you get the hang of it."
QuickSmart Backpack Stroller Directions Video
10 Tips for Traveling With Baby
There is no reason why you can't enjoy traveling just because you have a baby. With a little planning you will be able to enjoy your journey and your child will be well taken care of as well. When traveling with a baby there is some preparation required. You will need to decide based on your destination what you will need to take. Also, you will need to take into consideration the age of your child. Infants are going to require different items than a toddler!
- Plan for a slower pace than if you were traveling alone or with another adult. Traveling with a baby means you will have to stop from time to time to either change their diapers or feed them.
- If you have a child with allergies, it is a good idea to have this information on a card in the language of the country you are visiting. Check out www.allergytranslation.com as they have a number of cards in different languages.
- If you are planning to say at a hotel, check to see if they have special family rates. Some hotels even offer free meals for children so if you are traveling with another child besides your baby, this could be a good cost saving decision.
- If you are traveling to a foreign country you will need to talk to your doctor about any vaccination records or other medical conditions that you might have to consider.
- Also, check to see if you require a visa as some countries require one for children as well as adults.
- If your child is adopted or you are the only parent traveling with your baby, you might need to bring documentation to prove you have the right to travel with your child. As well bring along a copy of their birth certificate.
- Baby monitors are something you might want to bring along. This is idea for keeping an eye on your child especially if you have them sleeping in an adjoining bedroom.
- Another good idea is to bring along a portable steam sterilizer. This will be especially handy for sterilizing teethers or toys or even bottles.
- Check with the airlines to see what restrictions are in place regarding carry-on luggage. Items such as baby foods, milk bottles and food are usually allowed but it is always good to check especially if you need to carry essentials medicines.
- Most accommodations are very child friendly so you might want to check to make sure windows and doors are locked especially if your baby is crawling. Another thing to check is to make sure electric plugs and sockets aren't a safety hazard as well.
Totseat by TrendyKid
This is a must have if you are travelling with a toddler. This washable tot seat will fold up and fit in your suitcase. It will fit almost any chair and keeps the child firmly in place.
Here is what one happy parent had to say about the tot seat: "I bought this for my 11 month old son for our various holidays on the road, at the cottage and general eating out. It is extremely portable and fits in your purse, no problem. I can even easily get the seat folded back into the little carry-bag it came with. It's simple to use, and adjustable for different seats."
More Tips for Traveling with Baby
Traveling with a baby doesn't have to be stressful especially if you plan ahead and think about all the things your child is going to need to make them, and you comfortable!
- Some international airlines offer special bassinets for babies less than one year old, but those seats tend to be limited so you might want to make your reservations as early as possible.
- Make sure that you have an extra hour at the airport before the plane leaves for unexpected events.
- Bring double the amount of diapers and formula to avoid running out on the plane or at the airport in case if your flight gets delayed.
- It's is a good idea to take care of yourself, your spouse and other children so bring along some snacks (raw unsalted nuts, dry or fresh fruit, water) to keep up your energy.
- When traveling it is always a good idea to dress comfortable and in layers and this is also important for your child. A change of clothes for baby is also a good idea.
- You will want to have one or two of your child's favorite soft toys that are easy to carry or can be stuffed in a bag.
- Have a lightweight travel stroller with you. This can make it easier for you so you aren't always carrying your baby and can make for quicker transitions from one plane to another at the airport.
- If you baby is teething make sure to pack several pacifiers or teethers that are easily accessible.
- Pack a travel changing pad and have your baby wear clothes that will make it easier for your to change their diaper no matter where you are.
- One way to ensure that you baby adjusts to the change in pressure when the plane is taking off and landing is to have them suck on a pacifier.
All-in-One Booster on the Go and Storage Case
If you travel with your child you will appreciate having this compact booster seat with storage. It combines two concepts: a booster seat and a bag! The Yummigo booster makes it easy for mom or dad to carry baby's necessities but perfect for using when visiting relatives, restaurants and traveling.