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Travel List For Baby
Make Travel With Baby Easier
Do you have a great family vacation planned in the near future but not sure what to pack for your baby? Below are some suggestions on what to pack and how to prepare. You will find that, with planning, travel can be easy with a baby. The key is to keep them entertained and comfortable. I've traveled many times over the past few years with my children. We've survived 11 hour car rides, lay overs, and break downs. It may seem very stressful right now, but you can make it! For those who do a lot of travel I would suggest a Gogo Babyz Kidz Travelmate. These baby seats are a life saver when flying!
Before you travel, you will want to make sure you have all the essential diaper gear. Your baby will be much more comfortable if they are dry. The worst thing you can do is not change baby's diaper. Those car seats do not allow for good air circulation when traveling for long periods of time. This can lead to a severe case of diaper rash if you are not prepared. Trust me, you will be paying for it on the remainder of your trip. A cranky, rashy baby will not be a good traveler. If you've ever had a heat rash, then have some symapthy for baby. Those rashes hurt! So before your next trip, you will need to stock up on diaper essentials.
Delta will allow for 1 bag and 1 personal carry-on (this can be a diaper bag). If a child is on your lap, they are not allowed their own baggage. You can read more at: delta.com.
British Airways allows for 1 bag, 1 hand bag, and 1 bag for infants. Find out more on: britishairways.com.
Check with your airline for more information. Know the restrictions before you go.
If you haven't been in an airplane in a while, you may have forgotten that the cabin tends to be a little chilly. You can help baby feel comfortable in flight by packing their favorite silky/lovey. The stress of travel can get to any child. By providing something to snuggle with, you are giving baby a sense of comfort. Also, your baby will sleep better at night if they have something familiar to cuddle with. The familiar scent of home will help baby relax and sleep through the night.
During take off, it is vital to have something for baby to suck on. The cabin pressure will change as the airplane gains altitude which will cause great pressure on baby's eardrums. Believe me, it's miserable. I traveled with a severe cold once and it took 15 minutes for my ears to stabilize. It was the worst 15 minutes of my life. By sucking, baby's ears will pop and neutralize the pressure that has built up. If you can get baby to hold off on feeding, then you can ensure that they will suck down a bottle during take off. My babies never took to a pacifier, so a bottle was the only option. If your baby does take to the pacifier, then you are at an advantage. You can let baby suck to their hearts content during take off. If you can handle breastfeeding at this time, then by all means do it. Just try whatever means you can to get those little ears to stabilize.
Have A Couple Of These On Hand For Quiet Play
You need to keep in mind that travel toys should be quiet toys. This will help other passengers feel content. Nobody wants to listen to Twinkle Twinkle over and over. I know I've built a tolerance for repetition, but other people haven't.
Pack Clothing Appropriately
Do not forget sun hats, jackets, shorts, pants, or any other weather specific clothing.
Don't Forget Bed Time
Generally all hotels have a playpen available for baby to sleep in. These are used by the public, so consider that when you put baby down for the night. There have been times when playpens were not available, and I've had to improvise. If you are prepared, then you will not have to worry about being in this situation. An inflatable mattress or bed rails to protect baby from falling can help during bedtime. There are travel friendly cribs available online.
Buckle Your Older Child In Safely
Winner of the Good Housekeeping Award, this harness is FAA approved. You can ensure that your child is safe by using this 5 point harness on any commercial airline seat.
When Does My Baby Need Their Own Plane Ticket?
Babies can be held in the lap up to age 2. After age 2, you will need to purchase their own ticket. If you do not plan to hold your baby the entire time, then you will need to buy a ticket so that they have a place for their carseat.
FAA Approved Car Seats
Organize Baby's Gear When You Arrive
There are some great stroller organizers out there, but this one has so many compartments that you will not need anything else. You can easily attach this organizer to your umbrella stroller.