A guest post-
You might be surprised to know, but your baby can travel soon after they are born. Most airlines prefer babies to be at least two days old, but after that, it’s up to you. You will need to provide the baby with a passport and, if necessary, a visa, and you should also try and make sure they are covered with travel insurance.But all of this aside, young babies generally make good travellers if they feel cuddled and secure and are feeding regularly. The movement and activity often help them to sleep as well! Here are some tips to travelling with a small baby to help you have a happy journey.
Making Your Baby Comfortable-
It is a good idea to dress your baby in a few soft layers which are easy to put on and take off. Opt for vests and sleepsuits to help your baby to feel comfortable; instead of trousers or tights and tops, these can bunch up if your baby is sitting still for a long period of time.
Also, take a handheld battery operated fan to help keep your baby cool in a stuffy place. Babies love the light breeze and it will keep that perfect little smile on their face. If you are worried about changing your baby on the plane, don’t. Most have a drop down changing table in the toilets. Taking a baby on a plane is never as bad as you think it will be and when you arrive, you’ll wonder what you made all the fuss about.
Keeping Your Baby Happy-
The best way to keep your baby happy is to make sure they are not too hot or to cold. If you’re in a car and they are in a car seat, your baby can get quite sweaty. Allowing extra travelling time so that you can take a break every few hours or stop for a nappy change is a good idea. You baby will love the opportunity to kick and stretch their legs.
Pack a baby bottle filled with cooled boiled water in your hand luggage if you are going on a plane. Cabin air can be very dry so your baby may like to sip on some water if it is not feeding time. Don’t be afraid to ask air stewards for help if you need bottles warmed or to get something from the overhead lockers, they are usually happy to help.
Feeding Your Baby-
If your baby is spoon feeding, this can be quite messy in a bumpy car, plane or train. So take some extra muslin sheets to cover you and the seat. Breastfeeding on planes is easy, but it can feel a little cramped. Ask the cabin crew if they have a quiet area or two unused seats together for more room. Also, take plenty of snacks and drinks for you if you are breastfeeding, you need to keep full and hydrated.
When on holiday, it is definitely worth introducing your baby to new tastes while you are away. They may enjoy the new tastes and it can help them to accept different types of food when they are older. Also, take food you know your baby likes as well, just in case they really despise the new food and you need to have a backup. Ready-made pouches are great and you can try them out with your baby before your holiday so you know what they enjoy.
Make sure you pick child-friendly accommodation with all the facilities you need to provide a happy holiday for your baby. If you are staying at a caravan park many have travel cots that you can use. Just ask when booking. If you are going abroad, it’s great to have an apartment so that you have a kettle/microwave in your room. This means you can feed whenever you need to at your own convenience.