Traveling with Your Baby: How to Have Fun
If the prospect of taking your baby on a trip is scaring you, you should not be. If your kid is newborn, it would even be easier to travel because they would probably sleep through the entire trip. You may be a bit tired but at least you can do other things like read a book or flip through a magazine.
But with an older kid, it might be more challenging. This time you will have to entertain your child and make sure they are comfortable during the entire duration of the trip.
On Airplane Travels
Traveling with your little bundle of joys should be fun if you take care of a few essential things. Consider the following tips:
- Pack all the necessary baby care products into your hand carry.
- Make sure there are enough diapers and a few shirts for when they need to change into clean clothes.
- There should be enough baby formula for the duration of the flight.
- Make sure you have packed their favorite toy in your hand-carry along with the baby care items.
- Try to keep to your child’s daily schedule for feeding and napping as close as you can. If you expect to stay in a different time zone for a fairly good deal of time, you should maintain your child’s routine on the time zone of your home.
On board the plane, everything will be new to your baby and they will thrive in a new environment. Entertaining the baby at the onset of the trip is easy. Your kid would be so caught up in the new environment and the unfamiliar faces that you would not really have to do any entertaining.
A thing you have to remember about traveling with your baby is that their attitude or routine will not change just because they are traveling.
When you arrive at your destination, you should unpack quickly and make the surroundings familiar to your child. This will make them feel relaxed quickly too. Your baby’s favorite toy or comfort object should be nearby at all times. Bring along a white noise music player to help your kid fall asleep more easily. Also, keep in mind babies need more naps when they are traveling.
Keeping With the Routine
Your child will be more cooperative if they can recognize their routine while traveling. If your baby is accustomed to some alone time with you prior to sleeping then make sure they get it as well while traveling as they will remember such activity and know that sleep follows it. Bring your kids beddings or their play yard that could serve as their bed. Renting a hotel crib may not be safe and sanitary. A way to make sure that your kid will take to sleeping in their play yard is to have them sleep in it for a number of days before your travel.
Traveling with your baby should indeed be an enjoyable task as long as you keep all these things in mind. A great tip – try to take trip to nearby places first before embarking on a long travel with your child. It need not involve travelling by plane. You can take short drives in the country and staying overnight in a hotel. This way, your child will soon be familiar with such activity.
Matthew Young is an active blogger, who likes to share advice and tips. Matthew likes to write about kids related topics and is a guest writer for ColoringPagesABC.com.