Having a baby in your life is something that should be cherished but there are situations that can be way more complicated than what they once were. One of these things includes traveling. Babies are not usually keen on staying still/quiet for too long but unfortunately that is exactly what they have to do when traveling.
Whether it be by plane, train or another method of transport – your baby is likely to make a fuss when they have to travel. There are ways that you can make traveling with a baby less stressful, so carry on reading to discover exactly how this can be done.
Arrange travel times around baby
Of course this is not always possible but if it is, try and arrange the travel times around your babies routine. If you KNOW he/she is due to be sleeping around a certain time, choose a different slot if possible. Traveling with a baby is not easy at the best of times but if you disrupt baby when they are sleeping, it’s likely to be made even more difficult for you.
Also make sure you are at the station/airport on time to check in and board, but don’t leave so much time that you are hanging around for hours even more than necessary. Getting your baby in a good mood and on your method of transport safely can seem like a military operation but do it correctly and it won’t be so bad.
Make sure your baby is comfortable
When traveling with your little one, you should make sure that their diaper is freshly changed and they are dressed in clothes that give them a bit of breathing room. Clean clothes will generally make them feel much happier so be sure to get mildew smell out of clothes before travel.
Of course what you actually put on your child might vary depending on what time of the year it is and the temperature. Saying that, it can often get so hot and stuffy on planes/trains, so be aware of this. You should always make sure you have a sweater and a blanket nearby for baby however, just in case it does get too hot.
Have plenty of supplies nearby
You have probably realized by now that babies need SO many supplies just for their day-day-day life! You will need to bring diapers, wet wipes, a spare set of clothes, milk, bottles and pacifiers for your baby. You should always carry a first aid kit too, even if you think you might not need it. Emergency equipment will be helpful once you’ve arrived at your destination not just doing the travel process.
These are just the basics, you will probably need more than this depending on how old your baby is and your individual situation. Carry all you will need in a diaper bag for your convenience. If you are traveling with your baby on a plane, you will be able to take this on as hand luggage to reach for whenever you need it.
Try and get an aisle seat
Whether you are on a plane, train or bus, you should try and get an aisle seat when traveling with your baby. Not only will this give you both SLIGHTLY more room, it will also make it easier to go back and fore to the bathroom. If you are traveling for quite a while with your little one, then you might be moving around quite a bit and this is much easier to do if you are seated at the aisle.
Entertain your baby
Babies get grizzly because they are hungry, tired and often bored. Take toys for your baby like rattles and bright cuddly toys. Don’t carry too many of these however otherwise traveling with a baby will become an even more mammoth task.
Luckily really young babies cannot actually “play” yet and are usually entertained by much simpler things. Make faces at your baby, blow raspberries and generally just be silly. You might feel like everyone is looking at you when you do this but who cares? I’m sure they would prefer that to a crying baby!
Have a positive mindset and be understanding
If you are dreading traveling with a baby and are convinced something will go wrong, then it probably will! Your baby will sense if you are positive and they will feed off that. Happy mommy = happy baby! Sometimes however, no matter what you do, your baby will cry or be very fidgety when traveling – it is just in their nature.
Your baby is more likely to be quiet if you are patient and understanding with your tone of voice because how you talk to them can actually change a lot. If anybody looks at you due to your baby being unsettled, ignore them! You have paid for your ticket and you deserve to be there just as much as anyone else!
When you are actually at your scheduled destination, the task of traveling with a baby still is not over. Keeping a routine with your baby just like you would at home is important and means they will not feel as disrupted.
Of course they are in a different environment with you but this doesn’t mean that their bed time/play time.etc. has to change. It might be hard to keep to these things on the day of travel itself but the rest of the time, it’s entirely possible.
Now that you know the best tips for traveling with a baby, you should find that the experience will be a happier one, for you and those around you. Nobody wants to be the parent of that screaming baby but unfortunately that isn’t always possible to avoid.
Being on a plane and going to a new place entirely can be stressful for your baby, they are actually more aware than what you realize! A mixture of being organized, knowing what your baby wants and some patience is likely to be effective, however long the journey is. Good luck on your oncoming trip with your baby and make the most of every minute!