Tips for Travel with a Baby (Under 1 Year)
Does the very thought of travelling with a baby below one year blow your fuse out? Do you worry on the challenges that would be posed while you travel with the little-one? Are you amongst the one who would like to postpone your trip until your infant grows “big enough”? If you answered yes at least for any one of these, then this post is for you. Merely because, in this blog, We present you some simple, yet effective tips to lower your anxiety level when it comes to “travelling with a baby”.
- Ensure Physical Fitness
Before initiating the travel, be sure of being fit and healthy. This applies to both – you as well as your baby. Everyone is different and each scenario is unique. Never mind whether it is a few weeks or a couple of months, wait till you become fit to resume your normal life style. Similar is the case with infants – hold-on till their immune system becomes strong enough to meet the challenges posed by the new environment.
- Opt for Suitable Means of Transport
In this globally connected world, there are ample of ways to move from one place to another. The choice of transport must be made by keeping the comfort of the baby in mind. For instance, if you plan to travel to a far-off place, then it would be better to choose flight, instead of train or car. It would cost a little more, but if you are in a position to afford for it, just go for the one. This would not only ensure quick arrival at the destiny but also leaves you less exhausted.
- Plan the Time of Travel
All infants enjoy wiggling and waggling. Being held in one position for long duration, especially while commuting, makes them cranky. So, it is always good to harmonize the travelling time with the nap-time of your baby. This tip would be exploited maximally when you decide to drive through a private vehicle. Just because, it offers an add-on privilege of planning for adequate number of brakes, during which your infant can have a roll-on session -right on the car seat or on the hotel table.
- Choose a Suitable Place to Put-Up
Always pre-book your place of stay to avoid last moment hassles. It would be better to enquire regarding the availability of a crib or baby specific amenities before-hand and reserve the ones needed. The benefit is two-fold: reduced baggage and lower level of anxiety. In addition, try to put-up in a room which is centrally located to the places you wish to visit. By doing so, you can reduce travel time considerably and can swiftly revert to the hotel when situations go out-of-hand.
- Research on the Place
It is always preferable to research on the place you intend to drop by to collect information regarding the conditions at the spot like climate and/or specific precautionary measures demanded for. This aids you to prepare better not only in terms of clothes but also with respect to child immunizations. A good research even helps you to better manage your time which in turn assures relaxed, happy outing while covering most of the places intended to.
- Prepare List of Essential Items
A trip with a baby demands for a consistent supply of certain commodities. Some of these include diapers, onesies, car-seat, sling/collapsible stroller, pacifiers/teethers, antiseptic wipes, bathing accessories, baby cosmetics, toys like rattles, extra clothes – both for you and the baby, blankets, portable baby bed/bassinet, trash bags and mosquito repellents/net. However, this typical list needs modification from your side so as to exactly match your infant’s needs.
- Have Surplus Baby Food
When you plan to take your baby on a trip, you must never run-out of food supplies. Pack more than sufficient number of formula packets and an extra feeding bottle, if your baby is bottle-fed. If your baby is older than 6 months, then it would be preferable to load healthy, non-perishable food products like organic teething wafers, organic baby snacks and instant organic cereals from Mimmo Organics. Just be sure to have plenty of them as your infant might deny trying a new brand, never mind how good it might be.
- Avoid Over-Baggage
Lighter the luggage, better the trip will be. However this does not imply that you need to compromise on infant’s safety and better-being. Just decide on what-to-have and how-much-to-have and have a control on “What-Ifs”. For example, if your baby is comfortable in the sling rather than in the stroller, then carry only the former and skip the latter. Another example would be to carry only the necessary number of diapers (so as to survive through the journey) – as they can always be bought at the place-of-stay.
- Pack Systematically
Being sure of having all the items mentioned in the checklist would not be enough. What is more important is to have them handy. I mean, you should be able to access the necessary materials at the right time as quickly as possible. This demands for systematic packing, where the most frequently needed items (say, onesies/diapers) are maintained either at the top or at the sides of the bag while the lesser anticipated materials (like emergency medicines) fall to the bottom.
- Be Patient and Ensure Infant Comfort
Nevermind how much you prepare, sometimes, the things go out-of-control. In such cases, just calm down and prioritize your baby’s comfort over rest of the things. Most of the times, it would just need a soft touch, a bare hug and a kiss. After all, you are the world of your baby – irrespective of the place or the situation around. Just treat your little-one as you would at home – feed it when hungry, play by making funny sounds/faces, ensure its hygiene and safety and rock it to sleep with a lullaby when tired.
Conclusively, it can be said that travelling with a baby is not a nightmare – it just demands for extra planning and preparation. So, just follow these tips and enjoy a wonderful journey with your little-one.