Many new parents like to play it safe when the new baby is born, and they stay close to home in the first months of the baby’s life. Not only will your newborn require lots of love and attention, but you will also need some time to relax and blow off some steam. In other words, both you and your baby will need some time to adapt to each other before you learn how to start functioning together. One of the most stressful situations which you will face is traveling together. Here are some useful tips to help you overcome the obstacles.
Make your travel as short as possible
While short distances are easy to cover by car, you can easily take longer trips if you plan them carefully. Even though there are many disadvantages, flying is still the fastest and the most effective way to travel long-distance with a baby. However, it won’t be easy, so you should make sure that you’re not alone. Your partner should be there with you so one of you can deal with luggage and the boarding while the other one is taking care of the baby. If you can afford it, book a seat for your baby so it can be safely tucked in a regular car seat. This will make your flight so much easier. For taking off and landing, we suggest you keep your baby occupied with their favorite food. Chewing will lower the ear pressure and eating will keep them focused on something other than the noise and ear pain.
What things to bring
The list of baby’s accessories and toys they will need while you’re away from home is very long. You will always seem to carry half of the household with you and you should know how to pack and carry all of the things, and remember that all you’ll need is one of those high-quality nappy bags. First things first: hygiene necessities such as diapers, wet wipes, small bottles of baby wash and lotion, tissues, a pad to put underneath your baby when changing diapers, towels, blankets, and spare clothes. Don’t pack too much food and water in there, except if you know you won’t be able to buy more for quite some time. Bring only the baby’s favorite toys and a tablet so you can play cartoons and lullabies.
A home atmosphere away from home
Be aware that traveling is a completely new experience for your little one. Children react differently when leaving their comfort zone so don’t be surprised if your baby is not as well-behaved as they used to be. If you figure out a way to stick with the baby’s napping schedule, your trip will be twice as easy. Once you reach your destination, you should help your baby adjust by setting up a familiar atmosphere: so feed them familiar foods, sing their favorite songs, and watch old cartoons. Most babies are eager to start and finish their day early, so you should keep that in mind when planning sightseeing. Most of your day should follow their routine and vice versa.
If traveling was a big and important part of your life before you became a parent, it’s going to be difficult to give that up. Still, you should make your baby’s needs your top priority, and don’t try to ‘force’ your baby into traveling. It’s best to wait a little bit with longer trips and start by taking your baby on shorter trips instead. This will help them adjust to movement and help you learn how they react to the change of scenery.