March 20, 2019

How to Travel with Your Baby

All young parents go through a phase of shock as they usually don’t consciously grasp their whole life is about to change with the baby on the way. Luckily, these realizations come in waves as your family faces challenges with time. From the simplest activities that make your everyday life such as shopping for groceries and going for a walk to celebrating special occasions and travelling. Everything is different when the baby comes. Of course, different doesn’t mean bad. This baby that complicates your life is also making you a million times happier as well. You can still travel and enjoy your trips, only in a slightly different way. Obviously, you want your baby to enjoy it, too, and we’re here to pinch in with some tips.

When to start?
The first few months of your baby’s life should be spent privately and without any major disruptions. It is the time when your baby needs constant attention and can’t even hold its own head. Plus, everything will still be so new to your baby that it would be better if you let it adjust for a while. However, after three months it’s already completely acceptable to take your baby on a trip. Of course, you will want to start slow and keep it low key in the beginning.

First-aid kit
Assembling a first-aid kit for a trip with a baby is a much more demanding task than doing it for adults only. Naturally, you still need all the meds you would have brought with you anyway such as pain medications, anti-diarrhoea, laxatives, cough and sore throat syrup or pills, as well as creams against burns. Still, now you add any prescribed medications your baby might need. Regardless of whether you think they’ll need it or not, you need to be safe, which is why you need to stock on your first-aid, just in case.

Extra gear
Considering the fact that you’re travelling with a tiny human that needs a lot of diaper changes, as well as a change of clothes, you have that going-out-kit that needs to be taken with you at all times. This includes diapers, clothes, water, snacks, possibly a hat or a cream, as well as toys. Namely, this is why moms buy cool practical nappy bags and take them on every trip – they are simply essential.

Emergency sheet
A smart thing to do is to fill out an emergency sheet for your baby, i.e.  a form that should contain your baby’s health information. You should include allergies, medications, as well as contacts of your baby’s health care providers. It’s the most efficient way to help your baby in case something goes wrong. You can keep the sheet in your wallet or store it in your phone, as long as you have it with you.

Extra protection
Babies are sensitive and they need extra care in many areas. This is why you need to make sure they are safe and happy. It’s a bit difficult in the beginning, though, when your baby can’t tell you what exactly is wrong. However, a way to eliminate this problem is to try and always be a few steps ahead. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors on your trip, it is essential to bring sunscreen and a hat for your tiny explorer to protect them from the sun. On the other hand, if it’s chilly or windy, make sure a regular cap that covers the ears is on your baby’s head at all times when you’re outside. It’s a way to keep ear inflammation away.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you know your baby best. Just pay attention to the mood and the rhythm of your baby and give it a lot of attention. If your baby is healthy, well-fed, well rested and entertained, it will be able to enjoy any trip.

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