8 Tips for Traveling with Baby
Following these simple trips can make traveling more enjoyable for both you and your little one.
- Take practice trips. Take a day or weekend trip to see how your child adjusts. If your baby is six months or older, you can look at pictures of your destination and talk to her about what you'll do there. Be positive about the trip you have planned, and chances are your child will be positive, too.
- Take it slow. Too many sights and sounds can over stimulate your baby. Limit your itinerary to one activity per day. It will be much easier to make last-minute changes that make everyone happier.
- Take breaks. If it's a driving trip, limit driving time to between 6 and 8 hours and take a brake every two hours for diaper changes or bathroom breaks and play. End your day early so everyone can unwind after a long day on the road.
- If your baby has started solid foods, stock up on snacks. Water, juice, and healthy, non-perishable foods are a must.
- Pack surprises to keep the ride exciting. For babies, consider shiny objects, musical toys, pop-up toys and rattles. For toddlers, consider puzzles, action figures, paper and crayons, and story tapes.
- Ask the hotel if they can baby-proof your room, or plan to do it yourself. Inspect the room carefully. Take masking tape to secure loose items and to cover electrical outlets.
- If you plan to fly, consider buying your baby her own seat for a safer, more comfortable flight. You can bring your baby's car seat to fit into the plane seat. Some airlines offer children's discounts. Feed her during takeoff and landing to help her ears pop, and keep her hydrated.
- Start and end early. If your baby is at her best early in the day, sightsee in the morning and reserve the afternoon for relaxing. Try to stick to your child's routine.