The idea of travelling with your baby can be overwhelming, particularly if it’s a long journey. If you are planning a trip, below are some things to consider to help make the trip a more exciting experience.
Travelling By Car
- Try to drive when your little one usually has their naps so they can sleep in the car
- Ensure they’re secured in a car seat. For more on car seats and child restraints, see Car Seats
- Driving allows you to travel at your own pace and take frequent breaks. Use this time to get some fresh air and allow your baby to move about
- If driving with a partner, take turns sitting in the back with your baby. This will give them a new playmate every so often, and may help keep them entertained
- Toys specifically designed for attaching to car seats can give your baby something to play with
- If your baby starts screaming while you’re driving, stop as soon as you can and settle them. In the meantime, try singing or playing music to calm them down
- NEVER leave your baby in the car alone.
Travelling By Train Or Bus
- Once again, try travelling during nap times as they may sleep through the journey
- Board as early as you can to get a spot which gives you plenty of room. Both aisle and window seats have their advantages: watching the scenery may entertain your baby, but being able to get up often if they are restless can also be beneficial
- Ducking to the bathroom can be difficult if travelling alone with your baby. If possible, bring a baby carrier to help take your baby with you
- Pack some toys for your baby to play with. Bring a few so you can give them a new one when they get sick of the old one.
Travelling By Plane
- When booking flights, ask for a seat which has a bassinette or check if it’s possible to use infant restraints
- Consider booking bulkhead seats. They offer more room to move. Be prepared however for less storage space
- Many airlines offer early boarding for those with children. But, do consider if more time on the plane with your baby will be an advantage. If travelling with another adult, it may be best for one of you to board and organise the luggage, while your little one can enjoy some more time off the plane
- Children are more likely to experience ear pressure. To help ease the pressure, time their feed with take-off and landing or offer a dummy to encourage swallowing
- Make sure you give your baby plenty to drink to prevent dehydration during the flight, drinks can include their usual milk and cooled, boiled water
- If travelling alone and you need to use the bathroom, flight attendants are the best people to look after your little one
- Once you’ve landed, it’s a good idea to get off the plane last so you have more time to gather all your things.