With the holidays approaching, it’s time to prepare yourself for travelling with baby. Whether you’re going by plane, train or automobile, travelling with a little one in tow is anything but easy. Here are a few helpful hints to make the experience a little easier for all.
- Rent baby equipment at your destination. Rent a pack-n-play, baby gate, crib and car seat at your end destination and avoid having to haul these items with you. This tactic keeps checked baggage fees down, car trunks open and shoulders more relaxed. Most baby equipment rental companies are local and offer rentals on a weekly basis.
- Be prepared. Have extra formula, snacks, diapers and wipes easily accessible in the event of delays. Travel with a change of clothes for you and for baby (you never know when there’s going to be an unfortunate accident). Keep a stash of toys, books and pacifiers within easy reach to quiet a crying baby. Dress baby in layers to accommodate temperature changes and keep your little one comfortable.
- Feed baby during takeoff and landing. When flying, try to time baby’s feedings for takeoff and landing, as drinking at these times helps minimize pain to baby’s ears caused by pressure changes within the cabin. Save yourself a headache by ensuring ahead of time that all liquids comply with TSA guidelines. Another option is to offer baby a pacifier at these times, as the sucking has a similar effect to drinking.
- Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your significant other, friend or fellow passenger. You only have two hands, so ask for assistance loading a bag into the overhead compartment or fetching a book out of your diaper bag.