Tips For Traveling With Babies For Christmas
Traveling this holiday season and wondering how you’ll make it through with a baby or a toddler? It can be challenging traveling with small children, and even more so if you are traveling a long distance. Whether you’re flying or driving, there are many challenges you’ll face, but following these tips can help lessen the stress!
1. Make sure you’re prepared foodwise.
Whether you’re nursing or formula feeding, bringing snacks or buying snacks, it’s important to be prepared either way. If you’ve got a small baby that isn’t on solids yet, definitely bring some milk that you can have readily available, or be prepared to nurse frequently to fill the baby’s tummy! If your child is on solids, it might be a good idea (and less expensive) to bring some bags of fruits and veggies that you can cut up and serve when they get hungry. Airport security does allow things like apples or oranges through security so keep that in mind when you’re traveling with babies or toddlers! Small children get hungry fairly quickly and that can be a huge pressure point of stress for babies or toddlers.
2. Transportation is key.
It’s important to find out what kind of transportation you and baby are comfortable with beforehand. If you’re driving, this isn’t as big of a deal because they’ll mostly be in the car seat, and carrying them at rest stops isn’t a huge deal. However, if you’re going to be spending lots of time in airports, it might be worth it to use a baby carrier and babywear. Some babies aren’t fond of being worn through, and would much prefer a stroller. You’ll have to plan ahead for this so you can check the stroller at the gate, allowing you to use it prior.
3. Bring entertainment
This might seem obvious, but bringing entertainment for babies and toddlers is crucial to a good trip. You’ll want to bring some of their favorite toys, but keep in mind that while you might be an expert at tuning them out, others are not. It’s a good idea to bring toys that make less noise in cases where you have to share a space, like on an airplane. If you’re driving, you basically have free reign as to what you can bring, and you can even pop a movie in every now and then if you have a DVD player in your car!
4. Allow for some quiet time
It’s important for babies and toddlers to have quiet time during the day so they can nap, and when you’re traveling with babies during the holidays, it might seem impossible to find quiet time. If you’re driving, there might be a movie or music playing the majority of the time, and while it might leave the adults bored, it’s crucial to incorporate some quiet time into your drive to allow for naps and calm time. The same thing goes for traveling with babies and flying. Although you can’t control others around you, keeping quiet in your seat and turning off electronics and noise making toys can help to relax the baby. Engine noises are actually pretty great at getting babies to sleep, and you’d be surprised what a quiet seat on a plane can do to relax them!
It’s important to remember that while you might be stressed too, it’s much easier for you to relax yourself than it is for a confused and exhausted baby. Keeping these tips in mind, traveling with babies during the holidays should be much easier! Where are you planning on traveling this holiday season?