Tips For Travelling With Your Newborn

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Having to care for a newborn is overwhelming enough. More so if there is a need for you to travel with your new baby. Although generally doctors advise against traveling with a newborn on the first month, if you do need to travel, you can take note of these tips so you travel safe and comfortable.

1. Checklist

Create a checklist before setting out to travel. This is to ensure that you have all the necessities that you or your baby needs.

2. Sit Near The Front Of The Plane

If you are traveling by plane, make sure that you book ahead of time and request for seats that are located up front, preferably an aisle seat. This should give you more mobility should there be a need for you to stand up and soothe your baby. Also the noise level towards the rear end of the plane is higher and this could disrupt or agitate your baby. Deplaning will also be more easy when you are in front than being at the back of the plane.

3. Extra Supplies

Do not hesitate to pack extra supplies. If you are traveling by plane, there are several factors that can affect your travel time. There could be unexpected travel delays in the departure or arriving airport and so you want to make sure that you have more than enough supplies so you don’t have to run around and look for them at the airport.

4. Emergency Kit

Have your emergency kit ready should there be minor medical issues. Don’t forget to bring prescription medicines if there are any and have the numbers of healthcare providers and doctors saved on your phone. You never know when you’re going to need them.

5. “Wear Your Baby”

Consider wearing your baby. Some babies will not be too happy in an unfamiliar surrounding. Wearing him close to you will help calm him down. Nowadays there are several baby carriers that will allow you to carry your baby in different positions and even allow you to nurse him discreetly. Another plus factor is that since you are wearing your baby, both of your hands will be free to do what you need to do – carry your bags, hand over the boarding passes or push the cart.

6. Rear Facing Car Seat

If you are traveling by car, put your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat. Keep the baby safe by ensuring that the car seat is properly installed.

7. Reviews Your Trip Itinerary

Review your itinerary for your trip. Keep your activities at a minimum for the first few days in order to prevent your baby from getting overwhelmed.

Now that you’ve got everything ready, there is nothing left but to enjoy this trip with your little one.