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*Travelling* With Your *Toothless* ? Here’s ALL You Need To Know Before Heading Out

27/01/2017
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While some parents just want to sleep and relax with the little extra time they get while parenting, others can’t wait to travel with their baby. In this article, we will answer all the paranoid question you have as a parent and also give you some useful tips and lists which we bet you would want to take a screenshot of.

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When to start traveling?

All experts and pediatricians have different views on when to travel with your baby. The most accepted view is to travel till after they are 2 months old.

 

Whattttt the hell? 2-months? Why?

A baby’s immune system is very weak and hence they can develop an infection very easily especially if more people touch their hands and feet or are near their faces. Breastfed milk has properties which can prevent a baby from infection but to build up that immunity level you will have to wait for at least 2 months.

 

Why is 2-months mark important?

Paediatricians have a different set of medicines and prescriptions to deal with your baby when he is below 2 months. And not to forget, your newborn receives the first set of vaccinations when he is 2 months old. This again puts them in kind of a danger spot during the first 2 months.

So a 2-months mark is, in fact, a MAJOR deal.

 

But I need to travel before that mark! Okay then,  follow the points below.

To avoid any infections to load up on your baby: ( If he is 2 months or has just turned 2 months )

  • Make sure he is covered but not too much. Dress him inappropriate layers according to the weather.
  • Avoid crowded and closed places at all times no matter what.
  • Avoid traveling to humid places or in humid weather since humidity is the forever love of all the bugs.
  • Put a safety net or cover on your baby’s stroller or car seat.
  • Just say NO to any stranger who wants to adore your baby’s cuteness a little too much.
  • If you want to go for normal shopping for grocery or clothes, pick a time when there would be less rush.
  • DO NOT expose them to direct sunlight, just indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn their skin very easily and can even increase chances of getting skin cancer later in their life.
  • Sanitise yourself before and after your errands.

Just know that some people take out even (single-digit) days old baby and it turns out to be just fine. Trust me, that can be the case for your baby too if you follow the appropriate amount of protective measures.

 

So what are you trying to say?

Every baby is different, parent is different and so are their experiences. There have been incidents when a baby has suffered from infections and had to be hospitalized but there have also been cases where the baby was happier than before after meandering around a little. Just remember no one and absolutely no one knows your baby the best than you do so just listen to your parental instincts and you will be just fine.

 

What if my baby has already passed 2-month mark?

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Congratulations. Here’s how you should start:

  1. Visit your pediatrician first and ask him about all the medicines and safety prescriptions you need to carry. Don’t skip this step since no website can probably give you a full-fledged list of what your junior’s medical essentials are according to his own needs. For eg: if your baby suffers from gas and constipation problems he might need different medicines than the baby who is suffering from projectile vomiting.
  2. Check your particular airline’s policies on what facilities they provide: Here is a checklist of questions you need to ask them.
    1. What identity proof certificates do they need? Sometimes your baby’s age certificate might not be enough.
    2. Do they provide bassinet, diaper changing table or any other extra amenities for babies?
    3. What is included in their baby food or any other soothing items, if they provide any?
    4. Do they allow you to bring a car seat, belly loops etc.? How will the baby be seated during the flight, landing, and takeoff?
    5. Are there any seat specifications when you are traveling with an infant? Like if you can pre-book the seats etc.
    6. How much do you have to pay for extra infant seat?
    7. If I am traveling alone, where can my spouse accompany me till?
    8. How much baggage allowance is available for a child under 2?
    9. Is pre-boarding available for people with infants?
    10. How do the above rules change when you have a toddler and a baby?
    11. If I have a car seat or stroller as a carry-on, how is that supposed to be arranged with the baggage?
  3. Plan your seat way ahead of time.
  4. Take connected flight with a layover of at least 90 minutes, if you are going to a far off location.
  5. Protect their ears since the announcements and sometimes even the airport area can be very loud which could wake them up or make them cranky.
  6. Carry a backpack diaper bag since it’s easier than the shoulder bag to carry.
  7. Bring baby carriers and wraps. You would be visiting a lot of locations and stroller wouldn’t be a feasible choice everywhere. With wraps and carriers, it would be easier for you to carry your baby.
  8. Bring a lot of noise making machines and things which soothe your baby like toys, books etc. There are many apps which can easily comfort and soothe your baby like baby shusher or white noise app. You can also play their favorite music. Bring toys according to their age. Newborns love different toys than children who have started teething. Learn a lot of games to play with them and read to them because babies love to hear their parent’s voice.
  9. Do NOT carry a lot of diapers. Every place you are going to will definitely have access to diapers or you can pre-order them to deliver it to your hotel on a specific date. You can also ask the hotel to keep your online delivered diapers if they are to arrive early.
  10. You can pre-order a lot of other things like bath items, travel size skin care products for you or hubby etc. This will save a lot of space and money.
  11. Carry nursing covers, pumped breast-milk and even breast pump since it can be difficult to feed while traveling. If your baby has included solid foods in their diet, take fruits like apple, banana or any favorite snacks handy with you.
  12. Call your hotel to check if they provide bassinet, cribs, baby food, if yes, what type etc. and any other questions depending on your needs. Some hotels provide babysitting services and special kid’s playroom. Now, how cool is that?
  13. Travel when your baby’s sleeping or napping time is scheduled. Most of the children love to sleep while they are traveling so it’s better if you clash your traveling time with their sleeping time.
  14. Know before time nearest doctors or pediatricians, just in case.
  15. It’s okay if you are a little paranoid about the germs. Most of the parents are, although, once they are 2 months there is nothing to worry about.
  16. Bring more clothes for the MOMMA too. Since you would be carrying them more, there are chances of getting spit ups and blowouts.
  17. Ask your hotel as well as airplane authorities about the bottle warmer.
  18. If you are bringing footwear. Be prepared to lose at least a few of them. Trust me it will happen no matter what.
  19. Dress your baby for quick and easy diaper changes like long socks and a onesie. Cover them up with a swaddle or receiving blanket.image00
  20. Give them pacifiers, teething toy or breastfeed them using a nursing cover while landing to prevent any ear pain. Everyone knows that jaw movements can prevent ear pain.

 

Take a screenshot of this list RIGHT NOW:

Here is a packing list for your baby:

  • 5 outfits for each day including sleeping outfit and a fancy outfit.
  • Bibs and burp cloths.
  • Few diapers.
  • First-Aid kit.( Thermometer, Tylenol, Saline spray and of course whatever your doctor prescribes )
  • Toys, teethers, noise making machine and other soothers. You can always carry foldable rock n play.
  • Wipes, rash cream, and other toiletries, if you are not ordering them.
  • Swaddle blankets, receiving blankets ( 1 for each day is a fine number )
  • Baby accessories ( headbands, caps etc. )
  • Socks are a MUST.
  • Take wubbanubs instead of pacifiers. Since there are fewer chances of a baby dropping them.
  • Waterproof changing liners and pads.
  • Carry-ons for baby ( slings, wraps, carriers )
  • Nursing cover, breast pump or bottled breast milk ( whichever you prefer )
  • Trash bag for their dirty clothes and empty bags for diapers

In your backpack diaper bag carry 2-3 diapers, waterproof changing liners, extra outfit, burp cloth, wubbanubs, few toys, wipes, bottled breast milk or nursing cover and separate trash bags for diaper and outfits.

We hope this article has answered most of your questions on airlines, hotels, and checklist. There are some emergency situations which you could run into for example getting stranded at the airport due to the delay of flight etc. In these cases, talk, NO Shout and Fight like a Mama Bear, they will definitely get some extra arrangements for you.

Happy traveling. If you have any other questions or tips, leave them in the comments box below.

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Sean 04/05/2017 at 9:40 pm

    Good points. We’ve been traveling with our little ones since my first born was around 5 months old. We have 3, not always easy to travel with little ones but always worth it!

  • Reply Pilar 04/05/2017 at 10:01 pm

    This is super useful, you did an awesome job mentioning ALL what you need, very detailed advice!
    xoxo,
    Pilar
    http://thelifestylehunter.com

  • Reply Andrea 04/05/2017 at 11:53 pm

    I wish I had this when I first started raveling with my little ones. I was so scared they’d get sick I waiting til they where a year old. Lol!

  • Reply Emily 05/05/2017 at 8:20 am

    These tips are great! We plan on traveling with our young toddler soon and I’m honestly terrified of a plane ride with him because you hear so many horror stories. I feel a lot more prepared now!

  • Reply Mishelle Milne 05/05/2017 at 9:40 pm

    Useful tips for travelling parents. That baby in the sunglasses photo cracked me up!

  • Reply Steph 25/09/2017 at 11:21 pm

    We traveled with our little one to Belize at 2.5 months old, we had so much fun

  • Reply Nicholette 26/09/2017 at 12:04 am

    What a great and comprehensive list! I personally would avoid travelling before 3 months but its great you provide a bunch of checklists to be prepared!

    • Reply admin 26/09/2017 at 7:17 pm

      Yes! Many parents prefer to avoid but then there are some who just can’t wait whatsoever :)

  • Reply Holly 26/09/2017 at 6:37 am

    We started traveling with our youngest at 4 months. I’m convinced traveling regularly when a child is very young makes for an easier travel experience as they get older.

    • Reply admin 26/09/2017 at 7:17 pm

      Yes! It actually does

  • Reply Christie | Simply My Bella Vida 26/09/2017 at 8:53 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I wish I would have had this when I traveled with my son a few months ago, but i can save it for the next baby!!

  • Reply Angela Tolsma 26/09/2017 at 7:54 pm

    My sister in law took her first baby out the day after he was born. She loves to be moving and couldn’t stand the thought of staying in for two months. It’s definitely down to your comfort levels, but ensuring you have the right information is a good start!

  • Reply Shibani 26/09/2017 at 10:33 pm

    I find this post really helpful for those who travel with kids!! Not a mum yet so passing it on my bestie who recently had a baby!!

  • Reply Debbie Savage 27/09/2017 at 2:14 am

    You are a definitely pro! I would of really loved this resource when my babes were younger. I was not definitely as prepared as you! This is extremely helpful and I will share to my cousins who are new mamas!

  • Reply Angela Milnes 27/09/2017 at 3:18 pm

    What an awesome post and this is really helpful for the first time moms, we started traveling when my daughter is 5 months

    • Reply admin 27/09/2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thank youu

  • Reply Scenes From Nadine (Nadine Smith) 27/09/2017 at 7:03 pm

    You know, I was actually wondering about this topic. My husband said that he doesn’t want to take the baby out until her 6th month, but I said that’s too long! Glad to know that it’s okay to take her out after 2 months! Yay! That sounds reasonable enough! This post is so helpful. I bookmarked it and will definitely use this as my guide for the time when we finally get to travel with our baby. :) Thank you for the tips!

    • Reply admin 27/09/2017 at 9:33 pm

      Wow! that’s great. We are glad you liked the post

  • Reply Stephanie 27/09/2017 at 8:23 pm

    We travel a lot with my kids who are now 2 and 4. My oldest first traveled at only a few weeks old, but it was in the car to my family reunion. His first flight was at 18 months when we moved from Florida to Texas. My youngest’s first flight was at 3 months old to go back to Florida for the annual family reunion. Now we fly at least 3-4 times per year with them. They absolutely love to travel!

  • Reply Mayuri 28/09/2017 at 12:23 pm

    This is such an awesome post. I took my baby for my brother’s marriage when she was three months old after taking a green signal from my pediatrician. I traveled with Emirates and I must compliment their staff for giving is extra attention and care. I breastfed her on the flight so there was no problem during takeoff and landing.

  • Reply Carol Cassara 28/09/2017 at 6:21 pm

    This is very informative and helpful for parents who would like to travel with their babies. I didn’t know that a baby should be two months or older. There are definitely plenty of things to consider.

  • Reply David Elliott 28/09/2017 at 9:43 pm

    These are great ideas for packing with an infant and going on a trip. I know the two-month mark is important. I feel bad for my daughter that we did have to travel prior to her being two months old. But thankfully nothing came of it. And she seemed to respond to the trip pretty well.

  • Reply Thena 02/10/2017 at 8:38 am

    Great travel trips! Looks like a lot of great ideas for packing with a little one.

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