Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling With a Baby

Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling With a Baby

Last update: 13 August, 2018

Is it your first time traveling with a baby? Many parents wonder what they should keep in mind when going on a trip with their baby. This is understandable, since taking your little one on a trip means carrying many more suitcases, which can be exhausting.

Below you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the trip more relaxed, calm and problem free.

Useful recommendations for traveling with a baby

On family trips, babies don’t need to be an obstacle. If they’re in good health, they adapt quickly to changes. To have a peaceful and smooth ride, keep in mind the following ideas:

Traveling by car

This type of travel is usually very exhausting and an uncomfortable journey, so don’t schedule very long trips. In addition, avoid doing it during peak hours or on busy days.

Traveling by plane

In air travel, babies under the age of 2 don’t sit in seats. However, they do carry their own passport and can have travel insurance. They must sit on one of their parents’ laps with a special safety belt.

Traveling by train

This mode of travel has many advantages that make the trip more comfortable, relaxed and practical for you and your baby. You can take the stroller into the car and then fold it. Some trains have sleeping cars, in case you decide to travel at night.

Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling With a Baby

In addition, it’s advisable to bring the following with you on all trips:

  • Food, such as porridge or puree, and liquid foods such as water, juice and milk
  • Books, stories, children’s songs, some games or paintings to entertain them
  • Wet wipes to make it easier to change the diaper
  • A first aid kit
  • A change of clothes, blanket, diapers, bottle, pacifier and pillow

Advantages of traveling with a baby

Some of the advantages of going on a trip with little ones include the following:

  • Since they cannot walk yet, it will be easier for you to control them
  • You don’t need to buy a ticket for them on any mode of transportation
  • Your baby’s charm will help break the ice with people in any area
  • Babies aren’t demanding about the destination, since you only need to cover their basic needs
  • They fall asleep easily during the day
  • Families with babies are the first to board
  • If you travel by plane, the flight attendants will know what you need

If they’re in good health, babies adapt quickly to changes.

Documentation to have when traveling with a baby

There are certain documents that you cannot forget when traveling with your baby, since you may need them. Plan your trip well in advance and get informed about the documents you must bring, because it may take a while for them to be delivered to you or for you to find them.

The most frequent required documents include a health card, vaccination card, birth certificate or any other legal document that certifies you as the parent. Also, of course, you may need a passport or visa, depending on where you’re going.

Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling With a Baby

Final suggestions for traveling with a baby

There are also other issues to consider when traveling with a baby. First, if you’re traveling to a place with a different climate than the one your baby is used to, it’s essential that you consult a specialist.

This professional will give you relevant advice on how to protect your baby against exposure to cold weather or the sun, as well as about how to keep your baby hydrated and well fed. Have the telephone number of local hospitals and outpatient clinics on hand, as well as that of your usual pediatrician.

Try to time your trip so that it coincides with your baby’s nap time. Observe your baby constantly throughout the trip, in case there is something that causes discomfort.

It’s important to remember that you must have your baby in your arms when the plane takes off and lands. Select seats near the aisle to have more space. Both of you will travel more peacefully this way.

In summary, traveling can be a very pleasant learning experience. What you should always keep in mind when going on a trip with a baby are your documents, food and toys. Also, if you consider the basic recommendations and follow them to the letter, your baby will feel at ease. 

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.