6 Things to Know When Traveling with a Baby

The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means that the busiest time for travel is upon us. If you have a new bundle of joy and are planning to travel then chances are you are a little anxious about your upcoming trip.

Your days of sipping long-islands, martinis and bloody Mary’s; diving into romantic and thriller novels or fashion magazines is now over, or at least for a while.

6 Things to Know When Traveling with a Baby

However, it does not need to be an unpleasant experience, either. Infancy is a fantastic time to travel, as your little angel is not yet mobile, is on a liquid diet or having very few solid bitings, and is still taking frequent naps. Not to mention the fact that flying with a toddler under two years old means that you do not need to purchase a ticket for them!

With that said though, you need to ensure that you are fully prepared and have an excellent idea of what to expect when flying with your baby. While we do not ignore the fact that your hands will be full, quite literally, according to MovingBabies, these simple tips will undoubtedly assist you in lightening your load and anxiety.

Traveling with a Baby – Make It to Your Destination with Energy to Spare

Taking your first adventure with your new bundle of joy is a big deal, filled with anxiety, excitement, and worry. You keep on wondering if you are for a trip if the baby will have fun and if your choice of destination is safe and baby-friendly.

6 Things to Know When Traveling with a Baby

Contrary to most people’s beliefs though, traveling with an infant is not as scary as it sounds. All you have to do is to engage in extra planning. Plan, plan and plan more. Doing so saves you a lot of sweat and stress. Here are six pointers to help you out before you go:

 #01. Book the Proper Airplane Seats

If you are flying to your destination, you need to purchase a separate seat for your baby. So you need to bring your infant car seat on the plane and make sure it is up to code because not all baby seats are designed for air travel.

If you will hold your child though, make sure that you get the window and aisle seats instead of selecting places that are side by side.

When checking-in at the airport, remember to inform the airline you have a toddler and that you would prefer to have a middle seat blocked off if the flight is not sold out. Most airlines are accommodating, and they will consider your plea.

#02. Pack Early Before Your Fight

If you are sharing your seat with your little angel, you need to consider the baggage restrictions. If you are bringing the car seat and stroller, however, then you may have to pay an extra fee for additional luggage.

6 Things to Know When Traveling with a Baby

#03. Carry Some Fun Toys and Entertainment Equipment for Your Child

It does not matter if you are traveling by plane, car, or boat, the babies attention span seems to be short. They get bored easily. So you need to ensure that you bring plenty of toys and books with you. You can also engage your child in some fun activities to keep them entertained.

#04. Brace Yourself for the Foreign Food

It is wise to arm yourself with baby food when traveling, especially when taking a trip to countries known for foodborne diseases and bacteria.

Never assume that every destination carries the same brands of baby food because many do not. So pack your own to save yourself the headaches and stress.

6 Things to Know When Traveling with a Baby

#05. Carry the Right Baby Stroller

It is advisable to carry a functional and compact baby stroller with you on your trip. If you are taking a short trip, you need to make sure that you bring a lightweight stroller since they are easy to transport and store.

If you are, however, going to take long and tiring trips with sightseeing them, you need to bring the full-size durable stroller. It might be cumbersome, but it allows your child to have some peaceful naps on the go.

#06. Get Your Baby Vaccinated

Does your toddler require shots? Most countries need tourists and visitors to have vaccination shots; for example, when visiting Mexico, getting a Hepatitis A shot is highly recommended, and when taking a vacation to Europe, an MMR shot for measles and mumps is required.

So research your destination ahead of time to see if they have a travel advisory. It helps you get ready for the vaccinations shots since they can take up to weeks and months before you get them.

Having an infant is a game changer; it changes up a whole of things for you as a new parent. The first time you hold your God-sent little muffin you get a feeling of joy and peace. They give you a long-lasting smile, at least before they become some crazy teenagers, and you realize that your life will never be the same. The world trips and tours will never be the same either. With the above tips though, things will be as easy as ABC, and you will enjoy your vacation as much as you want to.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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