Guest post from Carrie Dotson, Summer Nanny Jobs
I took my infant son on his first road trip when he was only one month old, his first long flight from New York to Colorado when he was five months old, his first coast-to-coast flight at nine months and his first trip to Europe at nineteen months. It was pre-9/11, pre-TSA screening and before airlines recommended or required car seats strapped into airline seats. Other than clothes, the kid and a lightweight collapsible stroller were all I took, transport-wise, so flying was logistically easier for everyone.
OTOH, it was also before there were all sorts of electronic entertainment gadgets. Fortunately, he was a good, smiling little guy who had no trouble eating, sleeping or being in unfamiliar places with strangers’ faces all around. Plus, I was a single mom for most of my son’s young years, so when I went somewhere, as often as not, I took him along. Not all little ones are so easy to travel with, so I present this helpful guest post from Summer Nanny Jobs to help those of you whose baby might not have been born to travel.
Traveling with a Baby
Traveling with an infant doesn’t have to be stressful, provided you’re well prepared. Dress your baby in layers so that he won’t be too cold or too hot on the plane. Make sure to bring enough diapers, clothes and food for at least a day because you never know what kind of delays you may encounter. It’s important to have enough supplies on hand. Check out these 10 blogs to gain helpful tips from seasoned family travelers.
- How to Make Traveling with Babies a Breeze! Even if you use cloth diapers at home, you will want to use disposable ones when you are traveling. Pack your child’s clothes in with yours instead of trying to keep track of several separate bags.
- 10 Tips for Traveling (on Your Own) With Your Baby Make sure that you dress both yourself and your baby in layers so that you both are comfortable no matter what temperature it is.
- Knocked Up Abroad: International Travel with a Baby Go with a positive attitude and don’t expect that other countries will have made the same accommodations for children that places do in the states. (Note that Dotson is from Britain, where “knocked up” does not have the same meaning as in North America.)
- 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Traveling with an Infant Keep in mind that things will take longer when you’re traveling, so it’s a good idea to double the amount of time you think you need.
- Baby Travel Tips Bring a change of clothes for everyone just in case the baby spits up on you or another accident occurs.
- Sit N Stroll Review: Traveling with Babies and Toddlers This product allows you to roll the baby through the airport and then close it up to use as a booster seat on the plane and a car seat in the rental car.
- 5 Secrets to Traveling on an Airplane with an Infant Wear your baby in a Snuggly or other pack at the airport, and skip the stroller to save on the amount of luggage you have to bring. (This post is exactly the opposite of the Sit N Stroll review above, indicating to me that there are options for traveling with babies.)
- 6 Tricks to Road Travel With a Newborn Bring more diapers than you think you will need, and make sure to bring infant medications just in case your child needs them while on your trip.
- Flying with Baby: 5 Must-Haves for Your Travels Make sure you bring table toppers and snacks for your baby to keep him satisfied and to help pop his ears on the way up and down.
- 5 Ways to Help Your Baby or Toddler Nap While Traveling Try to stick to your baby’s normal schedule as much as possible while you travel and bring along comforting nap items from home.
Airplane Travel with Toddlers and Older
It can be difficult to travel with toddlers and older kids because they’re more likely to get bored and want to move around. Allow each child to carry on his own backpack or bag containing snacks, toys and a change of clothes to keep him or her busy on the plane. Bring along electronic devices and allow your child to watch as many cartoons as he or she wants. Now is not the time to fight against screen time. More ideas for what to bring along on the plane can be found on these blogs.
- Holiday Travel: Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied Give each kid their own back pack with toys in it. Hide some new items in their bags to surprise them with on the plane.
- Traveling with Small Kids on Airplanes Bring along a tablet loaded with new movies and new apps to entertain the kids with on the flight.
- How to Travel Long Distances with Little Ones (and Not Go Insane) Sleep when your kids fall asleep so that you can get some rest too.
- 10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Toddlers Try to avoid early boarding on planes, because that will inevitably mean that your child has to sit still for a longer period of time. Make sure you charge your devices before heading to the airport.
- Top Ten Sanity-Saving Secrets for Traveling with Kids Teach kids how to travel by taking them on several short trips during their early years so that they know what to expect.
- Tips for Flying with Kids Part 2: Toddlers Sit in the back of the plane so that you are close to the bathroom. The people going back and forth to the bathroom will entertain your kids.
- Tips for Traveling with Small Children Buy a portable USB charger to make sure that you can charge your portable devices on the plane if you need to.
- Traveling with Children: 24 Tips for Flying with Kids If you take a stroller, remember that you can check it at the gate and have it waiting for you when you get off the plane.
- My Tips for Traveling with Young Children Try to avoid over-packing. It just will result in more things you have to carry through the airport.
- 10 Tips for Single Parents Traveling with Kids Ask the kids to help you find the right gate at the airport. This will keep them occupied while you find your gate.