Going on holiday with a baby tends to put people off the whole idea. It can be a nightmare not knowing what to do or what to expect when flying for the first time with your baby. Going on holiday is usually about stress relief but going with a person half your size can make it a holiday from hell unless you are prepared for the worst. Here are some tips and trick to make your holiday more enjoyable and headache free.
What to pack
Packing should be done well in advance, Making sure you pack a bag with all the essentials. Although a baby is the tiniest of all explorers, you would be surprised on how many things it need to go about its daily business. Here is a checklist of some of the vital items needed:
• Small plastic bags (for used nappies and soiled clothing)
• Extra bottles
• Extra set of clothing
• Some toys to keep the baby busy during the flight
• Sun hat (for hot countries)
• Changing mat
• Sun cream and diaper rash cream
Not everyone wants to hold their baby during a long journey which is why it advisable to get something to put the baby in when you are travelling. The two things that are most popular are a sling or a collapsible stroller. A sling or a baby carrier is an easy lightweight option where you can carry your baby in front or behind yourself.
If you want to take a stroller with you, it is important to familiarize yourself with the stroller. Find out how to collapse it as quickly as possible, as it can be stressful getting through airport security. You do not want to be the person holding up the line at security checks because you do not know how to collapse your Buggy.
If you are planning on going abroad, your baby will need a passport. It’s hard to believe that someone so small could need a passport, but it’s true. Sorting out your baby’s passport could take a few weeks if you are lucky so when it comes to booking your holiday, make sure you have your child’s passport at hand before doing so. Unfortunately if you are visiting a country that needs a visa, you will also need to apply for a visa for your baby.
If your baby is into to cartoons or maybe certain music videos, it’s a good idea to have them handy. If possible try to download them onto a mobile or tablet, as you may need them handy. Airplanes are probably one of the worst places your baby can start crying. If you can’t stop the baby from crying, you could end up having an angry mob behind you. This is where you can play the videos to your child to stop him or her crying and create a less stressful environment for yourself.
Changing nappies can be hard when not all airplanes have changing tables so if possible change your baby at the airport toilets. If your baby does not need a nappy change at the airport then it is a good idea to make sure your baby is dressed in clothes that are easy to take off. You want to have easy access so if you had to change nappies on the airplane, you can do so with ease.
Take some medicine
It is important that you are prepared in all aspects and in this case, sickness. Children can sometimes get sick on holiday easier than adults. Here are some of the medicine you could take with you.
• Infant painkiller
• Insect repellent
• Antihistamine cream
• Ice or gel packs
• Antiseptic cream
Lastly, make sure you have adequate travel insurance for you and your baby.