Advice: Travel with an infant
Is it crazy to travel with an infant? I don’t think so – not at all. It can be the best thing ever to travel with an infant.
Being a parent for the first time everything is new, also travelling. It can be a bit overwhelming planning your first travel together as a family, so many chooses to postpone travelling to the kids are older. But our experiences is, that the younger the baby is, the easier travelling is.
Before I gave birth to Victor, we had talked about travelling to Mexico for 2 months. But after he was born, I wasn’t sure, that our baby should be a globetrotter within his first year. There where so many insecurities. How would he react to flying, staying in different hotel rooms, going to restaurants, experiencing sights and travelling by bus? We therefore decided to eliminate some of all the insecurities by rehearsing 🙂 We went on a weekendtrip to Hamburg, a 3 hours drive from our home.
Victor was 3 months, when we drove to Hamburg. We learned a lot on that trip. Here are some of the lessons learned:
- Eliminate some of all the insecurities by going on a a weekend trip.
- Our baby didn’t care if we were at home or in a hotel room. As long as we were happy and he was fed, changed and able to sleep.
- Sightseing all day might not be the best idea. Divide the day in two. Go somewhere in the morning. Take a break for a couple of hours in the hotel room and go out again for a couple of hours.
- Going out for dinner at night didn’t work for us. Our baby had experienced to much during the day and was fussy in the evenings. We had take away in the hotel room. It was not romantic, but necessary.
- If you got a light sleeping baby. Every evening is spend in a hotel room, so consider to bring books, movies or other entertainment for the evenings.
- Respect your babies boundaries. If your baby is fussy one day, then you might have to change your plans.
- Bring a medicine kit, you never know, when you will need it
After our weekend trip to Hamburg our courage grew and we went on a short holiday in Egypt. Victor was 3,5 months, when he flew for the first time. He did so well and again we learned a lot.
Here are some of the lessons learned:
- To release pressure in your baby’s ears you can breastfeed during take off and landing. If you choose to breastfeed, you can bring a big scarf to get some privacy. You can also bring a bottle of water and offer it to your baby to release the pressure.
- If baby is using a pacifier, you will want to bring some of those. Always have at least one extra. It might be a good idea using a pacifier clip, so you don’t need to crawl around on the floor searching for the pacifier.
- Bring a blanket or duvet. The aircon can be really cold.
- Bring diapers and wipes and a few plastic bags to put the diaper in before throwing it in the bin.
- You will want to bring some extra clothes for the baby, but you might also want to consider bringing a new t-shirt for yourself, especially if you have a baby who spits after being fed.
- If your baby is having infant formula, bring a thermo with hot water and a bottle with cold water. Then you can mix infant formula and porridge. You can always have the thermo filled in the airplane with help from the stewardess.
I hope you will experience the joy of travelling with your infant 🙂
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