Top tips for traveling with your baby

Planning is key

The first most important step in ensuring a successful trip is to plan ahead. Create a checklist to help you make sure that you don’t forget anything. Include items like weather appropriate clothes, food for the baby, toys, nappies, wipes and other baby essentials on your list.

Traveling by car

Travel during nap or bed time
Paediatrician and Pampers® Institute Expert, Dr Hetan Hari recommends planning your trip around your baby’s routine and traveling at night or early morning when they’re most likely to be sleeping. It’s much easier to travel with a sleeping baby than having to cope with an energetic baby who wants to stand up, crawl, walk or sing and play during the drive. This way you won’t disturb your little one’s sleeping patterns either.

Take regular breaks
Take regular breaks during your trip. This will give you a chance to stretch your legs and freshen up. Breaks are equally important for kids. They have a short attention span and need to move around. Look for a rest stop with a play area or jungle gym where they can play for about 30 minutes while you enjoy a cup of coffee.

What to pack

Sister Lilian suggests the following essentials for your travel bag:

  • A bag of special toys that are only used in the car. Make sure the same toy is not given on each journey
  • Soothing music for you and the kids
  • Mobiles that can be dangled from the roof of the car
  • A bunch of keys and a magnet – older babies are fascinated with keys
  • Recorded stories for older kids
  • A change of clothes for inevitable spills and leaks
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Bottles and a non-spill cup
  • A security item from home like a blanket (also for warmth as the plane cabin can get very cold)
  • Rubbish bags
  • Baby food, utensils and cups
  • A jacket and cap for small babies
  • Healthy snacks – Click here for a round-up of our favourite snacks for traveling
  • A dummy if your little one is using one

 

Traveling by plane

Feed during take-off and landing
Pressure changes are very uncomfortable, and babies don’t know how to unblock their own ears. Sucking and swallowing helps to keep the baby’s ears unblocked. Bottle or breastfeed your little one when the plane takes off and just as the plane descends (which is right about the time when your ears pop) – this will help ease the pressure.
Nutritionist and Pampers® Institute Expert, Claire McHugh says it’s important to treat any colds or blocked noses and upper respiratory or ear infections before a trip. “Excessive mucus can increase the discomfort from pressure in the ears during take-off and landing.” Try not to feed your little one between one and two hours before take-off, this way she’ll be hungry in the plane.

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