Baby travel is possible during the first year. Unless your pediatrician has given you a specific health reason for not traveling with your baby, you and baby can enjoy a trip together!
In some ways, baby travel is much easier than traveling with a toddler. You certainly don't have to worry about keeping your infant from running all over the place. You also don't have to worry about carving out a special time for your infant to sleep. He'll sleep anywhere if he is tired! Noises won't bother him, and as long as he is fed and dry, he'll probably be content just to be with you.
Diaper Bag Supplies
You will need to pack a well-stocked diaper bag, however, complete with most and maybe all of the following items.
- Burp cloths
- Disposable changing pads
- Baby food
- Disposable bibs
- Diaper Ointment
- Changes of clothes
- Bulb syringe
- Baby thermometer
- Petroleum jelly
- Baby fever reducing medicine
- Baby hat or bonnet
- Baby nail clippers
- Ziplock baggies
- Baby toys
- Baby snacks
Other Baby Travel Necessities
Once you have your diaper bag packed, you might think you're home free. Think again! By the time you finish packing everything you need to make sure that baby is comfortable, you'll feel as if you are moving! The following is a list of travel necessities you may need to pack.
- Travel playpen or bed-You will probably need one of these unless you are staying in a place that already has one. Many travel playpens are also equipped with a raised, removeable changing pad.
- Infant carseat-If you are renting a car, you can get by without using one of these by renting one instead. Be sure you tell the rental car company that you need an infant seat, however. You also do not have to purchase an airline seat for babies younger than two. However, if you do want to secure your infant in a carseat, you'll probably have to purchase an airline ticket for her.
- Stroller-Since there are several types of strollers available, you'll want to choose one that is the most easy to travel with. Keep in mind, however, that infants need to be placed in strollers that offer head, neck, and back support.
- Front pack carrier-You may want to purchase a front carrier to place your infant in. This will free up your hands, and it can even eliminate the need for a stroller.
- Sling-A baby sling is just another version of a baby carrier. Many slings are made out of simple cotton, and they often provide extra material that you can use to place over baby for discreet nursing or to block out the sun.
Once your baby has reached a few weeks of age, you'll need to be sure you bring items that can entertain your baby. Baby's love colorful objects, and newborns love toys and objects colored in black, white, and red. They also love faces. You should pack your diaper bag and suitcase with lots of interesting toys and books for your baby to look at, reach for, and manipulate.
If your baby is old enough to eat solids, you can pack baby food that can be given straight from the jar. You can also pack healthy finger foods, such as cereals and baby snacks. Sometimes, this is all it takes to settle a fussy baby.