Traveling with a baby can seem like a tall order. Little voyagers can be like fragile luggage when traveling with them especially in a considerably long journey. It is the job of the parents or guardians to ensure they have a detailed and all-inclusive checklist when having infants or toddlers when traveling. A practical checklist will not only allow you to have peace throughout because the baby will be well sorted but will also ensure the baby is comfortable and satisfied.
It is important for all child caregivers to understand that what you carry during your journey will determine whether the child will slap you with tantrums, yells and tears or smiles and laughter and endless giggling. Before coming up with the checklist, it is important for parents to have the following considerations days before the day of the journey.
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Considerations to Have When Planning on the Journey with Babies
We all want a smooth journey where we reach our destinations with little or no accidents, and this will only happen if we plan. Here are some considerations to have before we put down the checklist for traveling with babies.
- Baby’s Likes – Travelling can be extremely uncomfortable for babies especially if it’s a flight or a crowded bus and this feeling can make the baby unstable and start acting in ways we least expect. Knowing what the baby likes is a no-brainer for any parent and it is important to have all the things that make your baby laugh, smile and have the cheerful air which all parents and caretakers desire.
- The Length of the Journey – The duration of the trip will determine how many things you will carry whether its clothes for you and the baby or even food. The longer the trip the uncomfortable the baby will get and the tired you will also become. This will allow you to be fully prepared to handle any predicament that arises.
- Weather – The weather during the traveling date will determine the kind of food you will carry for the baby and the kind of clothes you will also pack for yourself and the baby. If it’s snowing then heavy clothes will be for both you and the baby and having warm food for the baby will also go a long way in making the baby comfortable.
- The Behavioral Patterns of the Baby – Some babies cry more than others, others like eating after every hour, others prefer playing games and so on. It is important to consider the babies behaviors and plan on the things you will carry to ensure the coolest and most comfortable journey both for you and the baby.
- Leave the Huge Stuff Behind – There is some baby gear such as cribs, car seat and high chair which cannot be cramped up into the trunk or placed on a plane. It is therefore important to avoid carrying things that will bring a challenge of whether to carry the baby or the luggage.
- Make Sure the Baby’s Health is 100% and Checked – Consult the doctor and know that the baby is in good health for a long distance journey. Carry some Infant prescriptions, including acetaminophen and antihistamine, plus any prescriptions just in case.
Once you have considered the above requirements, then you can be able to write the checklist effectively without taking the risk of missing something that is crucial. Below is a checklist of things you should always carry when traveling with babies.
You should always carry one diaper for every hour. So if the journey takes three hours, then five diapers would be useful. Taking extra diapers should be necessary in case of unprecedented accidents. A child who is having a fresh diaper is left feeling incredibly contented and full of joy.
Travelling with a baby is no joke. At one point they want to breastfeed, and at another, they want some formulae and powdered milk. Having put the considerations in place, you will ensure that you have all the foods that will sustain the baby’s energy and satisfy him or her. A baby that is full is a happy baby so ensure that the baby is well fed at all times through the journey. Have some water, some formula, baby cereal and have some food for yourself to enable you to have the energy to work on the baby.
3. Baby Bottles, Light Easily Disposable Plastic Utensils
It will be stressful to carry food baby, formulae, and powdered milk and find out you don’t have the baby bottle from which the milk will be drinking from. All these are basic items that you should ensure you have to aid and ease feeding of the baby.
Ensure you have a pad in your bag so that you can place the baby when changing his or her diaper. It would be unhygienic to place the child’s butt down without having something the baby can lie on. Ensure you also have extra pads in case of accidents when the baby spills something on it or pukes on it.
5. Burp Cloths
Babies innately burb after meals and drool. It would be incredibly tedious to keep changing the child’s clothes every time you feed him/her. It is easier to carry burp cloths which cover the clothes and takes care of the mess made by the barf.
6. First Aid Lit
Accidents happen without our planning, and when dealing with babies, it will be necessary always to be ready to handle a crisis. In the even a baby falls from the chair to the floor of the car or a plane then ensure you have a first aid kit with pain relievers.
Babies are as fragile as glass, and something like bad weather can mess them up. As a parent or guardian, ensure you have blankets to ensure the baby is covered from the cold or shaded from the hot sun and even protect you from messy belches. You can also use the blankets to lay the baby when changing diapers in case you don’t have pads.
8. Plastic Bags
We all know that kids and mess are like peas in a pod and it is very critical to have plastic bags which will ensure you store the gross spurts, used diapers, dirty utensils or some of your dirtied clothes. They will also be useful to prevent leaks. Ensure that you different plastic bags for different items; diapers in one, and utensils in another. The plastic bags can also be used to keep different clean clothes for the baby such as socks, diapers, and napkins which may be tedious to search for in a suitcase full of clothes.
Is it not adorable when babies put their hands or fingers in their mouth when they just stare at us blankly or when asleep? Well, most parents don’t prefer their babies sucking on their hands and opt for pacifiers. It may be necessary to have these for the baby especially if you want to keep them busy with themselves as they suck on it silently. It may save time and energy when the baby starts crying.
There’s no way to bribe a kid to behave than having his/her favorite toys. The toys will make the baby busy and happy as he/she plays and enjoys the journey. This will give you time to do other things like reading a magazine or even going through emails without worrying about the child starting to cry. Consider having toys that produce sounds or songs.
11. Extra Clothes
The journey will also have you and with the mess created by babies, rest assured your clothes will be a victim of the mess. Ensure you have extra clothes you can change in case the baby pees or pukes on your clothes.
12. Hand Sanitizers
We handle too much “dirt” when dealing with babies and we need to ensure we have clean hands after we change diapers or finish feeding them. Hand sanitizers may come in handy especially when traveling using a public means such as a train and you can’t leave the baby to go and wash your hands.
13. Crayons and Coloring Books
The trick of making a child behave in the uncomfortable traveling environment is keeping the child busy. If the child is about two years or then carrying crayons and a coloring book can be a good way of allowing the bay to have fun and also a good form of distraction during a long journey.
The above are just the fundamental things you should tick on your checklist if you want to travel comfortably with your baby. Although there are other nitty-gritty things such as baby carriers and portable travel cribs we haven’t talked about, having the above equipment will serve you well. However, it is not enough to have the checklist, ensure you have the things written on the checklist ready before the day of the journey. With all these checked and confirmed then you’d be willing to enjoy a voyage full of comfort with the baby.