TRAVELLING WITH AN INFANT IS ALMOST LIKE MOVING HOUSE - THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU KEEP YOUR COOL
Family holidays with an infant are an adventure that starts when you pack your luggage. It doesn't matter if the holiday lasts three days or two weeks: the contents of your bags won’t change that much. Travelling with an infant that needs to be changed and that eats only baby food can be quite a challenge.
The stroller, the diapers and the baby food ... the cot and the sleeping bag all have to be in the trunk or ready for the airplane so they arrive unharmed at their destination. Here are some tips to help you relax during your trip.
I packed my suitcase and in it...
This old and popular game, in which each person adds something to the suitcase and the others try to remember all the objects in the correct sequence, is a fun way to start off your holiday! It might be easier to ask what you’re not bringing on the holiday. You don’t want to miss anything, especially if you’re going to an isolated place!
The most important things are the diaper bag and baby food for the trip. The question is if food can be heated during the trip. If you have a bottle warmer, you can ask a restaurant to plug it in. Sometimes the only possibility to heat food is in the microwave, but be careful: it often becomes too hot and you lose vitamins and nutrients. If you’re clever, you’ll bring along a thermal bag for hot meals. At Lidl, there is a wide range of products suitable for travel: baby food, single serving juices in tetra packs, fruit bars and biscuits for babies, such as the famous biscuits with bears by Babyvita, ideal from the eighth month.
Of course, you also have to carry a portable drugstore for your baby! This should contain, among other things, a spray disinfectant, tweezers, nail scissors, adhesive bandages and antipyretics.
Baby on Board - the little one flies
You are about to go on your first flight with the baby and there are still many things to organize: does the baby already have a biometric passport? Can he still sleep in a basket or bulkhead cot? Or is he already too big, heavy, or tall? Most companies allow use of these only up to the sixth or twelfth month.
Air travellers with infants should definitely make sure to carry a car seat for new-borns that is approved for air travel. This depends on the model and the regulations of the company. Babies under two years who do not have a seat and a safety belt, must be kept on the lap and secured with a separate safety harness during take-off and landing or when the seat belt sign is on.
By booking far in advance, you may be able to reserve a "baby cot". In these rows of seats there is more legroom for children to crawl or attempt first steps and of course, for the parents as well. The other small children and babies can also serve as inflight entertainment for young passengers.
As for food while travelling, it’s best to only carry small amounts of prepared baby food. The quantities are usually greater than those allowed for passengers not travelling with infants. To be on the safe side, simply carry frozen dried food in your carry-on baggage and ask the crew for hot water. The same goes for packaged baby food and tea for your child.
6 tips for a relaxing vacation with baby: an overview!
- Book your flight well in advance in order to also reserve a cot for your baby.
- If you are flying, make sure you have time to get all documents: apply for a biometric Passport well in advance. If one parent is travelling alone and has a different last name from the baby, remember the birth certificate and the declaration of consent of the other parent, otherwise it is not allowed to bring the baby.
- Earplugs for children can help offset the pressure inside the plane. It also helps to drink, yawn and use nose drops.
- A couple of new toys and books allow you to pass the time without getting bored even during longer trips.
- The compartments dedicated to families often save train travel: for you and for the other passengers! In an open compartment, many babies are under stress. And for that matter what baby remains silent for long?
- For long car trips, plan on frequent breaks so that your baby can move freely and get attention from mom and dad.