One of the most anxiety filled experiences for moms can be traveling with a baby. Himalaya Baby Care shares six steps that can create fuss-free memories with the little one.
Step 1: Getting your place
This is step one of a happy journey. Choose seats that afford you privacy for feeding and also offer space to keep all your baby gear. Inform your airline in advance for special accommodations such as bulk head seat assignments, on board baby bassinets and infant lap belts.
Step 2: Putting things together
Organize all baby items such as clothes, accessories, medicines, toys and snacks separately in sealed pouches or plastic bags to ensure easy, quick access. Keep all of these sealed packets in one large backpack. This way, your hands are free to hold baby, and you can locate things quickly. Keeping all travel-related documents together ensures quick access.
Step 3: Packing it all up
Of course, you know the lighter the better! “How light?” you ask. A stroller, large backpack and small shoulder bag should accommodate your and baby’s belongings for the flight. Ensure that all bags and boxes close completely to prevent any accidental and embarrassing spills and leaks.
Step 4: To wear or not to wear
It is wise to wear baby in a harness or a carrier while travelling. This not only reduces the chances of disturbing baby if he/she is sleeping but also keeps your hands free. Nothing is more frustrating than having to wake a sleeping baby for a security inspection. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows mothers who wear their babies in carriers to go through airport security without removing baby from the harness.
Step 5: Toys and ploys
All the stimulation experienced during travel can stress baby. Therefore, it helps to mix up the new and the old. Carry the chewed up soft toy and the new book. Keep baby relaxed with his/her favorite blanket, book, or toy. Walk around the aisle on-board so that baby is not bored sitting in one place for too long. Anything new will keep baby distracted, and familiar objects will keep him/her relaxed.
Step 6: Tuning in and tuning out
Baby is bound to feel some discomfort while traveling. Try your best to comfort him/her. When someone offers help or suggestions, use your discretion.
Be prepared, but also be flexible. Don’t get hassled about things not going as planned. Expect the unexpected and stay calm. Keep smiling and have a happy journey!
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