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Follow These Tips Before Taking Your Baby To A Long-Hour Trip

By Edie Mindell

An infant needs a lot of attention and special care, and taking her along on a tiring long trip doesn’t help any. But for instances where you and your family would need to take a road trip or a plane ride, preparation is the key to a wonderful and pleasant vacation.

The right time

Firstly, consider the length of the trip; ten-hour flights and long drives are going to be difficult for you and your baby. Just think of the feeding sessions and irregular sleeping schedules. Your baby may not have only a difficult time adjusting to the feeding and sleep schedules, but you may find it exhausting too, to say the least.

It is best recommended to help your baby adjust well before the scheduled trip. Take her first on a short trip or just a long stroll to see and observe how he manages to cope up with the new environment. In this way, when the planned trip arrives, your baby will be ready and could adjust in a different environment in a very short time.

Health alert

Before you go on a trip with your baby, take her to the pediatrician to ensure that he has a clean bill of health. It is very important that you consult your doctor before you travel; and make sure that your baby has been immunized to protect her from foreign elements that could enter his small body. Watch out for common diseases that could be acquired during traveling, such as diarrhea and the flu. Unclean drinking water and unsanitary practices (such as not washing hands) are the culprits of these said diseases.

Prepare a medical kit for your baby before traveling. Ask your pediatrician which medications you should bring along like baby paracetamol and decongestant. Make sure also that you bring clean water enough for your whole family especially for your baby to avoid dehydration. In the unfortunate event that your baby gets sick during your travel, look for a pediatrician within that area-ASAP.

Strollers, car seats, and baby carriers

Always bring a baby stroller when traveling with your baby, so that you won’t end up carrying your baby all throughout the whole trip. A car seat will also help make your baby feel more at ease during feeding and nap times.

Pack mentality

In your hand-carry bag, prepare at least two extra sets of clothes for your baby to keep him clean, comfortable, and in good spirit. Spit-ups and spills mean a wet baby; and a wet baby makes for a cranky baby. Pack an extra set of diapers for him and an extra pair of clothes also for you, too, for accidental spit-ups.

Don’t forget also to bring a few bottles of milk in your hand-carry bag. This the most important necessity, along with diapers and clothes, for your baby to be comfortable and not crank-up during your travel.

Plan ahead and pack enough. Avoid too much hand-carry (This will leave your arms free to do other things while you hold your baby). More importantly, be sure that you are ready for emergencies, and enjoy the rest of the trip with your family.

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Mindell, Edie "Follow These Tips Before Taking Your Baby To A Long-Hour Trip." Follow These Tips Before Taking Your Baby To A Long-Hour Trip. 9 Jan. 2010. 9 Mar 2016 <>.

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