5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel with Your Baby
Whether you're traveling over the river or across the country, use these tips to make your journey a little easier. Our helpful hints are great for the plane, train, or car!
Pack the Pacifier
If you’ll be traveling by plane, remember to pack something for your baby to suck on during take-off and landing. The sucking motion will help his ears. This might be a pacifier (even if he normally doesn’t use one), or you can nurse your baby or give him a bottle.
Fill Up on Formula
If you’re formula feeding, pack more formula than you think you’ll need (keep in mind that there are restrictions on how much liquid you can carry on board a plane, so you might want to bring dry formula you can mix up); this could save you a real nightmare if you have an extended flight schedule, run into serious car trouble, or get stuck in bad weather. Expect delays whether traveling by car or plane, and be sure to pack extra finger foods and bottles. Single-serving cereal packets are great for pulling out of your bag, and some babies like to play with the unopened packets too.
Bring the Water Bottle
A bottle of water can be your best friend. Not only does it help with plane dehydration, but it’s handy if you need to clean up spills. If your baby gets bored, you can drop shiny dimes into the bottle, tighten the lid, and let your child entertain herself by shaking the bottle and watching the coins inside. (Just make sure the lid is screwed on tight … and don’t let Baby drink it!)
Avoid Diaper Disasters
Don’t forget to pack plenty of diapers and extra clothes for Baby (and extra clothes for you, too, if you can fit them into your carry-on). You never know when there will be an extra-messy diaper or meal.
Remember an Emergency Kit
If you’re traveling in cold and/or potentially hazardous weather, be sure to pack emergency supplies, food, water, and blankets in the car.
Whether you're going by plane, train, or car, traveling with young children can be stressful! To help, we've assembled tips to make your journey a little easier without breaking the bank...view gallery
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