Sharing The Ultimate Guide & Tips For Traveling with Babies & Toddlers
Essential Tips For Traveling With A Baby & Toddler: Everything You Need To Know To Prepare…
“What are your tips for Traveling With A Kid (Traveling With A Baby, Traveling With An Infant, Traveling With A Toddler, etc, etc)” has been one of the questions that I get asked the most, and it has also been one of the most requested blog posts by you all…
and let me tell you guys, these tips for traveling with a baby has been a lonnnng time coming…
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Essential Tips For Traveling With A Baby
1) Apply for your baby’s passport as soon as possible after he/she is born
I know, I know, besides the many things that you are trying to tackle as a new parent this is probably the last thing on your mind but when it comes time to travel you don’t want this to be the reason you don’t get to travel with your baby. So have that on your checklist of the many things to do once your child is born 🙂
Also, depending on the country you plan to travel to, identify any visa requirements and get that in order.
While an infant doesn’t need an ID to travel within the US, it is always a good idea to bring the passport or at least a birth certificate. Or when in doubt, just call to check with the airlines.
We applied for Aarush’s passport when he was just 6-days-old. I managed to get the cutest pic of him for the passport, can’t believe that this little monkey is that same baby haha.
TIP: To capture your baby’s passport photo lay him down on the floor with a white background and then fix the orientation on Lightroom/Photoshop as this will be a shot taken from the top (unless you want to get a professional to do it).
P.S: How early a baby can fly varies by airlines (anywhere between 48 hrs to 14 days, sometimes requires a letter from the doctor), so call the airlines to confirm their policy.
2) Tips for Traveling with a Baby on Road Trips
START SMALL: You want to give both your baby and yourself a chance to get a feel for what traveling together is going to be like. So start by going on a road trip, either a day trip or a weekend getaway. Do this as often as possible before you book the first flight for your baby.
Road trips are fairly easier compared to flying. Plan pit stops in advance. Bring all the essentials + some more. Have a fully-stocked car, including a first-aid kit, plastic bags,/Ziplocs, paper napkins, and a bucket of some sort (in case of unexpected accidents/motion sickness, etc).
If your baby is at an age where he/she is eating solids then bring lots of snacks and turn snacking into a fun activity. Bring new car/car seat toys, download shows/age-appropriate music on your electronics and play that in the background.
Plan fun and educational games to play on the road. Dress your kiddo in comfortable clothes. Darken the windows as necessary. Always have a backup plan. Enjoy the drive!
Also, a road trip makes it easier (comparatively) to drive to the nearest restaurant to feed, change the diaper, take a breather, etc, as much or as little as necessary. Read my post on our first road trip and all the travel essentials that we brought on that trip.
PRO TIP: The key, when on the road, is to make as many stops as necessary and not to feel the pressure of getting to a place before a certain time. Try not to let the unexpected upset you and simply go with the flow.
Our first 4-hr drive (when Aarush was 1-month-old) ended up taking almost double the amount of time. Haha, something we hadn’t expected at all. Our first stop was not more than 20 mins away from home, and the rest is history now!
On the other hand, our first flight (when Aarush was 3-months-old) was a breeze (but now that he is 2 it’s a whole other story, more on that below). He was absolutely amazing on all the flights (including international) during that trip (4 in total) and got lots and lots of compliments from fellow passengers. A pic from that international trip here.
3) Tips for Traveling with a Baby on Flights:
AFTER BOOKING THE FLIGHT
PRE-PREPARATION BEFORE YOUR TRAVEL DATE
PACKING ESSENTIALS FOR TRAVELING WITH A BABY
AT THE AIRPORT
ESSENTIALS TO TAKE ON THE PLANE WHILST TRAVELING WITH A BABY
DURING TAKE-OFF & LANDING
ON THE FLIGHT
SLEEPING WITH A BABY ON A FLIGHT
AFTER LANDING + IMMIGRATION
ONCE YOU REACH THE DESTINATION + JET LAG
WHEW, that’s it, there you have it, all my tips for traveling with a baby that we have used in the last 2 years from all our travel adventures, experiences, and learnings.
” Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.”