Traveling with Baby: Be Prepared
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I know it sounds scary. You don’t know if your little one will be a good traveler or one of those nightmare kids that other passengers complain about. The crying, the possibility of throwing up, all the little things that could go wrong. It scares a lot of parent off of traveling with a newborn. The sad thing is, traveling with a baby can be one of the best things you ever do! Read our article about it here. So what are you to do about these possibilities, especially if you don’t know how your baby travels? Let’s address the top nightmare situation about traveling with a baby:
What to do when your baby is crying on the plane.
Tip 1: Feed them. Most babies cry on planes because of two reasons. First, their little ears are very sensitive to air pressure changes. Giving them something to suck or chew relieves this pressure. Chewing gum relieves this pain in adults, it makes sense the same action would relieve this pain in kids. Feeding your baby also has the added benefit of filling their mouths with something. Try to plan their meals to when the plan is taking off or landing. Our favorite bottle travel was the Medela Calma Breastmilk Feeding Set because the milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum simulating breastfeeding. You can get the travel pack HERE. Both your baby and you will be happier.
*Most babies fall asleep after eating. Sleeping is a good way to pass the time on a plane. Babies don’t cry in their sleep for the most part. Bring along their blankie, popover, or any other devices they use to know it’s nap time. Present these right after you are in the air and they’ve eaten. Don’t forget to use this time to recharge your batteries, too. The trip will fly by smoother if both of you nap at the same time.
Tip 2: Provide wiggle room. What is that second reason for babies crying on a plane, you mentioned? Lack of space to move. Most little ones want space to move. It is hard for any person to sit still for hours on end. If your little one is at or past the crawling stage it can be downright impossible. Kids like to move. They cry when movements are restricted. The solution: make sure you are not traveling alone. Having two or even three seats (if you are traveling with their older sibling) to crawl around on can relieve a lot of this tension. Bring hand sanitizer and let them explore. Traveling alone? Be a climbing tower. You can even let them play with the tray table. It might get annoying, but it is far less annoying than screaming. They will tire out eventually and then you both can get a nap.
*Another great idea is to figure out what keeps them still at home and replicate the experience on the plane. My daughter would stop every time Daniel Tiger came on the TV when she was a baby. So on long flights we would download episodes to our Kindle Fire, put headphones on her and watch her sit through episode after episode until she fell asleep. That one device saves us tones of room and app costs. Don’t have one? Get it HERE.
My Baby might throw up.
Tip 3: Prep the bag! Babies toss their cookies all the time. They drool, they spit up, they burp. This is what babies do. So if you are worried about it being worse than normal, the best thing to do is be prepared. Each seat is equipped with a barf bag. Take the time when you are preparing for takeoff to open it up. Get some air into it and put it back in the seat in such a way that you can grab it out one handed when needed. As an added precaution, keep a burp rag out near the barf bag.This way you can wipe everything up fast.
*Used the bag at takeoff? Then there is a high possibility the same thing will happen on the way back down. Hit the attendant call button. When it is safe to get to you give them the used bag for disposal (you don’t want to hold on to that for the whole flight) and ask for a new one. They have a supply in the back so it should be no problem. If for some reason they are out, ask around your aisle for a second non-used bag. People that don’t have a problem are usually more than happy to help those that do. Prep the new bag. It is better to be ready than not prepared.
Still worried? You can pack your own bags! Feel safer having a medical grade disposable barf bag in your purse. That way where ever you travel (plane, train, or car) you know that you have it covered. Buy them HERE to reduce your worries.
The fact is, most babies travel well if the parents are prepared. Stop worrying and book the trip! You won’t know how your kids travel until you start traveling. Afraid about the cost of bringing baby along? Check out this article HERE.