7 Tips for Traveling with a Baby this Holiday Season
Planning for trips can be both very exciting and very nerve-wracking. You are going on an adventure, but you know that every adventure has its twists and turns. There’s nothing worse than planning a vacation for your family only to later discover that you forgot something important, whether it’s diaper rash cream, a pacifier, or a passport. So to help you prepare for your journey, we’ve put together a list of important items and considerations.
- A baby passport. It may sound weird and unnecessary but the law requires that parents bring a passport if they are flying with the infant overseas. There is a lengthy process to obtaining a passport for your child, which for the purposes of this article we will not go into. Once you finish the process, the passport will be good for five years.
- Additional forms. If you happen to be traveling alone with your baby or if the child is not biologically yours, you need to have the child’s birth certificate as well as written consent from the child’s biological parents. The US government provides guidelines on this matter, because there are often special entry and exit requirements for minors depending on each country’s laws.
- Bassinet. Unless you are planning on holding your baby for the entire duration of the flight, you’ll want to make sure that you reserve the plane’s bassinet. There are usually a very limited amount, and for specific seats, so it’s important to ask for this accommodation early.
- Diapers & Wipes. Diaper change intervals range from every hour to every other hour. So if you’re taking a 12-hour international flight across the ocean, you need to be stocked up! Also bring enough with you to handle big delays, as is often the case with plane travel.
- Do diaper changes frequently.
- Avoid wipes that contain alcohol or fragrances.
- Pat your baby’s skin instead of rubbing it.
- Use extra-absorbent diapers, and put the diapers on loosely. That way, the diapers will pull the moisture away from the baby’s skin, and there will be better air circulation.
- Onesies/creepers/bodysuits. For warmer conditions.
- Rompers & Coveralls. These have leggings and cover more so they are well-suited for moderate to cold temperatures.
- Hats & Beanies. Some extra layers so your baby is especially warm, cute, and cuddly.
- Booties or Shoes. Complete the ensemble with stylish wear for the feet.
- Socks. Help your baby feel nice and comfy with soft socks.
- Blankets. For keeping your baby snug.
- Gowns & Sleep sacks. Sleepytime outfits for maximum comfort.
Keep in mind these seven considerations and you will be off to a great start in planning your vacation this holiday season.