For any mom, the thought of traveling with a newborn is a nightmare. From feeding and grooming to sleeping, the baby needs lots of attention. While you can still do these things away from home, most moms believe that parenting is much more comfortable and fun in a home environment. At least with a fully packed nursery around you, you have everything you need at your disposal.
But does this mean your baby can’t survive away from the nursery? Definitely, not. With proper planning, you can let your baby tag along with you no matter how tiny and vulnerable they are.
If you’re planning to go on a vacation with a newborn but aren’t sure how to go about it, the following tips will be of help.
Prepare a Baby Checklist
The only way you can ensure all the baby essentials are packed is by having a checklist. As you tick against the items, you’ll get to know what’s left to make your carry-on complete. Again, ensure you start packing many days before the actual travel date. Avoid the last-minute rush. It can mess you up when it comes to packing baby items. You may end up leaving out important items in the process.
Go for Necessities
It would be exciting to carry an entire nursery with you, but that isn’t possible unless you’re ready for the hustle and cost that comes with it. You must forego some items if you’d like to have an easier travel time. Keep in mind that of all the items, the most important thing is the baby’s clothing pieces. Even so, don’t carry an entire wardrobe – that would be hectic. Carry just enough. Other items like a baby carrier, formula and bottles, nursing pads, and pram (depending on the means of travel) should be included in the checklist.
Calm Breastfeeding Fears
It’s so comfortable to nurse your baby anytime and anywhere in the house. However, things become rough when you have to do it in public or on a plane. You might feel a bit nervous nursing next to a total stranger, and that’s quite normal. Even so, breastfeeding is still the ideal way to attend to your hungry baby when traveling. As such, you need to find ways of making yourself comfortable in readiness for it. You can bring light receiving blankets with you to cover the baby while breastfeeding. If breastfeeding isn’t just going to work out, you can pump the milk and carry it bottles.
Avoid Long Trips
It’s unhealthy for a baby to remain in one spot for a long time. They may feel uncomfortable along the way, and you wouldn’t want to deal with a crying baby while you’re traveling. Therefore, keep off the long trips for now. They’ll soon grow up and you’ll have the freedom to go anywhere with them. Try not to take trips longer than 6 hours.
If traveling is your thing, don’t feel grounded by a newborn. Pack your carry-on and get yourself ready for the journey. It’s not going to be as hectic as you think.
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