If this is the first time you are travelling with your newborn, it is less likely for you to know the best way of how to ensure a pleasant and comfortable journey with a little bundle that you have been recently blessed with. Of course, there are plenty of websites to give you an idea on this topic but I want to share some wonderful tips as someone who has good experience of traveling with her infant more than often.
Where to start from?
Start with choosing a backpack instead of a purse and diaper bag. You should keep your arms free to caress and feed your baby. Throw your purse and wallet into it instead of carrying them separately. Also carry disposable pads as you need to change your baby on a clean surface and you won’t have it available always.
How many diapers will be needed?
New babies will require 6-8 diapers within a time span of 12 hours though the diapers being made these days have power of more absorption. On a long journey, pack 8-10 diapers along with a packet of baby wipers in your bag. However, 5-8 diapers are enough on a shorter trip. Never forget to pack a few extra dresses as things may leak out on the diaper sides and soil their outfits. Carry a big size plastic zip-lock bag to avoid stink.
Will my infant feel good?
Infants usually sleep a lot during first weeks after seeing light of the day. Therefore, it is least expected that your journey will be eventful. Most of the parents are unaware of the fact that pressure change in cabin pains babies’ ears and they cry a lot during their trip in flight. If it starts whining, you can give him/her a pacifier/bottle. The motion during sucking eases pressure on your baby’s ear.
How to manage feeding?
The best is to pack a powdered version of formula that your infant is used to. You can store it easily and it does not perish soon. Also carry a thermo flask filled with warm water to mix with the formula before feeding your infant. You just need to mix water and formula in a small bowl whenever you will feed your newborn.
How many bottles to carry?
One bottle is enough but carry another as a backup. Fill each of them with powdered formula. Pack those bottles in a diaper bag.
What are about car seat and stroller?
Usually all airlines don’t allow their passengers to put their infant on a car seat. In fact, an infant can hardly seat and you need to place him/her on your lap. If your infant is 6-8 month old, then it can probably seat. Check with your airline if it allows a car seat. Choose a carrier/stroller car seat as you can wheel your baby in it – that sounds a convenient option! Store the stroller under your seat as a carry-on if a lot of stuff has already gone into your bag.
Travelling with newborn is never easy. However, you can always minimize the trouble and up the comfort level just by following the afore-stated simple tips.