Holiday time is here and you may have to visit few of your relatives. But the idea of traveling with a new born is certainly not appealing. You’re concerned about the baby, but you can’t reject the invitation either. What to do?
This is certainly a tough call for you. But don’t worry, we will guide you so that you can enjoy the holiday with your newborn easily. Your baby will be safe and you can meet your relatives joyously.
Make a game plan:
For every new parent, life changes as soon as the baby enters their life. Now, it is important that you are ready to handle the responsibilities of handling a newborn. It will be better if both parents sit down and decide on plans that will help you spend quality time with the baby and the relatives.
Neither of you can expect the other person to take care of the baby completely. If that happens, the other person may feel bad and your holiday season may turn into disaster. To avoid such a scenario, work out plans that will help you divide up the responsibility among yourselves.
Keeping the baby safe:
While you’re traveling, you need to keep your baby safe from anything harmful around. If you’re travelling by car, you have to make sure that you have removable window shades for your car windows, so you can protect your baby from the harsh rays of the sun.
Then, you have to take care of the baby’s car seat. This needs to be properly installed in a rear-facing car seat. Always keep a first aid kit with you, which contains the baby’s medicines. In case you’re flying, feed your baby on take-off and landing to ease any earache.
Properly packed luggage:
When you’re traveling alone, you don’t have to carry a lot of things. But, with a baby, you need to make sure that you carry everything that you could possibly need.
With a newborn, it may be difficult to manage the hassle out of getting in and out of cars or even airplanes. When your baby is small, a front carrier or baby sling can make things easier. If your baby sleeps in a cot, then make sure that you have already asked for it while making reservations.
It is advisable to carry a pack of baby bedsheets or the baby’s blankie as that will help give your baby the comfort of home even if you’re out. Carry a black-out blind if your baby wakes up when the sun rises.
It is often necessary to accept your relative’s invitations, even if you have a newborn. Meeting them during the festive season is fun and you know that everyone is eager to see your newborn too.
We hope the suggestions above help you get through the ordeal of traveling with a newborn and that you enjoy your journey. Do you have any more suggestions for traveling with a new baby? We would love to hear them in the comments below.
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