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Have Baby, Will Travel

Trekking with your baby can be a lot of fun

No, we're not kidding. We understand babies need nonstop attention, diaper changes, constant feeding and protection from germs. But they need that whether you're on the road or at home.

Baby TravelBaby TravelBabies, unlike toddlers, don't erupt in a pool of tears when faced with strange faces - constantly. And babies don't understand the word "no" or how to throw it back at you - constantly.

Not sure how to navigate a safe trip for you and your baby? It's all about pre-planning.

Preplanning

  • Get the green light from your healthcare provider. If you're baby's been sick, having trouble breastfeeding or adjusting to formula you may need to wait.
  • Get cancellation insurance when you book your flight.
  • Label any medications you'll need, and make sure they're all less than 3 oz if you're planning to take them in your carry-on.
  • Update your health insurance. If you're traveling internationally, make sure you have coverage at your destination.
  • Research medical facilities at your destination.

Carry-on

  • Diaper-rash lotion, disposable bags for soiled diapers, lots of extra diapers and a first aid kit (see bottom of page).
  • Change of clothes for both or you.
  • Extra blankets in case the plane is chilly.
  • Stuff to keep mom happy and healthy - water, juice, dried fruit, nuts and any special foods the airline may not serve.

 

Your destination

  • Hats and sunscreen (if your baby is over 6 months).
  • If you aren't breastfeeding, pack powdered formula and bottles and buy bottled water as needed.
  • If you'll need a crib, make sure you reserve one when you book your room.
  • Use only bottled water for drinking, brushing and washing food.
  • Make sure your all food is thoroughly cooked and milk and cheese pasteurized.

Special destination concerns

  • Babies get jetlag too, so don't worry if schedules get messed up for the first few days.
  • Plan sightseeing and special activities around your baby. Do the fun stuff when she's at her best and plan quiet time when she's grumpy.
  • This isn't the time to visit places where life-threatening food or insect-borne infections are common or that require immunizations before visiting.

Travel first aid kit for baby

  • Pain relief medication approved by your pediatrician
  • Prescription medicine
  • Thermometer (rectal for babies)
  • Saline solution for a stuffy nose and/or nasal aspirator bulb
  • Oral pain relief gel for teething trouble
  • Your doctor's phone number
  • Antibiotic ointment and sterile bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant - only if your baby is older than 6 months
  • Calamine lotion and/or hydrocortisone cream for burns and bites
  • Electrolyte replacement drink in case diarrhea strikes - only if your baby is older than 6 months

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A great site for all you need to know about traveling with babies and toddlers is www.havebabywilltravel.com Happy travels!

Another tip for a wonderful trip with baby in tow - bring along a Downtime Sleepy Hat from www.downtimebaby.com. It creates a sleep-inducing environment when your environment is anything but...like a well-lit airplane or curiously new hotel room. Essentially it is a sleep mask made safely for babies.

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