10 Tips for Travelling With a Baby for the First Time
Here are some expert advice on travelling as a young family.
25 September 2019
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Travelling with a baby is never easy.
However, baby experts at the NCT suggest it can be easier travelling with a baby than with a more mobile toddler. The charity’s postnatal practitioner Claire Maguire says: “There are always 101 things to think about before you go away, but being prepared will make travelling with a young baby feel easier.
“Each baby is different – some will settle easily wherever you are, while others may be more perturbed by a change in routine. Ensuring you have everything you need before you go and allowing extra time to get where you’re going may help with keeping stress levels down and lessen your chance of being caught out.”
Here are 10 tips for travelling with a baby.
1. Be realistic
Travelling with a baby is never going to be as easy as just travelling with your partner or friends. But being prepared will make it a lot less harrowing!
2. Check with your airline
The NCT say infants must usually be at least two weeks old before they can travel, although some airlines allow seven-day-old infants on board. The booking policy differs from one airline to another, so it’s important to check directly with the airlines, and also ask what facilities for parents and babies are available at the airport and on the flight.
4. Book a bassinet
On long-haul flights, you can ask for a bassinet for your baby to sleep in.
5. Get a lighter pushchair
A lightweight pushchair will be invaluable while you’re away. If you’re flying, you can take it as far as the aircraft door and it’ll then be stored in the hold and you’ll get it back after you land. It may be worth taking a sling to carry your baby through the airport on arrival.
8. Pack a plug
Even if there’s no bath in your hotel room, if you’ve packed a universal bath plug you can use it in the shower or sink to bath the baby.
9. Consider a blackout blind and night light
If your baby wakes when the sun comes up, think about packing a portable blackout blind or a thick fabric you can put over the window to keep the light out. A plug-in night light may also be helpful, as it can be useful for helping a baby get to sleep in an unfamiliar room.
10. Treat yourself to a nanny
While you’re away, make like the royals and hire a babysitter or nanny for a few hours each day, or every now and then if you can afford it. Some villa companies offer nanny or babysitting services, giving parents a much-needed break.