Traveling with babies
In this age group preparation is more about what you will need to take to make the trip easier.
- You need to pack a lot for such a little person, know where all items are in the nappy bag when you need them in a hurry and pack spare essential items, e.g. dummies, bibs etc.
- if travelling long haul, I would always recommend a stop over for at least one day or part of; this will allow everyone to have a good sleep, shower, restock food or formula, and let the babies play. The stop over becomes a part of the holiday.
- Pack enough food for the flight, airlines will allow food for babies, such as formula, jar food, yoghurt and so on. If you need to adjust the feeds slightly so you are feeding while taking off and landing – this keeps them busy and will help with the ear problem.
- Have wipes easily accessible – I recommend putting them in the seat pocket prior to take off with a nappy bin bag as well. Then when messes occur – and they will! – you can easily clean them up.
- Disposable Bibs are GREAT, they are found near the nappies in supermarkets and great for travel. Disposable change mats are also found here and are a must when travelling.
- If the baby is small enough, book the bulk head with the bassinet, then the baby can have a good sleep and you are hands free, it is also an easier way to play with them without them always sitting on your lap.
What to Take:
- The pop out play mats are excellent to take with you, they are light weight, and you can take them cabin luggage. This gives you a clean surface in airports and the plane to let the baby have a roll on the ground. Use the area in front of the exit doors to play with blocks or their play mat.
- PRAMS: What a brilliant invention. The international flights will often let you take the pram right up to the boarding gate, you leave it at the plane door and they have it ready for you on arrival when you step off the plane. A cover for the pram, that can be put on easily at the gate is great to stop bits being broken in transit. Some airlines will loan prams in airports if you request one.
- Pick a pram that is compact but can lie flat when they sleep, having the kids in a pram makes sight seeing so much easier when little legs aren’t getting tired.
- Collapsible cots are perfect for travel, if the baby is not rolling yet, there is a ‘pop-up’ cot from Kmart (or the like) that folds down to the size of a dinner plate and very light weight. If the baby is rolling the larger ‘pop-up’ cots are great, such as Phil & Ted.