Tips in Travelling with your Baby!

Travelling has always been a part of me. I love to see the world, to be outdoor, to have more adventure, to be surprised and amazed by things I have never experienced before. Moving to the Philippines opened a whole new ground to discover and I promised myself I would explore all the wonders the country has to offer. Having a baby never changed this plan. It just made travel different. Bringing Victor along required adjustments in the way we used to travel. Things are now better planned and more predictable.

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By the time Victor hit his first birthday, he had already taken 23 flights, many boats, tricycles, golf carts, buses, trains, long car rides… We brought him along in each and every trip we had in the country or abroad. Although, challenging at times, travelling with my baby has been really rewarding overall. I thought it would be great to share a little of my experience and encourage those who have been wanting to travel with their baby, to do so. Why?

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It gives you confidence: Travels forces you out of your comfort zone. You will experience many frantic moments, that are inevitable and you will learn that these non-perfect situations are ok. It will teach you to become a more flexible and adaptable parent and will help you gain confidence.

It feels liberating: Going outdoor, swimming in the sea, standing at the edge of a mountain, gives you a feeling of freedom that is often much needed during motherhood. When you have a baby you might sometimes feel freedom deprived. Travelling with your baby will release these feelings by giving you both a break in your daily routine. It will also make you see the world in a different new way.

Learning possibilities are endless: Travelling with your baby expose him to new experiences, sights, sounds and smells. Although, he won’t remember his travels, this is a great stimulation for many connections to happen in his brain. Specialists advice to stimulate baby’s brain as much to enrich his development. Bringing your baby on the road will surely stimulates his senses greatly.

It makes babies adaptable: Ingraining a sense of travel and adventure early on, helps in making your child a better traveller. He will most likely learn to be calm and accept intermittent disturbances in the routines. He will also develop a sense of home as wherever his family is, rather than a place.

Tips in flying with your baby

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Talk to your baby. Your baby may wonder what is happening when he sees you packing bags, when queuing at the airport or when you are in the airplane. It is important that you talk to him and tell him that you are getting ready to travel in family. Babies understand what you are telling them, and if not the exact words, at least they get the intentions. When I explain to my son that we are about to travel, I am really enthusiastic about it and I am sure he understands that this is something he has to look forward to.

Relax! Your baby can feel if you are nervous and will obviously be less easy if he feels you are tensed. Just accept that your baby may feel a little discomfort and cry a bit, but stressing about it won’t address the issue in any way. Just be confident that things are going to be alright (whether or not it means a little bit of crying time).

Book a flight at a time where baby is most likely to fall asleep. Whether you are travelling far or not, it is always a good idea to book your flight at a time that matches your baby’s sleeping time. Let’s say your baby naps for 1.5 hours out of a 3 hour flight, you will have to entertain him only for half of the time, that makes a huge difference! Usually, for any flight longer than 3 hours, I would choose to travel during night time. It is way less stressful for me. If you are travelling far with a big aircraft, you can request for a baby bassinet. That way, your baby can comfortably lie down to sleep and you can also sleep without having to carry your baby in your arms. Note that if your baby falls easily asleep in the car, chances are it will be the same in the plane. That’s because the sound of the reactor is lulling them to sleep.

Schedule your feedings to match take off and landing time. Let’s say if you usually feed every 5 hours, try to feed around 4 hours before the expected take off time (keep a little allowance in case of delay). Babies might feel a little discomfort in their ears when taking off and landing, nursing or bottle feeding your baby at that time will help equalize your baby’s ears. Alternatively, you can make your baby suck a pacifier or give him a little bit of food since swallowing also helps equalizing.

Give yourself a buffer.  Make sure to arrive early in the airport, bringing a baby along might consume more time than you have anticipated. The last thing you want is to feel tight and stressed in your schedule and having to race to catch your flight.

Move around. Depending on the size of the plane and how crowded it is, you can consider walking your baby around the airplane (when the seatbelt sign is off). Your baby will get to see different faces: other kids and babies and friendly flight attendants will makes the ride way more pleasant.

Bring some snacks along. If your baby started on solid foods already, bring a few snacks along. If you can’t entertain baby by moving around, stimulating his palate is a great alternative option. Most babies will keep quiet when munching on their favourite snacks.

I hope these tips will be helpful. Enjoy the road, the learnings and the bonding moments together!

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Hi, I am Ady! Wife to my filipino love and mum to my eurasian baby bear. Loving the outdoor, travelling and everything natural & healthy!

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