Going on a trip with a small child in their arms, many parents are afraid of the problems that they may encounter on the road. Is it worth taking a stroller with you? If yes, where should I leave it? Should my child bring their own dishes? What should I do if my child gets sick on the road? The type of transport chosen for the trip largely depends on the answers to these and other similar questions.
So, if you are traveling on an airplane with a small child. In principle, you can take a child with you on a plane at any age, starting from a few months. Another question is how important this trip is and whether it is possible to do without it. Air travel is a physical and psychological burden for the baby. Sudden pressure drops, noise and vibration from the motors can cause discomfort to the child. And the younger the child, the harder it is for him to cope with this discomfort.
If circumstances permit, it is better to start air travel with the baby from about a year old, when the child can already walk with his mother by the hand. At this time, he is not as helpless as a newborn, but not as hyperactive as a two- or three-year-old child.
Different airlines treat baby strollers differently. Depending on the size or weight, the stroller is classified as both baggage, for which you need to pay separately, and as hand baggage, which does not require additional payment. In order not to get into trouble, it is better to find out from the airline in advance how things are with the transportation of prams.
What might you and your child need during a flight? It all depends on the age of the child. If your baby has diapers, then be sure to take a few pieces to the salon, preferably with a margin. You will also need an extra set of clothes in case the diaper leaks. If your child is already potty trained, you can bring him along as well. Often a child in an unfamiliar environment cannot go to the toilet normally, so a favorite potty in this situation will help him relax. You can also take along travel potty. it Convenient for walking and travelingthat won’t take up much space in your luggage. If you want this baby hygiene item to take up the minimum amount of space, you can even purchase inflatable potty. It can be easily inflated even by mouth, without special devices. Many parents also use a normal airplane toilet, holding their baby over the toilet.
Be sure to take a first aid kit with basic medicines with you to the salon. Wound medicines, antipyretics, painkillers, including colic medicines, allergy medicines. Take your child’s individual medicines with you.
Nutrition for the child. It is allowed to take baby purees and juices of small volume on board the aircraft. If the child is big enough, of course, you can give him the same food that is offered on the plane. But in a new environment, the baby can be capricious, so it is better that the food is loved and familiar to him. Also, don’t forget to bring dry and wet wipes with you. The child can spill, get dirty with food or something else.
If you are at home use a sling, then on the plane it will be very useful to you. The baby can sleep in it, and if you are breastfeeding, it is very convenient for the baby to feed in a sling.
When flying, you need to take water or candy with you. After takeoff, it is better to immediately give the child a drink so that the ears “decompose”. Lollipops for older children also help them to tolerate ear plugs more easily. If your child uses a pacifier, be sure to take it with you on the flight. This will help the baby calm down or even fall asleep. A few of your child’s favorite toys will also help calm them down. Quiet games, coloring, puzzles will help the older child to spend time.
If you are going to travel by train, then in many respects the recommendations remain the same as for air travel. But there are other questions as well. For example, which ticket is better to take: in a compartment or a reserved seat. It all depends on your child and travel time. If your child is small and sleeps almost all the time, or the travel time coincides with the child’s normal sleep period, a coupe is best suited. The compartment is quiet and calm, no one will disturb the child’s sleep. If you do not have the opportunity to take a ticket in a compartment, try to make the baby’s stay on the train as comfortable as possible. Take with you special arena designed for trains, in it you can safely leave the baby and go about your business. Older children may find the compartment too cramped and boring when they are awake, so they are much more interested in the reserved seat.
Children are much more active than adults and on the train they can be deadly bored. In the train, everything is different from the usual routine of the child’s day, so the baby may lose his appetite, spoil his mood. Therefore, take household items familiar to the child with you on a trip: favorite cup, plate and spoon. Try following your baby’s usual rituals, such as washing before bed, a story, or a lullaby. Also bring your favorite toy with which the child falls asleep.
Any trip is stressful for children. In an unfamiliar environment, they feel confused and insecure. Therefore, only parents can help their child, because when the relatives of the baby are confident and calm, then the child himself is less nervous. Then the journey will not be stressful for the child, but a fun adventure.