By Megan P. Richardson
Here’s a situation: You are a new parent. You used to love traveling, but you are now hesitant to do it because of the changes in your life brought about by parenthood.
How can you enjoy traveling if you have a baby to take care of? How could you continue doing your old habits when you aspire to be a hands-on parent? Sure, you can bring your baby with you; but what if a lot of mishaps happen?
Here’s good news, new parent! Yes, you can travel with your baby; and yes, it is possible to have fun with your little one! Sure, your child might feel hungry from time and again; and he/she might not feel comfortable about the new environment.
For this, you would need to make some necessary preparations beforehand.
1. Make Sure Your Baby Is Given A Flu Shot: Babies are prone to getting sick, especially when exposed to different elements. Hence, it would be wise to have your child vaccinated before traveling. You should prioritize your child’s health above anything else.
2. Be In The Know Of What You Should Expect: Having a baby with you, you should expect that delays can happen. Be positive about it and make necessary adjustments. Remember that if it’s hard for you to look after a baby, it’s much harder for your child to adjust to a new environment and express how he/she feels.
3. Bring All The Things Needed, But Don’t Over Pack: Clothes, pacifiers, milk, feeding bottles, diapers, and baby wipes – these are the typical needs of a baby that you should bring with you when you travel.
Buying backpack diaper bag with many pockets will help you pack many things. It will also help you pack separately without mixing them together. You can also wash your clothes. Over packing will cause a lot of inconvenience for you and your baby.
4. Always Bring Your Baby’s Stroller: You should always bring a stroller with you when you travel. Using this baby equipment can give a lot of convenience to you and your child. There will be various situations when you will need to place your baby in a buggy.
5. Dress Your Baby Simply: You know that you might need to change your child’s diaper during travel; hence it pays to place on simple clothes or pajamas. You wouldn’t want to spend a long time taking off your child’s “complicated” clothes and placing them on again when you are changing diaper pad.
6. Ensuring Your Kids’ Safety
Beach: First, clearly define your expectations. Traveling with a backpack on mountainous areas is not recommended for younger children. However, clearly targeting the type of holiday, you can help make the trip more interesting.
Baby should not frequent the beach during the hours when the sun is high, but rather in the shade under trees, in a cooler place. If the baby is already walking, make sure that where it is either free from potential danger. A grassy area is, therefore, more appropriate for a young child barely brush cleared a forest, so more suitable for a child of 7 or 8 years.
Camping: If you opt for a week of camping, do not venture into the wilderness, camping where there is not a soul that lives for tens of miles around. Opt instead for safe places, because safety is the watchword for all your stays.
Camping with a baby does not cause a problem in itself. However, it is the long hours spent in the sun that it might be harmful. Heat stroke is to prevent and sunscreen to avoid before the age of 6 months.
Swimming: Swimming at the water’s edge is a source of fun for kids who can refresh themselves as they see fit. But beware of drowning-related accidents: in no time, you should not lose sight of your child, because it only takes a few seconds for it to drown.
By car: Long car trips can be enjoyable. Frequent stops are made when traveling with children. Having to stretch their legs and breathe the fresh air helps to alleviate the hour drive. Small surprises also facilitate the time spent in cars. From time to time during the journey, give him a little surprised that you kept in reserve. Feel free to tell stories or sing little songs, children love it!
You just have to keep a positive mindset, and everything else will be okay. Moreover, having a baby should not necessarily stop you from doing what you love. Just make necessary adjustments and prioritize the welfare of your child.
Author Bio: Megan P. Richardson is a mother of 3 lovely kids and the founder of Kudkid . She created this blog as a gift to her kids. Kudkid is concentrated on discussing about fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice and sharing them to help you through pregnancy, birth and raising your kids.