With Your Baby? Create A Home Away From Home!
The key to traveling with
your baby is comfort, routine and familiarity. Help baby keep calm and soothed
while traveling by creating a home away from home for them.
Blankets and Snuggly Baby Toys
To help your baby feel safe
and secure, bring along comforting items baby is familiar with. Their
favorite stuffed animal, special burp cloth, or blanket can really help baby
feel more at ease about being in a new and unfamiliar place. While keeping track
of yet another item may seem like an extra hassle for you, your child will be
happier, and thus more pleasant to travel with, clutching something soft and
familiar. Keep a replacement blanket or snuggly toy on hand in case the original
Bring Baby’s Favorite Foods and Seats
are notoriously picky eaters, and it's hard enough finding foods they like at
home, let alone while you're traveling. You may be looking forward to sampling
the local cuisine at your destination, but your child may be less excited about
conch fritters and sautéed snails. If you're going out to a restaurant, bring a
supply of your child's favorite foods to keep them satisfied and entertained
while you enjoy your own meal.
bumbo baby seat to keep them
snug and cozy while you feed
them. (The Bumbo Baby Seat is a revolutionary infant chair that is uniquely
designed according to the baby’s posture. The Bumbo enables babies to sit
upright all by themselves! Bumbo Baby Seats are suitable for babies from as
young as six weeks, or as soon as they can support their own heads unaided, to
an age of approximately fourteen months.)
Start Your Day Early, End Your Day Early
a baby is not about sleeping in or staying out late. Young children are at their
best earlier in the day, so plan to travel, sightsee, or explore in the morning.
Afternoons and evenings are a good time for playing outdoors or relaxing back at
your hotel. Respecting your baby's inner clock will make him less likely to
throw a tantrum in the car, the street, or a crowded museum.
Bring Baby’s Familiar Bed and Bedding
are a number of
portable baby cribs available on the market today. This is the most
comforting, and likely the safest option for your baby while traveling. Many
hotels offer baby cribs, however, many hotels still have older cribs that are
not up to code with the most recent safety standards. Also, bring your own
baby crib bedding. If you rely on your hotel for bedding, you may receive
large sheets, which may be a hazard to your baby. If you can, bring a bed and
bedding baby is used to. A familiar
baby sleep sack may also help baby sleep well and will help keep them safe.
Keep Close To Your “Home Away From Home”
may be more unpredictable than usual when you're traveling, so it makes sense to
establish a home base you can return to quickly and easily. Short jaunts away
from your accommodations are less likely to tax your child's patience. And if
the weather turns foul, someone gets sick, or your baby just wants to nap, you
can quickly head back to the room.
Get A Routine – Then Stick With It!
Your baby has gotten used to their “routine” at home. Be sure that, when you
travel, you also establish and stick with a “travel routine”. Try to keep
baby’s eating and sleeping routine during travel as close to their regular home
routine as possible. This will make baby more tolerant of other
“non-home-routine” activities that will occur while traveling. Eating meals and
taking naps at the same time each day may be all the routine your baby needs to
feel comfortable in their new environment.
Children get jet lag, though not quite the same way as adults do. Changing time
zones can complicate the adjustment process. Be sure to have your entire family
(you included) rest up before travel that includes a significant time change.
Well-rested children and parents cope better than tired ones with time changes.
To minimize the effects of jet lag, plan to arrive at your destination in the
evening and stick to your usual end-of-day routine: Give your baby a bath, read
a book, and put baby to sleep at the usual bedtime in the new time zone. For
example, if you are in London and it's 7 p.m. there, put baby down to sleep even
if it's eight hours ahead of their normal bedtime. It will take a few days to
You can expect
your baby’s adjusting to travel to take several days. So, be patient and stick
to a familiar routine, feed baby familiar foods and give baby familiar toys.
Be sure you stay nearby – you are the most familiar thing to your baby.
Michelle O’Connor, Ó
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