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A Few Tips for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

Here are seven tips to help make your next trip with your little ones as smooth as possible:

  1. Start packing early and make a list of all the daily essentials you'll need, such as diapers, wipes, bottles, and pacifiers. Consider what you can borrow or ship to your destination to save space in your luggage. If you're flying, check your luggage and car seat (which are free to check) and only bring a carry-on bag with in-flight essentials.
  2. Allow for extra time when traveling with babies and toddlers, as it will take longer than you expect. For car rides, schedule ample stops for snacks and diaper changes. If you're flying, arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight to give yourself plenty of time to get through security.
  3. Pack a cooler with travel-friendly snacks like granola bars, cereal, and yogurt pouches, as well as water and milk.
  4. Bring toys, books, and colouring or sticker activities to keep your child entertained during the trip. You can also consider downloading a few episodes of their favourite TV show on a device as a backup.
  5. If possible, schedule your trip to coincide with your child's sleep schedule, either at bedtime or naptime. Bring a light blanket in case they fall asleep on the plane.
  6. Remember to pack masks, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer to keep your family safe and healthy during the trip.
  7. Consider using a baby carrier or backpack to keep your hands free for other tasks. It's also a great way for your little one to feel secure and close to you during the trip.
  8. Plan ahead for nursing or bottle-feeding by bringing a nursing cover or finding designated nursing areas at the airport or on the plane.
  9. Pack extra clothing and a change of clothes for yourself, as well as your child. Accidents happen, and it's best to be prepared.
  10. Bring a small, lightweight stroller or travel crib, or consider renting equipment at your destination.
  11. Make sure to bring any medications your child may need, such as a pain reliever or allergy medicine, and keep them in your carry-on bag.
  12. Take advantage of early boarding if it's offered by the airline, or request it at the gate if it's not. This will give you more time to get settled and get your child settled before the flight takes off.
  13. Find out about any amenities or services offered by the airline, such as in-flight entertainment or meal options for children.
  14. If your child is old enough, teach them about the trip and the things that are going to happen. This will help them understand what to expect and reduce anxiety.
  15. Pack a diaper bag with extra diapers, wipes, diaper cream, extra clothes, and any other essentials. Remember to also have a change of clothes for you too in case of spit-ups or blowouts.
  16. Have a positive attitude and try to stay relaxed. This can help your child stay calm and happy during the trip.
  17. Bring along a small first-aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes and medicine for fever or tummy troubles.

Don't forget to give yourself grace and remember that traveling with babies and toddlers can be challenging. Look forward to the fun, family time, and festivities that await you at your destination. Happy holidays and safe travels!