Seldom have parents, mothers, in particular, enjoyed traveling with their tots. Traveling with a baby is no child’s play. From mood swings to incessant crying, the travel can be a nightmare for the parents as well as for the baby. In many cases, the problem is a just simple lack of planning. You know your child the best, so the travel should not be at the expense of your baby’s comfort. Plan the trip in a way that the travel becomes a stress-free and memorable experience.
1. A trip planned well in advance
Last minute trips can be hectic and chaotic. With a baby around, try avoiding surprise trips as much as possible. If you are planning a vacation, plan it well in advance. Ensure that the baby sleeps well before you start the trip. More than often, lack of sleep is a major reason behind your baby throwing tantrums.
2. Avoid exhausting and long journeys
Your baby is too small for journeys of a long duration that require them to sitting in one place with minimum movement, which can make them cranky and agitated. Plan short journeys that are a much-needed relief for the parents and the baby. If you are traveling by air, choose flights that reach your destination in the least amount of time.
3. Dress your baby according to the season rather than the occasion
Avoid using a heavily sequined or embroidered dress for your baby. A tight fit dress or the ones with chains and zippers are a big no. For a baby, comfort is more important than style. A comfortable baby is more likely to be happy and cheerful.
4. Your baby is not a toy
Some people have the bad habit of pulling the cheeks of babies or irritating them unnecessarily. There is nothing adorable about such love and affection. Avoid the baby’s interaction with such passengers. Do not entertain them at any cost. Keep the baby as close to you as possible.
5. Babies enjoy the attention of their parents
Your baby feels loved and the most secure around you. While traveling, some babies cry out of insecurity. Avoid the situation. Give them the attention they deserve. Play games with them and pamper them to the hilt. Be with them all the time, as your baby’s mood can change in no time.
6. The travel should not interfere with the baby’s feeding time or habits
No matter where you are, feed your baby on time. Make sure that you carry his/her favorite foods. Munching on this will do their mood a world of good. In the excitement, however, do not overfeed them.
7. Take care of your baby’s hygiene while traveling
Keep your baby as dry as possible. Check and change their diapers at regular intervals to avoid any leakage. Wearing the diaper for a long duration can result in rashes, causing the baby discomfort. Using a medicated cream or lotion (doctor recommended) can be helpful.
8. Traveling restricts the movement of babies
They are not able to move, run or play freely. Naturally, the baby will get restless and agitated. In such a situation, it is best to keep the baby busy. Their favorite toys, videos, songs, movies, rhymes…..carry them all. It is a test of your patience, so deal with your baby gently. Do not lose your temper as it can make the situation worse.