Parents share tips and tricks to traveling with babies – no matter if you’re driving or flying

Parents share tips and tricks to traveling with babies – no matter if you’re driving or flying

09/02/2021

TRAVELING with children can seem very daunting but it's even worse when you decide to take a trip with a newborn.

A new mom who gave birth only two months ago reached out to the Reddit community to ask their opinion on what she should do to take a road trip bearable for a newborn.


DON'T GO FAR

One parent that didn't fully agree with traveling with a newborn said: "There's really no 'good' vacation at that age.

"Your safest bet, if you insist on traveling, is someplace within about an hour's drive."

BUY THEIR OWN PLANE SEAT

A second mom chimed in and said: "I flew with my 2.5-month-old and it was easier than I thought. Was going to drive but I think that would have been a disaster for how far we were going. He mostly slept and we could time most everything alright.

"He's 4.5 months now and I think that would still be doable, but harder. He's awake much more now and less on a predictable schedule.

"If you can, buy his own seat on the airplane. It's safer and way easier.

PACK WHAT YOU NEED

A third parent revealed that you would need to pack more than usual.

"We usually just fly with one carry-on bag between us for two people," she added.

"So packing and hauling was more of a production than we were used to.

"For 2 weeks we packed: one big checked suitcase for baby stuff (including a travel bassinet). A smaller suitcase for adult clothes. Two carry-on bags for adult stuff. One diaper bag/pumping bag. A stroller/car seat combo (check for free at the gate). A pack and play (not necessary but felt safer to lay the travel bassinet in)."

She also made sure to remind the new mom to get "a hotel that has enhanced cleaning protocols" and check to see if the room has a mini-fridge or freezer to store any breast milk.

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