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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with a Baby

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Traveling with a baby requires a bit more preparation and planning to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. With vacation season on the horizon, our Nightingales reveal everything new parents need to know in today’s blog post. 

When Can You Travel with a Baby?

So, when can you travel with a baby? Because every infant is different, we always recommend checking with your pediatrician before traveling with a baby. Your provider can offer specific guidance on when it’s safe to travel with your newborn based on age, health status, etc. 

Tips for Traveling with a Baby

After your healthcare provider gives you the go-ahead, here are some tips for traveling with a newborn: 

Update their Immunizations 

Before you travel with your baby — whether via car or airplane — you’ll want to ensure they have the proper immunizations. If you plan to travel outside the U.S., note that some countries require additional vaccinations. 

Bring Your Baby Essentials

While many hotels offer accommodations for basic baby necessities, we recommend bringing as much as you can. The SlumberPod is a portable, breathable, blackout cover that’s ideal for room sharing and guarantees a good night’s sleep on the go. (Save $20 when you use the code ‘newbornnightingales$20’ at checkout.) Other baby travel essentials include swaddles or sleep sacks, white noise machine, pacifiers, bottles, bibs, wipes, diapers, etc.

Allow for Extra Time

Expect everything to take a bit longer when traveling with a baby. Give yourself a head start and allow ample time for packing the car, navigating airport security, checking into your accommodation, eating out, etc. 

Maintain a Consistent Feeding and Sleep Schedule

Try to keep your baby’s feeding and sleep schedule consistent – on travel days, feed on time and let baby nap on the go.  You may not get the best naps, but if you feed on time and get baby in bed on time for bedtime, that is enough of a schedule for the day. 

Bring Lots of Diapers

Disposable diapers will be your best friend when traveling with a baby. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you’ll want to pack enough diapers to last you until you get to your destination. When you think you have enough, pack a few extra.

Bring a Car Seat

If you’ve purchased an airline seat for your baby, make sure to bring an FAA-approved car seat for them. While it’s not required, securely fastening your baby in a certified child restraint is the safest way to fly. (Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely – especially when unexpected turbulence strikes.) 

Infant Care Dallas

If you plan on traveling with a baby this summer, we hope today’s blog post helped you prepare. Feel free to schedule a consultation (virtually or in person) with our Newborn Nightingales’ team to discuss the specifics of your trip and your baby’s individual needs. 

Whether in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and beyond, our Newborn Nightingales’ team is here to support new parents in whatever way(s) they need. Our services include overnight care, daytime doulas, newborn consulting, and more – just let us know how we can serve you.

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