For some it sounds like the hardest challenge out there – taking your newborn with you on holiday. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of precautions and tips for you to ensure your trip won’t be as stressful as you might expect!
Stick to the time zone you know
Sleep is an incredibly important factor in both a mother and baby’s schedule. It makes sense, then, to travel somewhere with a similar time zone to the one you’re already accustomed to. CTI recommends this for “beating the jetlag blues”, so consider choosing a destination that won’t throw your sleeping arrangements off track so heavily. Once you’ve arrived, if your baby is having a hard time adjusting to the change in time, try and implement your usual bedtime routines and nap with them if and when it’s needed.
Be wise in choosing your seats
A plane journey with an inconsiderate passenger reclining their chair in front of you is undesirable at the best of times. With a baby, however, these issues become much more apparent. Think about where you’ll sit for the journey, and see if your airline will let you choose your seats before boarding – quite a few companies offer this online! Choose a seat towards the front of the plane, as you’ll experience less vibrations and noise as well as being able to disembark quicker once you arrive.
Pack the essentials
It’s a no-brainer, really, but you’re going to want to make sure you carry with you all the necessities. Try and work out whether it’s worth bringing certain items in your hand luggage – taking up too much space could result in extra fees (something to note: your baby’s bottles are exempt from the 100 ml rule). One helpful tip from NCT suggests preparing a few nappy sacks with a nappy, a small packet of wipes and cream in order to save a bit of room. You could also check if your destination sells the items you’ll need for your baby, as this could help free up your suitcase even more.
Check the facilities of your accommodation
Nearly every hotel is guaranteed to have sufficient amenities for you and your baby, but it’s definitely worth checking ahead before you book. Baby Centre say to make sure there’s a cot, an area to privately clean and change them and places where you can stay comfortably in the shade – a newborn shouldn’t really be exposed to the sun if it can be helped. Don’t forget to check the surrounding areas, too – a pharmacy and/or supermarket is a must if you find yourself unexpectedly short on supplies in the middle of your trip.
Don’t freak out – give your baby time!
Any holiday has the potential to be stressful for anyone, so imagine what it’s like for a newborn with no awareness of what’s happening around them. It’s likely they’ll cry a bit more and be slightly less comfortable than usual, but it’s important you remain calm and composed regardless of what’s happening. Don’t change any routines if it can be helped, and don’t let any crying or worrying exacerbate the holiday. It’s likely that your newborn will soon enough become accustomed to its changed surroundings and absorb your laid back energy so long as you possess it. Enjoy your trip, don’t fret, and instill that wanderlust into your baby right from the get go!