Traveling with a baby does not need to be difficult. I heard a lot of mothers complaining about their time when they are going somewhere with their babies. The challenge of safety and ease makes them want to think twice when thinking of their next vacation.
However, it should not stop you from enjoying yourselves whenever you are out of town with your baby. Safety is a breeze too if you plan it earlier. For instance, when going to the beach, give your infant a life jacket.
I also worry about the safety of my kids when we are out of the house. But, in this post, I will share with you several helpful tips on how to keep your baby safe during travels.
Safety Travel Tips For Babies
#1 Always Bring the Essentials
To make traveling easy for you and your baby, always take with you everything your baby might need. Think of it as bringing your home when you are going someplace else. It must not be a hassle to change his diaper, feed him with food or milk or putting him to sleep.
There are a lot of things your baby needs so best to create a checklist a few days before. It must include items he needs to eat like milk bottles, his bowl and spoon, a water bottle, his milk and solid food as well as some bibs and wipes.
Consider also how he should dress in the place you will go. Is it cold there? Does your baby need to bring extra layers to keep him warm? Should he need to wear a hat? Will it be hot and humid in the place? Appropriate clothes will keep your baby comfortable at all times.
Never forget your first-aid kit. It should have all his medicines including vitamins and medications in cases of emergencies like rashes or allergies. Your first-aid kit should also contain bandages, cotton, iodine, and alcohol. Do not forget your thermometer in case your baby will have a fever.
Bring a mosquito repellant to protect your baby from insect bites. You will also need to bring sunscreen if the weather is sunny so your baby will not get sunburned. Bring extra swaddling blankets to keep him warm.
#2 Check The Safety And Security Of The Place You Will Go To
Do your research about the place you are going before you travel. Is it safe for babies to roam around? Are there crimes reported recently? These information will help you avoid areas that are too risky for you and your baby.
Also, check if the foods are safe to eat. There are medical cases of food diseases in some places so before you prepare your baby’s food using a local ingredient, check if it is safe first.
Take note of police numbers near where you will be staying. Know where the nearest police stations are and plan how you will get there in case of emergencies.
#3 Vaccinate Your Baby
Talk to your doctor about your travel so she can recommend what you need to do to ensure the safety of your baby. Ask what kind of mosquito repellant to buy and what medicines to bring. You can also ask her if she can give you an emergency plan in case of accidents or allergic reactions.
Schedule a vaccination for your baby, so he is protected against diseases that he can acquire during your travel. Some examples of injections your baby can have are flu, measles shots, and hepatitis.
#4 Take Note of The Emergency Numbers and the Nearest Hospitals
Are there hospitals or emergency centers near your place? Do you have their numbers in case you need to contact them?
It helps to know these emergency numbers so you can contact them even in the middle of the night when there are medical emergencies. Also, plan how you can quickly get to the hospitals anytime of the day. There may be a small chance of needing them, but it helps to be always prepared.
#5 Schedule Your Activities
Keep in mind that your schedule is different from your baby. Even if you can skip resting or sleeping, your baby will not tolerate it. Make sure you include your baby’s schedule with your scheduled activities.
For instance, plan your rest when your baby needs to sleep. You can also schedule strolling and visiting places when your baby is typically wide-awake.
When planning your activities, consider what you will need to bring for your baby. Do you need to bring your baby carrier or a stroller? A stroller allows you to bring your baby anywhere while asleep while a carrier would make it easy for you to carry him with your hands free.
A good plan can help minimize any unwanted accidents that can risk the safety of your baby. Several days before your travel date, make sure to sit down and picture out what will happen during your travel. Start with the time where you ride your car up to the time you are back home.
Creating a vision in your mind can help you foresee the events that may happen during your travel so you can prepare for it. You can see what you need to bring and what you must avoid along the way. It pays to think it thoroughly ahead so you can relax during your vacation.
What do you think of the list above? Are there other safety considerations you need to take note when traveling with a baby? Share your thoughts with us in the comment below!