Car, plane, train … How to travel with a baby?

Going on vacation with a baby requires some organization! Whether by car, plane or train, we give you our tips for a peaceful journey with your newborn.

Flying with a small child can be convenient, and less tiring! – When you have a long distance to travel.

When it comes to safety, at what age can you fly?

From 3 weeks, the baby can fly no problem. In addition, it is certainly the least tiring means of transport, because the fastest.

On the organizational and health side

Before leaving, pay a brief visit to your doctor or pediatrician is required for make sure your child has no hearing problemsespecially otitis. Also clean your nose before takeoff and landing, especially with saline. To save your ears during takeoff and landing, give her a drink, food or just her pacifier so that swallow regularly.

What documents and papers for the toddler on the plane?

If you are traveling abroad with a baby, the documents that your child must have are the same as yours, that is, an identity card in the European Union or a passport for other countries.

It is also interesting to note that some airlines offer discounted or even free baby fares. Feel free to check it out on the airlines website for more information.

The welfare part

To keep your baby busy, remember to bring games, comforters, books, drinks, snacks … Trust your little one in the familiarize yourself with other passengers. It will feel so much better, and your fellow travelers will be more receptive to their whistles … and their cries!

Traveling with a newborn by train

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There are no particular safety measures to take (or seat belt to wear), because low risk of accidents. For the little ones, the ideal is to put them in a girl. For the older ones, Watch out for movements in the hallways for the risk of falling!

On the organizational and health side

Above all, don’t forget to drink. Air conditioning is common on trains and The baby is at risk of having a dry nose and throat.

The welfare part

If your train has a restaurant car, it’s best to heat small bottles and pots “hours off Otherwise, beware of the crowds!

Traveling during the baby’s sleep hours will make time go by faster for him and you will save energy by looking for multiple tricks to occupy him. Think about bring a towel : you can put your little one next to you and change it, when there is no more suitable place …

Bring something to entertain the baby during the trip and place it preferably next to the window. In addition, some trains have a wagon dedicated to children: check with the SNCF.

baby on the boat

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Account: the sea air deceives. Despite a feeling of freshness, the sun is here ! It is all the louder as it resonates in the water. The right reflex: SPF 50+ sunscreencap and t-shirt required.

On the organizational and health side

Before leaving, remember to consult your pediatrician: he will tell you which medicines to use in case of seasickness possible. Also watch out for insects ! At your travel pharmacy, remember to bring a preventative cream and another that heals and relieves.

Baby in the Car: Family Travel Tips

What safety on the road?

The law requires that the baby be transported in a specialized car seat (marked E, which certifies compliance with European standards). This seat should be adapted to the weight and size of the child : cot or rear-facing seat up to 18 months (13 kg), harness seat or armored seat between 9 months and 4 years (9 to 18 kg), lift seat from 4 years (more than 15 kg).
Even for a short trip, the baby should always travel in his seat. Never wear it on your lap.

If you are in the back of the car, always empty the shelf so that no maps and hats fall on your head!

On the organizational and health side

Choose a car seat comfortable and practical according to your age:

  • Seat 0-9 months: opt for a seat whose edges are padded enough, the baby will be well protected in the event of an accident. And what good naps in perspective!
  • The seat 9 months-4 years: if you have the option, preferably buy a seat with washable cover.

If you have to go to a mountainous area, your baby may be sick at every step. It is best to consult your pediatrician before departure, he will explain how to fix it. For your health, Also avoid smoking in the car. Never leave it in the car during a stop – you run the risk of heat stroke. I think of the visor in the summer.

For your well-being

The road code recommends one stop every two hours. Do more when the baby is awake, can change position and air, and you can rest too!
In a reclining seat, the baby will more easily find the best position to fall asleep.
If you are traveling alone with your baby and do not have an airbag in the front of the car, place your little one by your side (always looking back). You can check that everything is fine, without taking any risks! And above all, never adjust your mirror to be able to watch it: the danger comes mainly from the road.

The bath kit

The first need for the bath bag: diapers! It’s best to bring a minimum stock with you to avoid having to rush to the stores as soon as you get to the site. Count on seven to eight diapers a day. Please note that wipes are handy for short stays. However, they should not be used if your baby has a diaper rash.

For bath time, and if you still have some space left in your luggage, there are inflatable bathtubs suitable for traveling. Don’t forget to bring your milk and a towel. Also plan a towel that will help you if you need to change your baby during the trip, and a mist to cool it down.

Keep the bottle away from heat

Disposable bottles are becoming increasingly difficult to find in pharmacies. If you are not breastfeeding, the most effective solution is to bring your milk powder box, baby bottles already sterilized and bottles of mineral water (keep in 24 hours once opened). Everything should be tightly closed in an insulated bag away from heat. Never prepare it in advance or make sure it will be consumed in an hour.

To make new bottles, wash them very carefully. During stops at the gas station, it is possible to heat the bottle. Bottle heaters are also commercially available.

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