There have been many question regarding to the safety of travelling with newborn. Many ask whether or not it is safe for newborn to travel either by car, train, or plane. In generals, doctors recommend parents wait to fly until the baby’s immune system is better developed. Anywhere between three and six months is considered the safest for newborn to start travelling. However,it is different for babies with certain condition such as born premature who usually have lung problems so travelling is not encouraged.
Travelling safely with newborn
The best thing to do to know if it is safe to travel with newborn is talk to your pediatrician. Also, keep in mind that every airline may apply different policies and rules regarding to flying with infants. Younger infants than one week old ca only travel with a doctor’s permission.
Is is true that travelling with newborn is more challenging in any ways? The answer is yes, it is challenging not only for the parents but also for fellow travelers and the babies themselves. However, major problems can be prevented by taking necessary preparation in advance. For example, prepare needed documentation of your baby such as birth certification and passport.
It is also important to make smart reservation so you get to have the best seats for you and your newborn. It is important to avoid the middle seat because it can make the baby feel suffocated and your mobility will be more limited as well. Hence, it is best to book early or even pay extra. If it is possible, choose the flight schedule that align with your baby’s nap time.
Another issue coming from travelling with newborn is the packing. Many parents worry about not packing enough and ended up packing too much. Pack some changing and diaper stuff at the top of your bag so you can grab them when needed easily. It is recommended to bring necessities such as wipes, diapers and foods. However, don’t forget to also pack a big, lightweight cotton blanket. It serve various purpose you can use for your baby later.
Think of your baby’s food because it is easy to get dehydrated during travel. Make sure you have enough fuel both for you and your baby to last the trip. If you are breastfeeding, you need to stay hydrated. Also, pump extra and keep it on hand if you are pumping. Do not worry about TSA 3-1-1 rule because it doesn’t apply to breast milk, formula, and juice. Also, pack some baby foods if your baby is already eating.
If you travel with your newborn, it is better to have companion so you can focus more on your baby. Let everything such as luggage and boarding process be handled by your travel companion. Also, pack extra patience with you because travelling is unpredictable and with a newborn, it can go out of control. Try to stay calm when there is hassle and sincerely apologize if you cause inconvenient to other travelers.