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Travelling With A Baby
If you’re like us, having a baby shouldn’t keep you from going on vacation! During my first ever trip to Walt Disney World, I was amazed to see how many families were travelling with very young babies! When I became a parent, I realized how easy, fun and memorable it could be to travel with a baby if you plan wisely.
It’s so important to plan ahead when travelling with a young baby. Be sure to choose a flight or travel time that works with your new baby’s schedule. Children under the age of 2 will need to be in a FAA approved car-seat or seated on your lap. Most airlines will offer your baby’s plane seat at half-price. If baby rides in his car-seat, he will feel like he is riding in the car, and most likely fall asleep during the trip.
Time your travel wisely. Flying around naptime or bedtime often ensures a quiet trip when baby will sleep most of the way. Be sure to pack necessities like food and diapers, and if your baby is older, bring favorite toys, or surprise him with new toys he has never seen. Be sure to let your baby nurse or drink from a bottle during ascent and descent on the plane to prevent his ears from popping.
Ship Your Necessities
Packing all of babies’ items can be a daunting experience. Most airlines have luggage weight limits that may restrict you from packing enough diapers, wipes and baby food. One of the wisest things you can do is ship your baby’s supplies to your destination before your trip. Most hotels will hold your box until you arrive. Ship your stay’s worth of diapers, wipes, baby food, snacks, and toys. Ship early to avoid the higher cost of air shipping. When you arrive, the front desk will bring the box to your room with your luggage. This strategy is well worth the shipping cost, and you can travel lighter and more conveniently with your baby.
Have A Flexible Plan
The most important thing to remember when travelling with a baby is to have a flexible schedule and plan. It’s a great idea to schedule your days, especially in places like Disney where there is so much to see. Make priority-seating reservations for your meals so that you aren’t waiting to be seated. If you can’t make a reservation, all you have to do is call and cancel. Review park maps the night before to find nursing stations and quiet areas to rest if you and your child need a break. Most importantly, have realistic expectations for you, your baby and your vacation, and you are bound to have a great time.
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Page added on: 27 October 2004
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