Once the baby is here, it’s not uncommon for many new moms to shy away from going outside the home with their child in tow. After all, the outside world may suddenly seem a bit more dangerous and foreboding. Add to that the thought of having to travel – either via plane, car or train – and it’s enough to have a new parent more than just a little bit anxious.
Thankfully all hope is not lost and many parents are able to successfully get out with their new babies, without too much stress. After all, reconnecting with the community or distant family is one way that a new parent can start to feel better and to get back to normal.
Following are 5 Tips For Traveling With Baby
1) Prepare – Make your list, check it twice and then add a couple of extra supplies just in case. You know how it is with little ones – they could have a series of spit-ups or worse on your trip outside of the home. Make sure to pack a few changes of clothes to say the least, more diapers than you think you need, backup formula (even if you’re breastfeeding), wipes and more. Sometimes you’re out or traveling longer than you have planned, so make sure you’re able to cover any unexpected accidents, messes or meals that may occur when you’re out.
2) Research – Know where you’re going. Whether it’s down the street or across the country, have a clear view on the facilities, amenities and lay of the land that may or may not be available to you. Knowledge is power, and you’ll be able to confidently go travel with your child if you know what to expect and how you’re going to maneuver when you’re there.
3) Set Realistic Expectations – While it may be tempting to try to do it all on your foray out of the house with baby, it may prove to be a bit more difficult than you may have remembered. If you’re traveling close by, perhaps take it easy and go out for just a short while at first, while you become re-accustomed to traveling with your child. As time goes on, you will gain more confidence and will be able to take longer jaunts out with the baby. If you’re traveling somewhere afar, factor in extra time to get to where you’re going because it usually takes longer with a little one in tow.
4) Engage support – Whether it’s your spouse, a family member or a close friend, take up their offer to help you when you’re ready to go out. Most people are happy to help a new parent regain their bearings and are more than helpful when asked. Having someone at your side, to perhaps help juggle the baby gear as well as provide emotional support is welcome during these early days.
5) Timing is everything – Consider the baby’s sleep schedule. If you’re able to, go out or travel when your child is asleep for an easier time. Sure, she may awake while you’re out but if you’re able to have even a little bit of peace and lower stress during your travels, do it.