Guest Post by Katy Fleming, MA, LPC, BSN, RN
Becoming a parent doesn’t signify the end of traveling and adventure. No matter what age, your child can join in the fun!
It’s essential to maintain a newborn’s routine and schedule even when on the road. Babies thrive on consistency from naps, feedings, and everything in between.
Why can’t you have your cake and eat it, too? Here are some tips and tricks on maintaining your newborn’s routine when traveling for spring break.
Travel Tips for Parents of Newborns
When the sun starts to shine and flowers bloom, many couples and families decide to vacation. Some parents may hesitate before heading out with their little ones.
Don’t let the extra work intimidate you! If you plan ahead, your family can continue enjoying spring break adventures even with a newborn. Here are some travel recommendations for your newborn:
1. Start Small
Before jumping on an airplane or packing up your car for a 9-hour drive to the beach, start testing the waters with smaller outings.
Traveling to friends’ homes, the park, or even a restaurant are great ways to practice. Once you and your newborn become more comfortable, consider spending a night at a hotel or even a weekend at grandma’s house.
Your little one will adjust more easily to spending time outside of the house and you’ll feel more prepared with practice.
2. Pre-Travel Medical Advice
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents are more likely to seek medical advice after a trip rather than before.
Discuss your spring break plans with your child’s pediatrician to review any recommendations including vaccinations. Provide an overview of the destination and planned activities, so the physician can assess any potential risks to your infant.
3. Plan According to Your Usual Routine
It’s important to know, everything will not go according to plan on your trip and that’s 100% okay! Try to keep as close as possible to your infant’s normal routine.
Schedule activities according to your baby’s typical nap and feeding times. Keep in mind, many newborns are able to sleep in other areas. Another reason why practicing outings is important! Babies often adjust to napping in various environments.
Additionally, you may need to breastfeed your infant in public. Again, gain confidence by practicing at restaurants or with friends prior to your trip.
4. Consider What Your Child Needs
Many Airbnbs or hotel rooms will provide items such as a pack-n-play or high chair. Check to verify if any baby-friendly equipment is included. Many services will rent and even deliver these items, as well.
If your child typically sleeps in their own room now, assess if this is possible. If your child does not typically sleep in a pack-n-play or other portable crib, practice your planned set-up before traveling.
Many mommas recommend bringing a noise machine or even black-out curtains along.
Formula is not always easy to find— if your infant uses formula, be sure to pack more than enough for the trip.
5. Flying vs. Driving
Depending on the location, you may consider flying or driving to your destination. Your baby’s immune system is still developing and they’re susceptible to infectious diseases. Additionally, infants are not fully vaccinated.
For these reasons, most medical professionals recommend to not flying with your newborn immediately after their birth. There are other considerations such as premature babies who are more at risk, also. Be sure to speak with your baby’s pediatrician before flying together.
Parents driving longer distances with their little ones often choose times to coordinate with their child’s sleep schedule. Additionally, try to stop for gas or meals when the baby needs to eat, too.
Implement these tips to bolster your baby’s routine while continuing to enjoy your travels. Vacations don’t need to end when parenthood hits. Prep and plan ahead to develop memories of a lifetime for you and your little one!
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As a licensed counselor and registered nurse, Katy approaches freelance writing with years of experience and a unique perspective. Alongside her partner, Katy loves to travel the world and embrace other cultures from volcanoes in Iceland to villages in India.
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